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  • The Importance of Trusting in the Lord

    Blog | Robert and Lori Ferguson | October 17, 2017

    Those times in life when it feels like you’re being crushed on every side, and everyone is against you, are hard. Really hard! It can feel like all hope is lost, and life is not worth living anymore.

    Yet, even in these times we’re called to trust in the Lord.

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” – Proverbs 3:5-6

  • When you don’t understand: Trust and Believe

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | October 13, 2017

    I woke up this morning and turned on the TV hoping to get a weather update, instead I was greeted by the death of more than 50 people in Las Vegas.  I was more than appalled at the senseless loss of innocent lives; I was mad.   I didn’t know these people but you should be able to go to a concert without worrying about your safety or the safety of your family. 

  • Joyous Envy

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | October 13, 2017

    “Oh, I wish I could play the piano like you do!” How many times have I heard this comment over the years?

    “But I’ll bet you wouldn’t want to spend all of the hours in lessons and practicing,” is my usual response. And then we both smile in the recognition that their envy is actually a joyous expression of an appreciation for my musical gift.

  • The Straight Path

    Blog | Craig McAndrews | October 05, 2017

    Have you ever come face to face with the profound question; now what am I going to do?  I am not talking about the day-to-day application of this question where you might decide you are hungry, or interested in going out for the night.  I am talking about the moment when this question hits you square in the gut as a result of a major life change.  It happened to me several months ago, and despite my professed trust in God, I found myself searching for an answer.  Lord, what am I going to do now?

  • What's Your Name?

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | October 05, 2017

    "Becky, Kathy, Casper, Ginger, oh whatever your name is..." mom's voice was shrill and exasperated by the time she went through the list of names in our household. She was adamant and forceful when I heard her say the final name, "SHERYL DEANN." Oops, now she used both my first and middle name. Even at seven years old, my ears burned when I heard the tone of her command and the title she used to summon me. I knew I was in big trouble. She had called me by name, and you'd better believe her tone, intent and even use of my titles had achieved the ultimate goal.

  • Online or Offline

    How do you lead your family?

    Blog | Kim Rider | September 28, 2017

    Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Snapchat, Instagram, emojis, email, text, Messenger – In this day and time, our dependency on technology is at an all-time high. There is an app for everything and it is so easy for our lives to become an open book for the world to see.  Everywhere you look someone has a face in their phone…sometimes it’s even us or our family members.  So, how much is too much?  What’s the good, the bad, and the ugly with online activity and how does it affect the way you lead your family?

    The Good

  • Why Knowing God Matters

    Blog | Karen McGuire | September 26, 2017

    I teach a small group at my church each week. We’ve been following the current sermon series on the life of Jesus. It has been a wonderful time together as we’ve looked at the chronological life of Jesus through all four gospel accounts. Recently, our pastor took a couple of weeks to preach on other topics related to a church emphasis. I asked our group what they’d like to do during these two weeks. Several of them mentioned the names of God.

  • Speak Life

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | September 19, 2017

    Early in my career, I arrived at the office and was told that the Colonel wanted to see me.  I reported to his office and was offered a seat.  He came from behind his desk and sat down next to me. He looked at me and asked, “Sergeant Camacho, is everything okay?  Are you having any problems that I can help you with?”

  • The Power of Change

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | September 14, 2017

    “I don’t believe it! They’re moving me to another room next year. I’ll have to change everything around to fit. This isn’t fair!”

    I’d really had enough of this teacher’s complaining. Every time I came into the faculty lounge, there she was, ranting on and on about the unfairness and whining about how put upon she was having to move to a different classroom. I usually didn’t say much, but that day I let her have it… in a very calm and measured way, of course.

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