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Ladies, Does The Bible Bore You? (Blog Post)

Ladies, Does The Bible Bore You? (Blog Post)

I’m probably not supposed to confess this, seeing as how I seek to teach women about the bible (I’ll let you know next week if I still have my job)... but here goes: For the last year and a half, the bible has not excited me. Getting up in the morning, opening that...

You Can Repent Of That (Blog Post)

You Can Repent Of That (Blog Post)

The entire life of believers is to be one of repentance. - Martin Luther Did you wake up this morning, trying real hard to recall your dream because it was one of debauchery and fantasy and you want nothing more than to escape your current situation of poor reality?...

A New Stance On Abortion (Blog Post)

A New Stance On Abortion (Blog Post)

Pro-Life or Pro-Choice? Do all humans have dignity or only some? And if only some, how is it determined which ones? If there were laws condemning abortion, would the practice still happen? If the Church were the Church, would abortions need to happen? To untangle the...

It Matters (Blog Post)

It Matters (Blog Post)

“It doesn't matter.” We’ve all been in this argument before right? All has been said (or screamed) at this point, and each bullet brought up by one party has been absolutely decimated by the other, and no one party is really listening to the other… It is really just...

Am I Really Repentant? (Blog Post)

Am I Really Repentant? (Blog Post)

You did it. You sinned. You messed up. You deliberately and outrightly disobeyed God and His Word. You turned away from what you know you SHOULD do, to do something that you know you SHOULD NOT do. You turned away from God to go on your own way… And it went terribly,...

The Pain Growth is Made Of (Blog Post)

The Pain Growth is Made Of (Blog Post)

It’s been one year. I blinked and another 365 days have come and gone. Most people do their yearly review in January, but for me, October always seems to mark a year. This time, last year, we were reeling from an unexpected job loss, followed by an immense leap of...

Balancing Kids and Ministry (Blog Post)

Balancing Kids and Ministry (Blog Post)

Ministry and kids. Kids and ministry. Same coin, different sides. But how to balance? Jake and I have been doing ministry for over 5 years. It started unintentionally, with no long-term plan, just going where we felt the Lord directing us. For us, ministry is not the...

Why Change Our Mission Statement? (Blog Post)

Why Change Our Mission Statement? (Blog Post)

In an effort to better and more accurately communicate who we are as a church and what God has called us to do, as well as have our mission statement help guide our ministry, the Elders have approved a slight but significant change to our Mission Statement. The old...

A Response to #justiceforJacob (Blog Post)

A Response to #justiceforJacob (Blog Post)

#justiceforJacob On May 20th, 2016, a man by the name of Joshua Marbury uploaded a post with two accompanying photos onto Facebook that absolutely jarred both my mind and heart. (The following is an excerpt from the post) “I normally keep my matter with family very...

Selah (Blog Post)

Selah (Blog Post)

Selah [sel-uh] - to stop, pause, lift up, rest, and meditate calmly. If I look back on the last few years, they’ve been burdensome. Marital strife, financial woes, learning new roles, job changes, separation, moving, losing and gaining. In all of this, my little...

Do This In Remembrance Of Me (Blog Post)

Do This In Remembrance Of Me (Blog Post)

“Do this in remembrance of me.” (1 Corinthians 11:24b) To remember is a good thing. This Memorial Day, we as a nation take time to reflect, recall and remember the sacrifice of those military service members, who through the years, have sacrificed much to pass on the...

Do You Want To Be Healed? (Blog Post)

Do You Want To Be Healed? (Blog Post)

“Do you want to be healed?” - Jesus A certain pool of water in Jesus’ day offered a source of healing. As the story goes in John 5, the first person to enter the pool after the water was stirred would be healed of whatever ailed them. Given the promise of restored...

Staying the Course (Blog Post)

Here is my hope for all of us: That we would count it all joy when we meet trials of various kinds. That when life is simple and lovely, our hope would continue in the steadfast love of the Lord. That when storms come and life becomes uncertain and murky, our hope...

