"Here I Am, Send Me"

By Matt Morrison
I love music.  I can’t do anything without some kind of soundtrack running in the background.  Even as I write this, I have a nice rhythm going in my office.  Naturally, this also makes me easily drawn to corporate worship experiences.  It’s one of those things that stir...
The Best Pharisee

The Best Pharisee

By Matthew Rial
I am the best Pharisee in the room. ...
Women's Rights

Women's Rights

By Juli Hobin
"Open your mouth for those who cannot speak, and for the rights of those who are left without help.  Open your mouth.   Be right and fair in what you decide.  Stand up for the rights of those who are suffering and in need." (Proverbs 31:8-9) ...
The Gift of Marriage

The Gift of Marriage

By Sarah Robinson
My husband and I are celebrating our one-year anniversary today! February 27, 2016 will forever be one of my favorite days to celebrate because I got to enter into a lifelong covenant with my best friend. In light of it being our anniversary, my husband and I decided it would be...
Don't Ignore the Mission Here

Don't Ignore the Mission Here

By Matt Morrison
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to make my first of two trips to Germany this year.  While I head back over in October as a mission trip participant, I got the rare chance to direct filming of our work with refugees in the country.  It’s been just under two years since...
The Newlywed Weighs in on Love

The Newlywed Weighs in on Love

By Madie Fox
When I stood before my husband last month on our wedding day, listening to our pastor give a sermon on the reflection that marriage is to be of Christ’s love for His church, I felt entirely comfortable representing the undeserving bride in the analogy. Tyler is the best man I...
The Helping Hands of God

The Helping Hands of God

By Matthew Rial
It started with a single sentence in my notes. I don’t know where the thought came from or even when I had it. While reading through my notes during a quiet time, I stumbled across a question of great importance. ...
Are you responding to poverty the wrong way?

Are you responding to poverty the wrong way?

By Matt Morrison
I’ll never forget coming home from my first international mission trip.  I was a middle schooler and I had never left the United States before.  My dad had been going to Romania for several years and I was thrilled when he invited me to join him. ...
The Performance Perspective

The Performance Perspective

By Matthew Rial
I’ve talked with a few people recently about the pressure to perform. Many of us feel a pressure to achieve and maintain a certain standard or accomplish a goal set by someone else. While it can be a good thing to push ourselves, this performance perspective is slowly draining...
Where Heaven and Hell Collide

Where Heaven and Hell Collide

By Matt Morrison
I’ve seen plenty of gore in movies and on TV shows.  But nothing could prepare me for the photos on Ackmed’s phone.  I wasn’t really sure why he kept them or what made him feel safe to share them with me.  All I know is that I’ll never get the images out of my head. ...
The Art of Gratitude

The Art of Gratitude

By Matthew Rial
How we thank God is just as important as how often we thank Him. ...
New Year

New Year

By Kerby Anderson
As this year is winding down, it is time to start a new year. As we begin a new year, I wanted to pass on some advice. In previous Viewpoints, I have talked about the value of using this time of year to change something in your life. There is nothing magical about using January 1...
What is Christmas All About?

What is Christmas All About?

By Ben DeBusk
To start is simply to ask the question “What is Christmas all about?”  [For you grammar purists, I know this is poor grammar!]  The question, though, seems pretty simple and straightforward, right?  And we’ve all heard a thousand answers…and they’re mostly all...
When the Tides Turned

When the Tides Turned

By Matthew Rial
Have you ever seen the pictures from people celebrating after the Nazi Regime surrendered? The day is called V-E Day and the anniversary is still remembered on May 8th every year in Europe. I bring up these pictures because the dramatic celebrations that took place on the first...
Celebration of Expectation

Celebration of Expectation

By Matthew Rial
I have struggled in the past with the holiday season. The weeks of November and December can feel like a fog which lowers over my heart and does not disperse until the first week of January. I am unsure of the exact cause and yet I believe my family situation plays a big role. ...
When Fear & Calling Collide

When Fear & Calling Collide

By Matt Morrison
There I was, sitting in Terminal E of DFW International Airport, just minutes from my first of three flights.  While everyone around me would be at their final destinations in a matter of hours, I wouldn’t arrive in Romania until the following evening. ...
#GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday

By The Hope Center
Tomorrow, The Hope Center will be participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving. #GivingTuesday has inspired giving around the world, resulting in greater donations, volunteer hours, and activities that bring about real change in communities. We invite you to...
Thankfulness

Thankfulness

By Madie Fox
One would think that, should thankfulness be linked to praising God for all the stuff that we have, the wealthiest and the most successful would be those most often drawn to their knees. The assumption follows that those on the mountaintops of success or victory would be first to...
Three Things That Reveal Your True God

Three Things That Reveal Your True God

By Matt Morrison
Like so many people who have grown up in the Church, I always had the mindset that worship is a place or an event each week.  I’d so easily define it as the part of the Sunday morning service where we sing.  We live in a world where everything is compartmentalized.  We do...
The Art of Misdirection

