• Heroes are Made in a Moment

    By Rob Tomes

    I wanted to be just like him and I knew it would only be a matter of time in which I would be able to fly through the sky. The pillow case was flapping behind my neck and half tucked into an extraordinarily bright blue pajama top.  Oh, how the crimson red emblazoned “S’” with the gold background shimmered in the bedroom light! I jumped from my bed producing powerful swoosh sound effects with my lips. I was faster than a speeding bullet! I was more powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! Up in the sky, look! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Superman! I was him, my hero, the “Man of Steel.” I thought superheroes such as Superman spectacular and believed only they could perform acts of heroism and gallantry. However, …

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  • I’ll Be With You in a Moment

    By Lisa Nuss

    Yesterday was Mother’s Day – a day that brings with it different emotions for each one of us. For some, it can be a reminder of what they’ve lost while for others, it’s a reminder of what they want more than anything but have not yet been able to experience. For another group of people, it’s a time to recognize and celebrate the wonderful women in their lives. For some it’s a combination of these. For me, Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate my mom, who I happen to think is pretty awesome! Growing up, my mom was definitely my mother and not necessarily my friend, but she always supported whatever I wanted to do without trying to impose her own thoughts on me of who I should be and what I should pursue. She wasn’t perfect and she …

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  • Propel Women

    By Salina Iavarone

    I can remember going to my first women’s Bible study like it was yesterday.  I walked into the room and was warmly greeted by another woman who looked to be about my age and yet I felt like there were some glaring differences between us.  In my mind, she had it all.  She was lovely.  Her hair, her makeup, her clothing, her smile.  When she spoke, she seemed to know everything there was to know about God and the bible. That first night I was pretty sure her family was perfect, her house was perfect, she never had a bad hair day, certainly never yelled at her kids, spent at least two hours in prayer each morning and… I wanted nothing more than to just be her.  I wanted to have it all too. But here’s what I quickly came …

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  • Is This It?

    By Rob Tomes

    The Lysol toilet bowl cleaner with the patented angled cap was in my right hand and the over-used blue scrubber that should have been discarded approximately a month ago was in my left hand. The aromatic combination of the scrubbing bubbles and teenage urine hit my nose for the one- hundredth time in the last two hours as I had scrubbed every bathroom in the ten thousand square foot church. As my eyes became transfixed at the vigorously stirred fizzing water I felt falsely raptured in mind because my equilibrium matched the high pressured vortex of the now polished throne. I stumbled toward the sink and splashed the fresh, cool water on my  flushed cheeks and I stared into the reflective mirror and cried out to God, “Is this it?? Is this why you have called me into ministry? Is …

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  • How Long?

    By Annie Fox

    “Are we there yet?” If your kids have ever muttered these words, you know from personal experience that they’re sure to say them again and again until you reach your destination. They might ask this question out of boredom, excitement, or annoyance with the journey. At any rate, you know that your final destination is in sight. You know that it will just be a matter of time before you get there. And you also know that no matter how hungry, tired, bored, annoyed, or exhausted your kids are, they’ll pull through and make it until then. But they can’t always see it. They live in the moment, and in that moment they want to be out of the car, away from their obnoxious brother or sister, and enjoying life again. Sometimes I wonder if that’s how God sees things …

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  • What If?

    By Dorothy Hoerr

    I got the idea to write a blog post about worry. It was going to be this neat little post filled with snappy ideas and good advice. Then, in rapid succession, I encountered a health crisis, a financial crisis and a personal crisis, all rolled into one. So please know that I’m not writing this from an easy, worry-free time in my life. But let me try to say something helpful about worry. It seems to me that most of our worry surrounds big decisions and the consequences of them. What will happen if I do this? What will happen if I don’t? Will it be harmful? Will I be happy? What’s the right thing to do? The essence of worry is asking these questions over and over. Now, I don’t believe it’s wrong for us to think things through. …

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  • What Now?

    By Lisa Nuss

    Last week we talked about the question “Why Me?” and while we may never have a complete answer to that question, a natural follow-up question is “What Now?” Something has happened to you or to someone you love, for whatever reason, if there even is a reason, so what do you do with that now? There are as many different responses to bad things that happen as there are people that they happen to. Some people are fixers – they want to jump right in and figure out what they can do to make it better. Some people are avoiders – they want to bury their head in the sand like an ostrich and hope that when they pick their head back up the problem will have solved itself or have magically changed for the better. Some people try to …

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  • Why Me?

    By Andrew Arrol

    “Why do bad things happen to good people?” That’s the question we so frequently hear. The question we have all thought at one point or another. Theodicy. The Problem of Evil. Why do we suffer? These questions remind me of my freshman year of college. It was a warm, breezy afternoon. The sun was shining as I jogged across the grass. I couldn’t wait to enjoy the rest of the day once this flag football game was over. I’m more of a soccer (aka actual football #nohate) guy, but my floor needed me to have enough people to play. Even so, I was still enjoying the beautiful weather and exercise. As I was thinking this, I also immediately wondered, “Why is everything black? What was that crunching sound? Why am I on the ground?” I started to realize that I …

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  • Wrecking Religion

    By Lisa Nuss

    This year at our Easter service we talked about “Doubting Thomas.” Maybe not the most likely of characters to talk about in an Easter message, but who better than someone who represents a whole lot of the human race? Thomas is the epitome of “I’ll believe it when I see it.” I don’t know about you, but I know that I’ve said that about various things from time to time. (Most recently our snow forecasts, right?) Lucky for Thomas, he ended up being able to see a resurrected Jesus with his own eyes. This may cause you to think that this made having faith super easy for him because he could physically see Jesus in front of him. What about us? We can’t physically see or touch a risen Jesus, so how can we really believe? I like to use …

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  • Flippin’ Tables

    By Rob Tomes

    Questions! When my daughter was younger she was always asking the question, “Why?” Why is the sky blue? Why do we pray before dinner? Why are we going to Oma’s house? Why? Why? Why? She was inquisitive and wanted to know Why things were the way they were. I never minded answering these questions, because it really brought some clarity to the world around her. Recently, I received the following question about our Sacred Grounds café that serves food and drinks at our West Lawn campus. Regarding the cafe’ – Do you charge for the food and drinks served there? If so, how does that comply with Christ at the Temple when he removed the vendors? “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’” – Matthew 21:12-13 So, …

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