The Not So Joyful Giver

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As the Heart for the Harvest Offering was approaching, God had really been working on my heart and challenging me on what it means to be a joyful giver and to completely put my faith in God for my family’s finances and future. As with most people, I was worried about the economy, Christmas gifts, tax season, and in the midst of this we were still trying to sell our home, in a horrible housing market, at a bad time of year all while praying about becoming parents to a second child. Not exactly a great recipe for a joyful giver. read more

Are You a Peacock or 007?

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During Pastor Chris’ first message of the Gameover series, he said something that really made me look in the mirror and reflect on myself as a Christ follower. He described Christians as one of two types; a peacock or a 007-agent. In case you missed this amazing message, to peacock means to strut or show off. As Christians, we are supposed to live outwardly transformed lives with Jesus’ love oozing from our very beings. We are to “peacock” all around town and everyone should be able to label us as a Christ follower.  A 007-agent Christian hides their identity in Christ from others. They act like a secret agent roaming this world, trying to blend in. read more

Put Down Those Capes

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As a new mother, I’m still trying to find a balance in my life. There are so many roles I play: child of God, mother, wife, employee, friend, daughter, sister, aunt, small group leader, actor, maid, cook, and the list goes on and on. Each area calls for my attention and time and I admit I am a bit of a perfectionist. Just give me a cape and a tiara and I can accomplish anything. read more

One Little Word

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Ok let’s just be honest. Everyone, including me dreads serving from time to time. There have been many times when I have wanted to play hookie from a drama practice or meeting because I was tired or I just wasn’t in the mood or I had things I personally wanted to do. [Insert gasp here]. read more