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We are a loving people called to hope in Christ; to build up others’ hope in Christ; to challenge the world to hope in Christ.

New Hope is a loving family of Spirit-filled, bible-based believers with a living hope rooted in the finished work of our risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Our hope speaks of a favorable and confident expectation. Here at New Hope we know that we have been justified by faith, and we look forward to experiencing all that God is, and all that he has in store for us. Our hope is grounded in the present and eternal purposes of God. It is also centered in the life promised after death for every believer. This is why we rejoice in this hope. Come experience God’s gift of hope with us.
 
New Hope members are a loving people called to hope in Christ; to build up others’ hope in Christ; to challenge the world to hope in Christ.
 
 
 
 
 
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Our Mission

 

Serve the Church

Our weekday and weekend services take many people to make them work, from ushers to greeters, children, youth and adult group leaders, care ministry workers and everywhere in-between.
 
 
 
 

Serve the City

We seek and are committed to building relationships and have intentional and strategic partnerships where we can work alongside the work God is already doing in our city.
 
 
 

Serve the World

We believe God has called us to be a church that follows Him by turning our hearts and focus to global communities by serving our neighbors where they are.
 
 
 
 
 
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Our Goal

 
 
 
 
 
M A I N   G O A L
 
 Jesus came that we might experience life to the full (John 10:10). We are passionate about introducing people to Jesus.

Daniel K. Williams

Senior Pastor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Faith & Hope

As I sit and reflect on what Pastor D.K. Williams has designated as the Vision and Mission Statement for our church (New Hope MBC Wilmington), which reads:  “We are a people called to Hope in Christ; Committed to build up others’ Hope in Christ; To challenge the world to Hope in Christ,” I am reminded of just how integral HOPE is to our faith walk in Jesus Christ.
 
The Word of God says in Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (KJV)” This suggests that the foundation of this faith walk is predicated upon HOPE.  In other words, without hope there can be no faith! And it goes without saying that our hope must be placed in the one who is our true hope, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This is who the writer of Hebrews is talking about.  In fact, He is the hope to which the entirety of the biblical narrative points.
 
So it is critical for us as believers to allow God to teach us daily how to place our hope in Him, and not in all the other distractions that vie for our attention, but ultimately turn out to be only a counterfeit of what true hope is.   Yes, we typically — voluntarily or involuntarily — place our hope in people, places and/or things. But inevitably they will disappoint.  However, I recently read a devotional by Dr. Tony Evans on the development of our hope that says it so succinctly, entitled:  “Hope Does Not Disappoint”. It reads:
 
Personal development is not an event. Neither is it a one-size-fits-all experience. Development takes time, tests, failure and overcoming. God knows each one of us individually. He knows what we each need in order to develop and strengthen our spiritual muscles and sharpen our spiritual insight and wisdom. More often than not, this requires detours in life to allow us the opportunity to learn, grow and develop.
 
God has a destiny for you. He has a purpose and a place He wants you to live out. But it may not happen tomorrow. You probably won’t get there by going in a straight line. Patience is a preeminent virtue needed in order to reach your destiny.
 
But even though life and the process of development may come with personal disappointments as you wished you were further along, remember that hope does not disappoint. Detours disappoint, momentarily. But when we allow them to produce hope – God promises that hope will not disappoint.   But in order to arrive at an authentic hope in your spirit – accepting your detours is necessary.  Just like your muscles will not grow simply by wishing them to grow stronger. The pain through the process of strengthening your hope comes in detours, tribulations, afflictions and trials.
 
Show me someone with an indomitable hope and I will show you someone who has had his or her share of detours. This is because authentic hope is a learned trait. Authentic hope is that level of hope which stays steady despite the storm and circumstances. It is the hope that enables you to keep going on faith alone. A large part of your personal development focuses on growing your ability to hope (like Abraham) against all hope. To believe when nothing looks like it is happening. And to continue to walk in faith, despite the delays.
 
