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

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

The Dark Night of the Soul

Susan BlackFaith, Hope

In Aaron’s most recent sermon in the “Sing” series, he spoke from Psalm 88 which recounts the despair of a man in desperate spiritual loneliness and emotional pain. I’ve experienced that dark place, and Sunday’s message rekindled my emotions from that unenviable season of life. In the final weeks of our cancer journey, Rob said on more than one occasion: … Read More

A New Reference Point

Aaron MartinFaith, Hope

All you have to say is November 22, 1963 or September 11, 2001, and everyone knows what you are talking about. The assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas and the collapse of the World Trade Center towers due to a terrorist attack on American soil are reference points by which many people judge or understand other events in life. … 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

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

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

Immeasurably More

Haley TallmanFaith, Hope, Uncategorized

I’m a planner. The more information I can get, the better. I love spreadsheets and options. I like to know what Plan B is, and I like making informed decisions. I’m learning to be more spontaneous – my husband is more of a ‘fly by the seat of your pants’ kind of guy, but at the end of the day, … Read More