Weddings and Worship

Jon Eric WoodwardUncategorized

There are some amazing similarities between our worship services and weddings. Think about it……When the bride comes in what do we do? We stand to honor her. Our eyes are glued to her as she walks down the aisle. We even strain to see her if we can’t. In the same way we stand at times in our worship. We … Read More

A Response to Charges of Hypocrisy

Josh SandsUncategorized

For most of my life I have heard people talk about Christians being hypocritical. I’ve had good friends even tell me that while they respected me and my faith, that they didn’t want to have anything to do with “church” because it was made up of a bunch of hypocrites. On the other hand, I’ve been driving down the road … Read More

Confessions of a Smoker

Jon Eric WoodwardUncategorized

When I was a kid I used to steal cigarettes from my Mom’s purse and go out in the barn and smoke with my best friend Travis back in LA. We didn’t do it a lot but the little we did still made us feel guilty because we knew it was wrong (both stealing and smoking!). We did that for … Read More

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


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