Grace In the Gray Areas

November 17, 2018 | by: Shea Oakley | 0 Comments

Some believers seem to hate ambiguity of any kind, especially as it relates to God. The idea that there are areas of mystery in knowing and relating to Him is intolerable for many. All too often the fear that results from coming face to face with this mystery drive them to attempt to find in the Word of God a clear cut answer to every question. The... Keep Reading

“Slavery”, Love and True Freedom

November 17, 2018 | by: Shea Oakley | 0 Comments

To be a slave to love is not to be a slave at all because there is no slavery in true love. When we are possessed by it we are, paradoxically, set free. This truth is important to remember when we read in the Scriptures about being slaves or “bond-servants” (Doulos in the Greek) to Christ. It is only love that compels us to give ourselv... Keep Reading

Dreams Lost, Dreams Redeemed

November 3, 2018 | by: Shea Oakley | 1 Comments

Good messages often contain something that remains with the listener well after that message ends. This was true for me with a recent sermon in our “Power and Authority of a Submissive Heart” series. Near the end of the message Pastor Chris said something that struck a deep chord of personal meaning in me. To paraphrase him he said that... Keep Reading

Not Flesh and Blood

October 26, 2018 | by: Shea Oakley | 0 Comments

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Eph. 6:12 This verse has the potential to set us free from so much unnecessary human conflict in this life, yet it seems to be one of ... Keep Reading

Stop Eating the Vomit

October 12, 2018 | by: Dick Borg | 0 Comments

The following is an excerpt from a longer post called Stop Eating the Vomit at Dick Borg's blog, Branches in the Vine.  -------------------------- But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. - 1 Timothy 6:11   Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue right... Keep Reading

The Only Author and Perfecter of Human Obedience

October 8, 2018 | by: Shea Oakley | 1 Comments

Two Sundays ago we learned that any hope the sincere Christ-follower has of learning the way of submission to God Himself, and any legitimate human authority, must begin with understanding the ultimate submission of God, the Son of God, to God, the Father. In fact, if it were not for the obedience of Jesus on Earth two-thousand years ago we would n... Keep Reading

Anxiety Meds and a Healing in Process

September 29, 2018 | by: Rebecca Carlson | 1 Comments

So I feel like I'm the last possible person to be writing this email, but I also feel compelled to claim this and "pick up my mat and walk" so to speak so I'm telling you about it. On and off I've been praying that God would heal me from my anxiety, specifically that I would be able to go off of my medication. This week I ran out of meds and for a... Keep Reading

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The Desolation of Disobedience

September 22, 2018 | by: Shea Oakley | 1 Comments

I believe that one of the implications of the message Pastor Chris used this past Sunday to begin the new Power and Authority of a Submissive Heart series is that Human beings were originally created to experience submission to God as pure joy. How great was our fall that today so many of us tend to hate the very thought of submission, not only to ... Keep Reading

Hope for Imola

September 22, 2018 | by: Nanci Schiavo | 2 Comments

It usually takes awhile to come to terms to the things that happened during our trips to Romania – in the moment, we see the small picture and it’s always wonderful.  As time passes, we get to see a bigger picture as God reveals new blessings as He continues to use the trip as a lesson to us all!  I’m seeing a much bigge... Keep Reading


September 13, 2018 | by: A.B. Simpson | 0 Comments

Albert Benjamin Simpson (1843-1919) was one of the most important Christian workers of his day. He was an ardent soul-winner and was active in raising up new believers and in training Christian workers. He began his service as a Presbyterian minister, but later resigned after realizing the inherent frustrations in trying to serve the Lord wit... Keep Reading

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