Inspiring Moments

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Inspiring Hope Church ﹒ 2 min read

Written by Laura Bennett, a core team member at Inspiring Hope Church. "Hoo (who) am I and what is my purpose?" A question my 9 year old son wrote down during a message at church camp this summer! (Thank you Jesus for this sweet boy’s heart!) How often do we ask ourselves this same question? Who are we? What is our purpose here? What is God’s will for our life? We ask it when we’re unsure of our next steps. We ask it when something bad happens. We ask it when things are going so well that w...

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Wisdom: The Root of Maturity

Matt Harris ﹒ 4 min read

1 Corinthians 2:4-9 NIV "My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power. We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers o...

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Freedom in Christ

Inspiring Hope Church ﹒ 4 min read

Written by Jenna Cherry, a core team member at Inspiring Hope Church. “In Him, and through faith in Him, we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” Ephesians 3:12 For the last several weeks, I’ve been reading through the book of Acts. As I’ve been reading about the lives of the apostles, the Lord has given me a fresh perspective of their lives and how they walked with Him. They were truly, wholeheartedly filled with the Holy Spirit. They were confident in His ability to work in and th...

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Home

Amanda Harris ﹒ 2 min read

Written by Amanda Harris, a core team member at Inspiring Hope Church. As I'm sitting here writing this blog, I'm on the island of Maui. It's early because my internal alarm clock is still 6 hours ahead, so most of the resort is sleeping. I hear the crashing of the waves, and can feel a gentle breeze coming off the ocean. Rough life, right? I'm so excited to be here. This trip was scheduled to celebrate our 5th anniversary, but because of COVID and then cancer, it's taken a few years for us to...

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A Season of Praise

Inspiring Hope Church ﹒ 3 min read

Written by Megan Andrews a core team member at Inspiring Hope Church. Colossians 3:15-17 “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, givin...

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Peace is a Practice

Matt Harris ﹒ 5 min read

Written by Matt Harris, a core team member at Inspiring Hope Church. To be honest this topic has been weighing on my mind since well before recent global events, but it seems even more important now. There seems to be so much MORE anger, MORE uncertainty, and MORE fear in our world today. And of course we have good reasons, right? Fear of disease, fear of losing freedoms, anger and sadness over the unnecessary loss of loved ones, frustration over changing social power dynamics, uncertainty and ...

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Prayer in the Wilderness

Inspiring Hope Church ﹒ 4 min read

Written by Jenna Cherry, a core team member at Inspiring Hope Church. “Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her.” Hosea 2:14 Over the last several months, my husband and I have been experiencing what I can only describe as a “wilderness” season. But what does that mean? Well for us, it has meant countless hours of asking for peace and clarity in our current situation. Asking questions like, “Why have you brought us here? What should w...

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Living for the “Like”

Inspiring Hope Church ﹒ 3 min read

Written by Megan Andrews: Born and raised in Ohio, Megan has been a member of Inspiring Hope Church since Summer of 2020, alongside her husband, son and daughter (making her appearance in 2022). “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Tru...

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"Where's my blessing?"

Amanda Harris ﹒ 2 min read

I've been struggling the last few days. Battling cancer is not what I had hoped to be doing this year. Like a petulant child, I've been stomping my feet, declaring how unfair the situation is, feeling sorry for myself. Asking God, 'where is my reward?' My brother called me the other night, and he told me about a recent tantrum that my niece had thrown… and it left me feeling a little convicted about the spiritual tantrum I've been throwing lately. Conveniently, when I opened up my Bible, I was...

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Praise is a Choice

Amanda Harris ﹒ 2 min read

Early in my walk with Jesus, it was easy to praise Him. I saw His hand in every sunrise, every wildflower, every happy moment. But then life got hard. We experienced loss of loved ones, illness, job loss, struggles in our marriage, broken friendships. It was in those trials that we learned that praise is not always automatic - it's often a choice. In the Bible, we see time and time again people experiencing difficulties just like us, acknowledge the hard stuff and still choose to praise Go...

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Imitation Shouldn't Be Intimidating

Ben Mangrum ﹒ 2 min read

Have you ever read Ephesians 5:1 where the writer Paul says "Therefore be imitators of God, as dearly loved children?" Recently our church has been walking through the book of Ephesians and I can't stop thinking about that one verse. Imitating God can be intimidating, am I right? I mean, how the heck are we suppose to copy and do everything God does? He's God and well I for sure am not. But I've come to realize there are two words in the verse that help us understand how we can do just that. Th...

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I See This Fight From a Victory!

Ben Mangrum ﹒ 1 min read

I’m reminded today that the God I serve see’s every battle that we face from the place of victory. That is a hard concept to grab ahold of in a world where it seems everywhere we turn there’s conflict. The battles we face, may it be within ourselves or in our nation can cause us to doubt whether God cares. But today I want to share that He does care! God Cares Because: 1: We are His greatest creation made in His own image. Genesis 1:27 2: He says that we are His masterpiece created for a purp...

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Our Church Planting Journey: Volume 6

Inspiring Hope Church ﹒ 2 min read

Even though it is definitely different this year, we have taken advantage of our state opening up some. We've made some more connections by meeting more neighbors, talking and working with local pastors on the same mission, and really trying to get involved in the community....

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Our Church Planting Journey: Volume 5

Inspiring Hope Church ﹒ 3 min read

The last couple of months have been so different than we had expected them to be. Even in the midst of different, we have found an overwhelming peace with where God has us and what He is doing. We have clung to our faith and the things we could control and we prayed and let go and let God work...

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Our Church Planting Journey: Volume 4

Inspiring Hope Church ﹒ 4 min read

March has come and gone and everyone is learning a new way of life and staying safe at home when possible due to the impact of the COVID-19 virus. We've chose to use this time to strengthen our relationships with Christ through more time in His Word and in prayer and clinging to the positives...

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Our Church Planting Journey: Volume 3

Inspiring Hope Church ﹒ 3 min read

February has come and gone and it seems like it really flew. We are finally starting to feel like Ohio is home even though we miss our friends and family tremendously. We realize more than ever the importance of having a group of people that we do life with daily. Speaking of that, we are excited ...

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Our Church Planting Journey: Volume 2

Inspiring Hope Church ﹒ 3 min read

With Christmas, living in transitional housing, and moving we decided to combine our December and January Newsletter into one. Well we are officially Ohioans (if that's how you say it). We arrived here December 28th and spent the next week unpacking and settling in ...

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Our Church Planting Journey: Volume 1

Inspiring Hope Church ﹒ 2 min read

This is our first official monthly newsletter for our family ministry. Thank you so much for letting us know that you want to be on the mailing list to stay up-to-date with what God is doing through our ministry. For those who don't know we have officially sold our home here in Tahlequah, OK...

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