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  • Condition of the Heart

    November 7, 2018
    Filed Under:
    Faith

    What is the condition of the human heart, apart from a relationship with God?  Your answer to this question profoundly affects the way you view the world, yourself and the Bible. 

    The prophet Jeremiah describes it as “deceitful and desperately wicked” ( Jeremiah 17:9 ).  Jesus reaffirms this perspective in Mark 7:20-23...

  • Hospitality Habits

    October 23, 2018
    Filed Under:
    Commune Together, Leadership

    This fall marks the five year anniversary of joining the ministries of First Mennonite Church as your Lead Pastor.  Over the past years, I have grown to deeply love you all and consider it an honor to call FMC our church home.  Over the past few weeks, I have also been overwhelmed by the baked goods, meals, gifts and notes of...

  • Revisiting Integrity

    October 10, 2018
    Filed Under:
    Faith, Commune Together, Leadership

    Over the past two weeks, conversations regarding Dr. Ford’s testimony and allegations against Judge Kavanaugh seem to be everywhere.  After listening and processing these confirmation hearings, one of the only things that I know for certain is that if this debate were to be tried in a court of law, I would not want to be a juror...

  • Mercy in the Old Testament

    September 26, 2018 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Faith, Scripture

    My wife and I enjoyed the sitting in the back row of the Sanctuary a few days ago to watch “I Can Only Imagine” with a few others from FMC.  We had never sat in the back row before!  Neither had we seen this wonderful movie.  One of my favorite moments was when Arthur, the father, started to talk with his son about the...

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    Clarifying Authority

    September 12, 2018 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Commune Together, Leadership

    Last week, our oldest son and I journeyed down into Southern Illinois to camp and hike in the Shawnee National Forest.  The lush forests, sandstone cliffs, and abundant riverbeds provide a terrific setting for memorable adventures and terrain navigation.  But phone reception is scarce in this area, so forget about GPS or assistance...

  • Sing Out Loud

    August 29, 2018 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Worship, Commune Together

    A few weeks ago, the FMC musicians met for their monthly worship practice.  Before diving into the music, they read through an article on congregational singing written by Mark Dever and Matt Merker found at www.9.marks.org journal church-singing

    The article emphasized how scarce ‘corporate singing’ has become within the...

  • 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...

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    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

    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

    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...