Because of Christ . . .

Jon Eric WoodwardFaith

There is something powerful about thinking about, meditating on and rehearsing the truth about what Christ has done for us.  When we proclaim the truth of what God has done for us because of the obedience of our Savior, joy comes. Hope can be realized and experienced.  Chains loosen and fall. Light begins to pierce stubborn darkness. Anticipation rises. So, … Read More

The Expectation-Experience Gap

Susan BlackFaith

My youngest son, Philip, just got married two weeks ago in the same chapel where Rob and I were married almost 35 years ago. As I anticipated walking down the same aisle that ushered me into my marriage, I inevitably thought back to many fond and joyful memories…and also to the painful lessons of dying to self that brought both … Read More

Home is Where Heroes are Made

Todd Van DykeUncategorized

I read a book a while ago and came across a quote that struck me to the heart and got me thinking. The book is Mud, Sweat, and Tears: The Autobiography of Bear Grylls. Bear Grylls is the famous adventurer most known for his hit TV show, Man vs. Wild. It was a family favorite in our house. Bear Grylls … Read More

Proclaim and Rest in God

Josh SandsFaith, Worship

And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible … Read More

Should We Rejoice or Weep?

Aaron MartinFaith, Hope

Psalm 116:15 says, “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” How is it that we can and should count death as something precious for those who are in Christ? When a Christian dies, shall those of us who remain weep or rejoice? It is human nature to juxtapose joy and sorrow as mutually exclusive … Read More

True Love

Shannon WilsonFaith, Hope

In recent weeks, Pastor Aaron has led us through a passage in Acts describing the way that our earliest brothers and sisters lived lives devoted to God and to each other. This sounds nice, we think to ourselves. How do we live like these first century saints? Shall we copy them? Sure, we say, we can sell stuff! Sure, we … Read More

Sage Brush or Oak Tree?

Jon Eric WoodwardFaith

Psalm 1 reveals a stark contrast between the righteous and the wicked.  It’s a deep, thought provoking and yet simple Psalm that heralds a warning about who and what we allow to speak into our lives. It contains only 6 verses, but they pack a punch and provide a much-needed wake-up call about using discretion in what and who we … Read More

Battlefields

Susan BlackFaith, Hope

It was exactly 7 years ago that my husband, Rob, was diagnosed with cancer. His ocular melanoma was discovered when he went to see his eye doctor about some minor shadowy vision he had been experiencing. He was quickly referred to and examined by a retina specialist whose strained countenance displayed the devastating reality we were facing. We walked out … Read More

Duty, Disciple, Delight

Todd Van DykeUncategorized

“I hate going to church.” Has your child ever said something like this? Maybe they don’t really hate going to church. Maybe they say they’re bored, they don’t understand what’s going on in corporate worship, or it’s just not fun. Or maybe it’s not church. Maybe it’s when you try to get them to have a quiet time or pray. … Read More

Ancestors and Ever-Afters

Josh SandsUncategorized

Throughout my childhood I was exposed to the imaginative work of Walt Disney through fairytales that chronicled the budding love between a man and woman and the magical moments that took place as they grew in their love for one another. Have you ever read the story of Snow White, or Cinderella? Or perhaps you watched movies like Sleeping Beauty … Read More