All Things New

All Things New

By Brooke Fossell

I always find it easier to believe in the Resurrection in the springtime, when dead-looking trees begin turning green and perennials make their miraculous-seeming reappearance. Could it be that God designed spring to help us believe in the new life in Christ that He intends for His people? It cannot be a coincidence that Easter falls in the spring, as we celebrate the story of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. This visual reminder of new life in nature, together with the Easter story, strongly reminds me of the reality of the new life in Christ that He offers to all who receive Him as their Savior and Lord

Called to Forgiveness

Called to Forgiveness

By Kraig Sorvick

I remember when my twin brother Karl and I were seven years old, we became angry with one another for some foolish thing that mattered then but clearly does not matter now. Seeking revenge, I laid out an inconspicuous trap for him that would, hopefully, humiliate him. I sprayed cleaning fluid all over our linoleum kitchen floor, applying a liberal amount near the top of the basement stairs because I knew my brother was in the basement. After creating the trap, I sat in the living room to watch and wait. After waiting and waiting and waiting, the door finally opened…but it wasn’t my brother.

Fully Forgiven

Fully Forgiven

by Cora Alles

What is the worst thing someone has done to you? When have you felt most justified to be angry and hold a grudge? I can think of times when I felt like it was perfectly reasonable to be bitter and upset when the other person who wronged me did not deserve a second chance. Now imagine if your siblings sold you into slavery in a foreign country and lied to your parents, claiming you were dead. You are immediately taken from a place of love and safety to a life of servitude, false accusation, and prison. If there was one man who had justification to harbor resentment, I think it would be Joseph.


Tempted by Being Great

Tempted by Being Great

by Bryan Marvel

One of the desires of my heart that I’ve battled throughout my life is the desire to be great. From a very early age, I had dreams of being a professional basketball player who was the star of the team, or a rock star who traveled the world playing to sold-out stadiums, or a stand-up comedian who was loved by all people and could have any crowd doubled over with laughter. When God called me to be a pastor, the desire to be great followed me into the church.

Approved with a New Name

Approved with a New Name

by Bryan Marvel

Years ago I was officiating a funeral for a woman in our church. I had arrived a few hours before the funeral began to greet the family and help them get settled before guests started to show up. In the days leading up to the funeral I had met many different family members, but there was still one I had yet to meet, the woman’s son. When we finally met, I was taken aback by how he introduced himself.

The Best Legacy

The Best Legacy

by Mike Kasdorf

The older I get, the more I wonder if what I’m doing with my life is making any difference in the world. Am I contributing anything meaningful? What kind of legacy am I leaving? We all want to feel as though our lives have had a positive impact. However, we can often confuse the healthy desire to leave a positive legacy with a desire to pursue personal significance through long-lasting recognition.

The Disciple Whom Jesus Loved

The Disciple Whom Jesus Loved

By Kelsey Sorvick

The opening of a new year typically inspires me to start reading through the Bible with a renewed fervor. The plan I chose this year has directed me to first read through the book of John. I cannot help but observe how the author, John of course, refers to himself simply yet profoundly as, “the disciple whom Jesus loved”. In fact, six times throughout John's account of Jesus' life and ministry, he refers to himself by this nomenclature, rather than by his given name.

God's Great Love

God's Great Love

By Trisha Goddard

After living in Paraguay for a year and a half, we had been asked to begin the missions mobilization department to challenge the Latin believers and churches toward what we were passionate about: First Nations and seeing unreached people made aware of the Gospel. Our plans were to do it for only six months while I finished Spanish language study. But when Mike attended a conference with fellow coworkers serving in Latin America, one missionary took him aside and said, “If you are only going to do missions mobilization for six months, you would be better off going to Mexico and sitting on the beach.”

How does God show His love for us?

How does God show His love for us?

By Ann Woelfel

The Christmas season was upon us, hurried weeks of hopeful anticipation leading to the birth of Jesus.  The event that is most demonstrative of God’s love for mankind in all of history. I was certain that a big idea for this blog would come to me, one that people could relate to. I watched and waited. I sought scripture verses by memory and with the help of Google. I prayed. 

Numbering Our Days

Numbering Our Days

by Steve Akin

Moses was 80 when he wrote what we call Psalm 90 – the oldest psalm. God worked through him to free His chosen people. As they waited at the southern border of God’s promised land, he sent a few guys ahead of the encampment to get a feel for the strength of the enemy. Upon hearing the enemy was big and scary, the newly rescued Israelites chose not to put their trust in the One who had miraculously freed them.

Fear vs. Trust

Fear vs. Trust

By Catherine Alles

I have a common and irrational fear of the dark. As a kid – and even sometimes now – when I had to turn off a light downstairs, I’d run as fast as I could to the top, looking back to make sure no monsters were following me. These days, when I wake up as early as 5 a.m. to go to work, it can still feel eerie when the streets are empty and everything is silent and dark.