Five Ways to Deepen Your Relationship with God

By , Contributing Writer| February 21st, 2019|

If you Google “ways to deepen your relationship with God,” you will discover that there are 15,100,000 results. That is a large number. This number shows that there are a lot of people who think they know the answer and a lot of people who are searching for it. Of course, all of these are [...]

Three Myths About Sex in Marriage

By , Pastor of Pastoral Care| September 19th, 2018|

Disclaimer: The following blog is written using generalities. It may not apply to every man, woman, or couple. Further, it is written with a typical, emotionally, and physically safe marriage in mind. If you are in a sexually or physically abusive relationship, please reach out to the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233 or National [...]

Three Ways to Build a Firm Foundation for Your Kids

By , Women's Groups Pastor| September 14th, 2018|

My husband, Tom, and I have had the privilege of raising three amazing daughters. We started “parenthood” in our early 20s and made plenty of mistakes along the way. To say we didn’t have a clue of what we were doing is a fair statement, and we remain in awe of the amazing women Brittney [...]

Seven Ways to Improve the Way You Fight

By , Pastoral Care Pastor| September 5th, 2018|

Conflicts are a part of every relationship. To avoid conflict means avoiding a deeper connection with others. And while that might fly with some less important relationships, it's a recipe for disaster when it comes to marriage and those closest to you. The reality is that most people avoid conflict because they're just not confident [...]

Why Communication Can Get Messy

By , Pastoral Care Pastor| August 30th, 2018|

Last year, my wife and I started teaching our six-year-old daughter Mandarin Chinese, or Rosetta Stone, I should say, started teaching our daughter for us. For 20-30 minutes, she sits there attentively in front of my laptop, matching pictures with the corresponding Mandarin words. She's almost done with Level 1, and hopefully, will move onto [...]

Why Singleness Is Not a Cliché

By , Legacy Campus Middle School Pastor| August 22nd, 2018|

I’m a single female in my late 20s. Since I have never been married, I have heard a lot of clichés in my life. It’s not that I don’t want to be married. It’s just that God hasn’t put that in the cards for me, at least not yet. But it’s funny how much people [...]

10 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Getting Married

By , Contributing Writer| August 16th, 2018|

“Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder tooday. Mawage, that bwessed awangment, that dweam wifin a dweam. And wuv, tru wuv, will fowow you foweva. So tweasure your wuv.” For those of you who are fans of The Princess Bride, you’ll recognize the quote said by the impressive clergyman during the wedding scene. The movie is [...]

Trapped Royalty Gains Freedom

By , Contributing Writer| March 17th, 2017|

Eight months after I decided to pursue becoming a licensed minister, everything important to me was snatched away. My close friend battling cancer got a bad report. After we prayed, I said to myself, “I need to see her next week.” But next week never came. She passed away two days later. After her death, [...]