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1 John 1:1-4, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father …

Guest post by Brian Pate, Reaching & Teaching International It’s Christmastime here in Brazil yet again. Which means it’s time for 90-degree heat, swimming on Christmas Eve, and Santa in Bermuda shorts.  The mall in our city even has an attraction each December that provides Brazilians with a “white Christmas” experience. We don heavy coats, …

Mark 10:46-48Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus, was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many rebuked him and told him to …

I read this article written by Karen Swallow Prior. “Write about being a woman,” she said. So I will. It means something, this being a woman. It is something bodily, yet beyond biology. There is something of earth in it, and something heavenly, too. It is something that can be understood, yet is not easily …

I was talking to a friend the other day who said she had been disheartened lately.  She grabbed an old Bible off the shelf…you know one of those well-loved, well-worn ones that open up by themselves and pages fall out? She started reading in Ecclesiastes.  Have you ever read that particular book in the Bible?  …

Matthew 5:13-16 says, “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be …

James 5:16 says, “The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” I’ve had many conversations with some of my friends and family, and it seems to always be emphasized with the need for prayer.  We talk about the need for prayer and I myself believe there is so much power …

Do you ever think about your name? Do you like your name? Do you think it fits you? Do you know what it means? We have records of membership for people beginning in 1901…that’s 119, almost 120 years ago! I’ve been working on organizing all of our record books and card files, and putting them …