Pastor's Corner

July 3, 2020


I look forward to worshipping with you Sunday morning! This week we will celebrate Holy Communion. Attached is the bulletin for this week.

Please email me joys and concerns and I will add them to the bulletin. If you have a joy or concern that you only want shared with me, please let me know that too!

Have a safe and joy-filled 4th of July!


Pastor Wendy

Bulletin July 5, 2020

June 25, 2020


I look forward to worshiping with you on Sunday morning! Attached is the bulletin for this week. My goal is for you to receive the bulletin on Thursdays. Please email me joys and concerns throughout the week and I will add them to the bulletin.

Please continue to keep Niesel and her family in your prayers. Kim expects that Niesel will pass before the day is over. Niesel is very comfortable and amazingly no drugs have been necessary. God is preparing to receive her. Kim asks that you pray for God's will to be done.


Pastor Wendy

Bulletin June 28, 2020

June 24, 2020

Grace and Peace to you!

I am Rev. Wendy Hansen-Smith, but please, call me Pastor Wendy. My family and I are looking forward to becoming a part of the Hopewell UMC community. The past 4 years, I have served as Associate Pastor at North Broadway UMC in Columbus. I was ordained elder in 2019 and am a 2016 graduate of Methodist Theological School in Ohio. Prior to attending seminary, I had a career in human services management and was a member of North Broadway UMC.

I grew up in a farming community in Illinois. My husband Ed grew up in Pennsylvania. Ed and I met while doing mission work with the Appalachia Service Project in Tennessee. We were married in Kentucky and have now lived in Columbus for 20 years. We have two daughters. Ama is 13 and will be in the 8th grade at Marburn Academy in New Albany. Ama is very creative and loves to paint, draw, cook, sing, play sports, and listen to books. Olive is 8 and will be in the 4th grade at Ecole Kenwood Elementary, a French emersion school in Columbus. Olive loves stuffed animals, dancing, playing with friends, and riding on her tree swing.

Ed is a Senior Lecturer in physics at The Ohio State University in Newark. Ed enjoys running, reading, and playing the guitar. My favorite hobby is gardening. Together, we enjoy biking, canoeing, camping, and spending time outdoors.

I will be serving in a half-time appointment with you and half-time as the Executive Director of New Life Community Outreach (NLCO), a UMC District Mission Center located at the Short North Church in Columbus. NLCO provides food, clothing, healthcare, spiritual care, and access to legal assistance. Sunday mornings I will be serving with NLCO before coming to Hopewell. Mondays and Wednesdays, I will be there. Tuesdays and Thursdays, I will focus on Hopewell and will be available to meet with you by appointment. Friday will be my Sabbath day and Saturday my day off.

We look forward to meeting you this Sunday!

Pastor Wendy

Pastor Wendy

June 22, 2020

Neisel had a stroke this morning. Please keep Neisel and family in your prayers that God's will to be done. Pastor Wendy, can be reached by email: and phone 614-561-3471.

Thank you all for the good send off yesterday. The 10 horn honk salute was great! Blessings to you all!

Pastor Barb

June 18, 2020

James 5:16

16 Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.

Do have prayer concerns and joys that we can pray for? I need them by tomorrow so I may send out the bulletin early on Saturday. Thank you.


Pastor Barb

Stanley is asking for us to remember his daughter, Danetta. She has been hospitalized with COVID-19.

June 15, 2020

This Sunday, June 21st will be my last worship as your pastor at Hopewell UMC. You all have become family and have loved us well. My family and I are very thankful for the love, friendship, vision and ministry we have all shared together. Last week, Ron DeLucia, Steve Harshman, John Metcalf, and Rojer Moody came and planted a flowering Red Horse Chestnut tree in our yard as a living giving gift from Hopewell. Thank you so very much, it is beautiful!

Flowering Red Horse Chestnut Tree

Pastor Wendy Hansen-Smith is the new Pastor at Hopewell United Methodist Church. She comes from North Broadway United Methodist Church and New Life Breakfast program. Pastor Wendy will be 1/2 time at Hopewell and 1/2 time as director of the New Life Breakfast program. She lives in Columbus with her husband Ed Smith and their daughters Ama and Olive. Her first Sunday will be June 28th.

I know you will love Pastor Wendy and her family as you have loved us. Blessings on this new part of the journey.

Love to all,

Pastor Barb

Pastor Wendy Hansen-Smith

Pastor Wendy Hansen-Smith

June 11, 2020

Today, I am sharing with you some John Wesley. John Wesley's 18th-century manifesto could have been written today. This list, based on his writings and on display at the Wesley museum attached to the New Room Methodist Chapel in Bristol, England couldn't be more relevant for 2020.


Pastor Barb

John Wesley's Manifesto

June 5, 2020

Sunday we honor our 2020 Graduates and Hopewell Scholarship Recipients. This class of 2020 has experienced a very different graduation season. I recently saw a quote that resonated with me that said "Optimism is the foundation of courage" - Nicholas M. Butler.

While we all sympathize with the missed traditions and special moments that usually come for seniors, we can also be proud of how so many in our communities creatively provided alternate opportunities to honor and celebrate the graduate's accomplishments. In doing so these actions demonstrated to our young adults that even though life's journey will have struggles and hard times we can always rise above and work together for good, and in doing so it makes us stronger.

As Christians our faith takes this even a step further. We can be confident in knowing that Jesus is with us always we are never alone. In the new testament James tells us "Dear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So, let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything." James I 1:2-4

I am excited to see what the future holds for our graduates and college students and pray that they always know God is with them and will guide them on their journey.

