Sounds of the Season
by Dan Vandzura on November 26th, 2021
If you’ve read my blog posts in the past, You know that I have a tendency to include a song at the end of each. Usually my process is to pick a song that fits the theme after I write my thoughts; however, I make an exception this month as we have officially (having celebrated Thanksgiving) entered the Christmas season. I would consider myself a Christmas junkie, due in large part to the music...
by Josh Cervone on November 19th, 2021
A few weeks back I was sitting in a gathering of pastors from our local area. We met to pray together. To pray for our communities and churches and families. As we sat and talked and prayed, I noticed that many of the men who were present were on the older side of life. As I listened to these men pray, I began to think about faithfulness. These are men who have been vocational ministers for decade...
The Widows Might
by Pete Nelson on November 5th, 2021
There’s an account in Luke’s gospel of the widow who, while giving at the temple, is observed by Jesus. Jesus has some of the highest praise for her faithfulness, generosity, and sacrifice. It’s often referred to as the account of “The Widows Mite”. This woman, despite her tenuous circumstances, exhibits a faith that goes beyond reason into a deep trust in her Heavenly Father.The Bible instructs u...
I See Dead People
by Dan Vandzura on October 29th, 2021
During a recent visit home, my family and I were reflecting on my time growing up, and way that we celebrated Halloween. More accurately, we were talking about the way that we didn’t celebrate Halloween. I grew up in a calvary chapel in the early 90’s and was among Christians who took a very hard-line stance against the festivities. Instead, the churches I was around often hosted “harvest parties”...
by Rob Thompson on October 15th, 2021
I've been doing a lot of reflecting lately. Reflecting upon my priorities, my allegiances, my task lists, good vs great, time allowances, etc. It's always good to slow down and reflect. It's been a great time of recalibration. I'm not done, but I'm re-learning lessons along the way.Consider this... Every now and then, I recognize that the compass function of my smart phone is a little off. Ma...
by Pete Nelson on October 8th, 2021
“… therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.”2 Corinthians 4:16Inwardly renewed… Outwardly wasting away. The painful truth is these bodies of ours get old. There was a time when I ran 5K races… these days, I get winded trying to run an errand! There was a day when Pastor Al and I could play three on three basketball in 90° h...