HopeCalls Blogs

Joy Comes In The Morning (March 2015)

Joy, God's gift to mankind which helps us to appreciate His Goodness and the Blessings of His Presence...more

Come See A Man (March 2014)

I want to paint a picture of what experiencing the good news ought to be like. To do this, I want to use that well known story...more

The Parable of The Misunderstood Father (June 2016)

The Prodigal son’s story has been replaying in my mind over and over again...more

The Birth of Hope (January 2011)

I can recall when Hopecalls was born, I remember the surge of inspiration, in the surroundings of the New Forest...more

How’s Your Faith Today? (April 2017)

In Romans 12:3, we all have a measure of faith. In fact, if it were not for that measure, we would not be part of this group...more

Reflections on Humility (February 2011)

I have been praying about developing the ability to deny self for a little while now...more

Fear: Casting Pearls Before Swine (March 2011)

I spoke to a friend recently who'd also been experiencing testing times with fear she found a practical answer in claiming the following promise...more

Happiness: Our Walk With Christ (April 2011)

Oh how I wish it was me- I would sit at our Lords feet, nothing could drag me away from His warmth and gentle wisdom. Perhaps I would be different from them...more

Anger: Zeal for Righteousness (May 2011)

We too can grow up to become solid and sturdy, robust and promising- but in reality we are working for ourselves and not the master...more

Beside Still Waters (January 2012)

Probably the most famous Psalm of all, the well known, well loved and well remembered, "The Lord's Prayer" seems to have world wide appeal...more

Salvation: A New Beginning (Nov 2013)

When we are separated from God's goodness, we are unable to thrive. As the opening text describes- God's grace saves us when we believe in Him...more

Who Is God To You? (December 2015)

When Moses boldly approached God as a friend and asked him to show him his glory I wonder what he expected...more

Goodness Stored Up! (August 2014)

Part of my exposition of the Goodness of God is to provide his own words in his Word. The wonderful thing about the Word of God is that it is living...more

Repentance: The Only Way Home (August 2013)

Where is God when we need Him? Perhaps this has more to do with the gradual erosion of God, the commandments and anything that appears remotely Christian, as opposed to "religious", from society...more

Peace: The Fruit Of Righteousness (March 2013)

We live in a world where peace is seen as a poor relation to fun, excitement, fame, fortune and popularity...more

Faith: The Substance of Our Hope (January 2013)

As believers, there is another type of faith which is more definate as it relates to faith in God...more

A Weary Soul's Rest (October 2012)

Liberally distributed throughout the bible are important statements- bible promises of rest whether physical, emotional or spiritual...more

Peace (August 2012)

Once implemented, the benefits of this exercise so fortify the Christian that they are able to withstand persecution, reviling and insults for their faith...more

Prayer: A Marvellous Journey (June 2012)

I can't deny that in the early days, prayer was like a verbal "talisman" something that I had to say to feel safe at night just in case something happened...more

If Trees Could Walk (May 2012)

Stick with me on this journey while I make this point. When we see people as trees and walking ones at that- we are not seeing our fellow man in the way God intended us to see them...more

Magnify the Lord with Me (April 2012)

Mary must have been a teenager with outstanding faith. Just imagine the scene- she is engaged to be married to Joseph and an angel appears...more

Depression: Tending the Flock (March 2012)

In these brief lines (Isaiah 40:11) we find the manifold qualities of God the Shepherd of His sheep...more

Love: The Spirit's Fruit (February 2012)

According to Paul in the verse above one of the functions of the Holy Spirit, is to bear fruit in our lives...more





Collection of Biblical Perspectives

The Lifesaving Good News

The gospel, otherwise known as the "good news", is described by Paul in Romans 1:16 as the "power of God unto salvation to all who believes"...more

Happiness; a much-sought after state of mind

is, according to the bible, what all Christians need to be striving for...more

Nothing of Himself

It’s interesting in the scriptures above that an important aspect of Christ’s mission was to reveal the character of God...more

Peace

When placed in context of the scriptural passage, we find Jesus describing his mission on earth as God's spiritual peace envoy...more

My Faith

Faith is intangible and invisible and yet it is an essential element in the Christian walk...more

Salvation: The Ark of God!