The funds for the scholarship awards come from donations in memory of loved ones who you will find listed on the insert in the bulletin insert on Sunday. There are a total of 147 names to date.

The Hopewell Scholarship Fund and Committee was created in 1998 and since then we have given a total of 81 scholarships and a total of $185,950.00. This year we have three Hopewell scholarship recipients. Three years ago we began a new tradition of giving a scholarship to a student in our community. This year we selected from a group of 6 applicants and awarded the scholarship to a student from Groveport Madison High School.

Lastly, I want to take a moment to thank the members of the Scholarship Committee, John, Marla, Tod, Gail, and Pastor Barb for taking their time to serve on this committee. Also, thank you to June for keeping track of the honorees and amounts contributed each year.

June 4, 2020

I am sharing this, that was written by Laurel LaFrance, because it helped me understand about the phrase, "Black Lives Matters."

Pastor Barb

"I used the phrase 'Black Lives Matter' in a social media post earlier this week. As happens each time I use the phrase, someone asks, 'Why not just say "all lives matter?'" Here is my quick response: When one of my four kids got hurt, it didn't seem to make sense to say to them, 'All my kids matter.' In that moment, I embraced them and said, 'You matter. Your pain matters. Your healing and return to health matters.' That doesn’t diminish my love for my other kids. It expands my capacity to love as I live with another person's pain.

Jesus did the same thing in his ministry. He didn't say, 'all people matter.' He went to those who were hurting, who'd been denied a place at the table, who had been cast out of community and said 'You Matter.' Samaritans matter. Women matter. Tax collectors matter. Lepers matter. Did that mean he loved other people less? By no means. His life and ministry expanded the vision and capacity of his followers to love as they broke down the religious and cultural walls that had long divided people." ~author: Kai Nilsen

(Artwork credited to: @davidhayward of nakedpastor on Facebook.)

All Sheep Matter

June 4, 2020

Friends we will not be able to get prayer request on Sunday morning. So I need you to share your prayer request between now and Saturday. Tomorrow I will share with you the hymns and the call to worship. Communion will be done without the litany from the hymnal, the elements will be blessed and then partaken. May we come to this worship in an attitude of thanksgiving, praise, and grace.


Pastor Barbara

Proverbs 3:5

June 3, 2020

Our worship on Sunday will be broadcast on 87.7 fm on your radio. It will be a new way but God is making all things new.

7 Powerful Bible Verses About a New Beginning

Here is a funny for drive in worship!

Drive-In Worship

Hope to see you soon!

Pastor Barb

June 2, 2020

Coming back to church

Dear Friends,

After the survey and our Leadership Council meeting last night, Hopewell will be doing parking lot worship starting June 7, at 10:30 am. The service will come through your car FM radio.

There are a few restrictions:

1. Everyone is to stay in their cars. This might change in the future but for now, stay in your car.

2. If your car window is down, wear a mask.

3. A restroom will be open but, we will have gloves for you to put on when entering the restroom. Please try to limit restroom use.

4. Hymn lyrics and responsive readings will be sent out through email and individuals will need to print off at home to use for worship.

5. There will be a bucket to put offering in but it will not be passed.

6. Please do not exit car to greet others. Waving is allowed

We are asking for you to come early to get you parked. This Sunday, we will try Communion. Communion elements are prepackaged and your car will receive them as your car enters the parking lot, in social distant sort of way.

We are doing this to keep you all safe and to be faithful. We will be able to sing hymns if you stay in your car. Again if your windows are down wear a mask. We are trying our best.

Hope to wave at you soon.

Pastor Barb

May 29, 2020

Why can't there be peace? Why can't we all get along? I then remembered the song, "Let There Be Peace On Earth and Let It Begin With Me", so I found a Youtube of that song.

Voice's Without Borders' Children of the World in Harmony Festival took place in northern Michigan, July 12-17, 2011. The Festival Gala concluded with over 200 participants, from around the world, singing "Let There Be Peace on Earth", while the slideshow of images from the week played behind them.

Then, I checked out a few scriptures about peace:

John 16:33

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world."

2 Thessalonians 3:16

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.

Isaiah 26:3

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.

Matthew 5:9

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Romans 12:18

If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.

So my friends, Peace be with you!

Pastor Barb

May 28, 2020

One of my favorite songs that Marla plays is, "What the World Needs Now is Love." I believe that is what is needed now. What does the Bible say about God's Unconditional Love? Discover the top Bible verses about God's Unconditional Love from the Old and New Testaments. Read through the biblical references of God's Unconditional Love to learn more about its meaning and significance. May you find some insight from these related scriptures.

Love, Pastor Barb

Bible Verses on Unconditional Love

"What the World Needs Now is Love" played by Marla Rainier

May 27, 2020

What does the Bible say about new beginnings? New beginnings can be from a range of contexts; starting a new job, moving to a new city, or beginning a new relationship. A new beginning could also be entering a new phase of life with an updated outlook or belief, like becoming a Christian! The Bible offers advice and encouragement for beginning a new chapter by providing strength and support in the word of God.


Pastor Barb

Bible Verses about New Beginnings

May 21, 2020

Please fill this out before May 29th.

Prayer for Wisdom and Guidance

Heavenly Father, we pray before to You today to ask for wisdom and guidance in all that we do. We can only focus on the present and the past, but only You knows the future. So plan our path for us and help make the best decision for not only ourselves but for our family and everyone around us. We thank You for listening to our prayers, and In Jesus Name, Amen.

