Where You Can Find Support When Facing Divorce

By , | February 21st, 2018|

How does divorce impact our lives? Divorce affects a lot of people in the United States every year. If you have experienced a divorce or are in the middle of one, you are not alone. According to the American Psychological Association, 40-50% of married couples will divorce. Divorce can impact many areas in a family’s [...]

On Gun Violence and Lent in the Aftermath of Parkland, Florida

By , Communications Pastor| February 16th, 2018|

Ash Wednesday was this week. Forty-six days before Easter every year, millions of people around the world allow their priest or pastor to apply ashes to their forehead in a symbolic gesture of humility. Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent, a season of self-examination, fasting, and personal repentance. The season’s purpose is to prepare [...]

Trusting God’s Promises During Difficult Times

By , | February 15th, 2018|

Doesn’t it feel like we face challenging times often? Do we ever say, “things are exactly how they should be”? Do we realize when they are? Why do we always seek or yearn for something more, some different season, some other job, or some stage to pass? No matter what difficult circumstances we are facing, [...]

Three Issues to Overcome to Find Our Calling

By , Groups Pastor| February 11th, 2018|

When God was calling me to something new, every sin I’d ever committed flashed before my eyes, and it was a really long flashback. The flashback was the first thing that happened when I began to digest the idea of becoming a pastor. Then, my brain started turning into mashed potatoes as I thought about [...]

Overcoming Fear When Making Decisions

By , Contributing Writer| February 4th, 2018|

When faced with making decisions, especially life-changing ones, it is natural for us to feel fear and anxiety. We might have a fear of the unknown, a fear of failure, or a fear of not knowing if we are really hearing God right. Fear can paralyze us, causing us to delay our decisions or to [...]

How to Find Freedom in Your Finances

By , | January 31st, 2018|

My Personal Struggles with Finances I can honestly say that I don’t have a lot of common sense—especially when it comes to handling money. Looking at my life from the outside, I should have no problem with my finances. Consider the following: I’m a 40-something with over 20+ years experience in the professional, working world. [...]

How to Seek the Wisdom of God

By , | January 28th, 2018|

Seeking God’s wisdom can be difficult in our culture when we hear many people share their “wisdom” with us. Everyone has their own sense of truth, so it can be difficult to drown out the noise to find clarity when we seek God’s wisdom. Elle Sanders, Chase Oaks Church’s Central Worship Resident, shares her story about [...]

How Established Can Transform Your Group

By , Copy Editor| January 25th, 2018|

We make resolutions and set goals to transform different areas in our lives. We try to exercise more and eat healthy to transform our bodies. We try to save more and spend less to transform our bank accounts. We try to spend less time on technology and spend more time with our families to transform [...]

How to Find Direction on God’s Path

By , Contributing Writer| January 18th, 2018|

Oftentimes, we focus on one decision at a time, but we never consider the path we are walking. As Senior Pastor Jeff Jones said in his message on Sunday, “Our path determines our destination more than our individual decisions do.” If we are on God’s path, then we can be assured God will guide us [...]

Discovering Our Gifts Through Storms

By , | January 4th, 2018|

It’s not a matter if a storm is going to enter your life. It’s when. But storms do not define our lives. Rather, they provide opportunities for us to overcome adversity, which can help us discover who we are, including our gifts. “Compared to what others have gone through, the storms I have faced seem [...]