Oct 30

You can have a Closed Mind, an Open Mind or a Wise Mind–which one are you?

Let me show you the difference tonight and which one will help you make the best decisions.

God’s best to you,
Duke Clarke

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Oct 27

Where do you go when all hope has been taken away? Can you still put on a smile, quote your favorite positive saying and look on the bright side of things? That’s what some say to do and if it only has to do with some negative events or a little stress or pressure in your life, then sure we can all suck it up and move on. But what about that gut punch that drops you to your knees mentally and emotionally what do you do then?

I remember what it felt like when they told me my wife had breast cancer at 32 years old and we had two small children at home under the age of four. And that was just me; what about my wife who had to hear those words? What do you do? Where do you go when all hope seems to be taken away?

It’s easy to say, “Change your thinking, be positive, tomorrow’s a new day” if you’ve never been there, but when you face that dark night of the soul that looks like a bottomless pit, then all that exhortation and happy talk is meaningless. So what do you do then? If you’ve never been there you will not know what I’m talking about, but hopefully you’ll keep reading and learn something so when that day does come you’ll be prepared. If you’ve been there like me, I’m sure you are ready to hear more.

Being a Christian doesn’t make me immune from the troubles of life. Sickness, death and grief will cross all of our paths at some point. But as a Christian I’m very interested in how God helps us in these situations. I look for real examples not pat answers and religious clichés, I don’t have time all the God-in-a box formulas everyone preaches today. I want real answers for real life, so I look to see what I can find.

In Acts 27 the Apostle Paul was being taken from Jerusalem to Rome as a prisoner which meant they had to sail the Mediterranean Sea. It’s in this record that I found what happens when all hope is taken away-you should read it some time to see the whole incident.

As they started to sail Paul warned them of trouble, but they refused to listen to him. After several hard days of sailing for lack of wind and a few stops they decided to push on because the wind seemed favorable. But as soon as they were out to sea they were caught up in a Hurricane.

At first they tried to ride it out or make their way to the edge, but had no luck. Then they started throwing everything overboard to lighten the load. They even used chains to tie the ship together from side to side so it wouldn’t break apart. But no matter what they did, they couldn’t break loose and were being carried along with the storm. Then comes that soul shaking verse…

“And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away.”

Do you see what is going on here? They had done it all, said it all, tried it all and nothing worked-it just kept getting worse. Then they reached that moment, that bottom of the pit when all hope was taken away. No affirmations are going to help here. These were Roman soldiers and seasoned sailors, they weren’t weak men and yet the verse records their state of mind-all hope that we should be saved was then taken away.

What do all the “Do-it-Yourselfers” do now?

Well, the record in Acts tells us what to do. Immediately after showing us that “all hope was taken away”, Paul steps up on the deck of the ship and tells every one to cheer up, that God has shown him that they are all going to be saved and only the ship will be lost.

Now I want you to understand two things here. First of all, when Paul said this, the clouds didn’t part, the sun didn’t come out and birds didn’t start signing. In fact they continued in this storm for a total of fourteen days, so nothing on the surface changed-except HOPE.

And that’s the second thing to see here. When all hope was lost and man could do nothing on his own, God sent hope because He is the God of Hope.

So what do you do when all hope has been taken away, you look to the God of Hope. The situation may not clear up instantly, but as long as there is hope, there is a way out.

Oct 23

How do you deal with the storms in your life? Do you realize how it affects you mentally? Tonight I’m going to share with you some insight on what happens and what to do. I’m also going to show you something that I don’t believe you have ever heard before which will ease your mind and stop a lot of second guessing yourself about decision you’ve made that don’t seem to turn our right.

Hope you enjoy the podcast. God’s best to you,
Duke Clarke

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Oct 09

Several weeks ago I did a session on “Fresh Start” but tonight session is different. Tonight I want to show you specifically two things. First that the Bible is filled with not only people starting over but how God has had to start over numerous times.

Secondly I want to give you 5 rules for starting over so you understand what must happen in order to make it work. Too many people give up, quit, bail out and never make the effort of beginning a new chapter in their life after some disappointment or failure. Don’t let this happen to you.

I am a Hope-Giver so let me give you some hope tonight. Listen to this podcast below and tell me what you think, even if you still feel down at least start talking.

God’s Best to you,
Duke Clarke

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Oct 02

We are about to have the grapes harvested on the property here in California and that gave me an idea for tonight’s session–Harvest Time.

Hope you enjoy it. You can leave your comments by clicking on the title and going to a separate page.

See you next week and every week at 646-519-5860 at 8 PM EDT USA and the pin is 5858 #

God’s best to you,
Duke Clarke

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