Pastors' Blog

It's a New Year!
Posted by Dean Sternik on

It’s a new year! For some, it’s a time to look ahead and dream about what they want to do this coming year; for others, it’s a sigh of relief from the previous year; others work to make resolutions that often go by the wayside in a few months. But for all of us, it should be a...

Christmas Means Hope for the Nations
Posted by Mike Nafziger on

It’s that time of year again. Snow is covering the ground, stockings are hanging by the fireplace, neon Santa heads are being projected onto our neighbors’ garage doors, and carolers are going from house to house, singing about missions. Missions? Don’t believe me?...

Journaling as a Tool in Sanctification
Posted by Cody Rogers on

Sanctification is the process of repenting of our sin to look more like Christ. It’s the process of being made holy, as our God is holy. When was the last time you took a long hard look at your sin? When was the last time you had an honest evaluation of yourself? How long has it been...

Change
Posted by Garth Glenn on

Change… It’s the rhythm of life. Life is quite literally a sequence of one change after another. Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher, has been quoted as saying “change is the only constant in life.” In other words, the only thing that doesn’t change is change. If you...

Abiding in Christ
Posted by Jesse Slinkman on

Can you remember the first Bible passage that truly changed you? I don’t mean the first verse that you memorized, or the Bible story that was on the wall of the nursery, or your parents' favorite Scripture. I mean, what was the first time that God used His Word to affect your heart? When...

A List for Life
Posted by Mark Zuiderveen on

I LOVE LISTS!  To do lists, lists of facts, top 10 lists... Honestly, if there’s a list to do or read, chances are I’ll love it! I suppose if I really narrowed it down, I love lists because they help me organize my thoughts and accomplish goals. And, because I’m a...

Confession of a Ministry Director
Posted by Jeni Schafrath on

Confess. I have a confession to make, and as a point of accountability, I’m writing it down for all to read. My heart’s desire is for obedience empowered by the Holy Spirit, and motived by an overflowing, passionate love for Jesus. Here’s the confession: A few weeks ago, as I...

Parenting Through 13 Reasons Why, Season 2
Posted by Grady Adkins on

The new season of the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why releases Friday, May 18, which means that romanticized conversations about suicide, depression, bullying, and sexual intercourse will most likely take place in your child’s school and among their friends. Parents, instead of ignoring...

The Providence of God Over Evil
Posted by Rob Willey on

1 Samuel 16:14 says: Now the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and a harmful spirit from the Lord tormented him. It’s a statement that, on the surface, doesn’t quite feel right. God sending a harmful spirit to torment Saul. It doesn’t quite fit our...

The Most Important Time to Go to Church
Posted by Rob Willey on

Every now and then I read something that not only "speaks" to me, but touches on something so pertinent and so important I want everyone to read it. So if you've ever wanted to stay home from church, or do, or know someone who does—read this article. Then pass it on and go. The Most...