“But it’s different when it’s your pig under the fence!”

Words spoken by an old farmer to a young preacher during a discussion of applying the Bible to everyday living. The old farmer was also a church leader who had been led astray by more than a generation bad teaching. Then feeling the pinch of disobedient decisions, he was demonstrating his emotional response to heartbreakingRead more

Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.

Do you remember this little children’s song? It is such a simple little song. We sang it over and over in Sunday school, daily vacation Bible school, children’s clubs, etc. It seemed so straightforward and uncomplicated. Yet it contains some vital and deep truths and concepts which are not only significant but immensely complicated. TakeRead more

Shocking… Numbing… Unsettling…

An urgent text: “Call me now.” Telephone message: “Your dad is trying to contact you.” Returned call: “Uncle Scott has passed away.” A short abrupt series of communications brought shocking news to extended family. Although no one had heard from him for a long time, every one of the extended family members still felt closeRead more

Extra special guest blogger!

It is my great privilege to offer this special edition of hopeforkip. My dear wife Judy has been my inspiration and encouragement for over 44 years – well before my injury! Here is a transcript of her comments  written for a ladies group at our church: What does it mean to ‘know the Lord’? WeRead more

Disturbing thoughts… Comforting promises

Something must have startled me. I woke up in the middle of the night wondering what was going on… Forcing my eyes to open I attempted to look for the time projected on the ceiling by my alarm clock located beside my bed – 12:45 AM. I closed my eyes and attempted to return toRead more

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Over the last 2 weeks, 3 of our grandchildren (presently living with us) have enjoyed an unexpected “vacation” from school due to snow. The unplanned winter break provided some interesting challenges for their parents, but never the grandparents. One of the results was that they had the opportunity to feast on someRead more

Onomatopoeia for me!

What do the words hiss, buzz, thud and murmur have in common? Give up? They are all onomatopoeias. Remember hearing about those in 8th grade grammar class? Can one of those things teach us anything? You may be surprised at what you learn as you read on at: hopeforkip.com

Waiting… Waiting… More waiting…

A close friend is waiting for serious surgery… A relative and mentor are waiting to discern the effect of recent chemotherapy treatments… An acquaintance from the VA hospital waits in ICU for the source of his infection to be discovered… A young woman waits for the right young man to come into her life… WaitingRead more

Wait… Wait… Wait…

“Wait until your father gets home.” “Wait! You are going to hurt yourself.” “You will just have to wait until dinner.” “I can’t wait until my birthday/I’m 16/I’m out on my own/…” “You will just have to wait.” “Wait here while I go over there and pray.” (Jesus words to his disciples) Waiting is aRead more