Hope

By Bridgette Langford Isaiah 7:14 When I was 13 years old I was worried about being accepted by my peers. Mary, the mother of Jesus, had other priorities. We know from biblical accounts that by this age she found favor with God. I can only imagine the many emotions that the young teenage Mary may…

Hope

By Garrett Vickrey Colossians 1:3‐6 It was dark and freezing. And I was covered in tree sap. There we were on the front lawn of the church keeping watch over Christmas trees by night in mid-city Charlotte, NC. For a few years when I was a minister at a church in Charlotte we did a…

Banking

By Glen Schmucker It’s time to do some banking today. The nice thing is that I don’t have to take time out of my schedule to go to the bank. I can do it all with my smart phone. I’ll take a picture of the checks, tap a button and it’s done. That’s not including…

The Blood Moon Temptation

By Garrett Vickrey Pastor John Hagee has just announced to his San Antonio congregation (and worldwide audience) that there will be a world-shaking event sometime between this April and October 2015. Yes, that’s correct. He is predicting that sometime within the next year and a half a significant event will happen somewhere in the world.…

Paying Attention

By Ellen Di Giosia I’ve been giving up things for Lent for a number of years now, and it’s become a bit mundane. I could give up Starbucks, of course, or chocolate, or eating out, but I’d just go hog-wild on Easter Sunday, and something tells me that Jesus wouldn’t care for that. So for…

Hope

              By Lance Mayes Hope is a big deal to me. With out hope I would be, well, hopeless and that’s a very bad place to be. Have you known someone who was hopeless? It is beyond sad. People without hope see no light at the end of the…

A Joy that Rocks

By Christie Goodman I recently had to pack up and move into a new office. Working for a non-profit sometimes means tightening your belt a bit. So, like Nikki Blair wrote about recently, I had a lot of culling to do. And since my new office is smaller than my old one and has more…

Do Christians Trust God?

By Daniel Zamora In the “good old days,” Christians used to do bring all the daily life problems to the Lord in prayer and wait for His answer. In the meanwhile, they did their work but trusted God would take care of the big problems. Christians in the 21st century have a diverse array of challenges that…

Expectant Prayer

By Barbara Higdon Recently, my Sunday School class committed to pray at a specific time of day for a member who has suffered a long-term, debilitating medical condition with no apparent relief for years. On prayer day, I, too, had a medical problem and called my doctor’s office. I was put on hold and had to wait through minute…

Life Happens

By Edgar Twedt There is an old aphorism, which says, “Life is what happens to us while we’re making other plans.” In the movie Dead Poet’s Society there is a poignant scene where the teacher has his students look at a picture of former students who have long since passed away. As the students look at the picture the…