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Simplicity in Christ

Written and Media by Kristyn Ewing. We all look back at chapters of our lives and find times of stress, irritation, separation, and fear. These are the times to put Christ at the center of our trials and tribulations. Psalm 62:6 elaborates, He only is my rock and salvation: he is my defense; I shall not be moved. If we trust God during the difficult times, He will become our source of strength and encourage ...

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Claiming Strength Again

Written and media by Kristyn Ewing. As the season changes, trees surround us with their vibrant, rich colors—some already losing their leaves. When trees lose their leaves it doesn't mean they are dying,. Humans go through seasons of change as well. Things around us change: the economy, jobs, people, etc. God gives us the strength to endure because He is faithful. He is the same yesterday, today, and foreve ...

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Looking Down from the Mountain

Written by Nate Wieland. Media by Kristyn Ewing. Matthew 4:8-11 says, Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 'All this I will give you,' he said, 'if you will bow down and worship me.' Jesus said to him, 'Away from me, Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.' Then the devil left him, and angels came ...

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Jesus, Friend or Authority Figure?

Written and Media by Maggie Schoepke.   What a friend we have in Jesus/All our sins and griefs to bear/And what a privilege to carry/Everything to God in prayer." This 1855 song by Joseph M. Scriven caused a lot controversy over the years. Is Jesus a friend or authority figure? Is it possible for Him to be both? What does being a friend according to Christ even look like? These questions can be answere ...

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The Example of Bob Goff

Written by Nate Wieland. Media by Maggie Schoepke. Feature image from jubileeconference.com Paul confidently proclaims in his epistle to the Corinthians, "Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ." Holiness is the ultimate goal for Christians, and we pursue holiness by following the example of our Savior. This can be difficult, though, since Christ's incarnate no longer walks the earth. Sure, we ...

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Suffering to Heal

Written and media by Maggie Schoepke. Whether it's a nail in the foot or a thorn in the side, each of us confronts suffering in a different way. It is unpleasant, uncomfortable, and in the face of such circumstances the only thing one cares about is the struggle ahead. At such times, it is important to consider the Ultimate Truth and how reading it might unbind us from ongoing agony. By delving into the Bib ...

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Where Does Your Loyalty Lie?

Written and Media by Kristyn Ewing. Often, our loyalties lie in places such as sports teams, social media followers, and/or entertainment. They also might be deeply set with friends, family, country, and/or God. Dog's are known as man's best friend because they exemplify a tight, loyal relationship. The owner looks out for the dog, and in return, the owner is hopeful their friend is loyal to them. God looks ...

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God the Mother

Written by Nate Wieland and Media by Kristyn Ewing God our Heavenly Father. He is good. The world is His. We love Him.   Do you notice a theme in how we describe God? Our words paint Him as a male. See? I did it just now. It's such an accepted part of our faith that we don't think twice about it. Jesus loves me, I'm free from my sin, God is a He, He must be a Him. Where did we get this idea, though? Ob ...

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Finding Certainty in Uncertainty

Written and media by Maggie Schoepke. We occasionally receive answers we are uncomfortable with or no response at all when asking questions. Some of us are okay with this uncertainty but others find it nearly impossible to move on without concrete answers. It's important to accept these uncertainties if we are to flourish in our faith and positively impact other people. Many people turn away from Christiani ...

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Living Joyfully

Written and Media by Kristyn Ewing. There is real joy that comes over us when we talk about the people in our lives whom we truly care about or memorable events that last a lifetime. For a moment, it's a feeling of pure happiness— not mixed with misery of any sort. This joy is always readily available to us, especially when we realize where the root of real joy comes from. Every aspect of our lives then is ...

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