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  • Enduring The Pit

    July 18, 2018 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Prayer, Faith, Leadership

    A few weeks ago, I met a disciple-making friend for lunch and we imagined what it would have been like for Joseph, son of Jacob, after he had been betrayed by his brothers, falsely accused and imprisoned in Egypt.  If you have been reading along with the FMC Daily Scripture Reading Guide, then you will have just completed the book of...

  • Mishandling The Word of God

    June 20, 2018 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Commune Together, Scripture, Leadership

    How do you use the Bible? 

    If you confess Jesus as your Savior, you likely approach the Scriptures to further your understanding into the nature of God.  If so, that is excellent!  The Apostle Paul affirmed such growth when he prayed for the Ephesians believers by saying, “ may the Lord give you the Spirit of wisdom and of...

  • Life Together

    June 6, 2018 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Faith, Commune Together, Scripture

    This month, you’ll be hearing about the re-formation of a variety of small groups within the life of First Mennonite Church.  These groups will be a 6-session, short-term study through the Gospel of Mark which will span from July into September.  The material will complement, not replace, what we are studying through on Sunday...

  • Sabbath Rest

    May 23, 2018 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Prayer, Worship, Faith

    Two weeks ago, Janice and I spent a few days at Deer Ridge Ministries - a spiritual retreat center which accommodates couples who serve in full-time ministry.  This ministry began over a decade ago to facilitate place where pastors can intentionally practice Sabbath without added responsibilities.  But what is Sabbath?  It is an...

  • Why Pray

    May 2, 2018 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Prayer, Faith, Commune Together

    This week is one in which prayer will get national attention.  Perhaps you will hear news reports of prayer gatherings among state leaders or community members on May 3 rd for the “National Day of Prayer.”  Perhaps you will even join other Christians from Grace Church, New Castle Bible Church, and First Mennonite Church in...

  • Goals for Maturity

    April 19, 2018 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Disciple-making, Commune Together, Parenting

    Like most parents, I have a few goals for our children – targeted skills that I’d like for them to master before they live on their own.  These targets include doing their own laundry, balancing a budget, changing a tire, and being able to cook at least three meals.  Although there are still many years before our oldest son...

  • Boundary Lines

    March 21, 2018 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Faith, Commune Together, Leadership

    On March 8 th , over twenty licensed or credentialed pastors within Illinois Mennonite Conference gathered at the Mennonite Church of Normal for a required seminar on the fundamentals of healthy boundaries for pastors.  Although it can be easy to feel taken hostage by required meetings, I was thankful for the leadership within IMC to make...

  • Giving Your Life

    March 7, 2018
    Filed Under:
    Faith, Leadership, Parenting

    We have a variety of mugs, or as I like to call them ‘coffee cups,’ on the top shelf in our kitchen cabinet.  Some are generic and some have an imprinted graphic.  One of the mugs reads, “Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a father.”  Likely you’ve seen mugs which have similar...

  • The View of Death

    February 21, 2018 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Faith, Parenting

    Benjamin Franklin is quoted to have said that the only two certainties in life are “death and taxes.”  Even though he missed the certainly of God’s grace, he is right about those two elements.  In fact, both death and taxes were the subject of an Everence Workshop that my wife and I attended, with Pastor Tom on...

  • The Complete Story

    January 24, 2018 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Disciple-making, God's Character, Scripture

    Our twins are in a phase of development where, instead of enjoying various books or movies, they often like to repeat the ones they know.  For example, rarely does a day go by when they don’t ask to watch ether ‘Fireman Sam: Heroes in the Storm’ or ‘Cars 3.’  Our family has become so familiar with these...