I Am Afraid of Surgery (Blog Post)

I Am Afraid of Surgery (Blog Post)

  For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.  - Hebrews 4:12 I am afraid of surgery. I am not an...

Thirsty (Blog Post)

Thirsty (Blog Post)

"...but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life..." - John 4:14 The other day I found myself thirsty. So, I got up from the couch, I...

For the Love (Blog Post)

For the Love (Blog Post)

Oh, Valentine’s Day… you succeed in making me feel inadequate. I won’t have the cute, Pinterest-inspired handmade cards to give out. I won’t have the heart-shaped pancakes at the breakfast table. I won’t even have the personalized little baskets sitting at each seat...

The Book of Hebrews: Jesus is Better (Blog Post)

The Book of Hebrews: Jesus is Better (Blog Post)

It is hard to be a follower of Jesus. To obey God as it pertains to issues regarding sex, money, power, what is appropriate entertainment, family living situations and a host of others, puts the Christian at odds with culture. However, this shouldn’t be much of a...

Killing Expectations (Blog Post)

Killing Expectations (Blog Post)

Confession: I want to make you happy because I like you. I also want to make you happy so you’ll like me. Even deeper truth: I don’t even have to really like you, but I do want you to really like me. When you are not happy with me, I’ve failed. A middle child through...

Presence (Blog Post)

Presence (Blog Post)

"The Chronicles of Narnia" book series is the absolute, all-time favorite book series in our household.  We’ve read from beginning (The Magician’s Nephew) to end (The Last Battle) so many times, I’ve lost count. My favorite book out of the 7 is The Horse and His Boy....

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (Blog Post)

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (Blog Post)

Can you see the beauty of this season? I can… Sort of. I have this love/hate relationship with the idea of the holidays. In my mind, I’m organized, creative, cheerful.  I get the tree up the day after Thanksgiving, bake all the cookies for the neighbors, have a...

A Response to San Bernardino (Blog Post)

A Response to San Bernardino (Blog Post)

As we try to digest the latest evidence of evil in our world, a mix of emotions and thoughts come. Some are fed up. They want to give up. "The world is going to Hell," they say. Some are angry and want to take that anger out on those they deem as potential...

I’m Not Much of a Flower Guy (Blog Post)

I’m Not Much of a Flower Guy (Blog Post)

"Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow..." (Matt. 6:28) I'm not much of a flower-guy.  What I mean, is that I have never cared much for looking at, or picking, or smelling flowers... of any kind. But the world around me most certainly seems to care very much...

This Thanksgiving (Blog Post)

This Thanksgiving (Blog Post)

The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!” (Psalm 50:23) There are many ways we can worship God: We can worship God through singing of his wondrous works in history and in our...

Oh, My Love (Blog Post)

Oh, My Love (Blog Post)

Oh, my love. We sat across from each other in that coffee shop. After 2 months of trying to meet up, you simply telling me there was much to catch up on, we finally sat face to face. You floundered for words. You didn’t know where to start. Finally, reaching for your...

Salvation Belongs to The Lord! (Blog Post)

Salvation Belongs to The Lord! (Blog Post)

Those who pay regard to vain idols forsake their hope of steadfast love. But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay. SALVATION BELONGS TO THE LORD!” (Jonah 2:8-9 ESV, caps mine) Tucked into the middle of the book of Jonah...

Because of Jesus (Blog Post)

Because of Jesus (Blog Post)

“You will say in that day: ‘I will give thanks to you, O Lord,             for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away,             that you might comfort me.’” - Isaiah 12:1 When Isaiah writes, “in that day”, he is speaking about the day of the New...

O’ What A Beautiful Picture (Blog Post)

O’ What A Beautiful Picture (Blog Post)

"For the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost." - Luke 19:10 On the news last year, a woman was inside of a dumpster, looking through the trash trying to find clues or hints or anything that might help police find a woman who had gone missing the night before....

The New Wine of the Gospel (Blog Post)

[22] And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins—and the wine is destroyed, and so are the skins. But new wine is for fresh wineskins.” (Mark 2:22 ESV) With the statement above, Jesus caps off his reply to the “people” and...