Members of our congregation have been sent an email with a link to the survey. Please contact if you did not receive this email.

Peace be with you!

Pastor Barb

May 20, 2020

Hi Folks!

The Leadership Council met on Monday night and we talked about opening Hopewell on June 7. I will be sending out a "Survey Monkey" tomorrow and will need for you to reply so we can do what we need to do to open. At this present time, we must all mask and not sing inside the sanctuary. Marla will play hymns, we just can't sing. Here is a list we are to follow. It is hard to know, the governor seems to have conflicting information. Only meet in groups of 10 or less but restaurants can open with 50% capacity. This seems incongruent. So I think this would allow us to meet under phase 2 guidelines.

Return to Public Church Guidelines

May 19, 2020

Hope everyone is dry and safe!

Please lift up June and Kevin in the death of Kevin's dad, Donald "Pop."

Friends may visit on Thursday from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM at THE SPENCE-MILLER FUNERAL HOME 2697 Columbus St. Grove City, Ohio. A graveside funeral will follow visitation at Lithopolis Cemetery, with Military Honors. In lieu of flowers you can donate to the Ohio Veterans Home and or The Franklin County Humane Society. Online guestbook at

Take Care! Pastor Barb

Top 11 Bible Verses-Living Every Day for God

May 16, 2020

Graduation time is upon us, so I am sharing some encouraging verses that parents, grandparents, and friends can write in cards or give to their favorite Graduate this year. Blessings! Pastor Barb

25 Encouraging Bible Verses for Graduates

May 15, 2020

Hi all! I received a prayer request from Amy, asking we hold her bother-in-law, Pete and his family. Pete's brother and mother have both been in and out of the hospital. Pete was sick during this time period too. Thank you.

May these scriptures be helpful for you. Blessings! Pastor Barb

20 Bible Verses about Healing that Only God Can Give

May 13, 2020

I heard back about prayers and I have an unspoken request. Please hold this request in your prayers. Do you ever struggle from low self esteem? Hope this article helps. I was also reminded of the hymn, "His Eye Is On The Sparrow." Love you, Pastor Barb

This is Sandi Patty singing: "His Eye Is On The Sparrow."

"His Eye Is On The Sparrow."

Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,

Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heaven and home,

When Jesus is my portion? My constant friend is He:

His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;

His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

I sing because I'm happy,

I sing because I'm free,

For His eye is on the sparrow,

And I know He watches me.

"Let not your heart be troubled," His tender word I hear,

And resting on His goodness, I lose my doubts and fears;

Though by the path He leadeth, but one step I may see;

His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;

His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

I sing because I'm happy,

I sing because I'm free,

For His eye is on the sparrow,

And I know He watches me.

Whenever I am tempted, whenever clouds arise,

When songs give place to sighing, when hope within me dies,

I draw the closer to Him, from care He sets me free;

His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;

His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

I sing because I'm happy,

I sing because I'm free,

For His eye is on the sparrow,

And I know He watches me.

Question: "What does the Bible say about self-worth?"

May 12, 2020

Do you have joys or concerns? Can we pray for you? Here is a prayer of gratitude. Lifting you in prayer. Pastor Barb

Dear God,

Thank you for your amazing power and work in our lives, thank you for your goodness and for your blessings over us. Thank you that you are able to bring hope through even the toughest of times, strengthening us for your purposes. Thank you for your great love and care. Thank you for your mercy and grace. Thank you that you are always with us and will never leave us. Thank you for your incredible sacrifice so that we might have freedom and life. Forgive us for when we don't thank you enough, for who you are, for all that you do, for all that you've given. Help us to set our eyes and our hearts on you afresh. Renew our spirits, fill us with your peace and joy. We love you and we need you, this day and every day. We give you praise and thanks, for You alone are worthy!

In Jesus' Name,


May 9, 2020

Mother's Day can bring a mix of emotions for many women. There are those anticipating the birth of their first child, step-moms wondering what their place is, those who have lost their mother and are faced with grieving on Mother's Day, there are moms who encounter feelings of hurt because their children have turned from God, and those overwhelmed with pain from the loss of a child. No matter what you face this Mother's Day, you can turn to God and experience peace and healing through prayer.

Blessings! Pastor Barb

A Mother's Day Prayer

Dear Father, we approach your throne on behalf of the mothers whom you have entrusted with the care of your most precious little ones. We thank you for creating each mom with a unique combination of gifts and talents. We thank you for the sacrifice of self each mom gives for her children. For the late nights spent rocking a colicky infant. For the hands calloused from washing, wiping, scrubbing, mixing, backing, stirring, hugging, patting, disciplining, holding, writing, erasing, painting, and pouring.

We thank you for the gift of time moms give for their kids, whether it's stay-at-home moms, working moms, and moms who have some combination of the two. We thank you for the flexibility of moms, for their tirelessness, their perseverance, and their devotion.

We pray you give each mom strength. Help her to see in every mundane task the eternal, cosmic significance that you place on motherhood. Help her to understand that the most radical, world-changing events may be happening anonymously in her home. Help her to forgive those who undermine her significance.

We especially pray for single moms, who must lean solely on you for the fathering of their children. We thank you that you're big arms surround children who may never know their earthly father. We also pray for mother who never had the honor of bearing children, but whose nurturing extends to the many poor and needy who crass the threshold of their lives.

We ask you to be the daily bread of tired mothers. We ask you to be their living water. We ask you to be their source of spiritual and physical strength. We pray that the same grace that flowed from Father to Son to us in salvation will flow from mothers to their children. We pray that each mother rejects perfectionism and instead embraces the goodness of the gospel. We pray the rhythms of repentance and forgiveness shape every home.

