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

Remembering Diane Holcomb Durham

Aaron MartinUncategorized

It is impossibly difficult to put into words what we all feel right now: confusion, pity, sorrow, anger, disappointment. For those who know and love Diane, the circumstances around her tragic death have been disorienting, like the first steps off a spinning tilt-a-whirl. To say we are experiencing a Job-like moment is no exaggeration. We have been blind-sided in the … Read More

Living for Eternity

Kim LehmannFaith, Hope

I’ll never forget the first time I ever shared the Gospel with someone. I was on my first mission trip, in Jamaica and I was between my junior and senior year of high school. I was there with another lady to lead a week-long Vacation Bible School for almost a hundred children. There had been a young girl that had … Read More

Conviction

Aaron MartinUncategorized

Conviction Noun      \   Con * vic * tion   \   ‘ kən-ˈvik-shən \ Conviction is strong belief or persuasion. It is the state of mind of a person who is sure that what he or she says or believes is true. No great movement or accomplishment has ever occurred or been achieved without conviction. Conviction is the current of influence and … Read More

A Feast for Our Souls

Shannon WilsonUncategorized

Genesis Chapter 1 – what a great place to begin this new year. What a feast for our souls, what a gift this chapter is to his people! For many of us, this chapter has been read to us or by us more times than we can remember for more years than we can recall. We assume that we have … Read More

Extol.

Jon Eric WoodwardWorship

Psalm 117 “Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol Him, all you peoples. For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord!“ God calls all peoples, every tribe, every tongue, everyone on the planet to worship Him. In this shortest chapter of the Bible, the writer of the Psalm calls everyone … Read More

Adoption

Jon Eric WoodwardUncategorized

Have you ever adopted a cat or a dog from the pound? If so, you probably know, although you may have never thought much about it, that in reality, I’m rescuing this animal. Not to try to take the analogy too far, but we know what happens to un-rescued animals. Another interesting angle is that the animals themselves have absolutely … Read More

For the (Future) Book Nerd

Aaron MartinUncategorized

If you’ve been to my office, then you already know I love books. Just like a good carpenter has a variety of tools in his or her toolbox, a wise pastor surrounds himself with books, knowing that we don’t always have the resources within us to tap into the wisdom and knowledge we need for every situation. With that in … Read More