The Art of Misdirection

By Matthew Rial
If someone takes your attention, they can make some dramatic things happen. It’s possible for them to astound you with some magic trick. It’s even possible for them to steal from you. ...
To Believers Discouraged by Election Season

To Believers Discouraged by Election Season

By Madie Fox
I assume this is not the first political post that you have visited. ...
The Battle Against Myself

The Battle Against Myself

By Matthew Rial
I was scrolling through YouTube the other day and came across this trailer. It’s pretty awesome. There’s a few aspects which stood out to me and yet the quote at the end is what hits my heart the hardest. ...
The Nones

The Nones

By Kerby Anderson
The fastest growing religious group of our time is the group of young people who check “none” or “none of the above” on religious survey questions. Social scientists therefore refer to them as “the nones.” A few years ago, I did some commentaries about the “nones”...
17 Prayers

17 Prayers

By Matthew Rial
I once experienced an impactful incident which involved a girlfriend and a Starbucks order. In the courtship phase of this relationship, I would bring coffee to said girl when we met at church. It was my ‘subtle’ way of expressing interest in her. ...
In Your Distress See God's Mighty Power in You

In Your Distress See God's Mighty Power in You

By Virginia Prodan
This morning you watched the news. Depressing again! ...
The Genuine Article

The Genuine Article

By Matthew Rial
A good friend of mine knows watches. He’s got a wealth of knowledge on them and can tell you the good or bad about most watchmaking companies. He can also teach you how to lookout for fakes. ...
Your One Gift = 40x Impact

Your One Gift = 40x Impact

By The Hope Center
Consider this: Every day, the impact of your donation to The Hope Center is multiplied across 40+ nonprofits. What an excellent return on your investment that helps further God’s work in North Texas and around the world! ...
We Are Winning

We Are Winning

By Matthew Rial
We are in a bitter struggle. Temptation, evil, and despair crashes in on us from every front. Some days I want to give up and head for a beach to spend the rest of my days. ...
The Silence of God

The Silence of God

By Virginia Prodan
Each day is overwhelmingly busy for me as I am sure it is for you. ...
The Problem With Greatness

The Problem With Greatness

By Matthew Rial
I want to be great. ...
Azerbaijani Man Saved by Mother's Prayers

Azerbaijani Man Saved by Mother's Prayers

By Jane Sadek
HEARTS AFLAME: A MOTHER’S FAITH ...
Pro-life Future

Pro-life Future

By Kerby Anderson
Pro-life groups and legislators wonder what they can do next in light of the Supreme Court decision on June 27*. The 5-3 decision that struck down the legislation in Texas left little room for any future pro-life legislation. ...
The 5 Verses I Prayed When An Assassin Came to Kill Me

The 5 Verses I Prayed When An Assassin Came to Kill Me

By Virginia Prodan
He slowly raised the gun and pointed it at my chest. My eyes shot to the photo of my two young daughters sitting on the corner of my desk. Oh God, I thought, I’m never going to see them again.
Leaving the Church and Finding Faith

Leaving the Church and Finding Faith

By Chrissy Gordon
Atheism. ...
Religious Liberty

Religious Liberty

By Kerby Anderson
“If this is a sign of how religious liberty claims will be treated in the years ahead, those who value religious freedom have cause for great concern.” That is the chilling statement from Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito in his critical dissent. He is troubled that the...
Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace

By Amy Simmons Crafton
“Amy, you do understand that you can die from this surgery?” should have been pretty terrifying to hear from my doctor. But the Lord gave me a “peace that surpassed understanding” (Philippians 4:7). Three days later I gave one of my kidneys to my stepfather, and he lived...
Non-Profit Organizations

Non-Profit Organizations

By Kerby Anderson
Most successful non-profit organizations try to run with business world efficiency, but they are limited in many ways because of the funding models they must rely upon. Most of the men and women who serve on a board of trustees come from a business background, and they often...
Set Free

Set Free

By Sarah Robinson
Independence Day is a day that will forever be branded with the words victory and freedom. A day that all of America celebrates the birth of our great nation; a birth that was founded upon the principles of democracy, capitalism and freedom of religion. ...
Beauty in the Brokenness

Beauty in the Brokenness

By Dustin Messer
Why should churches seek to integrate people with mental disorders into the body-life of the church? To begin with, all of us, in our own ways, are thoroughly disordered. Jesus is the only person post-Fall who has been perfectly ordered in psyche, personality, and affections. So...
Exponential Change

Exponential Change

By Kerby Anderson
One of the challenges for us in the future will be perception. We observe the world with linear perception, but we live in exponential times. Exponential growth is very different from arithmetic growth. We live our lives in a linear way. We live day-to-day, week-to-week,...

