We need community. When we don’t have it, we’ll feel an emptiness, a longing, a craving, one that isn’t rooted in discontentment but in our very design. Just like God created us to require oxygen and water and food to live, he’s created us to need one another. It is not good that man should be alone, and it never was. So God made the church. Continue reading We’re Citizens of Heaven, Not Lone Rangers
This global pandemic has hit many of us financially. Church, we need your care right now. Continue reading Being the Church Through Economic Fallout
There are distinct bonds found in brokenness. We find comfort in knowing that others relate to our pain and sorrows. We long to be understood, to have our burdens carried, to find encouragement that we can make it another day. We can find some substance of this understanding in each other. Continue reading Shared Suffering Builds Closer Community
We tend to be pendulum swingers. If we struggle in a particular way, we push back too hard in the opposite direction. This often happens with the topic of comparison, especially among women. Because there are so many sinful ways we’re tempted to compare, we’ve overcompensated. “Be content with who you are” has been repackaged … Continue reading Comparison Isn’t Always “The Thief of Joy”… Sometimes It Helps Us Grow
Sometimes our enemies are within our own churches. Are we ready to love the enemy sitting down the row at church, knowing that they’ve gossiped about us? Continue reading Loving Our Enemies (When They’re In Our Churches)
It’s foolish to believe that we can more effectively live “on mission” by ourselves, because God designed the mission to be accomplished together. Continue reading We’re Sent Together, Not Alone
Meet Emily. My beautiful sister-in-law and beloved aunt to my three kids. For the past several months Emily has babysat for me every Friday morning. She does this so that I can serve a local Syrian refugee family. During these mornings I either work with “M” who is diagnosed with autism, play with “J” and … Continue reading Behind-The-Scenes Service: Unglamorous and Irreplaceable
This is not normal. This community I’m surrounded by is not normal. And I mean this in the very best way. Today I feel acutely aware of it in regards to our adoption. I am completely overwhelmed by the amount of care and support we’ve received throughout our entire adoption process, and don’t want to … Continue reading My Community is Not Normal (in the best way).