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  • Serendipity and Spiritual ADD

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | October 18, 2021

    “Believe in Something Bigger!” That was quite a statement of promise on a sign in the window of my local convenience store. Then at the bottom I saw what that “bigger” something was: Powerball. The multi-state lottery.

    I am amused when the secular world tries to be profoundly spiritual. Whether it is shampoo, lotions, accessories, cars, or lottery tickets, everyone wants their promotion to appear deeper than just crass commercialism.

  • Leadership Interrupted

    Blog | Kristin Beyer | September 30, 2021

    My cell phone buzzed as I sat at the table for a quick bite to eat on Sunday morning, five kids whirling around me, ready to hop in the car and leave for church as soon as I got up. The phone call coming in was from a woman who usually called when she had a big favor to ask of me, and I didn’t think I had time to listen to whatever it was that I thought she needed.

  • Don't Park in Your Past

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | September 28, 2021

    “We are all products of our past, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it,” said Pastor Rick Warren, best-selling author of The Purpose-Driven Life. When we become Christians, wouldn’t it be great if God erased the memory of our past mistakes? I used to think if ONLY God would delete the hard drive of my unhappy memories, that would be a huge relief. What I didn’t know was that it was my choice whether or not to park in my past or allow God to help me move onward into maturity in Christ.

  • Getting Out of the Storm

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | September 21, 2021

    Why do bad things happen?  Humans have been asking this question, probably, since the beginning of time, or at least after we were pushed out of Eden.  In our past few articles, we’ve explored storms (bad things).  We’ve seen why God causes or allows storms, how the behaviors of others may affect us, and how we sometimes bring the storms upon ourselves. 

    Why do bad things happen?

  • Disappointments and Regrets

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | September 14, 2021

    “Mom, why aren’t you coming to my recital?”

    “I’m just too nervous.”

    “But you know how hard I’ve worked on this piece all year! You’ve heard me practice!”

    “I know. But I don’t want to be disappointed if you make mistakes.”

    But I don’t want to be disappointed if you make mistakes

  • Preventative Maintenance

    Blog | Kim Rider | August 31, 2021

    There are many things that require preventative maintenance. Probably the most common is our automobiles. Each automobile comes with a recommended maintenance schedule which includes things like oil and filter changes, transmission service, belt replacement, and tire rotation.

    Why does the auto manufacturer make these recommendations? These recommendations are made to ensure the auto runs better and lasts longer. Without this regular maintenance the automobile is more likely to fail and need major repairs.

  • From Setback to Comeback

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | August 24, 2021

    Setbacks are part of life. We’ve each experienced delays, faced interruptions, encountered postponements, and suffered disappointment. In fact, Jesus told us to expect trials and tribulation. John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

    Setbacks are part of life.

  • Scars (Come with Living)

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | August 17, 2021

    Life is full of storms.  We’ve previously discussed the circumstances that explain life’s storm.  They can be captured in three categories those caused by God, the actions of others or our actions and decisions (August, 2021).  We are in a pandemic and many debate the use of vaccines, wildfires consume the western United States while the extreme drought is happening, historic heat waves spread across the world and climate change solidifies its grip on humanity. 

  • “Why Am I Standing Here?”

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | August 10, 2021

    One of my favorite programs to watch with my children was The Muppet Show. The sketches were funny at both the kid and adult levels. One character, the janitor, seemed to have the most obvious but profound answers. In one sketch he was asked, “Beauregard, why are you standing there?” He calmly replied, “This is where my feet stopped.”

    I still laugh at the simpleminded answer. Yet how many times have I found myself standing in the middle of a room wondering why and having no other answer than “This is where my feet stopped!”

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