Equipping. Counseling. Discerning. Strengthening. Encouraging.

2014 Dinner + Auction

Chalk Art Hope For Life

2nd Annual Dinner & Auction

Hope For Life’s second annual Dinner and Silent Auction was held in October at Trinity Community Church, and we are thrilled to report that it was a great success!

HFL Dinner

Table Setting Hope For Life

We enjoyed a wonderful evening of warm fellowship and amazing food, as we celebrated what God continues to do through the ministry of Hope For Life.


Hope For Life Dinner Auction

Pastor Alden Laird of Visalia Ev. Free shared about the vital role that biblical counseling plays in our churches and  community, and how Hope For Life is helping to fill that need in the Central Valley.


Marriage Counseling Testimony

And we heard firsthand accounts from people whose lives and marriages have been drastically changed for the better because of the life-giving counsel and application of God’s Word.


Scripture Globe

We also had a great variety of items to choose from at the silent auction, and it was fun to see how much the event has grown in just one year.


Dinner Program Hope For Life

Thank you so much to each of you who shared the evening with us, and to all those who donated your time, talents, and treasure in a multitude of ways to make the evening so special.


Scripture Chalkboard Easel

We’re looking forward to next year!


Full of Grace and Truth

grace and truth watercolors

The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.  John 1:14 The Word became flesh. This is the Christmas story. The Gospel. As we … [Continue reading]

Truth & Lies: Part 1

Truth Will Set You Free

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Hope For Life Dinner

Beehive Scripture Art

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We Would Not Be Married

1 Corinthians 13 Scripture Art

"WE WOULD NOT BE MARRIED IF IT WEREN’T FOR YOU." Recently, as a young couple was leaving my office after counseling, the wife suddenly stopped, turned around, and exclaimed, “I just want you to know that we would not be married if it weren’t for … [Continue reading]

Marriage Book Available

Marriage Book Biblical Counseling

Mark's book, Marriage For The Wise: Practical Biblical Wisdom For Marriages is now available for ordering online. An in-depth, interactive study and workbook, Marriage For The Wise is a comprehensive marriage and pre-marital resource, and is one … [Continue reading]

True Love or Manipulation? A Critique of the Best-Selling Book Love & Respect

True Love Scripture Art

True love. What is it? How do we define it? Is there a difference between what the world says love is and what Scripture says? First Corinthians 13, arguably the most well-known definition of love in the Bible, gives us a straightforward list … [Continue reading]

2013 + A Year of Firsts

Christmas Newsletter 2013

Without a doubt, this year has been one of many firsts + big changes for the ministry of Hope For Life and the Baker family! Starting off, in January, our ministry office was relocated to the Willow Dental building, after more than a decade at the … [Continue reading]

Upcoming Marriage Class


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Personal Story + Forgiveness

Heart Hands Hope For Life

God’s Perfect Timing Years ago, we wrote a book on the topic of forgiveness to use in ministry. After getting it professionally printed and bound, we mailed it to just about everyone in our address book. When our supply ran out, we never made … [Continue reading]