Posted in March 2011

The Story Is Written (by Gary Roberts)

“All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.” Psalm 139:16 Like a writer developing their characters for their book God has written out the story of our life. It’s an amazing thing to think about. God has written out ahead of time the plan God … Continue reading

Tangled (by D.A. Cobb)

One of my favorite pastimes is fishing. I’m not one for the adventure of throwing a lure into the ocean nor do I favor angling in distant and remote places. Rather, I prefer resting on the bank of a local pond, close to and within walking distance from home, meditating on life and dreaming of … Continue reading

Why Be Afraid (by Gary Roberts)

“The LORD is my light and my salvation – so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?” Psalm 27:1 I like to workout at least 30 minutes every day since my brother died in January. When I workout on the exercise bike I … Continue reading

Stop Sign (by D.A. Cobb)

One of the windows in my study overlooks the main entrance into my neighborhood. A few months ago the developers installed a stop sign at the intersection and guess what? Hardly anybody stops! Some coast by, others roll through while most don’t even bother to slow down. It is called habit and is a dangerous … Continue reading

Spiritual Detox (by Rebecca Albrecht)

God removes our strengths within ourselves.  God knows what it takes for us to let Him in our hearts and to work through us. We are on the throne, and not God, WHEN we boast of our ability and think we know what needs to be done and we can do it!  OUCH….pride, self-sufficiency, rebellion, stubbornness, … Continue reading

No Strings Attached (by Becky Rommel)

Good Morning!!! I think that God spoke to me at the McDonald’s drive thru today. Sometimes I hear the Holy Spirit tell me to pay for the driver behind me. I just want to bless that person. So today I paid for my order and the person’s behind me and drove to the next window to … Continue reading

Why Do I Have to be Me? (by Gary Roberts)

“If you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition … such ‘wisdom’ is of the devil. The wisdom that comes from God is pure, peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy, impartial and sincere. James 3:14-17. In your lives you must think and act like Christ Jesus.” Philippians 2:5 As my son was leaving for work this … Continue reading

Champion a Dream (by Gary Roberts)

We cannot champion a dream on our own most of the time. We need others to help us if our dream is to become a reality. But working well with other people takes effort and lots of prayer. These are some of the things I’ve learned along the way that I pass along in hopes … Continue reading

Full Circle (by D.A. Cobb)

I remember, as if it were yesterday, my time as a young father and the variety of ways I used to get my children moving and into the car.  Whether we were leaving for church, an athletic event or any one of the many family outings it was often three against one. When I finally … Continue reading

God Has a Plan (by Gary Roberts)

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 God has a plan to take every adversity and every hardship we go through and use it for our good. God’s not going to beat us down and … Continue reading

Seize the Day (by Gary Roberts)

“The Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and the man became a living being.” Genesis 2:7 From dust you have come, to dust you will return are words that are often said every Ash Wednesday to remind us that God is God … Continue reading

This Beautiful Place (by Ricky Maye)

We all have reasons to give up, life tends to seem unbearable at times. Purpose and fulfillment have those moments where they seem scarcely unattainable. We all have those moments when we just want to walk away from everything. Jesus is our prime example and on occasions we see him walking away from his current … Continue reading

His Beloved (by Jen Duffy Ruzicka)

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” – James 1:2-4. I find this scripture comforting when I am facing a trial. … Continue reading

Things to Take Up This Lent (by Gary Roberts)

I used to consider giving something up for Lent but not anymore. Almost always it involved food or entertainment – chocolate, pop, favorite TV show, meat, caffeine, and sugar it would be something I enjoyed at the time. A friend tried as her act of self-denial no technology – go 40 days without Facebook or … Continue reading

Ash Wednesday (by Gary Roberts)

I like what Phillips Brooks said about Ash Wednesday: “Another Ash Wednesday opens for us another Lent. If we have swept aside our ordinary thoughts then we may look in upon our own lives and souls and see them as they really are. The abandonment of thoughts is not something that is good in itself. … Continue reading

