Communion: What Is It and Why Is It Important?

By , Groups Pastor| May 12th, 2020|

For many people, one of the most stressful and strange moments in a church service happens when communion (also known as the Lord’s Supper or the Eucharist in some traditions) is taken. Part of the challenge comes because it is done in so many different ways, so even if you’ve grown up going to church, [...]

How to Handle Stress When Life Doesn’t Make Sense

By , ReNew Director| May 6th, 2020|

The Gunter house has been a little crazy in the last few weeks. When homeschooling started for my oldest child, my youngest had one molar that was just breaking through with the other molar just about there. It has been a battle of wills between the boys and me on what needs to be done [...]

4 Ways to Spend More Time With God

By , | April 14th, 2020|

Do you ever play out a crazy disaster scenario in your head and think through how you would handle it? For instance, if a zombie apocalypse is happening, I would suddenly become brave, athletic, gritty, and know karate. I would rise up as the hero in this made-up world, and I save everyone. Then, something [...]

10 Online Resources for Holy Week

By , Communications Pastor| April 5th, 2020|

This Palm Sunday, we will remember Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, a prophecy fulfilled that revealed Jesus Christ was the Messiah, the King of kings. Palm Sunday kicks off Holy Week, the last week of Lent, during which many of us will reflect on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. To help you [...]

Three Reasons We’re Good Enough for God

By , Communications Resident| February 27th, 2020|

It’s always easier to put anything off until we feel more equipped or better prepared for something. This can even be true in our walk with God. A lot of us believe that God won’t use us until we’re more spiritually mature or in a different life stage. Oftentimes, we don't feel good enough for [...]

Overcoming Student Debt

By , Communications Resident| February 25th, 2020|

Student debt has made its way down to Generation Z! In 2019, Forbes Magazine showed that in the U.S. alone there were 45 million people who owed over $1.5 trillion in student loan debt! Having a college education, nowadays, has placed a hurdle on us as individuals as we try to face adulthood while overcoming [...]

Vision Weekend 2020 at Chase Oaks Church

By , Communications Pastor| February 20th, 2020|

Although we live in a time where our culture is more divided, discouraged, and distrustful than ever, we can come together and make a decision to connect with our culture in a way we never have before. We don’t need to retreat from a hurting, broken culture; we need to engage it. This is the [...]

Choosing Your Friends Wisely

By , Communications Resident| February 11th, 2020|

Friends are easily one of the most important relationships in our lives! We grow up recognizing that we need people around us to have fun with, encourage us, and to be there in the bad times. Something I’ve noticed while growing up is that my circle of friends has shrunk with each year. No longer [...]

Five Ways to Thrive in Community

By , Copy Editor| January 5th, 2020|

With a new year and a new decade come resolutions and goals. But before you start checking off the list and making vows to eat healthier, exercise more, and spend less, there might be something important to add to your resolutions this year: connect with others. Connecting with others is how we can thrive in [...]

The Mark Urbin Story: Finding Joy in Suffering

By , Contributing Writer| January 2nd, 2020|

In today’s world where news travels fast, we see so much suffering happening every day, affecting so many lives. Suffering can bring us to the brink of despair. Or suffering can strengthen. Here is the story of Chase Oaker Mark Urbin and his family as they learned how finding joy in suffering can transform your [...]