Lord, give each mother a worshipful reverence of you, the Creator and Sustainer of life. Help each mother to rest in the knowledge that they are but stewards of your children and that only your Spirit can produce change into the hearts of each boy and girl. May each mother find rest in you.

Most of all, Lord, on this day in which we honor mothers, may we love and cherish the special women who have born us, who have nurtured us, and who have prayed for our well-being. May our hearts overflow with gratitude to you, who formed and knitted each of us in a mother's womb. Amen. - Daniel Darling

May 8, 2020

Today I am sharing with you the Fruits of the Spirit. Just a good reminder of the characteristics of a Christian life. Which ones come easy for you? Which ones do you need help with? Blessings, Pastor Barb

The fruit of the Spirit, found in Galatians 5:22-23, is made up of the following nine qualities or gifts: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Fruit of the Spirit list:

1. Love

2. Joy

3. Peace

4. Patience

5. Kindness

6. Goodness

7. Faithfulness

8. Gentleness

9. Self-control


"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres" (1 Corinthians 13:4-7, NIV).

"And above all things have fervent love for one another, for 'love will cover a multitude of sins'" (1 Peter 4:8).


"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice" (Philippians 4:4)!

"Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

"Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit" (Romans 15:13).


"You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You" (Isaiah 26:3, NKJV).

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:6-7).

"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful" (Colossians 3:15).


"Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who carries out wicked schemes" (Psalm 37:7).

"Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus" (Revelation 14:12, NKJV).

"The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9).


"Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you" (Ephesians 4:32).

"Those who are kind benefit themselves, but the cruel bring ruin on themselves" (Proverbs 11:17, NIV).

"Love is patient, love is kind..." (1 Corinthians 13:4).


"Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever" (Psalm 23:6).

"Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom" (James 3:13).

"Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to Your lovingkindness remember me, for Your goodness' sake, O LORD" (Psalm 25:7).


"A faithful man will abound with blessings, but he who makes haste to be rich will not go unpunished" (Proverbs 28:20).

"For we walk by faith, not by sight" (2 Corinthians 5:7).

"Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, but who can find a faithful man" (Proverbs 20:6, NKJV)?


"Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near" (Philippians 4:5, NIV).

" be peaceable, gentle, showing every consideration for all men" (Titus 3:2).

"A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger" (Proverbs 15:1).


"Like a city that is broken into and without walls is a man who has no control over his spirit" (Proverbs 25:28).

"He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city" (Proverbs 16:32).

"The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer" (1 Peter 4:7).

May 6, 2020

This week's sermon is around the scripture of John 14, "In my Father's House there are many rooms and I go to prepare a place for you." This started me thinking about homes and what the scriptures say about homes. Here are just a few that I found. I am thankful for my home and the home I was raised in. Think about the ways you are thankful for your home and the home Jesus prepares for us.


Pastor Barb

Proverbs 3:33

The curse of the Lord is on the house of the wicked,

But He blesses the dwelling of the righteous.

Proverbs 12:7

The wicked are overthrown and are no more,

But the house of the righteous will stand.

Proverbs 14:11

The house of the wicked will be destroyed,

But the tent of the upright will flourish.

Proverbs 15:6

Great wealth is in the house of the righteous,

But trouble is in the income of the wicked.

Proverbs 24:3-4

By wisdom a house is built,

And by understanding it is established;

And by knowledge the rooms are filled

With all precious and pleasant riches.

2 Samuel 6:11

Thus the ark of the Lord remained in the house of Obed-edom the Gittite three months, and the Lord blessed Obed-edom and all his household.

1 Chronicles 13:14

Thus the ark of God remained with the family of Obed-edom in his house three months; and the Lord blessed the family of Obed-edom with all that he had.

Psalm 84:3

The bird also has found a house,

And the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young,

Even Your altars, O Lord of hosts,

My King and my God.

Psalm 104:17-18

Where the birds build their nests,

And the stork, whose home is the fir trees.

The high mountains are for the wild goats;

The cliffs are a refuge for the shephanim.

Proverbs 30:26-28

The shephanim are not mighty people,

Yet they make their houses in the rocks;

The locusts have no king,

Yet all of them go out in ranks;

The lizard you may grasp with the hands,

Yet it is in kings' palaces.

Luke 9:58

And Jesus said to him, "The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head."

Luke 10:38-42

Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord's feet, listening to His word. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me."

Luke 14:1

It happened that when He went into the house of one of the leaders of the Pharisees on the Sabbath to eat bread, they were watching Him closely.

Mark 5:18-20

As He was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed was imploring Him that he might accompany Him. And He did not let him, but He *said to him, "Go home to your people and report to them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He had mercy on you." And he went away and began to proclaim in Decapolis what great things Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed.

Luke 8:38-39

But the man from whom the demons had gone out was begging Him that he might accompany Him; but He sent him away, saying, "Return to your house and describe what great things God has done for you." So he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.

Matthew 10:11-14

And whatever city or village you enter, inquire who is worthy in it, and stay at his house until you leave that city. As you enter the house, give it your greeting. If the house is worthy, give it your blessing of peace. But if it is not worthy, take back your blessing of peace.

Mark 6:10-11

And He said to them, "Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave town. Any place that does not receive you or listen to you, as you go out from there, shake the dust off the soles of your feet for a testimony against them."

Luke 9:4-5

Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that city. And as for those who do not receive you, as you go out from that city, shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them."

