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Celebrating Christ the King Sunday

Sunday is Christ the King Sunday, the last Sunday in Ordinary Time before Advent and the beginning of a new liturgical year.  I wanted to make sure that the celebration did not pass unnoticed in the midst of my preparations for Thanksgiving and Advent even though I must confess it is not a celebration that is very much on […]

Mobile Giving and Online Giving for Churches

Question> I help oversee our finances at our church and we’re considering online giving as an option. I know–getting into the 21st century finally!

I recognize there are transaction fees associated with credit card donations, and one of our worries is that existing donors (by check) will move their donations to credit card, and the church would get hit with the fees and we would end up with less donations. Of course the ideal situation is that having the online giving option increases overall giving so that the transaction fees are worth it.

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One time I baptized my little brother.

My little brother was born on February 3rd, 1995. My wonderful Grandma Gerry visited soon after. One day during her visit she and I made Valentine's Day sugar cookies - I'm sure I conducted the sprinkle situation while sitting on the counter and Grandma did everything else. Sometime during all of this I started to ask for my dolly. Grandma brought me several dolls but done of them were what I wanted. Turns out, at 3 years old I decided Joey was my doll. That's probably the earliest story I have

Heart surgery

This is about a change of heart. So we are entering week 3 of being accepted. God has already showed me so much through out this whole thing and its only week 3. The biggest thing he is doing is some heart surgery. The lord is changing me and I can tell a difference already.   This summer when I went to Guatemala the lord did major things in my life. He changed some areas in my life that I could never change on my own. I had committed then that I was going to live my senior year for his g

My Birthday Wish

"> Today as I turn 27, the best gift I could receive would be for you to be encouraged.  I want you to be encouraged that you are loved. You are loved more than you can possibly imagine.  For those with children, imagine how much you love them, what would you not do for them?For those of us without children, imagine a pet, how dependent are they upon you for survival? How much do you love them? Even when they poop on the carpet and then want to snuggle with you afterwards, don't

Are you a Korean American Pastor?

You can help with this research project from Pastor Steve Chang (Living Hope Community Church), if you are (or know someone who is):

  1. a Korean-American senior pastor
  2. or EM pastor ministering in a Korean-American setting
  3. ministering in Southern California (Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, etc)

Here’s the invite to fill out the survey:

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BandAid 30 – #CHRISTmas2014 – buy the song…stop the virus #ebola #doinggood

much good here…great words from Bono…this is like Star Trek the Next Generation…”I’d be happy to stand in the background.”


fun video of all the celebrities arriving…wait for Bono at the end.

Meditation Monday – The Gathering of Memories

Have you ever noticed how often the Israelites collected rocks to build cairns as memorials for significant events in their history?  Joseph built one after his encounter with God.  The whole nation of Israel built one after they crossed the Jordan.  Memorials, reminders, places to come and and remind us of the faithfulness of God […]

I Just Can't Even.

Okay so this is a quick blurb about how weird I feel right now. Because, let me tell you, I feel weird.   I'll tell you why: because it is the month of NOVEMBER and everything here is green and I can wear shorts and tank tops if I want because it's so warm. It does not snow in Guatemala. I don't even think it hails. And for my Michigan-raised sense of perception, this is WEIRD. Also, November 15th was two days ago, and I was not able to celebrate one of the biggest holidays of the year: o

A Slice of Humble Pie

A Slice of Humble Pie I just had some delicious apple pie last night. I always look forward to the autumnal apple pie. As I was thinking about what to write for my third blog entry, the word “humility” came to my mind multiple times. Particularly, the idea of what it means to be humble, and to be humbled. Christ gives us the ultimate example of humility as Paul describes in his letter to the Philippians: Philippians 2:6-8 (ESV) Who, being in very naturea]">[a] God,  

"Trust Me!" NO matter the Destination.

As promised, here's my (better late than never) post-training camp blog..   Training Camp was an experience that pushed me in many different ways (as expected.) While I can't give all the details, I can promise you I was challenged- mentally, physically, spiritually, all of the above. While at Training Camp, we were going through an exercise where we were asked to sit and be silent, to listen for the Lord, and to wait for Him to speak to us- through His voice, through a vision,

Going on the World Race: An Eight Year Old's Dream?

If you read the very first post I wrote, then you know some of the details that have led up to me going on the World Race this January. But there's more to the story than what's happened in just the past few years.   God's been working in my heart since I was a young kid; and I believe he called me to missions when I was only eight years old. Maybe because he knew I would listen to Him then? Or maybe because I didn't have as many doubts and fears as I do now sometimes.   Whatever t

The Starting Line

Here we go, first blog post! People's reactions are so interesting to me. I have gotten quite a range of them, as the World Race has been brought up in many discussions over the last month or so. Here are a few typical responses: "You're doing what?!" "I'm so proud of you!" "You know you could get Ebola/ Yellow Fever/ Malaria and die?!" "Why don't you just go to college next year? You can study abroad for a semester!" "Wow, good for you, you must be a really awesome and righteous person!"

Two Kids and a Teddy Bear

I've been having a hard time lately. I don't know if i can put my finger exactly on when it began, but I have been distracted from what I have been doing and where I am. To put it simply, my mind is elsewhere. I am thinking about people at home, what they are doing, who they are with, what I am missing. I flip situations and scenarios over in my mind again and again until I feel so overwhelmed I can barely breathe properly. I have been sleeping more than I usually do, partly because I have been

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