Be Thankful

Can you believe it’s already November?! The football season is half way over, flu season is in full swing, hunting season is finally here, and thanksgiving season is definitely in the air. Isn’t it funny how we tend to be more thankful this time of year. Sure, on the one …

Four Ways of Thinking that will Shipwreck Your Joy

Would you like to have more joy? Who wouldn’t say, “YES!” to that question? That’s like asking, would you like more syrup on your waffles, or would you like a raise on your paycheck? Of course! Deep down people are longing, even hungry, for more joy. Not the external, momentary …

Names of God

A name can both define and describe something or someone. We can know who God is, His character, and His nature simply by knowing His name. The more we study and speak the names of God, the more in awe of Him we become which ultimately leads to greater worship. Below …

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2 Lies about Joy and Peace

by Andy Comer   Do you want more joy and peace in your life? Who doesn’t, right? I’ve never heard anyone say, “You know, I could use a little less joy,” or “I’ll pass on this whole peace stuff.” No. We long for joy and peace. We search for it, …

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Turning Off the Dark

by Andy Comer   Recently, my three-year-old daughter wanted to play with a certain toy, but her hesitance to retrieve it left me puzzled. I didn’t understand why she was unwilling to walk into her dark room to get what she desired. Nervously gathering her thoughts, she cautiously approached me …

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Watch Your Mouth!

by Andy Comer   “for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.” Luke 6:45 I remember singing the song as a little child, “O Be Careful, Little Eyes.” It’s a catchy little tune reminding us to watch what we see, hear, and say. (Listen here if you’ve never …

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The Real Reason People Matter

by Stephen Castleberry Throughout my years as a pastor, I have seen negative patterns – often called stinkin’ thinkin’ – repeat themselves over and over in the lives of people. These negative patters often lead to sinful tendencies and actions. One of the most tragic negative patterns is seeing oneself …

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Where the Growth Happens

  Erin and I have a knack for killing plants.  We always start off with great intentions, but for some reason by the time mid-July hits, our flowers are usually long gone. I remember one spring, several years ago, we planted some flowers in the front flower bed.  We were …

What Happens When You Wait?

Usually, when I find myself waiting it appears as though nothing is happening. When you’re waiting on the stoplight, you’re not driving. When you’re waiting on the kids, you’re not leaving. When you’re waiting on the food, you’re not eating. Sure, these common every day waiting experiences may not seem like …

What Waiting Looks Like in Every Day Life

What Waiting Looks Like in Every Day Life

by Candice Abla Think back to high school for just a moment. For some this is not that far back, and for others it may be a stretch. Close your eyes and remember what is was like on game night. You’re huddled with your teammates, the crowd is yelling, and …