It Was A Water Commercial
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It Was A Water Commercial

Written by Sarah Comer

I was watching a commercial when a line jumped out at me. “Changing our direction from where we go to where we gather.”

I was so caught in that one line, I have no idea what the commercial was even advertising.

Changing our direction from where we go to where we gather.

I think I’m so caught in that line because it tells a part of my story so eloquently – a story that I’m not sure I’ve been able [...]

All Things New
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All Things New

Written by Erik Gernand

“He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new.’” – Revelation 21:5 

The story of the Bible ends with an incredible scene. After several chapters describing the trouble we face in the world as the old order of sin and death loses its grip on the world, we come to the end and find a proclamation that everything is being made “new.” 

New. 

The re-making of everything “new” is a concept that’s a little hard to grasp. We know what [...]

Past Appearances
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Past Appearances

Written by Erik Gernand

The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. – 1 Samuel 16:7b

The time had come for Samuel to appoint a new king over Israel. Israel’s first king, Saul, a towering man, and a natural born leader, hadn’t worked out. So, God sent Samuel to anoint one of Jesse’s boys.

When Samuel gets to Jesse’s home, they call for the boys, who line [...]

Wait on the Lord
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Wait on the Lord

Written by Erik Gernand

Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. – Psalm 27:14

Waiting is hard.

Ashley (my wife) and I were watching a magic show on Netflix the other day where the magician took several children through the “Marshmallow Test.” Maybe you’ve seen it. You bring a child into a room and sit her in front of a plate with a marshmallow on it. If the child can wait for ten minutes without eating [...]

Just a Speck
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Just a Speck

Written by Sarah Comer

In college, I took my first trip to a Judgment House.

Just the sound of it kind of makes me want to throat-punch someone. However, I had never been, and so bored on a weekend, I headed to nearby town for a visit to the Judgment House.

I don’t do haunted houses, so I was a little on edge about what to expect. It was around Halloween, but it was at a church so I figured even if I [...]

Let Them Pray
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Let Them Pray

Written by Erik Gernand

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. – James 5:16b 

What do you do when something great is happening in your life? 

How do you respond when life gets hard? 

For most of us, whether things are going well, or not, we are predictable in our responses. We develop patterns over time that help us respond to and navigate, all sorts of life circumstances. 

Many of these responses are simply what we’ve learned from people we look up to – [...]

Gainly Gatherings
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Gainly Gatherings

Written by Ashley Hoffner

It’s been quite a ride for myself and my church here in Argentina over the past several weeks, 4-6 weeks really. But it has never been more busy, which to me is a good thing. But this blog includes both happy and sad moments; please continue to pray with me for myself, my fellow loved one here and the ministries we are doing.

Meeting and visiting with people/loved ones is so important and a huge part of my work. [...]

Beyond Understanding
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Beyond Understanding

Written by Sarah Comer

“Sometimes, though, people who suffer become so meshed in the details they hardly see the forest through the trees – for them, trying circumstances become an inconvenient stump or a fallen log that only blocks their path to happiness.” -Joni Eareckson Tada

A few days ago, I was chatting with my grandmother on the phone for a long overdue phone call. My relationship with her is unique because she’s the last living grandparent that I have, and though [...]

Slow to Speak
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Slow to Speak

Written by Erik Gernand

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry… – James 1:19

Man, oh man.

“I have a friend” who struggles with these things mightily. I bet you have one of “these friends” too – I mean, hypothetically, of course.

Seriously though, how many times have you entered a challenging conversation, maybe with your boss, your spouse, a child, a neighbor or a friend, and your [...]