“There’s just something different about People Hope.”
We hear that a lot, and it really is true. Below are a few of the things that set us apart, and we would be so honored to share those with you and have you click through each section to read a little bit about our heart.
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ˇ We believe in hope.
We believe that hope is a free gift that’s intended for everyone! Quite simply, hope is for you. And, as is true of any gift, you can choose to accept it or deny it.
“…we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame…” [Romans 5:3-5]
ˇ We believe that God cares about sick people.
Jesus spent a lot of His time with the chronically ill, befriending them, healing them, and loving them.
“…God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish.” [Psalm 9:18]
ˇ We believe that you are loved, and that love changes everything.
God loves you, and not in the trite, cliché way that you might have heard before by well-intentioned people. God truly does love you. God sees you, and He looks at you with compassion and an unshakable, unconditional, permanent, and personal love! And that doesn't waiver whether or not you consider yourself a "religious" person. His love isn't based on your behavior or how much you've messed up. He wants you — all of you, just as you are. You are deeply valued and highly, profoundly significant to Him. Your illness may be invisible, but He sees it all, and His heart gushes with compassion and aches with love for you. And when you begin to catch a glimpse of the span of God's overwhelming love for you, perhaps then you'll begin to understand where hope really comes from in the first place. You are loved so completely that God created this thing called hope for you to hold in your heart like a perfect secret that you can share with everyone. That's how loved you are — that this thing called hope even exists!
"'Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,' says the Lord, who has compassion on you." [Isaiah 54:10]
“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” [1 John 4:8]
ˇ We believe you have purpose.
You’re not here by accident. Your life has immense, intricate purpose that is solely unique to you. That’s the kind of purpose that can’t possibly be tampered with or wasted by chronic illness.
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” [Jeremiah 29:11]
“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” — Jesus [John 10:10]
“…If God is for us, who can be against us?” [Romans 8:31]
ˇ We believe that purposeful life requires supernatural strength.
Sometimes life is just painful. If you’re living with chronic illness, that may sound like the understatement of the century. Accepting the gift of hope doesn’t make life easy or problem-free. Rather hope equips you for the moments when life most assuredly will throw challenges your way. Life’s cruelties require a strength that is so far above our own, but that kind of strength is at your fingertips if you’re willing.
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” [Psalm 34:18]
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." — Jesus [Matthew 11:28]
"The Lord will fight for you, you need only be still." [Exodus 14:14]
“The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace.” [Psalm 29:11]
“I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.” [Philippians 4:13]
“…in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” [Romans 8:37]
“…those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” [Isaiah 40:31]
ˇ We believe in relationship.
Unlike relationship, religion is founded on rules with an emphasis on avoiding the wrong things. But God is more interested in your heart and your motives behind your actions. He wants to have a personal, dynamic relationship with you.
“‘The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’” [1 Samuel 16:7]
ˇ We believe in conversation.
Just like any relationship, open dialogue and consistent communication are key. We believe that prayer is our way to talk to God, and it’s nothing more “fancy” than a simple, honest conversation.
“‘Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.’” — God [Jeremiah 29:12-13]
ˇ We believe in grace.
No matter how many mistakes you make, there is nothing you could ever possibly do to make God stop loving you. If you want it, there’s a forgiveness that refuses to quit and it’s accessible to you at any time.
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” [Romans 8:38-39]
ˇ We believe that one choice changes your eternity.
When you accept this gift of hope in Jesus, you accept the promise of eternal life in heaven with God. That’s a comforting thought for those of us with sickness and suffering here on earth. There’s peace in knowing that you can have a forever in heaven with the ultimate source of love, and without illness or pain.
“‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” [Revelation 21:4]
How do I accept the gift of hope?
Ultimate hope comes from ultimate love.
God loves you so profoundly that his son, Jesus, spent years on earth as a man, experiencing all the hardships and heartaches that we walk through. And God loves you so much that Jesus demonstrated ultimate love by sacrificing His life so that we would have the opportunity to accept the gift of hope. Jesus supernaturally conquered death and rose back to life to offer us a truly unthinkable, unending grace for all of our mistakes, and eternal life with Him in heaven.
When you accept God’s gift of hope through Jesus, you set off a momentous chain of events. In that very moment, all of your sins and mistakes are forgiven and forgotten, you are given the promise of eternal life, and you get a fresh start just like you’re brand new!
All you have to do to accept God’s gift of hope is pray a simple prayer:
I’m praying this prayer because I know that I make mistakes, and I’ve done wrong. But I believe that Jesus died to make a way for me to have a relationship with you. I believe that Jesus is Lord, and I want to know you. So please forgive me for everything I’ve done wrong in the past. Help me to walk through the “ups and downs” of life, keeping my focus on you as my God. Thank you for this perfect gift of hope.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” [John 3:16]
“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” [Romans 10:9]
“For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” — God [Hebrews 8:12]
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” [2 Corinthians 5:17]
We believe that accepting hope is the best decision you can ever make.
Choosing hope and praying that eternity-quaking prayer changes everything, and if you’ve made that decision, we are celebrating with you! Please click the "I Decided" button above so we can send you a special note of congrats! This is the start of a beautiful, new journey for you as you start an authentic, real relationship with God, begin to daily accept his unfailing love for you, and learn who He is so that you can love Him too.
As you begin this relationship, here are a few “next steps” that will help you get to know God on a personal level:
- Have Conversation — Pray and have conversations with God throughout your day about whatever is on your heart. Thank Him for the good things, ask Him to help you with the things you’re struggling with, and talk to Him about everything in between.
- Read — Read the Bible, read about Jesus, and get to know who God is! You can even download the Bible for free using the YouVersion app to have it always with you. We recommend reading through the book of “Luke” (in the Bible) first to read about the life of Jesus. You’ll see that there are different translations of the Bible, so pick one that’s easy for you to read! New International Version (NIV) will steer you clear of “thee’s” and “thou’s” and complicated language, and The Message paraphrase puts the Bible into today’s language.
- Listen — Listen to music from artists that sing about the hope that God gives us. Check out artists on your music apps like Hillsong United, Hillsong Young & Free, Bethel Music, Elevation Worship, and All Sons & Daughters.
- Spend Time — Just like any relationship, setting aside consistent time is key. There’s no formula you have to follow, so figure out what works for you! Maybe take a couple minutes in your morning to talk to God or read your Bible. Maybe make that time a part of your lunch break or evening routine.
- Connect — Get to know some people who can encourage you and pray for you in person! If you’re able, go to a church in your area. If you’re not feeling well enough to get up and go, you can stream services live on Sunday mornings from River Valley Church or stream services throughout the week from Elevation Church. You’ll hear beautiful music and listen to a message that will help you learn about who God is.
Not only do you have a huge community at your fingertips with the People Hope Tribe, but God is always with you, and that’s even better still!
In a life where our circumstances, challenges, and bodies are ever-changing, God is the one true constant. He doesn’t change, His love never waivers, and He is always, always with you.
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” [Psalm 46:1]
"Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for You are with me…” [Psalm 23:4]
“‘So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.’” — God [Isaiah 41:10]