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Blog Archives: April 2017

Rest

April 26, 2017
Don Ward
We’ve been blogging about a few spiritual practices that encourage us. Prayer, scripture reading, and fellowship have been discussed in previous weeks. Let’s talk about rest. First, for some who’ve known me for a while, it might seem like a great irony that I’m the one writing about rest. I wasn’t very good at it years ago and was driven by a number of things to work hard and rest not nearly enough. Even my days off were not really off, because my mind was consumed with the church and whatever the latest things were going on there. I ...

Word of the Week

April 25, 2017
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Variety What’s on my mind today? The Malawi Talent Show on May 20th is now the Malawi Variety Show!  I need some help! I know you have been thinking about trying your hand at juggling, or hitting us up with your clean comedy routine, or lip synching to a song that is so NOT YOU, and therefore very funny. Just keep telling yourself,“It’s for missions” and you will be fine. So far, I have just a few acts - a skill presentation, a music group, and a small group comedy video. And, of course, we need a crowd to come and take ...

Sharing Life Together

April 18, 2017
Tom Breeden
Did you ever figure out what smurf actually means? Maybe you’ve never thought about it – or maybe you have no idea what I’m talking about. The Smurfs was a cartoon in the 1980’s about a society of tiny blue people living in the woods. Just go with it. It was the 80’s after all. One memorable characteristic of the Smurfs was how they would substitute random words for the word smurf. You could usually figure out what they meant, but did anyone ever figure out a definition for smurf? Smurf said everything, which means it said nothing. In the ...

Word of the Week

April 18, 2017
Don Ward
What if Dawkins is right? There are a lot of good things that come out this time of year in defense of our faith.  I thought this one makes a good point.  It is based on this statement by Richard Dawkins “Nobody knows who the four evangelists were, but they almost certainly never met Jesus personally. Much of what they wrote was in no sense an honest attempt at history. . . The gospels are ancient fiction.” – Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion Read the rest here. In Him, Don    

Best Practices in Prayer

April 13, 2017
Don Ward
I was sitting down to write this article on prayer and realized I hadn’t prayed yet today. Well, I hadn’t taken time to do intentional prayer about the great themes of prayer in the Lord’s prayer. So, I took some time, and I prayed about those great themes of prayer the Lord teaches us, and I mentioned people by name under the broad categories of Kingdom, Needs, and Forgiveness. In reality, I had already prayed countless times before I got around to my practice of prayer that is planned and focused. I tell you that to encourage you. You can ...

Word of the Week

April 12, 2017
Don Ward
Word of the week: Where? Where do I find holy week in the gospels? Some of you who are new to the Bible are wondering where in the Bible you find the accounts of the events of the last week of Jesus’ life - before the resurrection.  I’ll give you the simple trick, but then give you the specific places to look. The trick:  the four gospels are the four accounts of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Each of them end with either the resurrection or the ascension (his rising through the clouds to heaven). So start at the end, ...

Traveling Through the Bible

April 04, 2017
Tom Breeden
Last year my friends and I set out to do something impossible. We decided we’d take New York City in a day. We planned to go up Friday night and come back Sunday after church, which left only Saturday to take in the sights. It was a fun but frantic day, as we darted from place to place, trying to make it to Times Square, Wall Street, the Statue of Liberty, and beyond. The trip made for some great memories, but there’s so much to see and do in NYC that our day-long dash was overwhelming. When we sit down to read our Bibles, many of us read ...

Word of the Week

April 03, 2017
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Marriage Resources Wow, I had to cover a lot of ground in yesterday’s sermon on “The Meaning of Marriage.” Let me clean up a few things. First, widows. No one said anything to me, but afterwards I realized I didn’t say anything about you. One thing is for sure, the Bible has a lot to say about care for widows. If I had another crack at it, I’d talk about our care for you. Thanks for not hammering me for neglecting such an important group of people. Second, resources. I didn’t give you a great resource list, so here are ...