Finding Your Tribe

Finding Your Tribe

by Kelsey Sorvick

Recently, I've seen the word “tribe” flying around, particularly on the internet. It refers to a group of people who share a common interest, usually in the form of a close knit group of friends or an online community. The hashtag #findyourtribe has over 300,000 hits on Instagram, and #findyourtribeandlovethemhard has nearly as much traction. People are seeking a community that gives them a feeling of unity and collective purpose. Belonging to a tribe means that we are not alone. We are surrounded by people with whom we can face the world as a unified front.

Each Part United in Christ

Each Part United in Christ

By Christina Crumbliss

As a physician, I have a front row seat to the miracle of the human body. One aspect often most striking to me is how interconnected the body is. As children we all learned the silly song, “The knee bone’s connect to the thigh bone. The thigh bone’s connected to the hip bone. The hip bone’s connected to the…” Now, as a primary care physician, I sit with patients on a daily basis as we try to figure out why they are not feeling well and how we can help them feel better.

Finding Connections

Finding Connections

By Andrea Buchanan

In the early days of Meadowbrook Church I was part of a team called Connectors. We helped people new to church find connections. If we met someone who played an instrument we’d help them get acquainted with the worship leader. If we met a home school family we introduced them to others doing the same. If a medical student or teacher crossed our paths we pointed them toward others in the same field of interest.

Fruit of the Spirit: Gentleness

Fruit of the Spirit: Gentleness

By Paul Runnoe

As parents of a 3-year-old boy, gentleness has been something we’ve been working on in our house. We often ask him, “What do we use our muscles for – helping or hurting?” Sometimes he gets it, and sometimes it feels like our son has more genetic similarities to a bowling ball than to a human child. Yet one person has started breaking through to him – our 11-month-old daughter. He has learned a lot in the past year about how to be gentle because he loves his little sister so much and wants to play with her. He knows that he must be gentle.

Fruit of the Spirit: Peace in stressful times

Fruit of the Spirit: Peace in stressful times

By Kayla Walters

I recently heard a story of a missionary walking into a restaurant in Afghanistan. Within three minutes of sitting, down a waiter approaches him with tears streaming down his face. He asks, “Who are you? What is going on? The minute you walked through the door, I felt an overwhelming peace that I have never felt before!” The missionary smiles and tells the waiter that it is Jesus Christ inviting him to be in a relationship with God. The waiter accepts the Lord as his savior and shares with the missionary that  he had planned on going home and committing suicide that night.

The Fruit of the Spirit: Self-Control

The Fruit of the Spirit:  Self-Control

By Trisha Goddard

Fourteen years ago we moved our family to Paraguay, and in the midst of taking care of two young children and unpacking all of our earthly possessions, I realized that we were not on a quick trip, but here to stay. Within two days of setting foot in the country, I was thrust into a learner’s role: figuring out how to thrive in a country that was not my own, studying Spanish and the Paraguayan culture, and  wondering what food to buy and where to buy it.

The Fruit of the Spirit: God is Good – All the Time

The Fruit of the Spirit: God is Good – All the Time

By Jen Akin

“God is good? All the time. All the time?  God is good.” This is a chant you might hear in summer camps and youth rallies around the globe. I was first introduced to it as a leader in a Wednesday evening  program for marginalized kids. A college student at the time, I would pull up in my parents' old minivan and fit as many kids into it as I could and take them to church, feed them, worship with them, and teach them about the love of Jesus…

The Ultimate Question

The Ultimate Question

By Andrea Harris

We answer hundreds of common questions every day – what should I wear, eat, or do today? At times  we answer weightier questions – what profession should I pursue, whom should I marry, where should I live, where and how should I worship?  But there are no more important questions than the ones Festus was attempting to answer in Acts 25. I doubt he understood the enormity of the problem in front of him when he took office. He quickly discovered that there was a prisoner who had been held for two years because of charges brought against him by the local religious leaders. The prisoner was Paul.

Take Courage!

Take Courage!

By Mike Kasdorf

Growing up, I was raised by Christian parents, and we were active church participants. I went to Christian schools from 7th grade all the way through college. My life and upbringing checked most of the boxes on the "good Christian" list. I'm grateful for my childhood. But there came a time for me – as it does for all of us, regardless of our rearing – that we must ask ourselves "NOW WHAT?"

Who Told You?

Who Told You?

By John Certalic, caringforothers.org

In Acts 22 the Apostle Paul recounts his conversion story, explaining how Jesus spoke to him in a dramatic moment on the road to Damascus. In this confrontation Jesus directed Paul to a man named Ananias, “a godly man, deeply devoted to the law and well regarded by all the Jews of Damascus.”  He soon became the first person to tell Paul about the Lord and how to respond to him.

The Pastor’s Pastor

The Pastor’s Pastor

By Jen Akin

In a recent team building exercise, ministry staff members wrote a message in a bottle – a piece of advice or counsel – to the future church. Each week we pulled out one message and had the author expound on it.  It was thought-provoking to reflect on what our last words of encouragement and direction would be to the church. Moreover, it highlighted what was currently important to us.