Be Nice (by D.A. Cobb)

I saw a wonderful bumper sticker the other day. It read, “be nice.” What a simple, pleasant and gentle message. This world needs more reminders like this to understand our softer and kinder side. Whenever I hear a person say “nice” I think of words like pleasing, agreeable and patient. What about “I had a … Continue reading

Each New Morning (by Gary Roberts)

Each new morning God desires to welcome us with all the wonder it holds. Each new morning we can awaken certain of this, that there is One who holds us. And each new morning God promises nothing will be impossible for us when we trust. Not that mountain we’re facing. Not that task we’re dreading. … Continue reading

Look to God (by Gary Roberts)

“Let us stop just saying that we love people. Let us really love them, and show it by our actions.” 1 John 3:18 Even in the best of relationships we can struggle with selfishness. That’s why it’s so important to look to Jesus as our example when we encounter problems. Everything Jesus did was to … Continue reading

Wounded (by Kristen Mellott Parker)

“On hearing this, Jesus said, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.’” Matthew 9:12 So without going too much into detail, I had surgery last summer. Things went well during the surgery itself and I recovered, for the most part, according to the doctor’s expectations, with one exception. I had … Continue reading

No Turning Back (by Len Winneroski)

“No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62 This week I have been immersed in a wonderful book by Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg entitled Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus.(1) I have been interested for some time in … Continue reading

Childlike (by Jen Duffy Ruzicka)

The big sensation on the web today is the “laughing baby.” The baby’s laughter is stemmed by watching her father tare up employment rejection letters. This morning, as I listened to KLOVE, I couldn’t help but laugh along as they replayed the audio. Pretty soon my five year old son was laughing right along with … Continue reading

Cravings (by Rebecca Albrecht)

“For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness.” Psalm 107:9 Do you crave anything?  Drinks, cigarette, food, new clothes, new furniture….an endorphin high? Is your craving filling a void?  Most cravings are a form of a relationship issue.  Not just with people but also with things. The word “crave” means … Continue reading

In Due Season (by Gary Roberts)

“Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Galatians 6:9 Sometimes we face some difficulties that seem insurmountable. And we forget that sometimes great difficulties can lead to more than defeat. Sometimes we feel like the storms of life have been blowing … Continue reading

There is a Balm (by Gary Roberts)

“And everywhere Jesus went, to villages, towns, or farms, people would take their sick to the marketplaces and beg him to let the sick at least touch the edge of his cloak. And all who touched it were made well.” Mark 6:56 While in the Holy Land we left the Sea of Galilee and headed … Continue reading

Childhood Games (by Becky Rommel)

Good Morning!! I could understand completely if God got tired of me always PLAYING CHILDHOOD GAMES with Him. It seems I’m very good at HIDE-IN-GO-SEEK.  I’m always trying to FIND GOD and SEEK HIM. But God isn’t HIDEING.  He is always in the SAME PLACE, waiting at the BASE of every situation I have in … Continue reading

Resemblance (by D.A. Cobb)

I remember as a young boy my Dad taking me to get a haircut. When we walked into the shop the barber looked at me and then to my Dad and remarked, “You can never deny he’s your son.” There was a striking resemblance between father and son and it was expressed in more places … Continue reading

Our Promise Keeper (by Jen Duffy Ruzicka)

2 Corinthians 1:22 says, “He annointed us, set His seal of ownership on us, and put His spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come”. It is life changing once we actually experience the full effect of Christ’s annointing. It is empowering and incredibly humbling when we feel His spirit enter … Continue reading

The Power of Love (by Rebecca Albrecht)

“You shall not take revenge and you shall not bear a grudge; you shall love your neighbor as yourself, I am God.” Leviticus 19:18 Reading an article about love and the Jewish view has been amazingly insightful.  Using this scripture they state that Love has an infinite amount of intrigue and power, but primarily it … Continue reading