Let Hope In, Session 3: A Father’s Heart


By Mark Smeby  How many men actually know how to be an amazing dad? Glenn McClure sure didn’t. But he wanted to find a way. So he set out on a journey. Glenn’s Journey  Having been adopted, Glenn McClure felt like part of his journey was finding his birth family, as well as a biological [...]

Let Hope In, Session 3: Holding Out Hope


by Jennifer McCaman No one understands hope like a college student. Every time you read a chemistry book till 5 a.m., pay your tuition, or work a double shift only to be rewarded by your minimum-wage paycheck, you’re forced to remind yourself that this is not for the rest of your life. You’re hoping for something more. Your hope [...]

Let Hope In, Session 3: First You Celebrate


  By Ann Brandt Someone once asked me, “What did you do when you learned your husband’s brain tumors were gone?”’  Without hesitation I answered, “We went to Hawaii.” I hastily qualified my statement, saying, “When you find out the cancer is gone and you’re going to live, you celebrate.” For my husband and me, [...]

From the Editor: Hope Found


Where do you look for hope? This week, Bible Studies For Life General Editor Ronnie Floyd reminds us that we live in a culture that inundates is with false remedies and placebos to attempt to make us feel better, or at least make us forget. Dr. Floyd rightly calls these “false, ineffective hopes.” Where is [...]

Let Hope In, Session 2: The War is Over


By Jennifer McCaman Christ made a way for peace. War often brings to mind images of battlefields, heavy ammunition, tanks, grenades, and soldiers outfitted in full battle array. Brave men and women go to war for our country daily in foreign lands. But far from the devastation of gunfire and bombs, another war quietly rages, [...]

Let Hope In, Session 2: Don’t Waste Your Life


By Mark Merrill  Prioritize what matters most.  Last time I checked, 10 out of 10 people die. Death is certain. But people don’t want to talk about it. Why? Let’s face it: We fear it. And besides, it’s flat-out uncomfortable and depressing to talk about our eventual demise. So what do we do instead? Author Os [...]

Let Hope In, Session 2: Sweet Release


Making Joy Your New Default Setting Sometimes it’s easy to cling to pain and disappointment. What would life be like to really live without it? By Steven James Sometimes I do a good job of keeping my eyes on heaven, on the unseen, on Jesus and His kingdom and those types of things. But all too often I get [...]

But Now…Victory: A Reflection of Sacrifice


by Lou Carlozo If you’re like most Americans, you start playing Christmas carols — “O Holy Night” and “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing” — at least a month before Christmas. You spend hours wrapping gifts and hanging lights, jaunting off to countless Christmas parties. But in the weeks leading up to Easter, do you sit around listening to “Up From the Grave [...]

But Now…Victory: An Easter Message


  On a beautiful spring day in 1977, my assistant, Specialist Fourth Class Tim Joiner, and I, a U.S. Army chaplain, were “on the circuit,” visiting our men at one of the 38th Air Defense Artillery Brigade’s scattered missile sites in the Republic of South Korea.  by Jack E. Brown  After a 2 and a [...]

From the Editor: Thanking God For Rest


We wrap up our “Productive” study with a session about rest. The Point of the session is, “Rest is a gift from God for His glory and our benefit.” We know that one of the 10 Commandments is “Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.” So what does that mean? Does it just mean [...]