Posts from 2013

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The Christian Worldview on Sex and Marriage

by Gary Jared

Sex.  It is one of the best gifts that God has given mankind.  After creating the world and all that is in it, He created male and female and said, “For this cause, a man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife, and they shall be one flesh.”  Then he told […]


by Brian Smith

I heard a radio interview recently while sitting in traffic.  The interview was with a young mother of six children.  Having caught the interview midstream, I soon discovered that the conversation revolved around how she balanced such a full and busy life of being a wife and mother, filling a role of ministry leadership in […]

Facebook Jesus

by Gary Jared

Doesn’t it seem like everyone you know is on Facebook these days?  If you have 15 extra minutes, you can catch up on what’s going on in the lives of all your family and friends. Of course there are all types of people on Facebook.  Some tell you every detail of their day.  Some use […]

I Sing Because

by Zac Johns

For as long as I can remember, I have always been around music.  I can recall as a child waking up on Saturday mornings to the sound of my dad playing the electric piano.  Even though he had his headphones in, the keys made a rhythmic clinking sound.  I would watch him play, and often […]

The Big Question

by Gary Jared

If you had one month to lose 10 pounds, what foods would you give up?  If you had one month to save for a vacation, how would your spending habits change?  If you had one month to take a written test for your job, how would you use your time more wisely? What if you […]

My New Little Friend

by Brian Smith

I was sitting at my office annex (commonly referred to as Starbucks), diligently working on my schedule and planning.  With iPad glowing and ear-buds proclaiming that I was fully engrained in “do not disturb” mode, I hardly noticed that they were there.  I hardly noticed until their presence was unavoidable. They were two young ladies, […]

Church Is For The Birds

by Gary Jared

For the past 20 years, my family has had a pet cockatiel. I’ll never forget the day we got him. A lady in our church raised cockatiels in her home. One day, she invited us over so the kids could see her newly-hatched baby cockatiels – then she told them we could take one home! […]

A Love for Obedience

by Brian Smith

Yesterday was one of those days as a parent. Things didn’t go as they say they should in all the parenting books. Actually they were very much the opposite. I gave instruction of a couple age appropriate chores for the kids to do. I insured that clear and God-honoring communication had taken place and that […]

Tip vs. Gratuity

by Gary Jared

My wife says I’m cheap.  I don’t like the sound of that word.  I like frugal, conservative, cautious, economical…all fancy words to say cheap.  Several years ago I took the family on a trip to Mackinac Island.  It was a one-price-pays-it-all trip.  That means you pay one price and it includes everything: parking, boat ride […]