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Continuously Amazed

Hannah had circumstances that lasted for years. She was not able to have children, and was being ridiculed because of it. Hannah was depressed, it affected her physically, mentally, emotionally. Her response was prayer. In she said, “I have been praying here out of my anguish and grief.” She honestly prayed to God. In she found encouragement from a priest named Eli. In Hannah responded, “‘May your servant find favor in your eyes.’ Then she went her way and ate…

No or Know.

In there was a group of wicked men from the tribe of Benjamin that raped and killed a woman. gives the account of the response of the Israelites. The result of the heinous crimes were devastating. The Israelites and Benjamites went to war with each other, and many were slaughtered. The end of sums up the time period. , “In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit.” Reading through these last few chapters, it is…

Wholeheartedly Yours

With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have a date set for my unborn daughter to make her grand entrance into the world. It is one week and 3 days away at the time I am writing this. There have been several times – especially at the tail end of this pregnancy – where my equilibrium is so thrown off that I’ve run into things (and people). I’ve become a neat freak…

Find Jesus

A good many of us probably take the opportunity that comes with each January 1st to make a list, mentally or one slapped to the fridge, of our desires for the coming year – things we want to accomplish, priorities we may need to organize or re-organize, finding new life in ourselves by searching out our “happy place”.  I’ve made resolutions consistent with all of these things before.  I want to feel better physically, I want to feel more joyful,…

May Our Love Be Evergreen

For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. –  Ed Sheeran, a singer/song writer, wrote lyrics to a song that was inspired by a girl he loved. Among those lyrics were these words, “‘Cause honey your soul can never grow old, it’s evergreen”. An evergreen tree is an excellent word picture to think of when imagining what enduring love looks like. An evergreen tree is best known for being able to endure…

Wonders of His Love

Christmas time is here Happiness and cheer Fun for all that children call Their favorite time of the year I immediately hear Lucy, Linus, Schroeder, Peppermint Patty and the rest of the bunch when I read those lyrics, do you? I think I’ve grown to love the annual television programming of the Charlie Brown shows more as I’ve gotten older. It has to be a nostalgia thing, bringing to mind enjoyable memories from my childhood. What our house looked like…

His Thoughts and Plans

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. –  Have you ever felt uncertain about where your life was headed? weeks pregnant with my third baby and have had two previous cesarean deliveries. It scares me of the likely possibility of another such delivery. I left my OB appointment today feeling very discouraged.…

The Greatest

Our sense of value or worth should come from an understanding that it is God who loves us and lavished upon us undeserved grace.

Kid’s Christmas Program Videos

As we’ve announced, the young children will be putting on a musical program at the beginning of the service on Sunday, December 17th and I need your help, to help them learn their songs. Below you will find a breakdown of the program and links to videos of the songs each age group is singing so your kids can use them to practice with your help and permission. For the performance we will play a version of the video with just the music…

A Calming Embrace

We were blessed to spend Thanksgiving with family at one point or another last week – Mitch’s side, my side, all enjoying delicious food and sharing old memories while making new ones.  It’s such a sweet time of year, but it can be just as overwhelming too.  I was reminded of this while rocking with our youngest in the middle of the night after two Thanksgiving celebrations. Dylan hadn’t napped much all day, she had been on the move constantly,…

This Little Light of Mine

“Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.” – What sort of circumstances cause you to question God’s character? Are they the…

God Among Us

The prophet Isaiah’s words inspire us with their beautiful cadences and lofty heights. They confront us with stern rebukes and correction. Isaiah is the source of nearly one quarter of the Old Testament quotations and allusions cited in the New Testament. In sheer size, it is second only to the Book of Psalms in length. Most important, Isaiah gives us a unique understanding of Jesus the Messiah, who fulfills many of these prophecies given 700 years before his birth. For…