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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 [...]

How to Love Our Community This Season

By , Copy Editor| March 24th, 2019|

Easter is a season of renewal, hope, and love as we celebrate the most powerful act of love that came in an unexpected way—the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. And the best way to celebrate this crazy kind of love is to love our community the Jesus way! So, in the spirit of the season, let’s [...]

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 Valuing Life Means for Abortion and Beyond

By , Senior Pastor| March 2nd, 2019|

I woke up at the end of January to a news story from New York I couldn’t quite believe. The New York legislature had passed a bill allowing late-term abortions on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. And the picture on my news feed was of happy legislators celebrating their victory. After some misinformation from [...]

What It Means to Be Generous

By , Contributing Writer| February 20th, 2019|

A Matter of the Heart In Mark 8, Jesus tells His disciples about His impending suffering, death, and resurrection. Peter, unable to even begin to comprehend something so terrible, takes Jesus aside, seeking to correct His "misunderstanding" of future events. But to Peter's surprise, Jesus tells Peter he's taking his cues from Satan and "seeing [...]

Forgiven and Set Free: Finding Hope and Healing After Abortion

By , Contributing Writer| January 4th, 2019|

There are so many divisive issues in our society today: immigration, gun control, and abortion. And the list goes on. The one that really grips me is abortion. We get so caught up in the politics of the issues that it seems we forget about the real people caught in the middle and hurting. No [...]

Three Simple Ways to Spread the Love This Christmas

By , Copy Editor| December 20th, 2018|

As the season of Advent comes to an end, it is time to take a deep breath and experience the joy of Christmas, a joy for all. One way to experience joy is to spread the love this Christmas. As we show love to others, our hearts will be filled with joy. Even though you [...]

What Is Advent?

By , Contributing Writer| November 27th, 2018|

What Is Advent? Most of us who grew up in today’s churches may not be familiar with Advent. Advent is from the Latin word coming. It is the period observed in Christian churches leading up to Christmas. It includes the four preceding Sundays to Christmas. This year it will begin on Sunday, December 2, and [...]

Four Ways to Connect with Our Neighbors on Halloween

By , Copy Editor| October 26th, 2018|

Whether you love Halloween or cannot wait for it to be over, it is a great night we can connect with our neighbors. What other day do we go knocking door-to-door without any awkwardness? What other day are most of the neighbors and their children running around the block at the same time? Rather than [...]

How Domestic Violence Impacts Our Community

By , ReNew Director| October 25th, 2018|

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which first began in 1981 and was started by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence as a Day of Unity to connect battered women’s advocates across the country. Domestic violence (also called intimate partner violence (IPV), domestic abuse, or relationship abuse) is defined as a pattern of behaviors [...]