Luke 10:5-7

Whatever house you enter, first say, 'Peace be to this house.' If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you. Stay in that house, eating and drinking what they give you; for the laborer is worthy of his wages. Do not keep moving from house to house.

Matthew 19:29

And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or farms for My name's sake, will receive many times as much, and will inherit eternal life.

Mark 10:29-30

Jesus said, "Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel's sake, but that he will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions; and in the age to come, eternal life.

Luke 18:29-30

And He said to them, "Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who will not receive many times as much at this time and in the age to come, eternal life."

1 Corinthians 4:11

To this present hour we are both hungry and thirsty, and are poorly clothed, and are roughly treated, and are homeless;

Going Home by Chris Tomlin

May 5, 2020

Today, I am sharing music. This link is Elvis singing, "One Pair of Hands." This was thought to be a lost song. The words are quite good and something for us to remember.

Elvis - One Pair of Hands

And I wanted to share this artist with you. Her witness speaks to me.

Lauren Daigle - Trust in You

Blessings and Peace,

Pastor Barb

May 4, 2020

Mother's Day will be this Sunday, so I looked up about the scriptures and mothers. I was blessed to have a mother with great faith and one who shared her faith with her family and many others. Hope you enjoy these. Blessings Always! Pastor Barb

What Does The Bible Say About Mothers Day?

The Bible consistently asks followers to honor and love their mothers. Examples of this can be seen in Exodus 20:12, "Honor your father and your mother," and Leviticus 19:3, "Every one of you shall revere his mother and his father."

While Mother's Day is a relative new holiday in modern history, versions of similar holidays have existed through the centuries. The Bible does not directly address the holiday of a Mother's Day in its verses, but often addresses the celebration of motherhood and mothers, such as in the following passages. For our top picks of the best Mother's Day Bible verses, look to the sections below.

Bible Verses For Mothers Day Cards

The following Bible verses make perfect additions to any Mother's Day card. Use them as is or add your own special message for a card your mother is sure to love.

- "Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way, it is not irritable or resentful, it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things." - 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

- "Let your father and mother be glad; let her who bore you rejoice." - Proverbs 23:22-25

- "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law." - Galatians 5:22-23

Mothers Day Scripture And Mothers Day Quotes From The Bible

Use these Mother's Day quotes from the bible in conjunction with our Mother's Day Quotes for the perfect message to share with your Mom.

- "Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you." - Exodus 20:12

- "Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: 'Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.'" - Proverbs 31:28-31

- "Every one of you shall revere his mother and his father." - Leviticus 19:3

- "The man called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all living." - Genesis 3:20

Bible Quotes About Mothers

The following Bible Quotes about Mothers make excellent additions to flowers and chocolate. Or, if you want to make something special, add them to a Mother's Day photo book gift.

- "Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness." - Proverbs 31:25-28

- "And Mary said, 'My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed.'" - Luke 1:46-48

- "A gracious woman gets honor..." - Proverbs 11:16

- "Hear, my son, your father's instruction, and forsake not your mother's teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck." - Proverbs 1:8-9

- "Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children's children..." - Deuteronomy 4:9

- "When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home." - John 19:26-27

Bible Verse Mother's Love

These Bible verses are all about Mother's love. That means you can easily turn them into special cards to accompany your DIY Mother's Day gifts or to place on top of her breakfast in bed.

- "As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem." - Isaiah 66:13

- "Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins." - 1 Peter 4:8

- "And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart." - Luke 2:51

- "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth." - 3 John 1:4

- "So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love." - 1 Corinthians 13:13

- "Then the mother of the child said, 'As the Lord lives and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.' So he arose and followed her." - 2 Kings 4:30

May 2, 2020

Today I am sharing some wonderful quotes to live by. Blessings! Pastor Barb

When your life is filled with the desire to see the holiness in everyday life, something magical happens: ordinary life becomes extraordinary, and the very process of life begins to nourish your soul! Rabbi Harold Kushner

Leaf Horizontal Rule

God is to me that creative force, behind and in the universe, who manifests Himself as energy, as life, as order, as beauty, as thought, as conscience, as love. Henry Sloane Coffin

Leaf Horizontal Rule

That deeply emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God. Albert Einstein

Leaf Horizontal Rule

And I have felt...a sense sublime

Of something far more deeply interfused,

Whose dwelling is the light of setting suns,

And the round ocean and the living air,

And the blue sky, and in the mind of man;

A motion and a spirit, that impels

All thinking things, all objects of all thought,

And rolls through all things. William Wordsworth

Leaf Horizontal Rule

There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. Albert Einstein

Leaf Horizontal Rule

As to me I know of nothing else but miracles... Walt Whitman

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Open your eyes and the whole world is full of God. Jakob Bohme

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The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself. Henry Miller

Leaf Horizontal Rule

To see a world in a grain of sand

And a heaven in a wild flower,

Hold infinity in the palm of your hand

And eternity in an hour. William Blake

Leaf Horizontal Rule

The whole of life lies in the verb seeing. Teilhard de Chardin

April 30, 2020

I know this might seem childish but, I found this to be helpful. Remember Matthew 18:3 And he said: "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." Have a blessed day. Love you all, Pastor Barb

I Can Pray...Shapes

from St Matthew's Church, Edgeley

April 29, 2020

I found this article about daily prayer and it was helpful for me. I thought it might be helpful for all of you. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Pastor Barb


7 Daily Prayers that You Should Be Praying

April 27, 2020

The governor just ended his daily press conferences with this song. I thought it had some great words so I am sharing it along with 12 things faith-filled people do differently. I have been in contact with many of our Hopewell people and no one is reporting to have had the virus! Praise Be To God! Stay well! Love you! Pastor Barb


1. Have I done any good in the world today?

Have I helped anyone in need?

