As the father of three boys I can identify with Jacob the father of the 12 tribes of Israel. When the ruse of the jealous sons is finally ended and Jacob discovers that Joseph is still alive, he makes the journey to reunite with his son in Egypt. Upon arriving he is brought before Pharaoh whom he blesses, and then continues in conversation. Of that dialogue only one question is recorded, "How old are you?" Jacob's response is more commentary than simple fact, and reveals beyond the shadow of a doubt that he was a card carrying member of the human fraternity of parenting. From his answer shines a beacon of hope for all the rest of us who have considered our work as parents largely a failure. "The days of the years of my pilgrimage are one hundred and thirty years; few and evil have been the days of the years of my life, and they have not attained to the days of years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage." Genesis 47:9 more
Filling the Voids
Posted: September 27th, 2012 (5:41pm)
It's hard to imagine that Harvard and Princeton were once distinctly religious schools. The early settlers of our nation believed that the Bible was the cornerstone of understanding. Today many schools begun by churches and religious societies are teaching ideas that would cause their founders to cringe. The luxuries of a righteous nation have afforded pursuits of pleasure and pride that are unraveling the sturdy fabric of our culture and society. What once constituted a measure of national character is disintegrating into meaninglessness for many. more
Who R U?
Posted: July 25th, 2012 (5:24pm)
Have you ever wondered by nobody could stand up to Goliath? For forty days both armies lined up on opposite sides of the Valley of Elah and starred at each other. Every day the Israelites were treated to a blast of verbal abuse from the giant and eventually each side retreated back to their tents. Enter one young shepherd. more
Preconceived Ideas: Christians Beware
Posted: May 2nd, 2012 (1:56pm)
We tend to arrange our lives around our ideas. We get comfortable with them and settle into routines that reinforce our ways of thinking. The only problem is that sometimes our long established habits of thought are wrong. more
Split Personality Disorder?
Posted: April 3rd, 2012 (2:00pm)
In the midst of a series on the 10 Commandments, we find ourselves in a unique position. How do we reconcile the God who thundered on Sinai with the God who died for our sins. Are we as Christians stuck with a capricious God who can snuff you out one moment and die for you on Calvary the next? Or, are there really two Gods in the Bible, the one of the Old Testament and the one of the New Testament? Is it possible that we are looking at the Father in the first 39 books of the Bible and the Son in the last 27? Or is there a better answer, even a Biblical one? more
Posted: March 23rd, 2012 (9:15am)
As westerners we love scientific data. Each new study is a gold mine of information that has the potential to improve our lives. But of course each study begins with a hypothesis, which is nothing more than an educated guess. And if you've lived and listened long enough, you know that conclusions can be manipulated and data can be misinterpreted and even "massaged" to give a certain appearance to the "facts." This should leave us all more than just a little skeptical about the application of the scientific method to certain venues of study. more
Posted: March 15th, 2012 (7:39am)
Recently our water softener ran out of salt. It's not a huge problem, but rather than fight mineral deposits and rust stains, we sent our son to the gas station to get a bag of salt. We don't usually buy our salt at convenience stores but with two extra drivers home from college, and lots of water flowing in our showers, we decided a bag of prevention was worth a pound of scrub! more
Posted: February 28th, 2012 (4:51pm)
As a child my mother placed a high priority on a job well done. She taught me to vacuum in the corners and to move the foot stool and rugs. After I was done she would check the quality of my work. I had been forewarned that a shoddy performance would require a "total redo," not just a spot cleaning. Needless to say I didn't cut corners too many times. I knew she meant business and consequently I learned how to work. I hated pulling weeds in the garden and I despised the dishes, but my mom was building my character and I was forced to cooperate. more
Posted: February 24th, 2012 (4:24pm)
I fly just often enough to have learned how to achieve maximal comfort. I enjoy looking out the window, but the aisle gives me room to stretch. At 6'2" I value every inch of space. Only one time in my many flights have I been upgraded to first class. It was a totally different world. I had more room, got better service, and enjoyed more amenities - like a real meal- than on any other domestic flight. So I have to ask myself, with a life long journey in front of them, why do husbands and wives choose to live cramped uncomfortable lives when with a little work and regular attention they could enjoy an upgrade to their relationship? more
Better Than You Think
Posted: February 22nd, 2012 (2:27pm)
