Hope Lake Country



Welcome to Hope Lake Country sermon podcast. We hope these messages will encourage you in your relationship with God. Visit us at hopeinjesus.org.


  • How to Be Brave – Part 3 – “Into the Fire”


    Worry is like smoke. The closer you get to the source, the thicker it gets. Worry simply indicates what our source of glory / meaning is in life. When we make the good things of earth our glory / meaning in life, since all these things are fragile, worry will be our constant companion. When we make God our glory / meaning in life, we finally can hold something that cannot be taken. This enables us to live without fear.

  • How to Be Brave – Part 2 – “Think Thank”


    Anxiety isn’t just a huge problem today. It turns out that anxiety has always been a problem, and people have always had trouble processing it. But Paul was no stranger to fearful situations, which is why he knew exactly what to do about it. Today we’ll see the first kind of prayer that is the antidote to worry. Fear is overcome by giving thanks.

  • How to Be Brave – Part 1 – “Opposable Fear”


    Fear is an emotion caused by belief in a looming potential loss. The source of our fears is usually something we’re going to lose or we’re afraid we won’t have in the future. Since we can never really know what’s the around the corner, is it even possible to live without fear? In this message we will see that fear is opposable. It is possible to drive this uninvited guest out of your life when it barges in. This series introduction will explore what causes our fears, and share the solution that we’ll be unpacking in the following two weeks.

  • Crazy Like Us – Part 4 – “Money Talks”


    If your money could talk, what would it say about you? You probably don’t need to think too hard to answer the question. It might say that you worry. Or that you’re selfish. Or that you are rich toward God. Your money says something. Jesus invites us to be rich toward God. Not because God needs riches, but because he wants us to experience the peace that comes from being free people.

  • Crazy Like Us – Part 3 – “Means to an End”


    If you the primary purpose of your money is yourself, you will have very little to show for yourself at the end of your life. In one mind-bending parable, Jesus transformed the way that we are to both view and use money. First, we need to see that the money we have to use isn’t even our money to use. We’re the manager, not the owner. Second, we have been positioned to use someone else’s money in order to gain personal benefits. We are not owners, we are mangers. And we have been given the brief opportunity to manage in a way that genuinely benefits us and others.

  • Crazy Like Us – Part 2 – “Living Sacrifice”


    Isaac was Abraham’s only son whom he loved. God called him to sacrifice Isaac. But the point isn’t simply that we should obey God no matter what. The point is that there’s a debt of sin that every family owes to God. But God provides a substitute to pay that debt himself. This is what allows us to trust God when he asks us to sacrifice the things we love and trust in, for his glory.

  • Crazy Like Us - Part 1 – “The Blessed Test”


    God presents Abraham, and you, with a stark choice: Hold on to what you have, and you’ll end up empty, or offer it without restriction to God, and you’ll be filled, both you and the world around you. He offers the same choice to you: If you want to live a tidy, safe life, without leaving your comfort zone, you aren’t going to be of much use to anybody. But if you open your hands on all of it to God, he’ll use it beyond your wildest expectations.

  • You Asked For It - Part 6 – “What Happens When I Die?”


    When you ignore an uncomfortable reality, things usually get worse, not better. Yet, it is surprisingly easy for us to ignore the fact that we will face death. What happens two seconds after you die? Some people say you reincarnate. Others say that you hang out in purgatory for a while. And what about the bright light? What’s heaven like? Is hell real, and if so, why would a good God allow anyone to go there?

  • You Asked For It - Part 5 – “Are Spirits Real?”


    There’s more the world than the material world. There is also the spiritual realm, and it is all around us. And while there are forces of spiritual good, there are also forces of spiritual evil. In this message, we’ll pull back the curtain on the spiritual world to see the third member of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit. But we’ll also discuss the origin and work of the Prince of Darkness to understand how he is at work in the world.

  • You Asked For It - Part 3 – “Old Testament, What Was That?”


    The Old Testament chronicles God’s redemptive, sequential activity in history. It’s a fabulous, gritty, epic history of the Hebrew people in which, over and over, Israel is reminded that they are a divine means to an end. So, maybe instead of seeing the Old Testament as a spiritual guidebook or a storyline that needs to be tidied up, we should see it as something even better: the history of God preparing the world for a Savior.

  • You Asked For It - Part 2 – “Can I Trust the Bible?”


    It may be surprising to discover that the story of faith doesn’t actually begin in the beginning. The story of a personal faith in God begins with the accounts of a few men who sat down to record the death and resurrection of Jesus. It begins with the words of his followers who were compelled to document the events that had changed everything for them. The reason why Christians are talked out of Christianity is because they were never talked into it in the first place. The Gospel writers show us how to talk people into faith.

  • You Asked For It - Part 1 – “Are Science and Creation at Odds?”


    “In the beginning. . .” can be a loaded phrase—one that forces us into debate and doubt. Many outside the church would lead us to believe that a scientific worldview is in direct opposition to religious belief. Many in the church feel this way too. Are religious faith and a scientific worldview mutually exclusive? Must you put your brain away to follow Jesus?

  • Breaking the Silence


    No one wants to talk about sexual or domestic violence, but the conversation is needed. It’s time to examine our beliefs about domestic and dating violence. Many people are simply unaware of the prevalence of abusive relationships or how to recognize the signs. And the Church has to be on the frontlines of addressing this issue. So, in this message, we’ll talk about how to help people out of domestic violence.

  • Right in the Eye - Part 6 - “Army of One”


    As we continue on with the saga of Samson, we’ll see that he grew self-confident in his success. And his self-confidence is what ultimately led to his downfall. Yet what we’ll learn is that God is the only god who, when you fail him, will not fail you. God maintained his faithfulness in spite of Samson’s unfaithfulness. And through this story, we discover the pattern by which God crushes his enemies through defeat.

  • Right in the Eye - Part 5 - "Some Body"


    Samson might be the most famous of the Judges. But he might also be the most flawed because of his views on sex, violence, and power. As a result, we’ll see that he is a violent, impulsive, and an emotionally immature and selfish man. As it turns out, the beliefs that led to Samson’s downfall are still prevalent today. When it comes to our bodies, what can we learn from Samson’s demise?

  • Right in the Eye - Part 3 - “We Could Be Heroes”


    Set against a chaotic backdrop, Deborah is chosen to be the civic commander, spiritual leader, and judge of the nation of Israel. She was chosen by God, and yet she isn’t the main hero in this story. She calls on Barak, the general, to lead the armies to victory. But yet again, we see that he, too, isn’t the main hero of the story. The true hero ends up being someone far less likely. Why? Because God loves to use the most unlikely heroes to save the day.

  • Right in the Eye - Part 2 - “The Beginning of the End”


    If you begin a journey just a couple of degrees off course, you can end up hundreds of miles away from your intended destination. Where did things start going wrong for the Israelites, and how did they end up where they did at the end of the book of Judges? It started at the beginning. In this message, we’ll see exactly how the nation got those few degrees off course to begin with because it’s a risk we still experience today.

  • Right in the Eye - Part 1 - “Game of Thrones”


    As we dive into the story of the time of the Judges, we’re going to start at the end. The ending of this story is a very dark and unremittingly tragic tale. Women are viewed as property, innocent bystanders are targets of aggression, needless violence breaks out rampantly, and God is no longer worshipped. For people who are supposed to be fully devoted to the Lord, this doesn’t sound right. So, why did it end this way? How did things get so bad?

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