We need not question any further; God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit work in partnership to execute the mystery of salvation...more

The Anatomy of Repentance

Paradoxically, when we are engaged in it, it is "sin" that feels like height and "repentance" that seems like depths...more

The Purpose of Joy

Joy therefore is the natural response to the transformation brought about by divine intervention...more

Be Still And Know God

Stillness is a state of mind- not moving or making a sound (adjective) deep silence and calm...more

Finding Our Purpose

If we are made in the image and likeness of God, he expects us to have his character as well...more

Suffering to Learn from

What is clear however is that God has designed suffering for us to learn from, praise Him for and gain righteousness in...more

Forgiveness

God is the king who mercifully forgave the debt of ten thousand talents which was owed to him by one of his servants...more

Prayer

In the parable prayer is characterised as an impossible activity: an exchange between the lowest of the low in society with the most inaccessible authority of the land...more

Weariness

We need not succumb to fear when we have God on our side. If we exchange human fear with "fear of the Lord" we have wisdom...more

Have Faith in God!

It is interesting that prayer is the essential component in developing faith in God...more

Thanksgiving

He was a model intercessor whose primary motivation was God's glory (see Nehemiah 1:4-11)...more



Healthy Mind Articles

Alter Your Outlook Alter Your Attitude.

Attitude is the point of view from which we integrate all of our relationships...more

What are Emotions?

Emotions are considered to be complex experiences that affect both mind and body, internal and external aspects of an individual...more

Love.

The Four Loves (C.S. Lewis) uses the Greek language to describe the differences between positive emotions known collectively as "love"...more

What Makes Us Happy?

Happiness defined is the emotional state within ourselves and towards others responsible for giving us positive feelings...more

Hope As A Placebo.

Hope acts a placebo, according to Bernard Seigel, MD. I was intrigued by this statement because it seemed to...more

Is Anger Always Negative?

Our culture and upbringing is likely to influence the way we express our anger...more

What Are coping Mechanisms?

Coping mechanisms are learned patterns of behaviour that we have adopted to enable us to cope...more

Loss of Hope: Dealing with Depression.

When you are depressed, you may have feelings of extreme sadness that can last for a long time...more

In Search of Self Discipline.

Surely lack of self control isn’t completely disastrous? I do believe spontaneity has its place...more

Facing Up To Fear.

Emotions provide important clues as to the state of our inner lives more

What is Stress?

In a ‘normal’ response the physical effects of stress could be lifesaving. This is the ‘flight or fight’...more

What is Loneliness?

Contrary to popular belief, people living alone are not always socially isolated and therefore affected by loneliness...more

Emotional Wellbeing: Mental Health?

However mental health can be described in a variety of different but complementary ways...more

Building Emotional Resilience.

People who are resilient take a realistic and optimistic approach to their circumstances which enable...more

Forgiveness.

The person causing the offence can feel guilt or self- righteousness; whilst the offended party is left to feel hurt, disappointment or anger...more

Prayer: Medicine for the Mind, Body and Spirit.

From the Christian standpoint, the benefits of prayer are beyond question as it causes the insistent and humble petitioner to seek...more



Healthy Body Articles

Exploring Immunity and Allergy.

The work of the immune system is not always benign, it can sometimes lead to overreactions which can trigger allergic...more

Full Body MOT (Part I).

Health and wellbeing consists of eating well, gaining a balance between rest and activity abd taking care of our bodies...more

Full Body MOT (Part II).

It goes without saying that good nutrition will be evident in the condition and outward appearance of our bodies...more

Pure Water.

It is important that the body maintains a balance between the intake and loss of water...more

Learning to Love Life.

Life is a gift although we may not always see it that way. We may not always have material wealth and may experience pain, illness and hardship but life gives us the opportunity to think, feel and interact...more

Building Blocks to Optimal Health.

"Fearfully and Wonderfully made" (Psalms 139: 14); how do we make the best choices and cultivate the right habits...more

Keeping the Heart Healthy.

