A member of the church, who previously had been attending services regularly, stopped going. After a few weeks, the pastor decided to visit him. It was a chilly evening. The pastor found the man at home alone, sitting before a blazing fire. Guessing the reason for his pastor’s visit, the man welcomed him, led him… Continue reading Members or Embers?
I was walking toward town beside my step-father. He seemed like a giant to me. His gait was long and I was only in first grade. As he held my hand, I felt like I was running just trying to keep up. That’s because I was running trying to keep up. At times, I would… Continue reading Broken in Acting Instead of Being
Wonder Ministries in the Toledo, Ohio area is taking the wonder of Christ’s incarnation outside the walls of the church. Many churches reach out to local nursing homes during the Christmas Season, which we heartily applaud. Groups visiting and singing Christmas carols, reading Scripture and visiting with some of society’s oft-forgotten is always valuable ministry.… Continue reading Wonder Ministries – Outside the Walls
The United Community filled up their gym recently and met the needs of many in their community through their “Gift of Love Sale!” This event took place Saturday, November 24. The youth of the church organized the event to meet needs in the local community. This event removed all financial barriers as everything was FREE!!… Continue reading United Community’s Gift of Love Sale
So, what do you think it takes for a church to be active enough in the community to be designated the Chamber of Commerce member of the year? Tell us what you think below. We will let Grace Church in Richmond, MO confirm some of your guesses and affirm some of your ideas. Congratulations Grace… Continue reading So, What Does It Take?
This story was posted by Dan Forrest about his unexpected encounter with Bowmansdale Church of God. Can I tell you about my day today? I flew to Harrisburg PA, rented a car, and tried to drive to Messiah College in a snow storm. One mile from the school, I couldn’t make it up a snowy… Continue reading A Shelter in a Storm
Today I am grateful to have Pastor Kimberly Reese as a guest blogger. Kimberly serves as the Pastor of Connections at the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Benton Ridge, OH (just west of Findlay). Kimberly is credentialed in the Great Lakes Conference of the Churches of God. She’s a graduate of the University of… Continue reading Acknowledging the Hidden Hurts by Pastor Kimberly Reese
We confess, Father, that we have not always acted like the FAMILY OF GOD. We regret to say that we have been selfish and territorial, sometimes lazy or prideful. We have let other things distract us from you, and have failed to love each other well.
*Candice writes and e-mails prayers to all office staff each day. This one is especially pertinent to our subject of repentance.
It is said that “Confession is good for the soul.” As Christians we know this is true, because confession of sin is necessary for receiving forgiveness and salvation from God. But if confession is good for the individual, what role does corporate confession play for the community, for the church as a whole? When Nehemiah… Continue reading A Preamble by Ben Tobias – When “I” Becomes “We”