Have I cheered up the sad and made someone feel glad?

If not, I have failed indeed.

Has anyone's burden been lighter today

Because I was willing to share?

Have the sick and the weary been helped on their way?

When they needed my help was I there?


Then wake up and do something more

Than dream of your mansion above.

Doing good is a pleasure, a joy beyond measure,

A blessing of duty and love.

2. There are chances for work all around just now,

Opportunities right in our way.

Do not let them pass by, saying, "Sometime I'll try,"

But go and do something today.

'Tis noble of man to work and to give;

Love's labor has merit alone.

Only he who does something helps others to live.

To God each good work will be known.

"Have I Done Any Good" music pdf

12 Things Truly Faith-Filled People Do Differently

April 25, 2020

I thought that I would share this prayer for us to pray as we start each day. I know it is late for today but it will be here to start tomorrow. Love you all. Pastor Barb

My Daily Prayer

April 24, 2020

I'm sharing with you this video. I believe it is a valuable reminder. Hope you are all well. Prayers and blessings! Pastor Barb

Depends on whose hands it's in!

April 22, 2020

"Just Closer Walk with Thee" was one of my dad's favorite songs. Isn't that what we all should seek after in life is just a closer walk with Jesus? I found this arrangement with Pasty Cline and Willie Nelson.

Just a Closer Walk with Thee

April 21, 2020

These questions allow us to have an attitude of gratitude, to be positive, to be thankful.

What are you thankful for today?

What strength are you thankful for?

What burden has God recently lifted?

What Bible verse are you thankful for?

What is your favorite physical appearance of yourself?

What do you love about your best friend?

What every day object are you grateful for?

What vacation memory brings you the most joy?

How has God provided for you when you were worried?

What is your favorite treat?

What helps you relax?

Who are you most grateful for in your life?

What holiday tradition are you most thankful for?

What goal are you thankful for accomplishing?

What about today has brought you joy?

What about your home or neighborhood are you thankful for?

Recall a time when you received a compliment, what about it made you thankful?

What season of the year are you the most thankful for?

"I am thankful for the ability to..."

"I am thankful my friends and family turn to me for..."

What personal growth change in the last year are you the most thankful for?

What are you grateful for today?


Pastor Barb

April 20, 2020

Joy! The sun is shining! Here are scriptures on joy and a song to lift up joy.

"I will enter His gates with thanksgiving in my heart" - YouTube video

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

The Lord your God is with you,

the Mighty Warrior who saves.

He will take great delight in you;

in his love he will no longer rebuke you,

but will rejoice over you with singing.

Zephaniah 3:17

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Romans 12:12

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

Philippians 4:4

When anxiety was great within me,

your consolation brought me joy.

Psalm 94:19 | NIV | worrying comforter

The Lord has done it this very day;

let us rejoice today and be glad.

Psalm 118:24

Though the fig tree does not bud

and there are no grapes on the vines,

though the olive crop fails

and the fields produce no food,

though there are no sheep in the pen

and no cattle in the stalls,

yet I will rejoice in the Lord,

I will be joyful in God my Savior.

Habakkuk 3:17-18

You make known to me the path of life;

you will fill me with joy in your presence,

with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Psalm 16:11

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

1 Peter 1:8-9

I delight greatly in the Lord;

my soul rejoices in my God.

For he has clothed me with garments of salvation

and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness,

as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest,

and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

Isaiah 61:10

Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.

John 16:24

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

2 Corinthians 9:7

That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Corinthians 12:10

A person finds joy in giving an apt reply-

and how good is a timely word!

Proverbs 15:23

You are my hiding place;

you will protect me from trouble

and surround me with songs of deliverance.

Psalm 32:7

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23

Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.

Romans 12:15

So that I may come to you with joy, by God's will, and in your company be refreshed.

Romans 15:32

Your statutes are my heritage forever;

they are the joy of my heart.

Psalm 119:111

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Hebrews 11:6

For the Lord takes delight in his people;

he crowns the humble with victory.

Psalm 149:4

But godliness with contentment is great gain.

1 Timothy 6:6

I rejoice in following your statutes

as one rejoices in great riches.

Psalm 119:14

The father of a righteous child has great joy;

a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.

Proverbs 23:24

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.

1 Timothy 6:17

I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.

John 15:11

A cheerful heart is good medicine,

but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Proverbs 17:22

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

3 John 1:4

While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!"

Matthew 17:5

I will be glad and rejoice in you;

I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.

Psalm 9:2

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.

Romans 5:3-4

When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future.

Ecclesiastes 7:14

Nehemiah said, "Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength."

Nehemiah 8:10

I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil-this is the gift of God.

Ecclesiastes 3:12-13

Sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

2 Corinthians 6:10

Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do.

Ecclesiastes 9:7

But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves.

Malachi 4:2

My son, if your heart is wise,

then my heart will be glad indeed.

Proverbs 23:15

However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.

Luke 10:20

I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

Luke 15:7

But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people."

Luke 2:10

Remember your Creator

in the days of your youth,

before the days of trouble come

and the years approach when you will say,

"I find no pleasure in them".

Ecclesiastes 12:1

Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil,

but those who promote peace have joy.

Proverbs 12:20

In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.

Luke 15:10

Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil-this is a gift of God.

Ecclesiastes 5:19

A wise son brings joy to his father,

but a foolish son brings grief to his mother.

