When the word "hope" is used in a non-faith context, it generally means "wishful thinking." "I hope my sports team has a good season," "I hope my kids do well in school this year," "I hope the dog will not destroy my new shoes," and so forth. But in the context of our faith, of course it means SO much more: Colossians 1:27 makes reference to our “hope of glory”; in Titus 1:2, Paul tells us that God has given us “hope of eternal life”; and Jesus Christ is our hope in 1 Timothy 1:1.

As you'll read below, our friends Libbi Perry Stuffle and Tim Riley have suffered some recent health scares. Maybe you have, too, or maybe a loved one is going through something similar now. Whatever the case may be, let's all hold on to that HOPE that transcends any circumstance, that only He can provide.

A thought from the Word ...

Romans 15:13
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Look who stopped by today! The Crabb Family and Mike Bowling have a special announcement to make and you can read all about it here. These guys and gals are great performers, as you know, but also genuine and down-to-earth when they are not on stage ... we love that!
The Perrys' Libbi Perry Stuffle continues to recover at home after being hospitalized on July 26 following a heart attack. This inspiring lady has such a great attitude, and you can read more about her here.
Callie and Maggie Phelps, two of the talented progeny of Gaither Vocal Band tenor David Phelps, have just launched a brand-new website and shop called From Under the Magnolia Tree. These young ladies plan to cover a variety of topics on the site, and will have homemade bath and beauty products available for sale. Let's help them spread the word! You can read more about it here.
Tim Riley, Hall of Fame bass vocalist for Gold City, is on hiatus following a mild stroke, and you can read more about that here. Gold City posted that they appreciate everyone's thoughts and prayers for Tim and the group. They are continuing their tour with fill-in singers for the time being, until Tim has recovered.
We are wrapping up the Sep/Oct issue, and it's a dandy! We've redesigned the magazine, creating some new columns and giving a fresh look to others. Bill interviews country supergroup Alabama, as the guys return to their roots with a great new gospel album. Buddy Greene chats with singer/actor/musician Harry Connick Jr., and Bill remembers his dear friend, Jake Hess. Plus, Homecoming artists share all about their family members of the four-footed variety--their pets! Click to subscribe to or renew Homecoming, or call us at 1-800-527-5226!