Our lives and our marriages are the turf over which the battle for right and wrong is fought. The Devil entices us with an immediate taste of pleasure while God asks us to trust Him and deny ourselves. Satan is appealing to self gratification, God is appealing to the enduring joy of true love. Everyone gets to decide which way works better in relationships. And over the course of their life they develop a testimony. The sad part is that life doesn't have a rewind button, and decisions have consequences, some of which produce bitter fruit. Which way are leaning? more
Posted: February 12th, 2012 (10:20am)
Do you understand the two sides of the coin that we call trust? We all value that part of the bargain that says we should do what we said we would. But the heart of the matter is not about social contracts written or otherwise. The real core of trust is love. The essence of the issue is whether or not the people we trust are looking out for our best interests. more
Welcome to the Family
Posted: February 10th, 2012 (11:29am)
On behalf of Hope For Life TV and the large team of dedicated people that make this ministry possible, I'd like to welcome you to our family. more
To His servants Christ commits “His goods”--something to be put to use for Him. He gives “to every man his work.” Each has his place in the eternal plan of heaven. Each is to work in co-operation with Christ for the salvation of souls. Not more surely is the place prepared for us in the heavenly mansions than is the special place designated on earth where we are to work for God. more
Chasing the Ghost: Finding Paradise (9/23/13 sermon)
Posted: September 23rd, 2013 (5:38pm)
We would be much happier and more useful if our home life and social intercourse were governed by the meekness and simplicity of Christ. Instead of toiling for display to excite the admiration or the envy of visitors, we should endeavor to make all around us happy by our cheerfulness, sympathy, and love. Let visitors see that we are striving to conform to the will of Christ. Let them see in us, even though our lot is humble, a spirit of content and gratitude. The very atmosphere of a truly Christian home is that of peace and restfulness. Such an example will not be without effect. more
Outside the Circle (9/16/13 sermon)
Posted: September 14th, 2013 (9:17am)
Many, even in their seasons of devotion, fail of receiving the blessing of real communion with God. They are in too great haste. With hurried steps they press through the circle of Christ’s loving presence, pausing perhaps a moment within the sacred precincts, but not waiting for counsel. They have no time to remain with the divine Teacher. With their burdens they return to their work. more
Be Strong and Courageous! (9/9/13 sermon)
Posted: September 14th, 2013 (9:16am)
It was with great anxiety and self-distrust that Joshua had looked forward to the work before him; but his fears were removed by the assurance of God, “As I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.... ....To this promise was added the injunction, “Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses My servant commanded.” The Lord’s direction was, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night;” “turn not from it to the right hand or to the left;” “for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” more
Adventist Cloning (9/2/13 sermon)
Posted: September 14th, 2013 (9:15am)
The warfare against God’s law, which was begun in heaven, will be continued until the end of time. Every man will be tested. Obedience or disobedience is the question to be decided by the whole world. All will be called to choose between the law of God and the laws of men. Here the dividing line will be drawn. There will be but two classes. Every character will be fully developed; and all will show whether they have chosen the side of loyalty or that of rebellion. more
The Way, the Truth & the Life (8/26/13 sermon)
Posted: August 24th, 2013 (7:45pm)
Here we saw the tree of life and the throne of God. Out of the throne came a pure river of water, and on either side of the river was the tree of life. On one side of the river was a trunk of a tree, and a trunk on the other side of the river, both of pure, transparent gold. more
Crossing Over: Transitions (8/12/13 sermon)
Posted: August 24th, 2013 (7:44pm)
The children of God are called to be representatives of Christ, showing forth the goodness and mercy of the Lord. As Jesus has revealed to us the true character of the Father, so we are to reveal Christ to a world that does not know His tender, pitying love. “As Thou hast sent Me into the world,” said Jesus, “even so have I also sent them into the world.” . . . In every one of His children, Jesus sends a letter to the world. If you are Christ’s follower, He sends in you a letter to the family, the village, the street, where you live. Jesus, dwelling in you, desires to speak to the hearts of those who are not acquainted with Him. Perhaps they do not read the Bible, or do not hear the voice that speaks to them in its pages; they do not see the love of God through His works. But if you are a true representative of Jesus, it may be that through you they will be led to understand something of His goodness and be won to love and serve Him. more
Posted: March 11th, 2013 (1:42pm)
“What is a Family? Sub Mission? “--- Continuing in our family series, Pastor Kelly begins this week with part one, of a two-part sermon dealing with the roles and relationships of husbands and wives in the home. Are wives to submit to their husbands…. Always? Watch and find out.
