A Wicked Checklist
by Pete Nelson on May 21st, 2021
I’m not really big on checklists in our spiritual journey. They seem so, well, ..... sterile. I mean, this relationship with the Lord should not be about checking things off the list. Our walk with the Lord is to be vibrant , growing, involving prayer, feeding on his Word, and loving others.Checklists, however, are vital for some professions. Every time I board a plane I am so thankful for pilots ...  Read More
Revelation Questions: Apocalypse Now!
by Dan Vandzura on May 14th, 2021
             When you’re shooting baskets after youth group, you really never know what conversations are going to arise. This past week as a student and I were playing together, we got talking about gas prices, and this week’s big pipeline news story came up. The student asked me “have you heard the conspiracy theory about that!?” I hadn’t, but it only took a stab or two to guess what it was all ...  Read More
Rejoicing & Not So Much Rejoicing
by Josh Cervone on May 6th, 2021
Romans 12:15 says, “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” This verse has been floating around the back of my mind lately. I suspect that this is because over the past couple weeks, I have had the joyful opportunity of sitting with friends, both new and old, and hearing joyful news from them. I have heard stories of new jobs, new ministry opportunities, and new events in the ...  Read More
Rest for the Weary
by Rob Thompson on April 30th, 2021
“In a piece of music, the notation for ‘rest’ is a pause in the music. The rest is as important as the note. The space that is not filled with music is a space that helps frame the music. It keeps its meter and holds the melody in place. The musical rest is a positive filling of that space, not a void.” “The composer of the music carefully placed those rests as parts of the whole. To remove them changes everything about the music: its meter, its interpretation, even the melody.” Stephen Shortridge writes in Deepest Thanks, Deeper Apologies  Read More
The Phoebe Twins
by Pete Nelson on April 23rd, 2021
This blog is about the stories of Diane and Dorothy…two women who loved the Lord, served his church, and were adored by their families.  Oh, and in the last few years, neither one of them knew those who loved them most.  Both of these women were called to walk through their own battle with Alzheimer’s.Diane worshipped here at Beacon; Dorothy was my mother-in-law.  Both loved serving with children....  Read More
Resurrecting a Dead World
by Dan Vandzura on April 16th, 2021
This past Sunday my wife and I returned from a somewhat impromptu vacation to Sanibel, Fl. This little island just off the Gulf coast was our honeymoon destination a few years ago, and we have been back each year since. As nature-lovers (and beach lovers), the largely conserved Island yields to us beautiful and unique environments full of incredible wildlife (the birds being by far my favorite to ...  Read More