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Top 10 Marks of Enablers

ARE YOU AN ENABLER? First of all, let me just say this: we’ve probably all enabled someone at some point in our lives. If you care about others, if you like to help out when you see a need, if you tend to be “nice,”– basically, if you are human–then it’s likely you have […]

A Shattered Marriage

Personal + Story Before we came to Hope for Life, our marriage, along with our personal and spiritual lives, was set on auto-pilot. We were just going through the motions of attending church, going to work, and living as though everything was fine. Our lives revolved around work and hanging […]

Panic Attacks

One of the more painful and scary things to experience in life is a panic attack. Yet, as much as they’re dreaded, the answer as to why panic attacks happen often remains elusive for many sufferers. However, when we stop to think biblically, there are many things that come to […]

Right & True

Real Reconciliation

Cutting Through The Confusion When it comes to reconciliation, we have a tendency to confuse vertical reconciliation with horizontal reconciliation. As a result, the process of how to truly reconcile with others can be misconstrued. Worse yet, the gospel itself can be distorted. Such confusion and error leads to all […]

Preparing For The Storm

The first in a four part testimony, originally shared at Hope For Life’s Annual Dinner, this is one couple’s story of God’s grace and redemption in a seemingly hopeless situation. Here, the wife shares her struggle with depression and the hope that God’s Word brought to her heart, even as […]

Performance = Value

The Lies (Part 3) [ Read Part 1 and Part 2 of Truth & Lies ] Lie #1: Performance = Value My value comes from my performance. The first specific lie we’ll look at in our series on Truth & Lies is the one that says: My value is based […]

Personal Story + Forgiveness

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 more copies due to costs and […]

Perfectionism + Depression

When I first met Mark Baker on the fortunate referral from friends, I felt like I had hit bottom and was ready to seriously consider medications for depression. I was irritable and detached – horrid feelings for a mother of four. I was scared to death that my emotions and […]

2 Kinds of Hope

  Suffering, conflict, and pain are universal. We are all guaranteed to experience hardship. Yet, some people handle difficulties far better than others. What makes the difference? Simply this: how well equipped we are according to God’s wisdom and truth as revealed in His written Word. What is the source […]