Orphan Outreach: Bringing God’s Light to a Dark World

By , Contributing Writer| April 19th, 2019|

You’ve probably heard some version of the phrase, “God’s light shines brightest in the darkest places.” But until you’ve been in some of the truly darkest places on earth, you can’t witness the full power and truth of that statement. Chase Oaker Rey Diaz has witnessed those dark places, where pure evil reigns on a [...]

How Can We Experience Resurrection Power?

By , Contributing Writer| April 16th, 2019|

What Is Resurrection Power? In many religions, prophets and leaders have died for what they thought and believed. What made Jesus unique is not His death but His resurrection. No one has ever seen a dead man overcome death through His own power. They even “sealed the tomb and posted guards to protect it” (Matthew [...]

Bob Goff’s “Everybody Always”: A New Perspective on Life and Love

By , Contributing Writer| April 9th, 2019|

Bob Goff’s "Everybody Always" ends with these words: "Don't just love the people who are easy to love; go love the difficult ones. If you do this, Jesus said you'd move forward on your journey toward being more like Him. Equally important, as you practice loving everybody always, what will happen along the way is [...]

Finding Purpose in an Unexpected Way

By , Copy Editor| April 7th, 2019|

Throughout her career, Chase Oaker Marie Morgan had the dream of becoming a nurse practitioner. After applying to Texas Tech’s nurse practitioner program, Marie faced rejection when she was not accepted into the program. This moment was just the beginning of Marie finding purpose in an unexpected way. Over the last eight years, Marie has [...]

The Phil Parlin Story: How Unexpected Love Changes Lives

By , Copy Editor| March 28th, 2019|

Living an active lifestyle, working on his land, being a “chainsaw ninja,” Wayne Rock was living the life when he married his wife. Just when life seemed to be perfect, his journey would take an unexpected turn while on his honeymoon. Wayne would return a different man. He would never be the same again. For [...]

Five Things You Can Do for Lent This Year

By , Copy Editor| March 3rd, 2019|

What Is Lent? Lent is a time of reflection and preparation for the Easter season. It is a time to reflect on the human condition and on the goodness of God. It is a time to examine our hearts in light of the amazing love and grace demonstrated on the cross where Jesus laid down [...]

What It Means to Walk in the Spirit

By , Contributing Writer| February 27th, 2019|

In his letter to the Galatians, the Apostle Paul wrote, “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25). This phrase, “walk in the Spirit,” is a powerful picture used multiple places in the Bible to describe the life of a Christ-follower. Our faith in Jesus is active, more [...]

Three Reasons Why Healthy Community Is Important

By , Contributing Writer| February 13th, 2019|

From the beginning of our creation, we see healthy community at work. When God created us, He said “Let us make man in our image” (Genesis 1:26). God lives in community as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And when He created us, He realized, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I [...]

Finding Support to Cope with Grief and Loss

By , Contributing Writer| February 1st, 2019|

Grief…it’s all-encompassing, overwhelming, exhausting. Nobody knows how to do grief until you are in the middle of it. And then you have no choice. It’s like running a marathon you didn’t train for. When my son, Colby, died I thought my heart would break. At times, I had a hard time catching my breath. And [...]

Finding Our Calling and Purpose

By , Contributing Writer| January 30th, 2019|

Oftentimes, we hear the words calling and purpose in church, but we do not always understand what they mean. How can we discover our calling and purpose? How do we know if we are really living out our calling and into our purpose? Hearing the Call When I was fifteen years old, I responded to [...]