Category Archive: Uncategorized

Oct 30

Tree Limbs & Stormy Assignments


The winds howled and rain fell, and our young children huddled with us on our bedroom floor when they should have been deep in sleep. Frightened by bright lightning flashes and deafening thunder, we sought to assure our kids they would be okay. Yet as our bedroom bay window was pelted in a way I hadn’t …

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Oct 13

The Wall: A Hopeless Situation?

The Old Testament often comforts me in the strangest of ways.  In and out of so many stories, I see God at work in the chaos, misfortune, and less that ideal circumstances of His people. Our modern world begs us, through technology, advancement and endless comforts, to circumvent the hopelessness life can bring.  Such modernities …

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Oct 09

When David’s Dream Went AWOL


Growing up in a military family, the life of a soldier was David’s dream. His grandparents had served in WWII. His father was career Air Force, and his younger siblings would join the Air Force as well. But David’s aspirations awaited him in the Army. Upon enlisting, David made his way to Airborne school in …

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Aug 29

Broken Heroics

The other day, my friend Chris and I met up with a group of men who were not faking it.  Coming together to share some of their biggest problems, these men were putting it on the line that hope may be an option. I was excited for the meeting, as I knew several of the …

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Aug 05

taking shape

Hi, my name is Jeff.  Raw Real Hope is a new blog that is still taking shape.  I am very excited about what is to come! This past week, I began the process of transferring from Blogger to WordPress.  Now, the layout and design are under construction, with an eye toward what will best serve …

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Jul 31


There are moments when life comes at us with circumstances that circumvent the best we’ve dreamed for our lives.   A painful let down.  The unexpected set back.  Lingering doubt.  An inescapable lie.  The broken relationship.  We try our best to rebound and escape the unwanted detour we didn’t plan. But then the set back lingers, the pain …

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May 30

yet to be born

About a month ago, I purchased the domain with a vision for a place where the raw realities and stories of life could be shared in a real way, with real, transcendent hope making all the difference. Right now, this site is still in a formative state.  While focused on my day job, and …

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