Newsletter

Issue 33, June 2017

This edition of our New Hope Newsletter was published June 1, 2017.

Discovery Groups

7 Questions that Become 9

First, what are you thankful for? (What comes to mind?)  Second, what are you struggling with? (What comes to mind?) And how can we help?  Imagine gathering with 2-4 friends each week and starting your time together with these two questions. These two questions alone could fill up well over an hour among friends.  For years at New Hope our LIFE Groups have been...

Psalms Series logo

The Art of Meditation

How does a man lay out his or her need before an Almighty God? How do the created even speak to the Creator? How do the hurting pour out their souls to a loving God?  The Psalms show us how.  As we begin our summer teaching series on the Psalms called "The Psalms: Jesus' Prayer Book", I want to give you some helps on how we can have heart transformation as we go through Psalms together...

Thorpe Kids

The Thorpe's Adoption Story

tangible: 1. easily seen or recognized, 2. able to be touched or felt.  I recently came across a blog post where the author explained how she struggled with believing in God due to the fact that God is not tangible.  Believing in something that is not tangible is difficult. Even the disciple Thomas could not believe what he did not see. It wasn’t until Jesus appeared before him that he believed...

Men

What is the most courageous thing you’ve ever done as a man?  When I ask this question your mind most likely is drawn movies like Taken, where Liam Neeson single-handedly tracks down his daughter’s abductors and rescues her, or the movie Gladiator, where Maximus takes on the evil Commodus to avenge his family’s death, or William Wallace in the movie Braveheart, where William Wallace gives his life for freeeedddddooooooommmmmmmm....

Kids Playing

As many of you know, LIFE Groups are an integral part of the culture of New Hope. I would even go as far to say that they are the life blood (ahem, LIFE blood) of our church. Sure, we all enjoy coming together on Sunday mornings during Central Gathering, exchanging hugs and checking in with all of those who make up our church family, but real life happens the other six days of the week. During these LIFE Groups...

Teenagers and Parents

The world of a teenager can be a tricky one to maneuver through. In some ways, it is complicated, dramatic, and exhausting. In other ways, it is simple, hilarious, and enjoyable. Entering into a discipleship relationship with your teen falls under the umbrella of many of these elements. It can be frustrating, tiresome, and may produce little to no fruit. It can also be extremely rich, life-giving, and fruitful...

Women's Retreat Pics

A Report from Our Recent Women's Retreat

“If you want lifelong friendships they must be based on an inexhaustible topic.”  Melody Richeson shared this C.S. Lewis quote with us at our women’s retreat in April where over 60 women from New Hope gathered to dive into what discipleship looks like. She taught us by providing rich, Bible-based examples of what the Bible says about discipleship. We desire...

Man of Light

Learning to Let Our Stories Out

My last few articles for this publication have centered on helping us learn to find truth and beauty in the midst of our culture’s stories, especially our media and literature.  This time I want to expand on that theme and apply now it to our own stories.  Just as our society’s beliefs, questions, and values find natural expression through the stories it produces, so also on a personal level our beliefs, questions, hopes...

2017 WOTY Word Cloud

Our 2017 Words Of The Year

We’re halfway through 2017 and finally have our 2017 WOTY Word Cloud done! Hope you got your word on there. Now that we’ve chosen our words lets encourage and pray for each other. Here’s the list of all New Hopers who’ve submitted their word including a corresponding verse and reason for the word: New Hope's 2017 WOTYs List.  What a gift to have this personal insight into each of these people’s lives! This is a glimpse...