Christmas Past and Future Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign, Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son and shall call His name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14) Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lordand His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever." ...Keep Reading
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Although voices around us might say that marriage is about our own personal happiness, God's Word says it is about much more: it is a picture of Christ and the Church. With that in mind, how do we handle the conflicts, the highs and lows, the changing nature of a marriage?...
How often do we make choices that seem good and fulfilling on the outside, but actually leave us empty? By looking at the stories of Ruth and the Israelites in Malachi's time, we see how God provides for His people--and how He draws them back when poor choices are made....
Christmas is a celebration of Jesus... yet somehow he often gets lost in the middle of it. How do we treasure him as we enter the Christmas season?...Keep Reading
On November 8th my husband, Gary, and I celebrated our twentieth wedding anniversary. We felt this was quite a feat, and worthy of celebrating so we decided to take a short vacation. This past week we spent three days in hilly southern Ohio at Salt Fork's rustic lodge. We were surrounded by cozy fireplaces, beautiful fall scenery, surprise visits from white tailed deer, lo...Keep Reading
We all long to live a significant life, to know we have made an impact on the world around us. But what does a life of significance really look like?...Keep Reading
Trials and hardships are a part of life. Our goal, though, shouldn't be to simply get through those times, but to look back and consider what God taught us and how He led us....Keep Reading
We often caution people of the hard work involved in marriage. While it's true marriage takes intention and effort, is that really the main thing we want others to see when they look at our relationships? How do we focus on the joy and beauty of marriage instead?...Keep Reading
The words that come out of our mouths can be like a spark that causes a forest fire. Remembering to be slow to speak with wisdom, understanding and knowledge is something we would all be wise to remember. ...Keep Reading
I have to admit, I am glad my kids now know there is no Easter Bunny! But not for convenience's sake (now we don't have to hide the Easter baskets), but because they are old enough now to understand that the cultural symbols tied to Easter such as coloring and hunting for Easter eggs have nothing to do with why we, as Christians, celebrate the resurrection of Jesus on East...Keep Reading
“Behold, his soul is puffed up. It is not upright within him, but the righteous shall live by his faith.” The righteous shall live by faith. This line from verse 4 of the 2nd chapter of Habakkuk in the old testament is repeated several times in the new testament…...Keep Reading
If you've been a follower of Christ for some time, you may already feel like skipping this blog post, based on the title! Many sermons have been spoken on this topic and I'm sure we will continue to hear more throughout our walk.But it's an important idea when we are working through our current series, "The Message of Habakkuk: When Your Circumstances Challenge the Promise...Keep Reading