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...

Love Isn't Always Easy


Posted by Gayle Laird on

February is the “month of love,” so allow me to tell you a love story that began in February – February 2, 2008, to be exact. When my husband, Lloyd, died in 1988, I was still in my 30s. Many told me I’d marry again. I was young, God would bring someone into my life. But...


Posted by Wayne Williams on

This is Pastor Greg Lunsford’s last week as our Lead Pastor. I am very pleased that although he is leaving that position, he and Lara and Ransom are not leaving us. Still, it is a leaving that we feel and to which we should respond. I came across a liturgy recently about leavings that...


Posted by Marty Larson on

Baggage… it’s really important when you’re going somewhere to have the things needed for that trip at hand and ready to use. Baggage doesn’t sound good, though, if it’s referring to something I’m bringing from my past that is harmful into the present. Even...

Silence and Stillness in a Loud World


Posted by Sara Bettinger on

“Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10“You, Holy Spirit, are a whisper. A frequency so humble that our city noise would drown You out but for desperately longing hearts.”  Strahan Coleman...

Loved and Cared For By Jesus

Posted by Greg Lunsford on

In early October the staff and I were able to spend the day at the McElroy residence to spend some intentional time in the Word, in prayer and in the presence of God’s creation. If you have not been to the McElroy property, it always feels like you are on a retreat. It is covered in trees...

Who is He to Us?


Posted by Mary Onoja on

Some years ago, back in Africa, Nigeria, I became a Christian at twelve, accepting and confessing Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior. From the moment I did that, I knew that something in me was no longer the same, and a significant change had occurred deep inside me. I was a seventh grader...