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BLOG––Encouraged by Faith

Consider Waiting Patiently

Posted by Scott Morris on

Consider this: What good does my patience do you? Is patience a virtue for my own benefit, or is it a grace to be dispensed by me for your benefit? Looking back at the days of early fatherhood when I became aware of my need for patience in a deeper sense, I see now that before the birth of our...

Let Us Not Despair

Posted by John Wilkins on

Our new year has not gotten off to a good start, has it? Of course, I am referring to the horrendous scenes from the Capitol Building this past Wednesday. As disgusting as these scenes were, perhaps the most troubling to me was rioters carrying symbols of Jesus as they went about their illegal...

Praying Better

Posted by Scott Morris on

For the sake of appearances, I might say that the troubles and hardships of life don’t really matter. You might have heard me say, “this too shall pass” or that our true rest and refuge isn’t to be found in this life, anyway. Those may be true statements in a certain...

Joy, Sorrow and Fear

Posted by Scott Morris on

You would expect this time to be filled with holiday joy. Christmas has been a time of celebration for centuries and we remember those times with joy. This year may be a little different for many of us. We lived for the past year with a looming threat of pandemic doom. Fear was more or less a...

Shaming the World

Posted by April Bumgardner on

The daily news weighs heavy on us all. Not only have school shootings become common, but racism is rampant and frequently excused. Whether it is a pick-up truck slowing down in a quiet neighborhood or the police brandishing their badges and personal assumptions, we have chosen hatred and...

Work

Posted by April Bumgardner on

Our lives may look and feel different than they did a few months ago. Some of us may be dealing with the extra stress due to family logistics, elder care or economic distress. We may be worried about how to deliver a crucial presentation via zoom with the entire family now at home, or whether...

Seasoned with Salt

Posted by April Bumgardner on

Earlier this year, I facilitated a conversation class on Sunday mornings entitled ”Seasoned with Salt,” in which we discussed both foundational and transformational teachings of our faith. We talked about things like the significance of the Trinity, and this triune God being mutually...

Opening and Closing Doors

Posted by Stephen Kenney on

When we pray to God for guidance, we should not be surprised when he answers that prayer.  In other words, we should look expectantly for his guidance.  In addition to the general guidance given in his word, we might do well to expect that he would speak to us through our...

Who is My Redeemer? Who is My Foe?

Posted by Scott Morris on

"I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,  My God, my rock in whom I take refuge,  My shield, and the horn of my salvation,  My stronghold.  I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,  I am saved from my...

Exiled

Posted by Scott Kenney on

"How deserted lies the city once so full of people! " - Lamentations 1:1 To me, quarantine has felt very alienating, strange, boring, isolating, monotonous… Has it felt that way to you? I keep thinking about the fact that I both do and do not have the disease: as a young person, I have...