Elder Minute: January 2018

We hope you have had a wonderful start to your 2018. Below is a summary of our last meetings as a board. Thank you for your continued prayer for our leadership and our church. 1.  Elder Role (Expectations, BOE Meetings, Candidate Questions) – Paul presented what has been compiled thus far. This continues to be […]

No Baloney Please

Remember playing “One of these is not like the other”? You’re shown a picture of beagles. In the middle of the pack stands a beagle-looking fox. Can you find it? In the middle of teddy bears on a couch sits a fluffy, baby chow. Which one? Here stand several meerkats in a row. What’s that, […]

Light and Sword

As Mary and Joseph and their tiny new baby enter Jerusalem’s temple, an old man and an old woman greet them. After blessing them and their baby, the old man identifies Jesus as “a light for revelation to the Gentiles,” then looks at Mary. “Your son will be spoken against, Mary, and a sword will […]

Peace on Earth?

Intense sadness and profound peace still stir my soul upon hearing one of the most beloved Christmas carols, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day. I heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play
And mild and sweet their songs repeat
Of peace on earth good will to men. These words poured from the pen […]

LIVING THE CROSS CENTERED LIFE

“Do you desire more passion for Jesus Christ? Return to the very essence of your faith—the cross of Christ. Here, in C.J. Mahaney’s book, “Living the Cross Centered Life,  the deepest truths of Calvary will stir your passion for Him into an unquenchable fire. “Never lay it aside. Never move on,” says C. J. Mahaney, […]

NOT ON MY SCHEDULE

Several times in the Scriptures the phrase sacrifice of thanksgiving jumps up from nowhere and bites us in the attitude. Why is thanksgiving a sacrifice? Thanksgiving arrives again, just on schedule, every year on the fourth Thursday of November. But what if it’s not on my schedule? What if I can’t muster thanksgiving? What if […]

Motivation for Conversations

Fear, pleasure, duty, reward – these are just a few of the motivators of people. What motivates you? The Apostle Paul was motivated to share the gospel because of his fear, his reverential awe of the Lord. The love of Christ also moved Paul to faithfulness in the gospel. In fact, Christ’s love impelled him […]

Who Grows the Garden?

Having just put my garden to bed (pun intended) for the winter, Paul’s instruction to the church at Corinth nearly jumps off the page. “You are God’s field, God’s building.” By means of agriculture and architecture, Paul portrays our status before God and our calling from God. We plant or water or cultivate, but God […]

ABIDING

My father died seven years ago, my mother, two years later. Like you, I’ve “lost” other friends and family. Grieving and alone, we comfort ourselves with, “They’re still with us in spirit.” How do you abide with or stay close to someone who’s gone? Death is final. We’re left alone. One death was different. Washing […]