Two Choices

By Gail Peo Do you ever wonder how people can hear or see the same things and come to radically different conclusions? Elijah knew that the Israelites were torn between two opinions: following the LORD or following Baal. He proposed a challenge to the people to determine who was the superior god.  “Now let them …

He Loved Us First

"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.  This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through …

Justice. Is. Served.

Some commentators have criticized Esther for her silence when the king accused Haman of molesting her. She knew the truth. He was groveling, not attacking. Was she wrong to keep silent? Technically, Haman was executed for treason, a crime he did not commit. He did not knowingly try to kill the king’s wife, nor did …

Are You Ready?

The winter session of Equip Her bible studies begins this coming Sunday and Tuesday mornings. Have you registered yet? (Full disclosure, I just registered yesterday, so you're not too late.) We'd love to have you join us the next 11 weeks as we study the book of Esther. For more details, you can read our …

Sovereign Father

During this fall session, we will be hearing from various members of our Sunday or Tuesday morning classes about our study in Colossians. I hope our reflections on what we’ve learned about the character of God will be of value to all, whether you are taking the class or not. Our study of the book …

Renewal Notice

By Katie Kafka A pink postcard arrived in the mail for me the other day with large, bold letters at the top exclaiming RENEWAL NOTICE. Thankful for the reminder, I realized it is that time again. There is no way I would have remembered on my own if this relevant postcard had not arrived. My …

Can These Bones Live?

Is there anything deader than a dry bone? Is there anything more symbolic of life past all hope of redemption? Ever since mankind listened to the voice of the liar in the garden (“You shall not surely die.”) and we chose to become our own gods, our world has been filled with dry bones. Death …

Social Restoration

Listening to Josh’s sermon on Sunday, I was struck by one phrase in particular—restorative mishpat. Here’s how he described it: “But there's another kind of mishpat, and that's restorative mishpat. And when we read through the Old Testament, nine times out of ten, what's being spoken of is the restorative mishpat—restorative justice—making other people's problems …