Proverbs 10:1

The vine is dried up

and the fig tree is withered;

the pomegranate, the palm and the apple tree-

all the trees of the field-are dried up.

Surely the people's joy

is withered away.

Joel 1:12

April 17, 2020

Today I want to share a link to the Oak Ridge Boys.

It is a song the choir sang and I learned in Bible School. Prayers continue,

Pastor Barb

Oak Ridge Boys video

April 16, 2020

Today I am sending you 7 prayers from the Psalms to calm anxiety, written by Debbie McDaniel.

Holding you all in prayer,

Pastor Barb

7 Prayers from Psalms to Calm Anxiety

April 15, 2020

Today, I am sharing with you Resurrection Bible Verses. These meaningful Bible verses will be useful tools to have to remind you and your family why Easter is an important holiday. I have also included the answers to the trivia questions. Blessings to you this day,

Pastor Barb

- John 11:25-26: "Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?'"

- 1 Peter 1:3: "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead."

- 1 Corinthians 15:21: "For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man."

- Philippians 3:10: "I want to know Christ - yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death."

- Acts 4:33: "With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God's grace was so powerfully at work in them all."

- Luke 24:6-7: "He is not here; he has risen!"

- Romans 8:34: "Who then is the one who condemns? No one."

- Philippians 2:8: "And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death - even death on a cross!"

- 1 Corinthians 6:14: "And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power."

- Romans 6:9: "We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him."

- Romans 8:34: "Christ Jesus who died - more than that, who was raised to life - is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us."

- Romans 6:8-11:"The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus."

- Luke 24:6-7: "Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 'The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.'"

- Romans 6:8-11: "Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him."

- Acts 3:15: "You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead."

Easter Trivia Answers

1. What do we call the day Jesus was Crucified? Good Friday

2. "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise," is spoken in what Book? Luke

3. Who did Jesus first appear to after he had risen? Mary

4. The place where the last supper was held is referred to today as the what? Upper Room

5. What garden was Jesus praying in on Holy Thursday? Garden of Gethsemane

6. Who betrayed Jesus? Judas

7. The week just prior to Easter Sunday is often referred to as what? Holy Week

8. What is the Sunday before Easter called? Palm Sunday

9. Who denied Jesus? Peter

10. "They divided My clothes among them and drew names for my coat," was foretold in what Book? Psalm 22:18

11. What did Jesus ride triumphantly into Jerusalem on? Donkey

12. What prisoner did the people request to be released at the Feast instead Jesus? Barabbas

13. Which of the disciples did Jesus take with him into the garden on the night He was arrested? Peter, John, and James

14. Who went to Pilate and asked for Jesus' body to bury Him properly? Joseph of Arimathea

15. Whom did the Roman Soldiers force to carry the cross for Jesus? Simon of Cyrene

16. According to John, what were the last words of Christ on the cross? "It is finished"

17. As Jesus breathed his last breath, what happened in the temple? The curtain tore in two from the top to the bottom

18. Who was the Roman king at the time Jesus was crucified? Tiberius was the Emperor, Pilate was the governor

19. Who said, "I will not believe until I put my finger into the marks of the nails"? Thomas

20. Who used to visit Jesus at night and helped prepare Jesus' body for burial? Nicodemus

April 14, 2020

Easter continues! Use this trivia to help solidify the Easter Story Facts.

My thoughts and prayers are with you!

Pastor Barb

Easter Trivia

1. What do we call the day Jesus was Crucified?_______________

2. "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise," is spoken in what Book?_____________

3. Who did Jesus first appear to after he had risen?________________

4. The place where the last supper was held is referred to today as the what?________________

5. What garden was Jesus praying in on Holy Thursday?_________

6. Who betrayed Jesus?_______________

7.The week just prior to Easter Sunday is often referred to as what?___________________

8. What is the Sunday before Easter called?__________________

9. Who denied Jesus?____________

10. "They divided My clothes among them and drew names for my coat," was foretold in what Book?_____________

11. What did Jesus ride triumphantly into Jerusalem on?____

12. What prisoner did the people request to be released at the Feast instead Jesus?_______________

13. Which of the disciples did Jesus take with him into the garden on the night He was arrested?_______________

14. Who went to Pilate and asked for Jesus' body to bury Him properly?________________

15. whom did the Roman Soldiers force to carry the cross for Jesus?_______________

16. According to John, what were the last words of Christ on the cross?___________________

17. As Jesus breathed his last breath, what happened in the temple?___________________

18. Who was the Roman king at the time Jesus was crucified?____________________

19. Who said, "I will not believe until I put my finger into the marks of the nails"?__________________

20. Who used to visit Jesus at night and helped prepare Jesus' body for burial?__________________.

April 13, 2020

"Easter People Raise Your Voices," words written by James M. Williams and sung to the tune of, "Angels from the Realms of Glory"

Easter people, raise your voices, sounds of heaven in earth should ring.

Christ has brought us heaven's choices; heavenly music, let it ring:

"Alleluia! Alleluia!" Easter people, let us sing.

Fear of death can no more stop us from our pressing here below.

For our Risen Lord empowers us to triumph over every foe.

Alleluia! Alleluia! On to victory now we go.

Every day to us is Easter, with its resurrection song.

When the cares of life o'erwhelm us, Easter people, sing this song:

"Alleluia! Alleluia!" Everlasting triumph song.

April 2, 2020

I wanted to share this prayer with you. Prayers and blessings, Pastor Barb

Lord, we come to You in prayer, to ask You in Jesus name to heal the land and stop the chaos... remove the evil that is at play. May the lands be whole again! Please Lord, bring Your glory down and bless each and every person here on earth!

