Satisfaction Within a Large Church

Josh SandsUncategorized

Have you ever had what should be a 2-minute dash in and out of a Walmart store turn into a 15-minute marathon that pushes your patience and mental fortitude to the max?  While you’re standing there with the one final but critical ingredient for your dinner recipe in a line that is 9 deep you can’t help but fixate on … Read More

Deep and Quiet

Chad CookUncategorized

Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” I am not a fisherman. In fact the last few times I tried fishing I struggled to … Read More

Power Packed Verses

Dave AnnanUncategorized

Do you have a favorite verse in the Bible?  We know that “all scripture” is God breathed and therefore every verse is equally ordained and equally important.  But if you are like me, there are certain verses that stand out more clearly to me, and seem to clarify God’s purpose for my life.  Do you have a verse like that?  … Read More

Slow Fade

Rick FosterUncategorized

“Time sneaks up on you like a windshield on a bug.” – John Lithgow This year I hit the big 6 – 0. I wish I could say I’m handling it well, but I’m not. I’ve had to admit to myself that I’m struggling with getting older. Nothing major has changed, fallen off or stopped working (yet!), but I get … Read More

In Defense of Boredom

Chad CookUncategorized

Don’t you love the summer!! School is out, the sun is shining brightly and the days are filled with relaxing by the pool, sweet tea and jamming out to your favorite tunes. Yet especially during summer, I also hear that moaning….whining complaint like a mosquito constantly living in my ear…. “I’m borrrred.” Bored. My daughters and students believe it’s an evil … Read More

#blessed

Josh SandsFaith, Hope

My wife Erin and I were talking some this week about social media and laughing at some of the hashtags that accompany photos and feeds. One that continues to appear frequently is #blessed. It was our observation that most of these #blessed posts featured things like extravagant vacations, shiny cars, and dreamy relationships. There were a good number of #blessed … Read More

Keeping the main thing, the main thing.

Dave AnnanUncategorized

Lately, I have been thinking about priorities and how they affect our lives. With so many “voices” vying for our time, it is hard to know how to keep things in their proper order. The list of responsibilities seems endless at times with God, family, church, kids activities, personal health etc.  I am often asking, “Lord, how can I keep all of … Read More

The Power of Influence

Jon Eric WoodwardUncategorized

It is amazing how powerful one person’s life can be. We’ve all been marked deeply, positively or negatively, by people in our lives. Our parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, teachers, coaches, pastors and on and on we could go.  I’m grateful to have had a handful of mentors in my life who loved me enough to take me under their … Read More

Discipleless Churches

Rick FosterUncategorized

We had the privilege of having Bill Lawrence in our church earlier this year. This past week he blogged the following. I pass it on because I couldn’t have said it better, and it comes at a great time in the history of our church. It’s a great read but buckle your seatbelt!  –Pastor Rick Foster Dallas Willard observed that … Read More

Worship Invites Us Into the Story of God

Jon Eric WoodwardWorship

Worship Invites Us Into the Story of God Here are some things God has been teaching me as of late: God has been revealing Himself to us since the beginning of time. He first revealed Himself to us through all that He created (Genesis 1-2; Psalm 19). Then after the fall of Adam and Eve (Genesis 3) He revealed His … Read More