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Simple Evangelism

January 22, 2015 | by: Jeffery West |0 Comments

I have a friend who came to know Christ because of me. Well, it wasn’t just me. It was Crystal, other friends, a church and of course the initiating grace of the Holy Spirit. But, I was reminded this past week of the role God had me play as I grabbed lunch with another old friend, Philip. While at a wedding recently, my friend James told Philip how instrumental I had been in his conversion several years ago and now Philip wanted to relay that message... Keep Reading

You're Invited...

January 15, 2015 | by: Emily Mathers |0 Comments

When I was little, we would drive down McDaniel Avenue on our way home from my aunt’s house. Avenue was an apt designation. McDaniel was a long, wide, tree-lined street. The houses were close, but not too close, far enough from the road to have green lawns and fences, but close enough to see in them. It was usually dark by the time we were coming home. I was in my pajamas, having already gone to sleep at my aunt’s house while my parents stayed ... Keep Reading

There's power in asking

January 8, 2015 | by: Becca Miller |0 Comments

I once drove clear across town to catch the last 15 minutes of a children’s library program, even though I was literally less than one mile from the Museum of Life and Science and had planned to take the kids there after their doctor check-up. All because a friend texted and asked if I’d be there. There’s power in asking! As many of you know, our family is in a season of “asking.” We are preparing to move to Thailand as missi... Keep Reading

Where are you from?

January 6, 2015 | by: D. Chu |0 Comments

“Where are you from?” It’s a simple question, and one that I hear often nowadays. Yet lately, every time someone poses it to me, existential angst momentarily paralyzes me. I don’t know how to answer. Awkward pauses ensue. “I’m from Concord.” (Well, I live in Concord, but I’m not really from Concord, and it’s probably temporary.) Or “I’m from China.” (Sort of, except that I’m not... Keep Reading

Be Prepared

December 17, 2014 | by: Dave Stepp |0 Comments

I spent a few years in scouting when I was a boy. I have great memories of camping, building all sorts of things, campfires, and lots of competitions. And I still remember the scout motto, “be prepared.” It is simple and compelling, but not very specific, and sometimes it seemed a bit lofty and out of reach. I remember inspections and being told that I was not prepared when our leader found dirt under my fingernails. I remember wondering how I ... Keep Reading

Taking Joy in the Journey

December 10, 2014 | by: Dave Nash |0 Comments

The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever – A.1 The Shorter Catechism I love to run. Other people love to capture award-winning photographs, grow gardens full of fresh vegetables, or bake cakes that melt in your mouth. God has blessed us with so many skills and talents, as well as the capacity to love perfecting them! What awesome gifts! God has blessed me with the love of running, and in particular “going long” on tra... Keep Reading

God the Tyrant? God the Pen Pal?

December 3, 2014 | by: Andrew White |0 Comments

This fall I have been spending my time in Galatians and, more recently, chapter 5. In this section the question is posed (paraphrasing), "If you are already free in Christ, why would you run away again to other things?" Lately I have been thinking a lot about this in my own life... what are some things that I do to keep God at a distance? According to this passage, Paul thinks there are at least two great dangers for Christians that would keep us from kno... Keep Reading

Thankful..."For you are with me"

November 24, 2014 | by: Brian Ellison |0 Comments

Each year as we gather in homes for Thanksgiving, we are frequently reminded of the first one held at Plymouth Colony in 1621. The first Thanksgiving, contrary to the more common historical narrative, was actually a three-day harvest feast – a fairly common event in England – rather than a one-day meal. The event likely took place in late September and included guests from the Wampanoag tribe, who outnumbered the settlers (“Pilgrims&rdqu... Keep Reading

Knowing Your Neighbor to Help Them See Christ

November 20, 2014 | by: Pastor Byron Peters |0 Comments

John 1:48 “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”49 Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.” Take a moment and ask yourself: “How many people really know me? Not just the ‘me’ I project, but the real me?” I’d be surprised if you had more than one hand&rsqu... Keep Reading

Friendship

November 13, 2014 | by: Jonathan Prentice |0 Comments

There is nothing quite like a friend. I am reminded of this when I think about my wife. I am reminded of this when I pray to know the Lord’s presence and a friend shows up in my life. I am reminded of the theme of friendship in the cult classic movie I watched recently, Napoleon Dynamite. True friends can be hard to come by. In a time where the hustle and bustle of life may make us long for solitude in the countryside or perhaps on a deserted island... Keep Reading

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