Lord, we pray that You would release us from this pandemic and the crisis in each and every country. We pray You will be with all who have lost jobs or whose jobs are at risk. We also pray that You protect all the doctors and nurses and everyone who is working hard to restore control!

We pray for all the grocery store and manufacturing workers...for the truck drivers as well!! We come to You asking that there will be no more death from this virus through Your healing power.

WE ARE NOTHING WITHOUT YOU, GOD, AND WE NEED YOU! Eradicate this virus faster than it started! Leave this world in wonder at how mighty is the work of Your hands! Let nations seek after You! May we all repent and turn to You, God!!

In Jesus name, Amen!

March 31, 2020

Romans 15:13

I read an article that said, "The church is not closed, it is deployed!"

So I was wondering if we could send cards to different ones to let them know, "God loves them and so do we!"

Please send an email to for a list of names and addresses for those that could use some cheer.

March 23, 2020

Dear Hopewell Family and Friends,

Today in light of our, "Shelter in place" order, I am sharing scriptures about fear and anxiety. Remember God is with us, God loves us, and God is for us!

Holding you all in prayer,

Pastor Barb

33 Verses

33 Bible Verses to Remind Us - We Do Not Have to Fear:

1. "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." ~ Isaiah 41:10

2. "When I am afraid, I put my trust in you." ~ Psalm 56:3

3. "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." ~ Philippians 4:6-7

4. "Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid." ~ John 14:27

5. "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." ~ 2 Timothy 1:7

6. "There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love." ~ 1 John 4:18

7. "When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul." ~ Psalm 94:19

8. "But now, this is what the Lord says...Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine." ~ Isaiah 43:1

9. "An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up." ~ Proverbs 12:25

10. "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me." ~ Psalm 23:4

11. "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." ~ Joshua 1:9

12. "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." ~ Matthew 6:34

13. "Humble yourselves, then, under God's mighty hand, so that he will lift you up in his own good time. Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you." ~ 1 Peter 5:6-7

14. "Tell everyone who is discouraged, Be strong and don't be afraid! God is coming to your rescue..." ~ Isaiah 35:4

15. "Do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?" ~ Luke 12:22-26

16. "The Lord is my light and my salvation-whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life-of whom shall I be afraid?" ~ Psalm 27:1

17. "Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall." ~ Psalm 55:22

18. "Immediately he spoke to them and said, 'Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid.'" ~ Mark 6:50

19. "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you." ~ Deuteronomy 31:6

20. "'For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Do not be afraid, for I myself will help you,' declares the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel." ~ Isaiah 41:13-14

21. "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble." ~ Psalm 46:1

22. "The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? The Lord is with me; he is my helper." ~ Psalm 118:6-7

23. "Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe." ~ Proverbs 29:25

24. "He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, "Quiet! Be still!" Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?" ~ Mark 4:39-40

25. "The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them." Psalm 34:7

26. "But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don't worry or be afraid of their threats." ~ 1 Peter 3:14

27. "I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears." ~ Psalm 34:4

28. "Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God himself will fight for you." ~ Deuteronomy 3:22

29. "Then he placed his right hand on me and said: 'Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.'" ~ Revelation 1:17

30. "Jesus told him, 'Don't be afraid; just believe.'" ~ Mark 5:36

31. "And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow-not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love." ~ Romans 8:38-39

32. "The Lord your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy." ~ Zephaniah 3:17

33. "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."...He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you...For he will command his angels concerning you, to guard you in all your ways..."Because he loves me," says the Lord, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him..." from Psalm 91:1-16

March 21, 2020

God speaks to me through music. I listen to a variety of music. I am sharing with you the lyrics to a couple songs that have given me comfort and reminds me of God's love for me and for all of us.

Casting Crowns sing, "The Voice of Truth":

"But the voice of truth tells me a different story

And the voice of truth says, "Do not be afraid!"

And the voice of truth says, "This is for My glory"

Out of all the voices calling out to me

I will choose to listen and believe

I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth

I will listen and believe

I will listen and believe the voice of truth

I will listen and believe

Because Jesus you are the voice of truth

And I will listen to you

You are..."

Written in 2002, "In Christ Alone" was a collaborative effort between Sturat Townend and fellow songwriter Keith Getty.

In Christ alone my hope is found

He is my light, my strength, my song

This cornerstone, this solid ground

Firm through the fiercest drought and storm

What heights of love, what depths of peace

When fears are stilled, when strivings cease

My comforter, my all in all

Here, in the love of Christ, I stand

In Christ alone, who took on flesh

Fullness of God in helpless babe

This gift of love and righteousness

Scorned by the ones he came to save

'Til on that cross, as Jesus died

The wrath of God was satisfied

For every sin, on him, was laid

Here, in the death of Christ, I live

There in the ground, his body lay

Light of the world, by darkness, slain

Then bursting forth in glorious day

Up from the grave, he rose again

And as he stands in victory

Sin's curse has lost its grip on me

For I am his and he is mine

Bought with the precious blood of Christ

No guilt in life, no fear in death

This is the power of Christ in me

From life's first cry to final breath

Jesus commands my destiny

No power of hell, no scheme of man

Could ever pluck me from his hand

'Til he returns or calls me home

Here, in the power of Christ, I stand

Remember our prayer requests from yesterday and pray for one another.

When you pass through the waters,

I will be with you;

and when you pass through the rivers,

they will not sweep over you.

When you walk through the fire,

you will not be burned;

the flames will not set you ablaze.Isaiah 43:2