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Is Following Jesus Even Possible?

By Brad Echols | April 19, 2024

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”  Ask a kid this question, sit back, and enjoy a series of exciting responses. This question is fun because kids have great imaginations and are hardly limited by the realities of the world. In the Echols’s home, our nine-year-old, Henry, wants to be the CEO…

How Do I Choose The Best Assisted Living Community

By Brian Sepulveda | April 17, 2024

How Do I Choose The Best Assisted Living Community This is one of the most asked questions I get as a minister to our Senior Adults.  We have identified 70+ of our church members who live in 18 different Assisted Living Communities in our area, all with various levels of care…from totally independent, to Assisted…

Why does communication with my child matter?

By Tiffany Ward | April 12, 2024

Question: Why does communication with my child matter?   Answer: Communication with your child matters because your child matters.  Communication is a foundational stone of your relationship.    It takes practice and consistency that will build a strong relationship, and communication with them in the early years that only deepens as they age.  This strong…

Good Fruit

By Curt Grice | April 10, 2024

An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away Most people know that eating fruit is good for you. “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” and all that. Fruit is full of vitamins and minerals. It can help reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. It can enhance digestion and lower blood pressure.…

Making the Most of Our Time

By David Butts | April 8, 2024

Springtime is such a magical time of the year.  When I say magical, I mean it seems like magic that my yard and flowerbeds transform from dull, gray, and bland to green and colorful right before my eyes. One day I’m looking out my window at my backyard at all the projects I want to…

Why Student Missions and Witness Matters

By Tanner Watson | April 4, 2024
Students serve at a local business organizing for local missions

The summer before my freshman year of High School I went on my first student mission trip with my youth group.  We traveled from Argyle, Texas, all the way to Rapid City to serve Native Americans who had left the reservation seeking a better life.  I vividly remember the week leaving me yearning for more. …

Visiting Old Friends

By Kurt Krodle | April 2, 2024

Reconnecting Have you ever gone way too long without seeing a group of friends?  Then, the day comes that you’re once again reunited, and you can share space, catch up, and simply enjoy the time together!  Those are sweet days, often that include lots of laughter, stories, and rejoicing at simply being together once again.…

How Does Easter End?

By Ryan Chandler | March 30, 2024

Mark and Kafka The strangest short story I have ever read in my entire life was The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. It’s the story of a door-to-door salesman named Gregor Samsa who awakens one morning only to discover that, by some odd wonder, he has been transformed into a giant cockroach. Now, this may sound…

Preparation for Worship: Confession

By Aaron Tomes | March 22, 2024

How can we personally prepare for worship in a way that allows the Holy Spirit to have full reign and control over us as individual worshipers and as a congregation of believers?  Our journey towards worship begins with sincere confession, acknowledging the holiness of God, and recognizing how sin hinders our interaction with Him.  …