Randy Alcorn's Blog: hope

Does Jeremiah 29:11 Apply to New Testament Believers Today?

A few times I’ve shared Jeremiah 29:11 on my Facebook page. The verse says, “I know the plans I have in mind for you, declares the Lord; they are plans for peace, not disaster, to give you a future filled with hope” (CEB). I always get some pushback on this. Recently a thoughtful reader asked, “But for whom and when does this apply? Is the context meant to include me/us?”

The Secret to Finding Joy When Things Don’t Turn Out Like You Hope

Today’s guest post is from author and counselor Pam Vredevelt, related to her new book Empty Arms Journal: A 21-Day Guide for Healing After Pregnancy Loss. Many of you have been personally touched by a pregnancy loss or know someone who has been. Nanci and I have known Pam for many years and deeply respect her. I think you’ll find her perspectives helpful and God-honoring.

Encouragement When We Need Comfort, Grace, and Hope

Lately I’ve been meditating on the familiar (and therefore neglected) words of Jesus in Matthew 11:28-30. Though I memorized the words as a new Christian 45 years ago, I have never pondered them as much as recently.

Joy Forney on Finding and Being Community

Joy Hlavka Forney and her husband Dave, along with their children, serve with Mission Aviation Fellowship in Uganda, East Africa. The Forneys are quality people and in this article Joy said things that really resonate with me. 

Miscarriage: Finding Hope, Longing for Reunion

For most of us, the list of people we’re longing for reunion with is lengthy. But those who have lost a child, either before or after birth, have one more compelling reason to long for Heaven. 

Why You Can Find Hope in Stress

Once we understand that stress is a powerful tool in God's loving hand, we will never look at it the same way again.

Comfort, Hope and Encouragement from God

Some days no one but God has the right words. Nothing I can say stacks up against what follows. Read, believe and thank God that even when we don’t sense His presence, He’s with us and at work in a thousand ways we can’t see. 

Beauty from Ashes

Never underestimate the potential of a seed buried deep within the ashes.