Review our Annual State of the Organization Address

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Lessons from Grandpa

“So Moses told the people of Israel what the LORD had said, but they refused to listen anymore. They had become too discouraged by the brutality of their slavery…” —Exodus 6.9 (NIV) After the third ring, I was shocked to hear the familiar, “Hell-oooo,” on the other end. For the past week, I had been trying to get a hold …

Prayers of His Saints

“There was a time I could not imagine saying this, but you know, I would not take it away if I could. God has used it for the good.” “As much of a hard, gut-wrenching time as it was… losing my baby taught me more about God than anything else that has ever occurred in my life. I can’t wish …

Feeling Unhinged? How Does Your Prayer Life Look Lately?

Feeling Unhinged? How Does Your Prayer Life Look Lately?   Prayer. In the realm of spiritual disciplines, praying is the one where I constantly feel like I fall short. Where I fail miserably.  Prayer requires me to sit still, which is hard for me to do. It requires me to open up, to be vulnerable and submissive, which goes against …

Praying in Times of Trouble

Where do you turn when you are facing a difficult situation? I’d like to give you the “churchy” answer and tell you that I always turn to Jesus when I need help, but that wouldn’t be the truth. The truth is, I turn to the internet, my Bible study friends, magazines, and a host of other fixes when I need …

Waiting Stinks: A Prayer for Those Waiting

Waiting. Stinks. Waiting for a new job, a baby, for someone we know to change, to find out the results. Waiting can be flat out excruciating. From the time my husband Adam found out about his cancer diagnosis, the days of waiting to find out how much cancer was in his body felt like an eternity. The wondering was grueling. …

Hope

As soon as my husband and I stepped out of the baptismal waters, I jumped feet first into every class and group I could get myself into. I was hungry for knowledge and had spent years watching friends and family serve in their churches. I simply couldn’t wait to do the same now that I had Jesus in my heart …

What Failure Has Taught Me About Forgiveness

The stereotype is true that the more kids you have, the more you let go. I used to think of it as a frazzled and frustrated letting things go, the type that elicits searing thoughts like, What a shame, she’s really let herself go. You know the picture—a disheveled mom with greasy hair and milk-stained t-shirt wearing the same sweatpants …

Not Jazzed for Jesus?

I am relieved Christianity isn’t based on what I bring to the table. If that were the case, the only thing I would bring would be a huge heap of emotional instability. Consistency is not my forte. I excel, however, in wavering and wandering. With that thought in mind, today I am encouraged in two ways. First, I do not …

You are Stronger than You Think: From Quitter to Overcomer

My name is Erika and I’m a quitter. From the time I was just a knee-high and pigtail wearing little girl, when the going got tough, I quit. Anything from basketball to piano lessons in childhood to various positions and even ministry jobs. It didn’t matter how big or small the task, how prestigious the position, or routine the responsibility, …