"You've Failed Me"

By Sam Ingrassia
The words were penetrating.  It was the last thing I wanted to hear from the woman I have loved for more than 40 years.  Looking back, I have no idea where the last four decades have gone.  We came to personal faith in Jesus Christ at the same time during our college days. ...
Build What Lasts

Build What Lasts

By Peter K Greer
WE HAD JUST ARRIVED IN CALIFORNIA, and my 7-year-old daughter was more than a little enthusiastic. As the sun was just beginning to peek over the golden horizon, Lili and I were the very first people on the beach, ready for a daddy-daughter day of adventure. With just a few...
Stuck in the Baby Pool

Stuck in the Baby Pool

By Sarah Robinson
AAA estimated that more than 38 million Americans traveled over Memorial Day weekend*. And, lucky me, I was one of them. This year my husband and I headed down to Houston to spend some time with family. My family has grown quite a bit over the past few years due to marriages and...
When Ridiculous Becomes Normal

When Ridiculous Becomes Normal

By Kelly Shackelford
When it comes to attacks on your religious freedom by extremists, the ridiculous is becoming normal. ...
The Father Connection - or Lack Thereof

The Father Connection - or Lack Thereof

By Josh McDowell
Johns Hopkins Medical School commissioned two professors, Dr. Thomas and Dr. Duazunski to study 1,337 medical doctors who graduated from Johns Hopkins University. They wanted to determine a cause factor, for these five diseases: (1) hypertension; (2) coronary heart disease; (3)...
Revival

Revival

By Tommy Nelson
When I was a young fellow in ministry I was driving out to East Texas, and I heard a fellow named Ron Dunn preaching over the radio on something that just grabbed me. I was in and out of the rain, so I pulled the car over on the shoulder to listen to him teaching on Acts Chapter...
Lost, But Always Found

Lost, But Always Found

By Sarah Robinson
“’I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and...
Captivated by Christ

Captivated by Christ

By Debra Atteberry
The first week in April, East-West Ministries International gathered 14 Americans—some of whom had never met or been on a mission trip—to travel to a Caribbean island recently opened to American travelers. Prior to leaving, each team member completed EvanTell’s online Act...
From Persecution to Revival: The Church in Romania

From Persecution to Revival: The Church in Romania

By Matt Morrison
Dan was nearly home when he heard the piercing squeal of tires coming from behind his car.  It was the last-second warning before the crash that jolted his vehicle.  After collecting himself, he stepped out of his mangled car to find hundreds of Bibles strewn across the...
Who Was Pilates Wife?

Who Was Pilates Wife?

By Allen B. Clark
"While Pilate was sitting on the judge's seat, his wife sent him this message: 'Don't have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him.'" Matthew 27:19 ...
Our Empty Hands: A Formative Act of Worship

Our Empty Hands: A Formative Act of Worship

By Whitney Messer
Have you ever noticed that what we do affects our mindset? ...
Radically Transformed Lives

Radically Transformed Lives

By The Hope Center
The good news of the Resurrection literally shook the world, and the good news is still radically transforming lives today.  In celebration of Holy Week last week, we invite you to watch this video to see how God's power is reaching the darkest areas of the...
The Madness of March

The Madness of March

By Sarah Robinson
The March Madness NCAA tournament began on Thursday, and, like forty million other people, I filled out a bracket to pick which team I thought would be the champion. ...
Let Nothing Move You

Let Nothing Move You

By Liberty McArtor
Many would say this is a frightening time. ...
God's Unlikely Cast of Heroes

God's Unlikely Cast of Heroes

By Matt Morrison
Since my earliest days, my parents have always dragged me to church.  I grew up learning all of the Bible stories, even the Veggie Tales versions of them.  Seriously, it’s hard not to imagine Jonah as an asparagus who jumped off a pirate ship piloted by a...
Hope in Adoption

Hope in Adoption

By The Hope Center
Partnerships between our Christian nonprofits are one of the most impactful elements of our mission at The Hope Center.  ...
When God Gives You Impossible Dreams

When God Gives You Impossible Dreams

By Liberty McArtor
In a quote that has been plastered onto endless scenic backgrounds and shared across virtually every social media network, the current President of Liberia hit on something incredibly true. ...
Redeeming Our Renovation

Redeeming Our Renovation

By Whitney Messer
I’ve spent more time in hardware stores in the past two months than I have in my entire life. I’m looking for just the perfect knobs for a sofa table I am refinishing. It started out as this forgotten, dusty, old piece of furniture - dinged up and worn out, and...
In the Image of God: Setting Our Creativity Free

In the Image of God: Setting Our Creativity Free

By Liberty McArtor
All it takes is a glance at the universe around us to recognize that our God is a creative God. ...
Learning to Abide

Learning to Abide

By Noel Bouché
A world free of sexual exploitation and brokenness.  That is our vision at pureHOPE and it sounds amazing... and utterly unattainable. After all, we wake up every morning to an age of suffering, longing, addiction, exploitation, brokenness, faithlessness, and daily heartbreaks...
Freedom of Religion

Freedom of Religion

As Americans, one of our greatest gifts is the freedom to share the hope of Jesus Christ.  ...
Collaboration

Collaboration

Collaboration is one of the most impactful elements of our mission at The Hope Center. ...
The Dallas Morning News Features The Hope Center

The Dallas Morning News Features The Hope Center

You don't often see the phrase "answer to...prayers" in business headlines. ...

"Every child deserves a family"

It started with a simple tweet: "Every child deserves a family." ...