Faith or Certitude

By Bob Flynn When David went to battle Goliath he took five smooth stones. Five? Why not four? Three? Wouldn’t two stones show more faith in God? No. David didn’t lack faith; he lacked certitude. Look over one shoulder as far as you can, then as far as you can see over the other shoulder.…

Beautiful Life

By Lance Mayes Life is pretty amazing, isn’t it? For example, take my Lord Baltimore Hibiscus. When I bought it in the spring of 2012, it was just a 3” high stick in a pot. It didn’t look like much. Jennie even asked me why I bought a dead stick in a pot. They told…

The Power of Music

By Daniel Zamora “When the trumpets sounded…the wall collapsed” Joshua 6:20 “…David would take his harp and play. Then Relief would come to Saul” 1 Samuel 16:23 “Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, they raised their voices in praise to the Lord and sang… Then the temple of the Lord was filled with a…

Saying Yes

By Nikki Finkelstein-Blair Over the past couple of months our family has been on a roller coaster. As a Navy family, we are relocated every three years; we move to a new city, a new job, a new church, a new life–and for two years we can simply Be There. But at that two-year mark, we…

Shallow

By Glen Schmucker Someone once asked an elderly black minister what he tended to pray about most as his life grew closer to the end.  The old gentleman thought for a moment and then said, “I pray for three things.  I pray that my body won’t outlive my mind.  I pray that I won’t outlive…

Laredo Pilgrimage Report

Dear Woodlanders! I cannot believe it is Tuesday already!! Time flies when you are riding this big wave of God’s mercies and provisions. This is an incredible ride! I’m a story teller, so this may be long. 🙂 but an important journey. When I signed up to lead this team it was truly a calling. I have…

Re-Think

By: Bob Flynn John the Baptizer and Jesus were about the same age. John was a bit older and began preaching first. “Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand.” Repent is an interesting word. In biology it means to creep or crawl. In religion it means to be contrite, to confess your sins…