As you develop personally, these things will come more naturally for you and you will witness God usher you into the fulfillment of your destiny. (Dr. Tony Evans Devotional; @ tonyevans.org; 8/1/19)
 
AMEN!  So be encouraged my friend.   Lady T.

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The Puny Tree – Part Three

[Excerpt from The Puny Tree – Part One:  “God used a puny tree to physically illustrate to me how He is ALL the strength I need – no matter what I am facing and no matter how puny and insignificant I might believe myself to be, or have allowed others to make me feel, in the midst of all I was personally battling.” While there will always be many factors that attribute to our battles, the key to whether we ever rise above it or remain in a constant struggle, will ultimately lie with where our faith and trust is rooted.   I’d like to say that my faith and trust was always deeply rooted in God, however, when painful issues of life happened, and I started to enter the door of despair and hopelessness, in all honesty I discovered that my roots were – at best — weak, fragile and broken. Yet having walked through some extremely painful experiences, I can say, God is all you’ll ever need.  Your roots must not be planted in people, material things, human strategies or well established belief systems, but rather they must be planted in the fertile soil of a relationship with God. This is the foundation from which He will build us up in Him. In John 15:5 Jesus speaks to his disciples saying, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” Your roots must be planted in God and God alone. Much like the strength of the puny little Pine tree standing tall and firm, in spite of its outward appearance and lack of physical prowess, we too, when abiding in him can have that same foundation which grows deep and wide. We must be cultivated in the soil of the mysterious truths found deep in the Word of God. Those of you who may have thought of yourselves to be puny, can actually develop the strength and power to withstand any hurt, obstacle or disappointment that may come your way. Our foundation, however, must rest totally on the rich soil of ‘abiding’ and being ‘rooted and grounded’ in Him.  [Tracey T. Williams; October 13, 2015; www.traceytwilliams.com]


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The Puny Tree – Part Two

Hidden Hills, California — a lovely, guard gated horse community of country style estates and beautiful old California oak, pine and numerous other maturely grown trees. Imagine a freshly paved country road with a blend of dirt side-walks, pitch black nights with no street lamps, and of course horse loving, trail-riding residents, who at the least sign of any encumbrance onto the horse trails, will sound the alarm creating what amounts to a national emergency.
Following a wonderful Sunday morning worship service, I return home to my lovely community — aglow with peace, tranquility and relaxation. This however was short lived as I was greeted by the security guard who shared he had received several complaints that there was a leak on the horse trails believed to be originating from my property. And as soon as I entered my home the phone rang with a call from… a neighbor (ugh!!). She was nice enough, but let’s face it, I was certainly not in the mood for hanging out in the dirt! But, I met the neighbor outside in order to try and resolve the problem. Despite all our efforts, nothing could be seen with the naked eye but a shut-off valve in the vicinity of where we assumed the problem was emanating. Shutting it off appeared to stop the flow of water onto the trails.

The following day, my gardener came to assess the situation and determined that he would need to dig 4-5 feet underground to expose the problem. In the case of the leak it turned out to be the root of a puny little, newly grown pine tree. The water-seeking roots had grown into the area of the valve piping breaking the coupling which held two pipes together, causing an underground leak.

So, as the gardener’s workman diligently worked to remove the root, I could see he sawed in an intense fashion. This caused my son and I to approach the hole with curiosity to see what in the world was taking so much effort to saw. To both our surprise, we uttered, “The root is bigger than the tree!” This sheds visual light on the passage, “having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith…(Colossians 2:7a NASB)” ~ doesn’t it?
 
As with life, in order to get to the root of a problem, inevitably we must dig deep into areas not easily seen with the naked eye. But God can, and does speak to us through some of the most mundane — and dare I say — annoying events in our lives. Experience the further revelation of the ‘root’ found in Part III of The Puny Tree. [Tracey T. Williams; October 5, 2015; www.traceytwilliams.com]

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Palm Sunday: What’s It All About?

