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Faith in prayer

If God already knows all things and is inevitably going to do His thing, why do we need to pray? And more importantly, why pray ...

August 02, 2015 | William Burnham | Columnists


Surprises in unlikely places

"When Jesus came to his hometown, he taught the people in their synagogue. They were surprised and said, "Where did he get this wisdom? Where ...

August 01, 2015 | Jan McCoy | Columnists


Come and worship!

Come, let's worship and bow down! Let's kneel before the Lord, our maker! He is our God, and we are the people of ...

July 19, 2015 | Jan McCoy | Columnists


Getting off track

"What a beautiful necklace you are wearing!" is not the thought one would have if they saw this image or the thought Jesus was trying ...

July 19, 2015 | William Burnham | Columnists


We are all dying

Just a Thought: I have to tell you, I am dying. No, I didn't just find this out recently, I have known for some ...

July 12, 2015 | William Burnham | Columnists


Thirsting for God …

Just like a deer that craves streams of water, my whole being craves you, God. My whole being thirsts for God, for the living God ...

July 12, 2015 | Jan McCoy | Columnists


Life can get full!

There are so many things clamoring for our attention, demanding our time, thoughts and devotion. We can find ourselves pursuing many things at the same ...

July 05, 2015 | William Burnham | Columnists


By our love ...

"I give you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, so you also must love each other. 35 This is ...

July 05, 2015 | Jan McCoy | Columnists


Blessed are the Peacemakers….

The Mount of the Beatitudes sits on the top of a hill overlooking the Sea of Galilee. As we approach the park that now encloses ...

June 28, 2015 | Jan McCoy | Columnists


Pride and pride

Two words come to mind when we consider the parable of the prodigal son "Pride and Pride"

June 28, 2015 | William Burnham | Columnists


From weeping to joy

"Alongside Babylon's streams, there we sat down, crying because we remembered Zion."

June 20, 2015 | Jan McCoy | Columnists


Find them all

Do you see them? No really they are everywhere! Come on surely you do see them.

June 14, 2015 | William Burnham | Columnists


Just a thought

I once went for a job interview and was offered the job based upon my passing the physical. It was as a result of the ...

June 07, 2015 | William Burnham | Columnists


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Scharf: Go for the Gold

"Go for the gold!" That was the motto of our soccer camp this past week. I'm sure you've heard it before, especially this year. It's a phrase that has been used to motivate so many Olympians. Why? Well, it keeps the goal in front of them. Have you ever read any of the descriptions of what Olympic athletes have to go through to actually hope to win a gold? Think of some of the world's famous gymnasts who leave home as early as 7 or 8 years old to train full time. Their parents give them ...

July 26, 2012 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


McCoy: Cry out to Jesus

I ask that Christ will live in your hearts through faith. As a result of having strong roots in love, I ask that you'll have the power to grasp love's width and length, height and depth, together with all believers. I ask that you'll know the love of Christ that is beyond knowledge so that you will be filled entirely with the fullness of God. Glory to God, who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by his power at work within us; glory to him in the church and in ...

July 19, 2012 | Jan McCoy | Columnists


Scharf: The power to be ‘all in’

Not too long ago, my son taught me how to play Texas Hold'em. We don't play for money, just chips. And that is good. First, because I wouldn't want to let gambling lead to greed and second, because I would lose. It turns out, in poker, if you keep trying to go "all in," you lose your chips pretty quickly. To quote a popular song, a wise player "knows when to hold 'em, knows when to fold 'em, knows when to walk away, knows when to run..." In poker, apparently, you have to be a little conservative ...

July 19, 2012 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


McCoy: Using God’s word as our road map to life

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

July 12, 2012 | Jan McCoy | Columnists


Scharf: Going all in with God

I was so disappointed. There was so much buildup and hype. So much buzz. So much publicity. Do you remember? About a month ago, for the first time in 116 years, a man was going to walk a tightrope across the Niagara Falls. Sure, over a century ago, a bunch of people had done it...before it was forbidden. But then, it was banned because not everybody that tried made it across.

July 12, 2012 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


Scharf: Seeing faithfulness in action

"Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life."

July 05, 2012 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


McCoy: Thirsty in spiritual desert

God! My God! It's you- I search for you! My whole being thirsts for you! My body desires you in a dry and tired land, no water anywhere.

July 05, 2012 | Jan McCoy | Columnists


Dees: Where the church is united and divided

Over the past five weeks, we have been having a conversation about the nature of theological unity and division. This is one of the most important conversations that a community of Christians can have. Naturally churches and Christians tend to have two extremes.

The one extreme is so convictional that it places every aspect of theological conviction on the same level, therefore Christians and churches that fall into this extreme never partner with anyone or any church that disagrees with them even on very particular theological issues.

July 05, 2012 | Jason Dees | Columnists


McCoy: Revive us, O Lord

I'm reminded of your authentic faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice. I'm sure that this faith is also inside you. Because of this, I'm reminding you to revive God's gift that is in you through the laying on of my hands. God didn't give us a spirit that is timid but one that is powerful, loving and self-controlled.

June 21, 2012 | Jan McCoy | Columnists


Scharf: An Amazing Desert Journey

I'm guessing that most of you have been camping at one time or another in your life. As I write this, I'm getting ready to pack up my family and head to the woods. We'll be in an area famous for no cell phone coverage, with the closest town being nearly a half hour away. But I can't really call what we'll be doing camping. We rent a cabin and flip a switch to get some light, sleep on beds, and everything else. And you RV-ers out there can't really call that "camping" either ...

June 21, 2012 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


To whom shall we go?

"Can you believe it? He thinks he's the only one who has a connection to God." "He says only through him can you have heaven!"

June 14, 2012 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


Scharf: Remain in My Love

There is something about sitting in mom's lap listening to a story. You just don't want to leave, even if she's read the book 5 times. You don't want to leave that place of safety and warmth and those kisses on the top of the head. It feels good to be somewhere you know you are loved.

As we celebrate Mother's Day this week and next (I hope your celebration didn't end Sunday!), I want you to use the picture of your mom's love for you to try to give you a glimpse ...

June 07, 2012 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


McCoy: God doesn’t take a vacation

I raise my eyes toward the mountains. Where will my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. God won't let your foot slip. Your protector won't fall asleep on the job. No. Israel's protector never sleeps or rests!

June 07, 2012 | Jan McCoy | Columnists


Dees: What do you believe?

There has been a lot of conversation recently on the question of "What do Christians believe?" This question has intensified over the past several months due to the Republican and Democratic candidates for the presidency of the U.S. coming from unorthodox religious backgrounds. President Barak Obama, the Democratic nominee, spent 20 years at the Trinity United Church of Christ under the teaching of Jeremiah Wright. Trinity is denominationally associated with the United Church of Christ and has embraced "Black Liberation Theology," many theologians would argue that this perspective has led the church away from a pure Biblical Theology.

June 07, 2012 | By Jason Dees | Columnists


Scharf: The power of Pentecost is in the Spirit

Why are you wasting your time reading this? Why do you waste your time going to church? It makes no sense for you to throw that chunk of your weekend out the window; you've got so many other things to do - unless, of course, you see the power of Pentecost. You see, Pentecost was that day full of miracles recorded in Acts 2 where the sound of a wind filled the city, the tongues of fire danced on the disciples' heads, they spoke in the languages of every person there and more than 3000 were brought to faith.

Now ...

May 31, 2012 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


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