The Thought That Counts

December 19, 2020 | by: Richard Borg | 0 Comments

     Gift giving, especially to children, is a minefield of emotional explosions.  They immediately tell you how they really feel.  There’s no middle ground between, “I like it” and “I don’t like it!”.  We have eight grandsons (no girls), so Sharon and I have spent many years on... Keep Reading

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Pantomime or the Real Thing.

December 4, 2020 | by: Taryn Turpin | 0 Comments

I love a hot cup of tea. Each morning, especially on a work day, I begin with a cup of black tea, preferably English breakfast.  It doesn't feel right to start with the zing of Earl Gray or the unusual seasoning of Orange Pekoe. Only English breakfast will do I had a tea awakening in the late nineties. Fresh out of college and newly baptized,... Keep Reading

Self-Condemnation and Others

October 13, 2020 | by: Shea Oakley | 0 Comments

Recently I wrote of my own past struggles with self-condemnation during my 30 years as a follower of Christ. In this piece I address an unfortunate “side-effect” of this problem: the condemnation of others.  One of the many drawbacks of a self-condemnatory spirit masquerading as the voice of God in a believer’s life is its p... Keep Reading

Self-Condemnation vs. Self-Denial

September 25, 2020 | by: Shea Oakley | 1 Comments

A personal note: Our pastor’s new series entitled “No Condemnation, the Ridiculous Reality Found Only in Jesus” has a special resonance in my heart. The tendency to self-condemn has dogged me, to one degree or another, for basically my entire Christian life. In recent years, though, it has become far, far less of a problem for me.... Keep Reading

End-of-Summer Prayers

August 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

The following are the first 5 out of 7 prayers Pastor Chris is encouraging us to pray as we head into the Fall season. These are prayers meant to anchor our hearts to what is most important, to discern who and what should get our time, and to decide how to engage with each other as well as the world around us.    PRAYER #1 Lord, rest... Keep Reading

Sometimes you have to close your eyes to see

August 13, 2020 | by: Taryn Turpin | 1 Comments

  I'm home watching hallmark movies and there it is once again. It’s crystal clear.  Everyone can see it but the main character - it’s LOVE. Yes, “true love” stares her in the face in its most perfect form. It's considerate, helpful, patient, loyal, slow to anger and all around gracious. True love is standing th... Keep Reading

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What One Man's Sabbath Looks Like

August 8, 2020 | by: Shea Oakley | 2 Comments

Jesus told us that “the sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath” (Mark 2:27). Present-day Christ-followers debate about whether observing a regular sabbath day is still mandated for New Testament believers. I take a particular and fairly strong stance on this question, but whatever position you might hold most would agree that... Keep Reading

The Pledge

June 18, 2020 | by: Christine Sargent | 1 Comments

    For most kids, when they are at school, their mornings begin with them standing, hand over heart, to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. This is a key patriotic exercise that we require daily from our children as an oath of allegiance to the U.S. flag and what it stands for. Since quarantine started, every morning we receive a ... Keep Reading

Family Sabbath

May 29, 2020 | by: The Garden Family | 0 Comments

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Secret Prayer, But Where?

May 22, 2020 | by: Shea Oakley | 0 Comments

“But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” -Matthew 6:6 (ESV) Prayer happens in many forms, sometimes with others, sometimes alone, sometimes in voice, and sometimes in what Brennan Manning once called “the silence beyond ... Keep Reading

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