Tucked Away Notes

Posted by Richard McElroy on

I found myself flipping through the pages of my Bible the other day. Notes and pictures revealed themselves across the 66 books. Not too many though; four to be exact. One in Zechariah, one at the start of 1 Peter; the third peeking out of the notes and index section in the back and the best...

Time and Aging


Posted by Myrna Hill on

There are many mysteries about God that I wonder about. Lately I have been wondering about time and aging. Why did God make us to get old? Our bodies get frail, we fall and hurt ourselves, or we get sick and die. Why?The fact is that God created time in the beginning, and it was good. But He...

Smile in the Rain


Posted by Lee Ballard on

As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God? When I remember these things...

Rock of Significance

Posted by Gina Smith on

Sometimes journaling seems like one more thing to do on an already busy day. But it can be interesting to look beyond today and consider that what we write today could be viewed by and serve as an inspiration to others. After all, Jesus encourages us in Mark 5:19 to, "Go home to your own people...

Spiritual Motherhood

Posted by Rebekah Middlebrooks on

Mother’s Day tends to evoke a wide variety of emotions in people. What kind of emotions does it evoke in you? For me, this year it evokes joy and awe as I move closer to my due date with my first biological child. That has not always been the case, though. I have a good mother who taught...

A Global Partner's Perspective on Us

Posted by Kimberly Brune on

I am so thankful to be representing the global partners in this week's newsletter. As I reflect on our community's unique and wondrous quality of generosity, I am astounded by how deeply it is rooted in love and care. From the conception of our faith community, global missions have been a...

To the Ends of the Earth Together

Posted by Sally Bland on

For so the Lord has commanded us saying, “I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.” – Acts 13:47 (ESV) Is God’s command above only for those who serve in the mission field or are all of us called to spread...

Have You Received?

Posted by Jane Lewis on

He Did it For Me, He Did it for You. He Gave. Receive. Good Friday is upon us. A day of remembrance of why Jesus ultimately came down to earth. Who can truly fathom what it cost Him? Who can truly fathom the depth of love it took for the Father to send His only Son to die so we can be...

Of Loss & Dependency

Posted by James Bland on

I started this blog nearly three months ago, before it was rescheduled to March. It’s amazing how much can change in three short months. The unexpected loss of family, including my mother, different responsibilities at work, moving that much closer to being empty nesters—so...

Orienteering Toward Home


Posted by Leslie Hillman on

Have you ever been orienteering? It’s an outdoor activity where you navigate using a map and compass to get from a starting point to an end location usually with checkpoints along the way. It was originally used by the Swedish military beginning in 1886 as a training exercise and has now...