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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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. ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • The Field

    August 2, 2017 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Prayer, Disciple-making, Commune Together, Leadership

    At our final small group book study, we took some time to reflect upon the reality that God’s work is often like farming.  There is a time for planting (whether asking in prayer or investing in disciple-making friendship).  There is a time for waiting to see what God is going to do with our small efforts.  Then there is a...

  • Absolutely Messy

    July 26, 2017 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Faith, Disciple-making

    When I came home from Menno Haven Camp & Retreat Center on Friday last week, our daughter gave me a large hug and then said, with a wrinkled nose, “You smell like camp!”   (Rarely is that phrase used in a positive context.)  I defended myself but reluctantly admitted that she was probably correct.

    Encounters with nature...

  • Courageous Compassion

    June 7, 2017 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Faith, Disciple-making, Leadership

    I am so grateful for the support of the FMC Elders for me to attend continued educational opportunities like those during Pastor’s Week at the Moody Bible Institute.  Such moments provide me with opportunities to hear about what God is doing in our country and seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance about how to lead in Central...

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    As He Sees

    February 8, 2017 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Prayer, Disciple-making, Leadership

    This week, I attended a ‘clergy’ workshop in Peoria on the subject of ‘Understanding the Pillars of Islam’ in comparison with Christianity and Judaism.  At the beginning of event, each of the attendees introduced themselves by name, church and city.  Most were from the Lutheran tradition.  However, there...

  • In This Very Place

    December 14, 2016 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Prayer, Faith, Disciple-making

    I have fond childhood memories of our extended-family Christmas gatherings.  These events would usually include food, exchanging gifts, and singing various Christmas hymns.  However, on more than one occasion, the aunts and uncles would assign various parts of the Christmas story to family members.  Then, we'd take time to read...