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Be Strong in the Lord

Be Strong in the Lord

Written by Erik Gernand

When I was growing up, I remember my church hosting this group called “The Power Team.” If you grew up in church, maybe you’ve heard of them. It was a gimmicky thing that some super strong guys did to create an avenue to try and share faith. But the stuff they could do was incredible: tearing license plates in half with their teeth, bending steel bars, breaking concrete blocks and on and on. 

My personal favorite was blowing up a 2 [...]

Reflection

Reflection

Written by Bryan Holmes

I was having one of those quiet and reflective prayer moments this past week inside our family prayer room. There are times throughout the week that I try to go to this place and spend time with the Lord. As my quiet moment went on, I suddenly heard the loud “BANG, BANG, BANG” of the piano coming from the downstairs living room. The prayer room is on the other side of the wall from the living room, [...]

The Ways of God

The Ways of God

Written by Erik Gernand

As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things. – Ecclesiastes 11:5 

And I found myself thinking this morning, “…except that now we do know the path of the wind and how babies are formed in the mother’s womb. So what does that mean for our understand of the works and ways of God?” 

These words in Ecclesiastes were written [...]

Bad News

Bad News

Written by Bryan Holmes

How do you handle disappointment or bad news when it comes your way? In life, there are multiple moments when things just don’t end up your way…and some moments when you hear news that shakes you to the core. I know in my own life, there have been times of disappointment. Sometimes, frustration bursts through the surface and I lash out in anger towards the situation. Other times, I am able to keep my calm. One of [...]

Straight Rows

Straight Rows

Written by Erik Gernand

When I was growing up, I remember the days of learning how to mow the yard.

My dad took me out with him a few times and we followed the good old model. At first I watched my dad, walking alongside him and learning how the mower worked. Then he’d let me take a couple of passes while he walked with me. Before long, though, I was out there on my own.

I wish I could say I was [...]

Stir the Pot

Stir the Pot

Written by Erik Gernand

Have you ever known someone who likes to “stir the pot”?

The Urban Dictionary defines the phrase like this:

“Someone who loves to proliferate the tension and drama between 2 or more feuding people/groups in public to get a raise of people in hopes of starting a [storm] of drama and uncomfortable conflict, sometimes for personal gain but oftentimes just for the thrill of confrontation.”

You probably know someone like this. But I wonder if every once in a while you [...]