Have you ever had “one of those days?” Everything is pure chaos. The kids are going crazy. Your friend’s marriage is falling apart. Meetings just keep piling up. You are struggling to make ends meet, and you’ve got more Christmas gifts to buy. There is more to be done than you could possibly ever do. Chaos. Pure chaos. Continue reading →
Advent is…here! But what is “Advent”?
The word “Advent” is from the Latin “Adventus,” which means, “coming.” Advent is a time to celebrate the coming of the new Star Wars movie? No. Advent is the time of the return of Elf on a Shelf? No. Advent is the return of holiday shopping? No. All these things do come back around this time of year but for Christians, Advent is a season to focus on the coming of Jesus. Continue reading →
By Vicar Matthew Knauss
We sat at the bottom of the hill, in my ‘89 Jeep Cherokee, looking up at the bumps and loose dirt. 130 yards or so to climb, but right after the first hump about 40 yards up, there was a patch of the softest silt I had ever seen. I hit the gas and we began climbing the hill, gears shifting, wheels grabbing whatever bit of dirt they could. We ascended. Four wheels turning, three guys in the truck, moving forward. We didn’t make it on the first try… or, the second! We tried going slowly. We tried going quickly. Continue reading →
Many of you have asked why I went to Chicago in September. Jesus has called me to be a part of a new leadership development journey, and you get to reap the benefits along with me!
The “Karpenko Institute for Nurturing and Developing Leadership Excellence” (KINDLE) is a 2 year continuing education program for ministry leaders - both professional and volunteer - to walk through a journey of developing and multiplying Christ-like servant leaders. It’s all about helping others “celebrate their Baptismal identity, grow more Christ-like, manifesting the grace-filled marks of obedience, well-being, leadership and community, and fostering and multiplying generations of Christ-like servant leaders in congregations, homes, workplaces, communities, and the world.” Continue reading →
Why are we blessed? Are we always blessed? Psalms 32:1 says, "Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered." Yes, we are blessed by the grace of God!
I feel blessed by God in so many ways. He has shown David Boyd and me how we can spread the Gospel to those in need, especially to the children and people of Honduras. We want pass on this blessing to the people of Christ's Greenfield so that we may all share in this blessing while expanding the kingdom and helping those who are lost. Proverbs 22:9, "Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor." Continue reading →
When my family has a party, we invite our friends and family. That’s who we are most comfortable to hang with. It’s easier. It’s what you do. But Jesus keeps telling us over and over again Continue reading →
Generosity. When I think of that word and its many meanings, the first image that comes to mind is usually a child. Children can be a wonderful example of compassionate grace and generous hearts. Although Continue reading →