Developing Perseverance
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Developing Perseverance

Written by Erik Gernand

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” – James 1:2-3

There are seasons of life that require something extra from us. I remember a particularly difficult time in my life when I had more plates spinning than hands (and feet!) to hold them. I was in the first few years of marriage, in my first ministry position at a [...]

Finding the Right Story
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Finding the Right Story

Written by Erik Gernand

One of my favorite children’s authors is a guy named Mo Willems. I think his best story is one called “Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs.” 

 “Wait. What story is that? I thought it was about a girl and some bears.” You might say. And you’d be right to catch that something is not quite right about this story. 

 It’s the story of three dinosaurs who decide to trap a little girl in their house so they can eat her. They plan everything [...]

Delightful Dew
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Delightful Dew

Written by Ashley Hoffner, missionary in Argentina

Well, the dew is actually frozen…making it frost. But I’m trying to be positive in the freezing weather! (See what I did there?) It’s actually been a very cold Fall so far here in Argentina; reaching down to 29°F (-2°C) and it will surely get colder in July and August.

Over the past several weeks, I’ve been doing a lot of my office work (in Finances and Short-Term Teams) and also being able to travel with a [...]

A Peculiar People
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A Peculiar People

There’s this great line in 1 Peter where Peter is reminding Christians that they are a part of something larger than themselves.

They belong to the Christian community.

He writes these words to them,

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” – 1 Peter 2:9

Chosen, royal, holy. God’s special possession. These are great descriptors of the community of people God has [...]

The Greatest Gift
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The Greatest Gift

My great-grandson was born four months pre-mature.

My son and I had just gotten back from my mother’s funeral. We were about a block away from his driveway when he got the call that Maggie may lose the baby. After a couple of days, she gave birth to little Julien; he was one pound, six ounces. He looked like a normal baby, just so tiny.

The grief Hunter and Maggie had felt turned to hope, joy, and the deepest love I have [...]

Two Doctrines
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Two Doctrines

Written by Bryan Holmes

I have been going through a journey in life recently…maybe you could even call it a pilgrimage. One of the things I am learning through this journey is that I have 2 doctrines at play in my life. One doctrine- we can call this one the conscious doctrine- is the one in which you say you believe. The other doctrine- we can call this one the subconscious doctrine or true doctrine- is the one in which your [...]

Hands and Feet in Croatia: Jumping in Puddles and Throwing Stones
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Hands and Feet in Croatia: Jumping in Puddles and Throwing Stones

Written by Ashley Huber

“My favorite definition of evangelism is “telling someone into a better story.” We all have a story. Evangelism is love in action, listening to their story until we can name God into that story, enabling them to see the hand of God reaching toward them even before they knew it. Their story merges with the story of God, rooting them into a saving reality that began in the creation of the world. Through conversion, they now belong [...]

A Blessed New Year
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A Blessed New Year

When I was a kid, every school year after returning from Christmas break we had some sort of assignment that included writing out our New Year’s resolutions. Maybe you did something similar. Then, either as the years progressed or as I grew older I heard more often of people that weren’t setting New Year’s resolutions because “they never stick to them anyway.”

In the last few years, it’s become more common to choose a word or phrase that represents what you [...]

Be Strong in the Lord
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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
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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, [...]