A huge thank you to everyone who helped to make our basketball camp such a big success. We had over 50 kids attend every day. We had leaders, teachers, coaches and youth helpers all working together to make it a great week! We look forward to expanding it and improving it to bring in more children from the community next summer. ...Keep Reading
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My family had an odd Thanksgiving tradition. When my siblings and I were little, the night before Thanksgiving my parents would gather us into the smallest room in the house that we could all fit in (usually the laundry room), turned off the lights, sat on the floor, and lit a couple candles and we had a small meal of crackers, dried fruit and beef jerky....
October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month. This is a sadness in our world that has gripped many. Will and Lauren Young have been impacted by pregnancy and infant loss. Lauren has given us permission to repost some of her reflections on ways we can come alongside those among us who are grieving in this particular way. Here are five things NOT to say to someone who is grieving, and five things TO SAY to someone who is grieving: ...
In Genesis 1, we read about God creating the universe out of nothing. The creation of the world is said to take place over a span of six creative “days.” For centuries, there has been discussion and debate about how to interpret the “days” of Genesis 1. This discussion has only intensified in the past 200 years as modern scientists, especially in the areas of physics and geology, almost unanimously affirm that the universe, and the planet Earth, are extremely old (14 billion years or so for the universe and 9 billion years or so for planet Earth). What are we to make of these discussions?...
What are churches doing to preserve the lives not only of the unborn, but also of the poor, the orphan, the widow, the hungry, and the immigrant? Are we guilty of “neglecting or withdrawing lawful and necessary means of preservation of life” for some, while we advocate for the lives of the unborn? Our country needs vocal defenders of the unborn, but it also needs active Christians working against “whatsoever tends to the destruction of the life of” anyone....
What is social justice? Should Christians advocate for social justice? Is it even a term that Christians should use?...
For the Christian, “yous” should matter. We need to reject how our language has trained us to think and reprogram our brains to recognize the “yous’s” and the “y’all’s.” That way our faith will become less about “me” and more about “us,” less about each individual and more about the beautiful community God is building....Keep Reading
Thank you to everyone who supported us, whether that be financially or through prayers, we know that this was your mission field just as much as it was ours....Keep Reading
“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.” (Ps. 19:1-4)...Keep Reading
Is the god of comfort reducing the one true God into a fluffy religious cushion in your life? Is the god of recognition robbing you of opportunities for joyful, self-sacrificial ministry? What other household gods have you brought with you into the church and into your life as a Christian? Where are they lurking, waiting to twist your priorities, warp your thinking, and co...Keep Reading
Do we really believe that God answers our prayers? Jesus says in Luke 11:13 that “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” Jesus promises us here that God will give the Holy Spirit to those who ask for him. And along with the Holy Spirit, God the Father ...Keep Reading
“The man of our time is losing the power of celebration. Instead of celebrating, he seeks to be amused or entertained. Celebration is an active state, an act of expressing reverence or appreciation…Celebration is…giving attention to the transcendent meaning of one’s actions.”...Keep Reading
Thy mercy my God is the theme of my song, the joy of my heart, and the boast of my tongue. Thy free grace alone, from the first to the last, hath won my affection and bound my soul fast. - John Stocker...Keep Reading
There is never a completely satisfactory answer to explain what we have been through or are going through. But Jesus doesn’t offer the lesser light of earthly answers, instead he unfailingly offers us the glorious, healing Light of His presence - and He always satisfies. ...Keep Reading
Church planting at a high rate is the best way to keep up with population growth and the best single way to actually reach the de-churched, unchurched and spiritually starved. ...Keep Reading