Shame Monster

SHAME MONSTERS Dani Morelli I am no stranger to shame. In fact, I remember reading a book as a child that introduced me to shame in the form of foul, hovering creatures of darkness. Their appearance was amorphous and hidden by a tattered cloak, yet it was their diet that was truly evil. These creatures […]

How Lame Is That?

HOW LAME IS THAT? Christine Sullivan I’m dating myself, but I remember when young people were just starting to use the phrase “lame”, to describe something that was decidedly uncool. It’s kind of fun to examine how vernacular changes overtime, but let’s look at the original meaning of the word: Not able to walk without […]

Grief Like A Tidal Wave

GRIEF LIKE A TIDAL WAVE Kelley Carrison For years, I believed that grief was something that  people feel when they’ve lost someone close to them.  As I’ve aged, however, I’ve learned that grief is not only  a part of life, but also it is rare that any of us escape it.  Grief can be the […]

Faith Through The Fire

FAITH THROUGH THE FIRE Teresa Machado “These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold,  which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” —1 Peter 1:7  To be able to pen these words has been a journey itself…  I […]

A Call To Community

A CALL TO COMMUNITY Jess Grant Key Scripture: “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” —Proverbs 27:17 Some Sunday mornings, it’s all I can do to get out the door and get to church on time. One such Sunday a couple of years ago, I skated in just as the 5-minute countdown started, whew! […]

Sharing the Gospel with Those of Other Faiths

SHARING THE GOSPEL WITH THOSE OF OTHER FAITHS Denise Johnson Key Scripture: “I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ.” —Philemon 1:6 While living in northeast Nevada, I met a wonderful family. Of their five […]

Are You Prepared?

ARE YOU PREPARED Jana Ailes Key Scripture: “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…” — 1 Peter 3:15 I have always admired people who are gifted at […]

What Holds Us Back?

WHAT HOLDS US BACK? Sherri Drury Key Scripture: “But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.” —Philippians 3:7 My husband and I are praying for a relative to commit their life to Jesus. My husband has shared his testimony about finding forgiveness and new life in Jesus with […]

Why I Have Faith

WHY I HAVE FAITH Sandy Martin Key Scripture: “And she will have a son, and you will save his people from their sins.” —Matthew 1:21   Until recently I don’t believe that I’ve ever been asked “why I have faith.” Have you been asked this question? This question has led me on an adventure of […]

A Letter Of Encouragement For Your Faith

A LETTER OF ENCOURAGEMENT FOR YOUR FAITH Dani Morelli Faith is hard to write about. It’s difficult to articulate something that is, by definition, invisible and yet incredibly tangible to our souls. I could list verses about why we have faith, where it comes from and the importance of perseverance in faith.  I could remind […]