• Jesus’ Worst Habit

    By Andrew Arrol

    It’s not chewing with his mouth open. It’s not leaving all the lights on in the house. Jesus just doesn’t seem to get it. He has this habit that nobody seems to want to talk about. Sure, we’ll sing all the songs, we’ll say all the right words, we’ll pray over dinner, but we often don’t want to point out this thing Jesus does ALL THE TIME. Jesus has this bad habit of loving the wrong people. Jesus hangs out with the wrong people, he declares the guilty forgiven, and even desires the best for his enemies. You know how that turned out? Got him killed. Just sayin’. Jesus often spoke of & placed a lot of weight on ‘loving our neighbor as ourselves.’ If you’re fine with thinking & living like Jesus, here’s 3 ways he really just didn’t …

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  • 3 Ways to Renew Your Mind

    By Lisa Nuss

    I don’t just like lists, I need lists: to-do lists, packing lists, shopping lists, etc. If I didn’t make lists, there’s no way my brain could remember everything I need it to from day to day. It’s too full and too chaotic in there! At the end of some days, I’ve been known to say, “My brain hurts!” and that’s because I’m mentally exhausted from thinking all day about everything for which I am responsible, second-guessing the decisions I’ve made, wondering if I’m being the best friend, sister, daughter I can be, and on and on. As an over-thinker, it seems like my mind is constantly spinning. When this happens, I have to remind myself of Romans 12:2 – “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may …

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  • Reclaimed, Redeemed, Reminded

    By Lisa Nuss

    When I sat down to write this blog post, I decided to look up the definition of the word “reclaimed.” Here are just a few of the definitions I found: To rescue from an undesirable state To demand or obtain the return of; to regain possession of To get a usable material from materials that have been used before The third definition may bring to mind an image of reclaimed wood, which Pastor Dan talked about in yesterday’s message. Another example of something being reclaimed is sea glass – pieces of glass that are tumbled around in the ocean for months, years, sometimes even decades, before washing up on the beach. I love sea glass and have quite a few pieces of jewelry featuring these reclaimed pieces of glass. I love it because it’s pretty, because it reminds me of …

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  • What God Wants to Do With Your Worst Moments

    By Chris Bisaccia

    As a culture we celebrate key moments in our lives: graduations, getting married, and becoming parents. Moments like these are so powerful that we remember the exact date on which they occurred and the exact place. We celebrate these unforgettable moments in our lives in the form of school reunions and wedding anniversaries. But what about other moments that define our lives, more negative moments? Moments in which we made a bad decision that negatively impacted our lives. It can feel like it opened a pit that once we fall into it we can’t get out. When a loved one dies, the day they died is seared into our memories like fire. To us it seems like nothing good can ever happen on that day because of the terrible loss that took place. One of the greatest aspects about the …

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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