Speaking Your Heart

Aaron MartinFaith, Uncategorized

The cautiousness was present in his eyes the first time that I met him, though I did not quite yet know the depth of pensive hesitation that lie behind his glancing eyes and shifting posture. In some ways, aside from the blissful naivety of his youngest child, it seemed to me that the whole family was in retreat, determined to … Read More

The Tyranny of Worry

Susan BlackFaith, Hope

My mom is the youngest of 11 children. One of her older sisters just recently entered Heaven at the earthly age of 102. Of the 11 children, 9 were daughters. (My mom’s father, a farmer, had hoped for a family of strong rugged farmhands). I grew up surrounded by scores of aunts, uncles, and cousins. We gathered at my grandparents’ … Read More

Why Seeking God’s Reward is Different from the Prosperity Gospel

Aaron MartinFaith, Hope

This past Sunday was the final sermon in our Living Generously series. This year, we want to commit ourselves to generously pursuing Jesus through the Word and community, generously loving our neighbors, and generously investing our time, energy, and resources (including money) in gospel initiatives. Where is God asking you to take the next step in your spiritual disciplines, your … Read More

Who Are Your People?

Kim LehmannFaith, Uncategorized

A few weeks ago, I was reading Matthew 16:21- 28, where Jesus predicts his own death. In verse twenty-one, “Jesus begins to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests, and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day … Read More

Battling Anxiety

Aaron MartinFaith, Hope

The world gives countless causes for anxiety. Things happen that we have no control over. Blindsiding pain, circumstantial confusion, and disorienting uncertainty are as inevitable as the rising sun and shifting tides. The fact that we know things are going to happen in our lives that are beyond our control gives rise to anxiety even when there are no specific … Read More

Troubled by Trouble

Susan BlackFaith, Hope

I wonder if you can hear this song in your head as you read these lyrics: “Trouble, trouble, trouble, trouble, trouble – trouble been doggin’ my soul since the day I was born. Worry, worry, worry, worry, worry – worry just will not seem to leave my mind alone.” We are a people who are troubled by trouble. It interrupts, … Read More

Authenticity and How It Applies to Discipling the Next Generation

Jake BoremFaith

As a pendulum swings back and forth, so it seems that each up and coming generation intentionally attempts to move in the opposite direction of its predecessor – especially in the areas that the former generation clearly “missed the mark” on. One generation wants the big “gas guzzling SUV’s” and the next generation is all about the fuel efficient Prius. … Read More

Be Like Jesus.

Kim LehmannFaith

There are many nights after I tuck my kids in bed that I long to crawl in bed myself to drift off to sleep… at 7:30pm. I know, lame. But my eyes are so heavy, and my energy levels are completely spent. The thought of slipping into bed makes me want to sing and dance and shout all at once… if only … Read More

Growing In Grammar = Growing In Jesus

Aaron MartinFaith

What we believe determines how we behave. Even secularists know this is true. This axiom is a foundational belief in therapeutic and behavioral counseling. Our thoughts are catalysts for self-perpetuating cycles in our lives. If you think you are a failure, you will act like a failure. If you act like a failure, it reinforces the idea that you are … Read More

Captive Thoughts

Shannon WilsonFaith, Hope

When my mother had a stroke 5 years ago, her right frontal lobe was struck by the trauma of the hemorrhage on her brain. This trauma was centered in the language center, which meant that her brain no longer processed language in the correct way. Week after week, month after month, I sat in a chair and listened in awe … Read More