Palm Sunday is the day we celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, one week before His resurrection (Matthew 21:1–11). As Jesus entered the holy city, He neared the culmination of a long journey toward Golgotha. He had come to save the lost (Luke 19:10), and now was the time—this was the place—to secure that salvation. Palm Sunday marked the start of what is often called “Passion Week,” the final seven days of Jesus’ earthly ministry. Palm Sunday was the “beginning of the end” of Jesus’ work on earth.
 

Christian theologians believe that the symbolism is captured prophetically in the Old Testament: Zechariah 9:9 “The Coming of Zion’s King – See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey”, which is quoted in the Gospels. It suggests that Jesus was declaring he was the King of Israel, to the anger of the Sanhedrin. According to the Gospels, Jesus Christ rode a donkey into Jerusalem, and the celebrating people there laid down their cloaks and small branches of trees in front of him, singing part of Psalm 118: 25–26 – Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. We bless you from the house of the Lord .[2][4][5][6]

The symbolism of the donkey may refer to the Eastern tradition that it is an animal of peace, unlike the horse which is the animal of war.[1] A king would have ridden a horse when he was bent on war and ridden a donkey to symbolize his arrival in peace. Jesus’ entry to Jerusalem would have thus symbolized his entry as the Prince of Peace, not as a war-waging king.[1][2] Thus there have been two different meanings (or more levels of biblical hermeneutics): an historical meaning, truly happening according to the Gospels, and a secondary meaning in the symbolism.
 
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT FOR US TODAY?
 
Our worship of King Jesus is still relevant today, and our triumph is made sure because of His triumphal entry all those years ago.  And if you allow Him access and entry into your life, you too can experience the victory that is possible — even today, not because of a religious observance of this day, but by virtue of a personal relationship with Him. Pastor D.K. Williams (GotQuestions.Org; Wikipedia.Org; Biblia.Com)
 
 
 

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The Puny Tree – Part One

If we were to do an honest personal assessment of ourselves, most of you would admit that there has been at least once in your life that something or someone has driven you to a hollow place of feeling small, unimportant, insignificant — and in the deepest depths of your being — valueless. Children bullied often, feel this way.  Yet at times, adults have these very same feelings.  Jesus illustrates, while utilizing the image of a child to settle an argument among his disciples about who would be the greatest in Luke 9:48 saying, “Whoever receives this child in My name receives Me, and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me; for the one who is least among all of you, this is the one who is great (NASB).”  For a moment, think about that time in your life.  I will admit that I have felt like The Puny Tree—smaller than a Charlie Brown Christmas tree—with a couple branches and a few leaves among a grove of beautifully cultivated and towering oak trees.
 

However, we must remember that God’s very first loving act towards us is that He created mankind in His own image (Genesis 1:27 NIV).  Of course, our feeble minds can’t begin to conceive the absoluteness of this truth;  of how very precious our Father God views us — so unfortunately some of us answer these times of emotional dilemma and internal conflict with severe bouts of depression, separation from those who we know love us most, and sometimes even anger.  Others mask these feelings of void by inserting actions of perfectionism, engaging in unhealthy relationships, even alcohol and drug use, all of this to suppress those feelings of insecurity. One Sunday after worship, God revealed to me something about that place, which I call The Puny Tree — revealed in a most practical, yet memorable way.  Anyone who knows me understands that although I was a Brownie and a Girl Scout, Tracey is NOT the outdoorsy type.  A garden lover, I am – but do not look for me to be creating and tending to a beautiful garden successfully.

Yet, God used a puny tree to physically illustrate to me how He is ALL the strength I need – no matter what I am facing and no matter how puny and insignificant I might believe myself to be, or have allowed others to make me feel.  In the midst of all I was personally battling — at the time, I certainly wasn’t feeling His strength.  So, from the depths of my heart I cried out to the Lord, and He answered me with… a broken pipe!
 
Living in a community where beautifully matured trees and water pipes are oftentimes at odds, Part two of The Puny Tree reveals a powerful illustration of the old adage, “you can’t judge a book by its cover,” and how there IS hope for the strength you need no matter what the obstacle or how puny you may feel at times. Be encourage my friend. [Tracey T. Williams; September 29, 2015; www.traceytwilliams.com]

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