Making lifestyle changes can reduce the risks of Coronary Heart Disease...more

6 Keys To Health Improvement.

For the body to function effectively, it is important for a balance to be maintained...more

What is Cancer?

Cancer causes the uncontrollable growth of body cells as a result of damage caused to the body's regulatory mechanisms...more

What is Arthritis.

Term which describes a long term condition that is characterised by...more

Managing High Blood Pressure.

hypertension; a result of an increased workload on the heart which increases the force of blood pushing against...more

Diabetes Mellitus.

Disease resulting from the body's inability to make use of glucose...more

Benefits of Rest and Relaxation

. "We are fearfully and wonderfully made?" (Psalms 139). Our bodies are truly works of art...more

What Price Health?

we would all do well to consider what good health looks like and if we are far from the mark...more

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

The illness is often misdiagnosed because its symptoms vary and this makes it difficult to determine the number of people affected by the condition...more



Collated Spirit Articles

Growing Up Into Christ (1).

The plant, the child, grows by receiving from its surroundings that which ministers to its life, air, sunshine, and food...more

Growing Up Into Christ (2).

A life in Christ is a life of restfulness...more

Knowledge of God.

Many are the ways in which God is seeking to make himself known to us and to bring us into communion with him. Nature speaks to our senses without ceasing...more

Growing Up Into Christ (3).

Constantly beholding him, we "are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord." (II Cor. 3:18)...more

Growing Up Into Christ (4).

They knew that He was before the throne of God, their Friend and Saviour still...more

The Sinner's Need of Christ (1).

But after his sin, he could no longer find joy in holiness, and he sought to hide from the presence of God...more

The Sinner's Need of Christ (2).

But he added, in the bitterness of his soul-anguish and despair, "I am carnal, sold under sin...more

Repentance (1).

It is only through Christ that we can be brought into harmony with God, with holiness; but how are we to come to Christ?...more

Repentance (2).

Every desire for truth and purity, every conviction of our own sinfulness, is an evidence that his Spirit is moving upon our hearts...more

Repentance (3).

One ray of the glory of God, one gleam of the purity of Christ, penetrating the soul, makes every spot of defilement painfully distinct...more

Repentance (4).

Many accept an intellectual religion, a form of godliness, when the heart is not cleansed...more

The Privilege of Prayer (1).

Jesus himself, while he dwelt among men, was often in prayer. Our Saviour identified himself with our needs and weaknesses...more

The Work And The Life (1).

The spirit of Christ's self-sacrificing love is the spirit that pervades heaven...more

The Work And The Life (2).

We are brought into sympathy with Christ through the fellowship of his sufferings...more

The Work And The Life (3).

We need not go to heathen lands, or even leave the narrow circle of the home, if it is there that our duty lies, in order to work for Christ...more

Faith and Acceptance (1).

You have confessed your sins, and in heart put them away. You have resolved to give yourself to God...more

Faith and Acceptance (2).

Henceforth you are not your own; you are bought with a price...more

Faith and Acceptance (3).

But even this parable, tender and touching as it is, comes short of expressing the infinite compassion of the Heavenly Father...more

The Test of Discipleship (1).

Every burden is light; for the yoke that Christ imposes is easy. Duty becomes a delight, and sacrifice a pleasure...more

The Test of Discipleship (2).

When the principle of love is implanted in the heart, when man is renewed after the image of Him that created him, the new covenant promise is fulfilled...more

The Test of Discipleship (3).

If eternal life were granted on any condition short of this, then the happiness of the whole universe would be imperiled...more

The Test of Discipleship (4).

Even if we are overcome by the enemy, we are not cast off, not forsaken and rejected of God...more

Confession (1).

Confession will not be acceptable to God without sincere repentance and reformation. There must be decided changes in the life...more

Confession (2).

When sin has deadened the moral perceptions, the wrong-doer does not discern the defects of his character...more

What To Do With Doubt (1).

God never asks us to believe, without giving sufficient evidence upon which to base our faith...more

What To Do With Doubt (2).

There are many things apparently difficult or obscure, which God will make plain and simple to those who thus seek an understanding of them...more

Consecration (1).

"Ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart." (Jer. 29:13)...more