Are you Asking for Wisdom where Wisdom is Found?

Todd Van DykeUncategorized

One of the things that I tell my children is that they are of the age right now where their mom and I give them a lot of wisdom. Or maybe more accurately, we give them a lot of knowledge that we pray will lead them to wisdom as they grow up.  We also try to teach them, however, that … 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

Peacemaking is not Peacekeeping

Josh SandsUncategorized

I regularly meet with couples that struggle with unresolved conflict in their relationship. We all experience conflict. We all have unmet desires and that leads to conflict (see James 4:1-2). Periodically we need to revisit some fundamental truths, establish ourselves firmly there, and then move forward and build on those fundamentals. We need to consider the fundamentals of conflict resolution. … 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

Assimilation: First Time Guest to Covenant Member

Susan WagnerUncategorized

Imagine you’ve not been in church for several years, or maybe ever, for one reason or another, but then something changes. An unexpected internal shift compels you to go to church. But you wrestle with this urge because you think “I don’t know where to start…I don’t know anything about what to look for really…I don’t even know what times … 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