But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Apologetic Report - Reasons for Hope
Sunday, 19 March 2017 23:00

Where were you on May 15, 1987?

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Psalm 103:2-5 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s....

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At first glance, a reading of the words of Jesus in John 14-16 seems to suggest we can have whatever we ask of God. This appears to be in direct contradiction with the passage we looked at in the previous article on James 4:3.  How can we say that God denies our requests, when over ...

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Tuesday, 07 March 2017 23:00

REQUEST DENIED! Part 1: How not to pray.

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Asking is something we learn to do at a very early age. When a baby wants milk, he asks the only way he knows how, crying. When a child wants to be carried, he asks for it. When a child wants a toy, he asks for it. When our kids want a car, they ask ...

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Friday, 03 March 2017 22:00

Enough is Enough with Horus Already!

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Not very long ago I was challenged on an issue that has come up a few times over the years.  This time it was different because the same challenge came in from multiple sources at almost the same time. In the past I’d dealt with it superficially and wasn’t that concerned about...

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Hear more from an experience Carl had while running the rapids on the Colorado River!  Hang on! In Part 1 I shared Lee’s conversion on the Grand Canyon Raft trip and told you I’d share some life lessons that I learned from this experience.  By the way, this information is...

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017 06:28

“Be Thankful!”

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Here’s a short story to encourage all of us to be “Thankful”! As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God. Psalm 42:1  In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18  My last trip...

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Sunday, 12 February 2017 16:00

Boys vs. Men

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Boys vs. Men, can you tell the difference?  Let me share something that was shared with me explaining the difference. Things are pretty different in our world than when I was a child.  When I was young and my mother punished me I had to stay in my room.  Today, it seems that...

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Wednesday, 08 February 2017 04:57

Real World Evangelism – Grand Canyon Part 1

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Christians must apply their faith in the “real” world.  Join Carl on one such journey in the Grand Canyon. II Corinthians 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then...

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Saturday, 04 February 2017 15:03

‘Defeating the mindless megaphones’

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Preparing a generation to be more than just skin deep.  Even the lost see there’s a problem. The Washington Post recently published an article entitled “Why kids-now more than ever-need to learn philosophy. Yes, philosophy.” The main argument was simply that the people in our...

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I don’t believe there is one!  Unfortunately what we see in our world today is a culture that’s constantly portraying the Bible as being completely unbelievable and unreliable.   One area that this is very apparent in is the world of “science”. Our children...

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Wednesday, 25 January 2017 19:08

The Million Dollar Question!

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Forgive me for dealing with something that I PRAY everyone who reads this already has the answer to. We have dealt with this question in the past in an article entitled “Which came first? The chicken or the egg?”  but, to reinforce WHY you should have an answer to this silly...

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Saturday, 14 January 2017 14:51

How to help a friend with unbelieving parents?

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A friend of mine goes to our public school.  She is a believer, but she cannot follow her beliefs because her dad doesn’t believe.  I gave her a Bible one time and she gave it back because her dad said to.  The only time we can talk is at school.  I don’t know how to...

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Wednesday, 11 January 2017 10:11

Life Lessons from the Road: Are you a Barnabas?

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I will never forget what happened on a cold February day in Iowa a few years back. I was in Des Moines for a weekend apologetics conference and to debate Hector Avalos, an atheist professor at Iowa State University. Being my first major debate, I was a bit anxious. You must understand, this was...

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Thursday, 05 January 2017 14:05

Update 2017

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Happy New Year Everyone! Please allow me to say a huge “Thank You!” to everyone for 2016.  It was by far our busiest and most successful year in ministry since we started.  When we looked back over the year it was pretty amazing to realize how much the Lord accomplished...

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Friday, 23 December 2016 09:46

Life Lessons From the Road! Keys

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Hey everyone, we sure hope that we can encourage you by sharing lessons we’ve learned on our travels.  It’s our desire that our lesson’s will give you idea’s on how to use your experiences to teach those the Lord has put in your sphere of influence.  Last time I...

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Sunday, 18 December 2016 10:29

Life Lessons From the Road!

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I’ll never forget one of my first ministry trips to Japan.  Most of you know that I love Japan.  I lived there for over 4 years while in the Air Force and met my wife there.  I’d move back tomorrow if I could afford to take the whole family.  But, that’s not...

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Have you ever watched the Christmas Classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life”? I can see you shaking your head at me, “Carl, it’s been called one of the 100 best American films and is one of the most acclaimed films ever made, who hasn’t seen it?” But, please listen...

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Saturday, 10 December 2016 18:45

2016 Year End Review and Thank You Message

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We just wanted to take a few moments and review what an amazing year we have had and how God has blessed our ministry.  We also want to thank all of you who have prayed, donated, or volunteered to help the ministry grow.  We have seen so many doors opened this year we are overwhelmed. ...

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Wednesday, 30 November 2016 10:26

Not So Bright Spot: Losing our Youth

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Encouragement and disappointment go hand-in-hand. As encouraging as the many “Bright Spots” over the last 6 years of ministry at Reasons for Hope* have been, (Bright Spot: Trust God) there have also been seasons of disappointment—the no so “bright spots!” There is one...

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Saturday, 26 November 2016 08:50

Bright Spot: Trust God

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Luke 12:32 Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom. All of us at Reason for Hope* pray that you had a BLESSED Thanksgiving.  It’s probably my favorite holiday.  Yes, I love Christmas, but my love of Thanksgiving is very...

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Wednesday, 16 November 2016 18:40

Reflections on Six Years of Ministry

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Psalm 77:11-14 11 I shall remember the deeds of [i]the Lord;Surely I will remember Your wonders of old. 12 I will meditate on all Your work, And muse on Your deeds. 13 Your way, O God, is holy; What god is great like our God? 14 You are the God...

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The results of this year’s presidential elections give us yet another opportunity to learn important lessons about dissent. It is not my intention to take sides or promote any candidate. My sole concern is our attitude in engaging with whom we disagree.  Take for example some of the...

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Wednesday, 09 November 2016 07:31

The Smell of Rain

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The Smell of Rain When I was in graduate school, there were many times that I needed a break from working at the bench.  The guy that worked across from my lab bench one day walked in the lab from outdoors with a scoopful of soil in a test tube.  It seemed like the strangest ...

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Wednesday, 02 November 2016 13:00

Grand Canyon Trip

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I had an amazing experience on one of the last Grand Canyon trips the Lord allowed me to be a part of.  This was one of the most difficult trips that we’ve ever taken, from an equipment perspective.  Please allow me to share that experience with you. John 15:5 I am the vine; you are...

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Saturday, 29 October 2016 14:49

New Lucy Booklet

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I’m praising God that I was able to film all 14 of the new studies that I’ll be doing for our Academy of Hope* Online Classes we’re going to be starting up next year.  It was a LOT of work, but I’m so excited to see what the Lord is going to do with our ...

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