The first emotion with which we associate Christmas is pure unadulterated joy. And yet . . .
The following is a personal letter I recently passed along to the hundreds of women and men among our older generations with New Hope Church. It gives a glimpse of a shepherd’s heart, the complexities of our day, and the gift which are our senior saints. Dear Friend, This isn’t your normal church letter. In fact, this note isn’t going […]
Recently, a friend of mine who is on the verge of getting married sent me a Facebook message and asked me a wonderful question: If you could give one piece (or more) of advice on a successful, Christ-centered marriage what would that be? Thank you for the help! It didn’t take but a minute or so for me to know […]
The geography was made for the moment. Caesarea Philippi, located 25 miles north of the Sea of Galilee, was a place of unusual significance. No mere spot on the road, this city had been built up by Philip II, the son of Herod the Great. In honor of Caesar Augustus he called it Caesarea, and to distinguish it from another […]
My beautiful and Christ-like mom, Susan St. John, passed away suddenly on May 13, 2020. Here are a few simple words upon which I meditated as we laid her to rest at the National Veteran’s Cemetery in Knoxville, Tennessee. It is not suppose to be this way. After all, the Lord God “looked at all he had made, and behold, […]
Pastor Matthew shared the following remarks with the New Hope Church community during the time of lament in the worship gathering on Sunday, May 31, 2020, less than a week after George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis. These past several days I’ve been in Tennessee because, as many of you know by now, my mom died suddenly. Just a few […]