Rural Newspapers-Hope for Today Column2019-10-11T08:39:10-05:00

The HOPE FOR TODAY monthly column started in 2006.  It is written by Clint Decker and published in local newspapers and online. The column offers hope through the current events of our day.  Clint may select a news headline to address or a topic that connects with a wide audience then discusses it while weaving together encouraging spiritual truths.

Currently, we are in over 300 newspapers across 10 states.  You can access a full archive of the column online through the HFT website.  Each week we are calling more papers with the goal of contacting newspapers in all 50 states.  If you find Clint’s column in your local paper tell them “thank you”.  If you’d like to get the column in your local paper, contact us.  Also, we’d love to get your comments and feedback on any of the posts you read.

601, 2022

How to Know What is the Right Thing to Do

How do we know information that we are reading, watching, listening to or being told is accurate?  Maybe we will say, “Because it comes from my mom”, “It sounds believable”, “Everyone is saying it”, “I read it on the internet.”  Since we live in a time of disinformation, fact-checkers and fake news, how do we know what is true and thereby make important decisions, comments or accept certain beliefs on things? [CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO READ THE FULL COLUMN]

1312, 2021

Christmas Is Not About a Baby

Is Christmas about a baby?  A cute, cuddly little one that His mother held in her arms?  If so, then why is Christmas offensive to many?  Who could be turned off by an adorable baby?  Why have schools changed from Christmas break to winter break?  Why do people file law suits to stop Christmas celebrations?  Why do most Islamic and atheistic governments either ban or strongly condemn Christmas?  Because they understand perfectly, that Christmas is not about a baby . . . [CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO READ THE FULL COLUMN]

411, 2021

Thank you. Two Simple Words.

Early in our marriage while we were eating dinner one evening, I said to Kathe “Thanks for dinner, honey.” She responded a little surprised so I followed up with, “You have taken the time to put it together and it tasted great so I think you deserve a thanks.” [CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO READ THE FULL COLUMN]

510, 2021

The Wrath and Love of God

About Jesus it is written, “. . . whoever does not obey the Son [Jesus] shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him” (John 3:36).  Wrath of God?  The phrase is uncomfortable.  Jesus was the most compassionate, kind and loving person the world has ever known.  Wrath?  It just does not fit the idea most people have of who Jesus was and is.  We talk about the love of Jesus and the love of God, but the wrath of God? [CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO READ THE FULL COLUMN]

2908, 2021

Why the Deity of Jesus Is Good News

Jesus once said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). This was an offensive statement to fellow Jews, so much so, they immediately picked up stones to throw at Him, not simply to injure, but kill. Why? Because in their mind, His statement was a violation of their religious laws and it was deserving of death. Yet, Jesus calmly responded to their flaming anger with a question, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?” (10:31) [CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO READ THE FULL COLUMN]

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