Broken, But A Perfect Work-In-Progress


TODAY’S VERSE TO PONDER: If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. — 1 John 1:8 (NKJV)

In this edition of the HOPEFUL COTTAGE PODCAST, we take an honest look at ourselves as Christ followers. It took Michelangelo years to paint the ceiling at the Sistine Chapel. It took centuries for the Great Wall of China to be built. And even though we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we remain works-in-progress — by no means perfect, but moving toward a time of perfection when we will be in the presence of God.

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Who Do I Serve? No, Mr. Gekko, Greed Is NOT Good


TODAY’S VERSE TO PONDER: No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money. — Matthew 6:24 (NLT)

In this edition of the HOPEFUL COTTAGE PODCAST, we consider what the Bible says about greed, about the love of money, about the acquisition of stuff, about storing up treasures on Earth. Western culture has been conditioned to believe that “greed is good” and that simplicity and sacrifice are crazy. What if I had to walk away from the money and the stuff of this world to be faithful to God? Could I do it?

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Life’s Tough Stuff: A Chance For Humility


TODAY’S VERSE TO PONDER: Therefor, humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. — 1 Peter 5:6-7 (NKJV)

In this edition of the HOPEFUL COTTAGE PODCAST, after a week of lofty highs and painful lows, this very personal and authentic reflection on the concept of humility before the Creator. He is the maker of the universe, and when we are struggling to understand loss and struggles and trials, it is vital to remember that in the tough stuff of life, God still has a perfect plan.


In Conversation: Singer/Songwriter John Berry

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john berryIn today’s special edition of the HOPEFUL COTTAGE PODCAST, we talk with Grammy® Award-winning singer/songwriter JOHN BERRY. Perhaps best known for his No. 1 country hit “Your Love Amazes Me,” Berry is back on the charts after 22 years with the theme song for an upcoming faith-based film BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN. In an intensely personal and candid conversation, he discusses the beautiful life-affirming song, his rise to country music fame, his own faith journey, and his childhood in small-town South Carolina.

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Checking Our Info-Age Priorities


TODAY’S VERSE TO PONDER: Do not conform any longer to the pattern of the world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is: his good, pleasing, and perfect will. — Romans 12:2 (NIV)

In this edition of the HOPEFUL COTTAGE PODCAST, we ask ourselves this question: With instant access to information via the Internet and especially via social media, what are our priorities? The average person spends about two hours every day on social media, about FIVE YEARS out of every lifetime. How much of what we encounter on social media is positive and uplifting? How much of it glorifies and honors God, and how much of it could we honestly do without?

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Faith vs. Science. Are They Mortal Enemies?

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TODAY’S VERSE TO PONDER: In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. — Genesis 1:1 (NKJV)

dr-don-deyoung-resizedIn this edition of the HOPEFUL COTTAGE PODCAST, we talk with author and physicist Dr. DONALD B. DeYOUNG, chair of the Department of Science & Mathematics at Grace College in Indiana. Dr. DeYoung discusses the basics of “creation science” and the question of whether faith and science can peacefully co-exist. We challenge him on the creationist view that the Earth is only thousands of years old and why creation scientists reject the notion of evolution.

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In Conversation: Immigration And The Church, Part 2

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In this edition of the HOPEFUL COTTAGE PODCAST, our conversation continues as we dig deeper into the question of immigration and the church. Our guest, Matthew Soerens, U.S. Director of Church Mobilization for WorldRelief, discusses his new book. Welcoming the Stranger, co-written by Jenny Yang, explores how the Christian church might see immigration as public policy and what it means in real human terms.