Faith Like a Child

“Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs." - Mark 10:14 What does it mean to have faith like a child? Does it require wearing pigtails or picking your nose (in public)? At what point do adults lose our capacity for this disarmingly humble, unassuming, and fearless perspective of God? of life? This Sunday, one of our little ones turned in a prayer card that humbled me. When I first read it on Sunday afternoon, I couldn't read the handwriting. So, a few days later, I asked Kim, our Director of Children's Ministry, to decipher the child-hieroglyphics. Here's what the child wrote: "for the people that do not ha

Friendship

A friend loves at all times, and a sibling is born to share adversity." - Proverbs 17:17 Who can you turn to in your times of greatest trouble? Who do you turn to for wise counsel or honest feedback? Who loves you enough to tell you the truth, even when it hurts? The answer is a friend. In Mark chapter 2, we're told the story of 4 friends who try to bring their paralyzed friend to Jesus. When they realize that they'll never make it through the crowds, they don't get discouraged. They get creative. First, they climb onto the top of the house and start tearing out the roof. Second, they lower their friend down to Jesus and pray that Jesus' compassion outweighs his outrage at their

Anxious for Nothing

The presence of anxiety is unavoidable, bur the prison of anxiety is optional. - Max Lucado It's been only a few weeks since we finished our Lenten study and sermon series, "Anxious for Nothing." Unfortunately, there have been many times when I felt anxious about everything! Kids, health issues, scheduling changes, our church, our denomination, not missing end-of-the-year activities/concerts, not forgetting Mother's Day, and the list goes on. It's a busy season. With this in mind, let me remind us of what we learned - C.A.L.M. First step - Celebrate God's Goodness "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice!" - Philippians 4:4 If you want to escape the cycle of anxie

Let There Be Peace

The Lord saw that the wickedness of humankind was great in the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of their hearts was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that he had made humankind on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. - Genesis 6:5-6 We got our younger daughter a fish tank (along with several fish) for her birthday. While it's only been 4 weeks, the fish tank has been full of underwater drama. Every week, we've had one or two fish go belly-up. Thankfully, the pet store has a 30 day "the fish will live" guarantee. However, several of the deaths have been a little "fishy." After seeing my 3rd return for replacement fish (in 3 weeks,) a store employ

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Oct. 2020 Newsletter

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