Mission and Vision

Judge Not

“Judge not, that you be not judged.” Matthew 7:1

    "Judge not." Of all the things Jesus said during the Sermon on the Mount, this one might be the most difficult. Judging seems to come so naturally to us. We act as if we are given our own...

Posted on Sunday, December 13, 2015
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Encourage Each Other

“For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, that their hearts may be encouraged...” Colossians 2:1-2

Guest Writer: Cathy Slusser     In February of this year, I went with some members of our church to assist a small Cuban church with their ministry to neighborhood children and to conduct...

Posted on Thursday, November 19, 2015
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The Telephone Game (Missions Edition)

“So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty.” Isaiah 55:11

Guest Writer: Keith Thomas     Friends have gathered for a dinner party.  Suzanne, the hostess, slowly leans over to her husband and whispers, “Scarecrows steal soft sandwiches”.   Jeff...

Posted on Wednesday, November 18, 2015
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It’s Not about the Results but the Obedience

“…for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7

Guest Writer: Amy Pilson     We have been talking about taking risks in our lives to become who God created us to be as part of His purpose of bringing others to a saving relationship with...

Posted on Tuesday, November 17, 2015
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An Unlikely Choice

“19 For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. 20 To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) tha

Guest Writer: Nick Molick     We love stories about heroes – our choices in books, movies and shows we watch confirm as much. What makes any of the hero stories more intriguing to us is if...

Posted on Monday, November 16, 2015
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Risk and Gain

“Lord, I have heard from many about this man…” Acts 9:13

    The pages of the book of Acts are filled with the accounts of people who were undaunted by fear. A few of them only appear for a moment, but they are remembered because they were convinced...

Posted on Sunday, November 15, 2015
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Burn the Ships

“Lord, I have heard from many about this man…” Acts 9:13

    In 1519, Hernando Cortez landed on the Yucatan Peninsula with 11 ships carrying 500 soldiers and 100 sailors. The conquistador was there to rob the Aztec people of their gold. To ensure that...

Posted on Saturday, November 14, 2015
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The Mission Field Is Where You Are

“This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:11-12

Guest Writer: Nick Molick     We as believers are called to be many things: different than the world, in the world but not of it, salt, light, hope, ministers, and truth tellers. But the one...

Posted on Thursday, November 12, 2015
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Worth the Risk?

“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” Ephesians 5:15-17

Guest Writer: Mackenzie Ridenour     We serve an almighty, all-knowing, and always present God. He created the cosmic universe, the vastness of the stars, the planets, the moon, and the sun. He...

Posted on Wednesday, November 11, 2015
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Where Do I Start?

“And all the people saw him walking and praising God, and recognized him as the one who sat at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, asking for alms. And they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him." Acts 3:9-10

Guest Writer: Amy Pilson     So many of us feel we can’t go and tell others about Jesus because we don’t have a miraculous testimony. And some may feel they don’t know how to answer hard...

Posted on Tuesday, November 10, 2015
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“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27 (NIV)

Guest Writer: Cathy Slusser      I can tell you precisely when I became a missionary. Not at the age of eight when I became a Christian nor when I was ten at missions camp and enthusiastically...

Posted on Monday, November 09, 2015
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Successful Risk

“We must obey God rather than men…” Acts 5:29

    This week in our staff meeting, Pastor Phillip shared an infographic outlining some differences between successful people and unsuccessful people. I do not know the author to give due credit,...

Posted on Sunday, November 08, 2015
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Taking Risks

“We must obey God rather than men.” Acts 5:29

Going to church this Sunday morning may not seem like a risky endeavor to us, but there are times and places in Christian history when big risks have led to big gains.     In the early days of...

Posted on Saturday, November 07, 2015
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Your Words

"Consider how to stir up one another to love and good works…” Hebrews 10:24

    Words have power. They have started wars and birthed nations. They have kindled rage and moved us to tears. The words we hear shape the people we become. What are the most powerful words...

Posted on Monday, September 21, 2015
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The 4/14 Window

“Go and make disciples…” Matthew 28:19 Guest Writer: Keith Thomas, Deacon & Sunday School Teacher

    There is a familiar term used by Christian missionary strategists to describe the area of our world with the greatest poverty, the lowest quality of life, and the least amount of access to...

Posted on Wednesday, September 02, 2015
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