From Crisis to Cornerstone, part 2
Posted: March 3rd, 2013 (3:37pm)
This week Pastor Kelly, of the Cicero Seventh-day Adventist Church, will be presenting part 2 in his sermon, “From Crisis to Cornerstone”, in the “What is a Family?” series. Last week he established that maturity of experience is called for in fathering and that the fathers influence in the home will be determined by his knowledge of the only true God and Jesus Christ, whom He sent. This week, in conclusion, we will understand as Paul says, “When I was a child, I spake as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things”. A father needs to grow up to the full statute of a man in Christ Jesus.
“What is a Family?” Sermon Series
Posted: February 26th, 2013 (11:00am)
This week Pastor Kelly will be presenting part one in a sermon entitled, "From Crisis to Cornerstone" in his "What is a Family?" series. more
Posted: February 14th, 2013 (11:52am)
We are in the process of updating the information we post for you. So be sure and check here for notes regarding the things that will be shown on future programs. more
Posted: September 27th, 2012 (5:45pm)
Pastor Kelly has begun a new series dealing with the topic of death. Satan's first lie to Eve was, "You will not die . . ." It remains a topic around which deception is rife. Get your Bible and concordances and join the Pastor on a revealing journey into the Word of God.
Latest Video Posted
Posted: May 11th, 2012 (9:24pm)
A new Hope for Life full-length sermon video, Rock Solid: Save The Date, has been posted. To view: Click Here.
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Posted: May 2nd, 2012 (7:44pm)
A new Hope for Life full-length sermon video, Rock Solid: Basic Grammar, Part 2, has been posted. To view: Click Here.
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Posted: April 24th, 2012 (11:18pm)
A new Hope for Life full-length sermon video, Rock Solid: Basic Grammar, Part 1, has been posted. To view: Click Here.
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Posted: April 19th, 2012 (10:05am)
A new Hope for Life full-length sermon video, Rock Solid: Beyond Phonics, has been posted. To view: Click Here.
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Posted: April 9th, 2012 (8:57pm)
A new Hope for Life full-length sermon video, Rock Solid: First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage, has been posted. To view: Click Here.
Latest Video Posted
Posted: April 3rd, 2012 (6:08pm)
A new Hope for Life sermon video, Rock Solid: Before and After, Part 2, has been posted. To view: Click Here.
New video posted
Posted: March 4th, 2012 (8:27pm)
A new Hope for Life sermon video, Built to Last: The Nuts and Bolts of Conflict, has been posted. To view: Click Here.
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Posted: February 26th, 2012 (6:22pm)
A new Hope for Life sermon video, Built to Last: If Your Marriage Were a Car, has been posted. To view: Click Here.
New Sermon Video Posted
Posted: February 20th, 2012 (2:10pm)
A new Hope for Life sermon video, Built to Last: The Sacred Mystery, has been posted. To view: Click Here.
New Sermon Video Posted
Posted: February 20th, 2012 (2:10pm)
A new Hope for Life sermon video, Built to Last: The Fragrance of Desire, has been posted. To view: Click Here.
New Sermon Video Posted
Posted: February 7th, 2012 (9:55pm)
A new Hope for Life sermon video, Built to Last: How Far Can You Reach?, has been posted. To view: Click Here.
New Sermon Video – The Family Tree
Posted: February 1st, 2012 (4:05pm)
A new HFL sermon video, The Family Tree, has been posted. To view: Click Here. Enjoy!
Posted: January 27th, 2012 (5:22pm)
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