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  • Mar4Wed

    With-ness With God

    March 4, 2020
    Filed Under:
    Faith, God's Character
    One of my struggles is resting and fully being present with my children just for sake of relationship.  I am easily distracted by the work that I believe should be done.  Can you relate to that?  Does that sound similar to your desire for a relationship with God?  His desire is to be WITH you!
  • Dec18Wed

    He Is Lord

    December 18, 2019 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Prayer, Faith, God's Character
    Whether I am spiritually lifted upon the mountaintops or emotionally walking through the valley, He longs for me, and for all of His people, to exalt the reality that He remains fixed in His role as Lord!
  • Abiding in Him

    March 20, 2019 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Prayer, Faith, God's Character
    What does it mean to abide in God?  Perhaps Jesus' own example may help us understand how to live that out each day.
  • In The Light

    January 23, 2019 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Faith, Commune Together, God's Character, Leadership
    As Christians, we know that we should be creatures who enjoy the warmth of the light of Jesus.  But it can be very difficult to understand practically what actually means.
  • Spiritual Winters

    December 12, 2018 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Faith, God's Character

    Recently, our family watched one of my favorite movies, ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.’   I’m drawn to the Narnia series because of the powerful and allegorical ways in which the author, C. S. Lewis, depicts spiritual realities.  For example, his depiction of the Creator and Savior of the world as Aslan the...

  • 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...

  • Love and Holiness

    June 28, 2017 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Prayer, Worship, God's Character

    As we have been focusing on prayer through this year, my eyes have been on the lookout for various prayers that are offered to the Lord from the various writers of Scripture.  This week, I was struck by the prayer which the Apostle Paul prayed for the church of the Thessalonians at the end of chapter 3. 

    He wrote, “May the Lord...

  • Dad Chores

    June 14, 2017 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Faith, God's Character

    At the end of each day, right before I head to bed, I do my “dad chores.”  These include locking the doors, checking the thermostat, picking up random toys, checking on our kids and turning off lights in various areas of the house.  Part of this responsibility comes from some of my own obsessive impulses.  The other...

  • Capturing Mystery

    May 16, 2017 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Prayer, God's Character

    Toddlers are fascinating creatures.  For the first time in their life, they can pay attention to fine details and use their fingers to dig, tear, open and dissect.  When their curiosity is peaked, they may stop at nothing until they have studied a new object or explored a new space to their satisfaction.  (At this, this is the...

  • Jul20Wed

    Bucket by Bucket

    July 20, 2016
    Filed Under:
    God's Character

    Last week, our family had the opportunity to spend the week in North Carolina.  While there, took a few trips to the Atlantic coast to enjoy the beach.  This provided us the opportunity to expose our toddlers to the ocean for the very first time.  Their response was unforgettable.  They were terrified!  The roar of the...