Nehemiah: Man of Prayer Brie Barrier Wetherbee

Nehemiah was the cupbearer to the king in the Persian winter palace in Susa.  The king of Persia had previously stopped the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem, possibly perceiving that the Jewish people could become a threat as they returned from exile in Babylon. He even made a statement of ...more

Meditating on Metaphors Brie Barrier Wetherbee

1.    Gold and Honey – Psalm 19:10 Here, the psalmist declares that the Word of God is more desirable than the finest gold and sweeter than honey.  I believe that he is speaking of both the value of the Word of God and the experience of interacting with the Word of God.  Its wisdom is ...more

Without Sin Tom Terry

How well do you know God? Has it ever occurred to you why we are able to know the depths of God's character? We all have people we know better than others. We know them better because we spend more time with them, interface with them more than others, and feel a closeness to them. In the case of ...more

The Creator of Comfort Brie Barrier Wetherbee

 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”  Paul refers to the Creator of the universe as ...more

Why is God Silent? Tom Terry

There's an important page in your Bible that, if you are like most people, goes completely unread. Chances are, you are like most Christians who rip past this page without a moment's thought. In fact, in this page of the Bible might be described by some as the most irrelevant, unnecessary, useless ...more

Believing the Best Karen Holford

Believing the best is a challenge. It is so easy to focus on what's wrong with someone rather than on what's right about them. It's the natural human response. But when we do this, we risk discouraging others and damaging relationships. Even when it is necessary to point out a mistake, appreciation ...more

Ashura-Muslim Holiday Cherie Gray

We are in the middle of an important Muslim holiday called Ashura, recognized by Shiite Muslims only.  It is not so much a holiday as it is a remembrance of a great battle that took place several years ago when many were killed.  Shiites remember the martyrdom of Hussein (the grandson of Muhammed) ...more

Christianity Creates Economy Tom Terry

I've been reflecting back upon Christmas in a way that most people tend not too. I've decided that I'm all for the commercialization of Christmas. In fact, during a time of bad economics, more Christmas commercialization is needed, not less. My reasoning goes like this: If you think the economy is ...more

Sprint or Marathon? Mark Marikos

I am sure we have all been asked, or pondered the question on our own, “What would you do differently, if you knew you only had 6 months to live?”  A truly contented person might respond, “Nothing, I’m already doing what I would do under those circumstances.”  But then there are the rest of us.  How ...more

The Sin Exchange Matthew Lynn

Lately I’ve become increasingly more aware of the enemy’s subtle tricks and deceptions in my life. As someone who works in ministry as a vocation, it is easy to get into a comfortable routine of thinking that I’ve adopted a kind of lifestyle that is free of the “obvious” and “outward” sins of the ...more