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  • God's Greatest Gifts

    December 6, 2017 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Commune Together

    Christmas shopping poses a unique challenge.  A great gift, in my opinion, is a gift that is both needed AND wanted.  Needed gifts (like new socks) can be appreciated but aren’t very exciting.  Wanted gifts (like new toys or gadgets) bring excitement but eventually lose their appeal if they’re not really...

  • While We Wait

    November 21, 2017 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Prayer, Faith, Parenting

    Most weeks on my day off, I venture out to the grocery story with our twins.  Since this has been a regular routine most of their life, they enjoy the journey up and down the aisles of cans, boxes and cartons.  The joy for me is that I often run into people whom I know.  I love striking up a conversation as we stand by the...

  • Spiritual Tension

    November 8, 2017 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Commune Together, Scripture, Leadership

    Last week, the Global Protestant Church celebrated the 500 th anniversary of the Reformation.  It began on Oct 31 st , 1517 when Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses in Wittenberg, Germany.  Since then, every Protestant denomination (including Mennonites) have been influenced by Luther’s leadership. 

    Every Mennonite believer...

  • Walking Confidently

    October 25, 2017 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Prayer, Faith, Disciple-making

    The new obsession of our twin boys is counting.  Frequently, we hear them saying, “eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, fuzzenteen, twentyteen…”   As you can tell, the numbers break down a little after sixteen.  We love hearing this because vocal repetition is one way in which they learn. ...

  • For This We Toil

    October 11, 2017 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Prayer, Faith, Commune Together, Parenting

     Our children are in a phase of life where we can almost see them growing.  One of our twins already rivals the kitchen counter with his height.  The other develops a broader vocabulary almost every day.  Often, I tell our daughter to stop growing.  She laughs and tells me “No,” but then we silently recognize...

  • A Faithful Legacy

    September 27, 2017 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Faith, Disciple-making, Leadership, Parenting

    If you’ve been following along with our Daily Scripture Reading, the Lord has led you through a journey of studying the various kings among God’s people, Israel.  Currently, King Josiah is in focus.  His story is quite remarkable and worth of reflecting upon. 

    Josiah inherited a terrible heritage from his father and...

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    At The Parade

    September 20, 2017 Tom Linderman
    Filed Under:
    Faith, Commune Together

    I survived my first Morton Pumpkin Festival! There were some lessons I learned this year, like: buy the tickets for rides early, avoid the spinning rides if you are older than 40 and don’t be surprised by anything you may see in the parade!

    I have to admit, this is the first parade I’ve ever been at where elderly people were pushed...

  • Real Invisible gods

    September 13, 2017 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Worship, Faith

    A couple of years ago, my wife and I celebrated our anniversary by staying in downtown Asheville, North Carolina.   The city itself is beautiful and filled with locally-owned restaurants and shops.   There is also a plethora of spiritually-inspired stores.   In Asheville, you can easily purchase statues of Buddha, a variety of...

  • Uncharted Territory

    August 30, 2017 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Faith, Disciple-making, Commune Together, Leadership

    Next week, our eldest son and I will travel down to the Shawnee National Forest to embark on our yearly hiking trip.  During the previous trips, we visited many of the marked trails in the Northeast corner of the forest by driving from site to site.  This year, we are going to attempt to visit each trail by foot, making a zig-zag line...

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    Home Sweet Home

    August 23, 2017 Tom Linderman
    Filed Under:
    Faith, Commune Together, Leadership
    Have you ever thought about how many places you’ve lived? Remember the first apartment you moved into?

    Back then it didn’t matter if it had a basement (unless it was a basement apartment) or if it had a garage or backyard.  I remember carrying my laundry to a laundromat a block away. I also remember when the lady who lived below...