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What Gives Me Hope?

"But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect." - Peter, The Apostle

Peter calls Christians to "give an answer" for the hope we have. My purpose in life is to embrace the life of Jesus Christ and I share here what my beliefs are founded on. How strong or weak our belief foundation is, determines how we survive and thrive when faced with the beautiful and difficult realities along our journey of life.

I've organized the reasons below using the phrases general and personal (simply click tags to filter). Personal reasons are my own experiences that strengthened my faith and are shared to encourage you. The general reasons transcend my personal experiences and help you to anchor our beliefs in something greater and stronger than my anecdotal stories.

To help meet you where you are, I've also added two filters, "Why God?" & "Why Christianity?". Simply filter the reasons down to the ones most relevant to you.

Explore The Reasons To Believe In God & The Resurrection of Jesus

Jason Scott Montoya Story
Jason Scott Montoya

In the first portion of my life, I experienced a powerful and positive community centered around the Life of Jesus. As I left this "Garden of Eden", I found myself broken, isolated and just trying to survive the harsh realities of life. It was at this moment when cried to God that my way was not working, please show me yours.

Read (2017)

Watch (2013)

In this amazing talk by Tim Mackie, PhD, he shares the gospel and breaks down the problematic understanding of Christianity that many people have adopted (including Christians).

Jason Scott Montoya

Fear is a powerful tension inside of us all. It leads us down dark roads and chaos. Over the years, I took the road to face my fears head on. While it was a scary journey, it was a powerful one. Continue onward to read my account.

Jason Scott Montoya
Throughout my life, there have been numerous serendipitous moments where it seemed like God was directly guiding or intervening in my life. While it's challenging to quantify these experiences, they're a powerful witness to the life of Jesus in my life. If nothing else, I believe they'll at least inspire you to explore the merits of God and Christianity.
Andy Stanley

"Who needs God? Perhaps nobody. Perhaps everybody. Perhaps we should talk about it." In this series Andy Stanley dives into the conclusions of what life looks like without God. What is the source of faith as Christians? Who is God according to Jesus? Why would God allow suffering in this world? These questions and more answered in this 6-part series.

Dr. Travis Campbell

For Christians, our entire faith hinges on Jesus existing, dying and coming back to life. So, what does history have to say about Jesus? And what do both skeptical and Christian scholars have to say about this historical figure? How does it hold up against the scrutiny?

Read Scripture Series

I've gone through most of the Bible Project's videos and it has been inspirational and eye opening to see how intentional and integrated the individual and collective books of the bible are. The Bible project has strengthened my confidence in the revealed scriptures.

Abdu Murray

There is a beautifully complete answer to where love, relationship, community and justice come from. It's found in the nature of God as articulated in Christianity. In this video, former muslim Abdu Murray articulates this as he shares the story of his conversion to Christianity.

Hugh Ross

Is Genesis the achilies heel of Christianity? In this compelling video message from astronomer Dr. Hugh Ross, he walk us through the creation account described in Genesis 1 and matches it with our current scientific understanding of the creation. What he finds is quite astonishing.

Dr. William Lane Craig
The universe had a definite beginning. It was the moment when time and space came into existance. Did it come from nothing? Can the universe exist without a cause? If it can't, what was the cause of our universe?
We can be good without believing in God, but can we BE GOOD if there is NO GOD? There is something inside of us that communicates what is right or wrong. What is the source of these values, and what does it tell us about that source?
Andy Stanley
There is a unique transformational power that I have only found in the good news of Christianity. It elevates it above other religions that may share similar humanistic values, to something transformative. How do you get the Apostle Paul from a Christian persecuting Saul? How do you get a marriage destined for divorce to end in flourishing? Outside of the cross, I know of no other hope. Explore this series by Andy Stanley about the good news of Jesus lived out in marriage and how you can apply it in your life.
Nabeel Qureshi
If you've been a Christian or are skeptical about it, you've heard the criticism of the violence in the old testament. In this video clip, Nabeel Qureshi provides my favorite answer on the issue.

Get to Know Jesus

"I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit." - Paul The Apostle

You've explored God, Christianity and now you'd like to take the next step in getting to know who Jesus is and why you should follow him. There's no better way to do this than to go to the source, and I've got two steps to help you move forward.

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