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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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Giving Your Life

    March 7, 2018
    Filed Under:
    Faith, Leadership, Parenting

    We have a variety of mugs, or as I like to call them ‘coffee cups,’ on the top shelf in our kitchen cabinet.  Some are generic and some have an imprinted graphic.  One of the mugs reads, “Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a father.”  Likely you’ve seen mugs which have similar...

  • Like A Tree

    January 10, 2018 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Prayer, Faith, Leadership

    Our eldest son has recently shown an interest for testing his own strength.  It’s not uncommon for us to find him attempting to do a pull-up while dangling from his loft bed.  He also occasionally gives me a bear-hug in order to see if he can lift me off the ground.  As a father, I love seeing our pre-adolescent son’s...

  • Spiritual Tension

    November 8, 2017 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Commune Together, Scripture, Leadership

    Last week, the Global Protestant Church celebrated the 500 th anniversary of the Reformation.  It began on Oct 31 st , 1517 when Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses in Wittenberg, Germany.  Since then, every Protestant denomination (including Mennonites) have been influenced by Luther’s leadership. 

    Every Mennonite believer...

  • 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...