Christmas Spirit

Christmas Spirit

I haven’t felt much “Christmas Spirit” yet this year. I feel like Cindy Lou Who from the Jim Carrey “Grinch” movie – “where are you, Christmas? Why can’t I find you? My world is changing – I’m rearranging...

“I’ve never been good at praying…”

Confession time: I’m terrible at prayer. It’s never my first thought. I don’t do it instinctively. I often forget to, or I get distracted in the middle of it and start doing something else. If I tell someone that I’ll pray for them, then I...
Permission to Slow Down

Permission to Slow Down

Christmas is coming fast! As I write this, it’s three weeks from today already. If you’re like me, realizing that you’ve got less than three weeks left to finish all the preparations for the holiday might make you start to panic! Three weeks to...
Meet the Pastor!

Meet the Pastor!

As we near the end of Pastor Appreciation Month, we gave our very own Pastor Matthew Starner a short list of questions – and opened it up to you on Facebook – of things we thought you might like to know about your pastor. So here it is! [Almost] everything you wanted...
Are You Losing Your Marbles?

Are You Losing Your Marbles?

936 What do you think that number represents?  Seems like a big number if you are talking dollars, days until that dream vacation, or stairs to reach the top of a sand dune for a lake view. Several months ago, I was shown a large glass jar with 936 marbles in it. ...
Uncomfortable Generosity

Uncomfortable Generosity

Pastor Matthew and I were grabbing lunch yesterday, waiting oh so patiently for our food at Five Guys so we could get to our grueling agenda of devouring a bag of french fries, when a stranger approached our table. “Can I get some advice?” the man says – “I’ll help if...
Giving Up on Giving Up for Lent

Giving Up on Giving Up for Lent

What are you giving up for Lent?  It’s a common enough question to be asked around the start of Lent, the season that leads us up to Easter. It’s been a practice of Christians for a long, long time to give up something for the season of Lent as a kind of...
More Like ‘Little Dumber Boy’

More Like ‘Little Dumber Boy’

Before I start, I want to mention that I don’t hate this song. There’s actually two versions of this that I really like – one by MercyMe, one by Pentatonix. That being said, I really used to hate this song. It’s weird. What the heck does “pa rum pum pum pum” even...

A Thanksgiving Psalm

A Thanksgiving Psalm Spend some time this week reading Psalm 136 – a psalm of thanksgiving from the Jewish people. In this psalm, they praise God for the great things He has done specifically for them – delivering them from their enemies, parting the Red Sea for them,...
Faith 5 – Talking About God @ Home

Faith 5 – Talking About God @ Home

Care to have some fun, keep your family communicating every night, and grow in your understanding of yourself and God? Try this simple five-step process for the next six weeks and see if it doesn’t help! Here’s how you do it: Whoever is going to bed first in your home...