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  • Oh, Christmas Tree...

    December 10, 2018 Tom Linderman
    Filed Under:
    Faith

    Most families with children have a Christmas tree up in their home by now.  These coniferous artworks are loaded with spiritual object lessons!  Here are a few that come to mind, I’m sure there are others you can think of too.

    There is the star resting on top, reminding us of the star of Bethlehem. It led the wise men who brought...

  • A Season To Refocus

    November 27, 2018 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Faith

    A few months ago, our daughter began to experience sporadic headaches which made it difficult for her to focus at school.  After a discussion with her teacher and an eye appointment, the ophthalmologist confirmed our suspicions.  Yes indeed, her eyes were changing…for the worse. 

    After a few weeks of anxious waiting, our...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...