For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. Romans 8:24-25

Romans 8:22-24

Romans 8:22-24King James Version (KJV)

22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?

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And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. Luke 21:28



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Hallelujah – Encourage One Another

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 KJV

But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

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March 27, 2016 – HE IS ALIVE!

We came across a great video from The Gospel Coalition that we wanted to share.  This is the joy and exuberance that we should live with daily.  He is STILL RISEN!  He is ALIVE!  Our hope is in our Living Savior!

He's Still Risen | An Igniter Original


I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.  Revelation 1:8

Forever by Kari Jobe —- The ground began to shake, the stone was rolled away…His perfect love could not be overcome.  Now death where is your sting, our Resurrected King has rendered you DEFEATED!  FOREVER……


Kari Jobe – Forever (Live)

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October 4, 2015 – Wait

Psalm 130:5 – I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.

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March 25, 2015 – Hope Grief Care

If you are in Collin County or a surrounding area of Texas we invite you to join us as we begin a new session of Grief Care. We are a small, warm, friendly and confidential group.

Below is more information.  You are welcome join the group at any time during the ten weeks that we will be meeting this session.

Join us as we go through this grief journey together. It is comforting to know that we are not alone, and that there are others who do understand what it’s like to travel this road…while looking forward to the day when we see Jesus face to face and our children again!



Grief Care

Welcome!  At our Friendship Grief Care Group, you will find a warm, friendly, safe and confidential place where everyone understands your grief journey because they have also traveled the journey of grief.

This group is open to all persons from the Dallas metro area throughout the sessions. You can come at any time throughout the sessions.

For more information or if you have any questions, please use the Contact Us section on this page or call 972-886-5091 or email

If you are hurting, please check us out and come as you are! !  We look forward to meeting you!

Wednesday Nights 6:30 pm  |  Starting March 25, 2015

Topics Date Time
Session 1 - Psalm 61:2b / Is It Normal? Wed, Mar 25, 2015 6:30 pm
Session 2 - Isaiah 61:1b-2 / Challenges of Grief Wed, Apr 01, 2015 6:30 pm
Session 3 - Psalms 46:1 & 130:5 / The Journey of Grief Wed, Apr 08, 2015 6:30 pm
Session 4 - Psalm 34:18 / Relationships Wed, Apr 15, 2015 6:30 pm
Session 5 - Deuteronomy 29:29a / Why Wed, Apr 22, 2015 6:30 pm
Session 6 - Psalm 139:16b & Isaiah 26:3 / Guilt & Complicating Factors Wed, Apr 29, 2015 6:30 pm
Session 7 - Proverbs 3:5 / Stuck Wed, May 06, 2015 6:30 pm
Session 8 - Philippians 4:13 & Romans 5:8 / Lessons of Grief Wed, May 13, 2015 6:30 pm
Session 9 - Revelation 21:4 / Heaven Wed, May 20, 2015 6:30 pm
Session 10 - Isaiah 40:31 / What Now? Wed, May 27, 2015 6:30 pm

Further details

Registration Fee: $15.00 (includes workbook)

Child Care Provided? Yes. Childcare available through Friendship’s Wednesday night pre-school and children groups.

Scholarships Available? Yes.  Please do not let cost stop you from coming!

Parking & Meeting Location: Please park in the back (west side) of the church. We will be meeting to the right as you enter the building upstairs in Room 17. Elevator available if needed.

Weather Policy: Sessions will be cancelled due to inclement weather if Lovejoy ISD Schools are closed. If severe weather develops the afternoon of our meeting, you will be contacted regarding whether we will be meeting that evening, but please use your best judgment regarding driving conditions.


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March 15, 2015 – Grief & Suffering – What NOT To Say

Great discussion on what NOT to say to someone who is grieving.

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December 25, 2014 – Jesus Christ is Born

For unto us a Child is born…


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December 20, 2014 – Advice

Something to remember when you know someone who is grieving is that they don’t always need/want your “advice”… they need your time, compassion and love.  So many times over the past four years when we have talked to people about our feelings, or how we have been treated through our grief process, they have given us their take on things or have played devil’s advocate.  We’re sure that they thought they were being helpful, but it has been incredibly hurtful and often times, to be honest, has just made us angry.  So many people just walked away from us, and many of them probably didn’t know what to do or say, so they just did nothing….but remember, it’s not about having the answers, it’s about being there.

Often, the best thing to say, is nothing, just be there.


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December 16, 2014 – What Grievers Need to Remember

Following is a recent blog post at, we have not met him, however we follow his blog and thought this would be helpful to share….
What Grievers Need to Remember This Holiday Season
  • You should not be alone during the holidays.
  • Love does not end with death. Your relationship with your loved one continues.
  • You need to talk about your grief. Don’t be afraid to share what you think, feel & need during the holidays.
  • You need to know & honor your limitations during special days. Set your expectations low…not too high.
  • You should eliminate unnecessary stress. Build in time for yourself & your needs.
  • You need to be with supportive, comforting people. Limit your time with people who are difficult to deal with or who cause you stress.
  • You have an emotional need to mention the name of the person who has died.
  • You need to tell others what is right for you during the holidays…what is comforting & what is painful.
  • You should plan ahead for gatherings.
  • You ought to embrace your treasure of memories.
  • You should reflect on why you & others celebrate these special days. Make them filled with meaning & purpose.
  • You should depend upon the resources available to you through your faith.
  • Mourning in a healthy way during the holidays will help you heal & move toward reconciliation.

Written by Larry M. Barber, LPC-S, CT, author of Love Never Dies: Embracing Grief with Hope and Promise which is available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  The book is also available for purchase for Kindle and Nook.  Direct purchase can be made of the book from


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