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  • The Larger Family of God

    The Larger Family of God

    August 15, 2018 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Faith, Commune Together

    A few weeks ago, a friend from my grade school years contacted me out of the blue via Facebook.  We had lost contact with one another during high school.  After he got married, he literally moved to the other side of the world - Australia.  The two hours that I spent with Tyler over coffee flew by as we did our best to recap the...

  • Aug9Thu

    Shaped By a Story

    August 9, 2018 Tom Linderman
    Filed Under:
    Scripture

    Shaped By a Story

    There was a popular show on TV a couple of years ago.  I completely missed seeing any of the episodes. Today, with the technology of cable companies, it is possible to watch old shows that might have been missed.  It’s been interesting to watch from the beginning this series I had never watched.  Rarely...

  • Discerning Truth

    Discerning Truth

    August 1, 2018
    Filed Under:
    Faith, Leadership, Parenting
    Our small group met a few days ago and once again enjoyed moments of laughter, food, spiritual discussion and prayer together as we discussed the Gospel of Mark.  (Isn’t life together amazing!)  At one point, we briefly discussed how we discern truth.  One person mentioned that he’s fascinated by comparing how two...
  • Enduring The Pit

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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...