First Mennonite Church of Morton

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  • 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...
  • 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...

  • 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...

  • The View of Death

    February 21, 2018 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Faith, Parenting

    Benjamin Franklin is quoted to have said that the only two certainties in life are “death and taxes.”  Even though he missed the certainly of God’s grace, he is right about those two elements.  In fact, both death and taxes were the subject of an Everence Workshop that my wife and I attended, with Pastor Tom on...

  • While We Wait

    November 21, 2017 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Prayer, Faith, Parenting

    Most weeks on my day off, I venture out to the grocery story with our twins.  Since this has been a regular routine most of their life, they enjoy the journey up and down the aisles of cans, boxes and cartons.  The joy for me is that I often run into people whom I know.  I love striking up a conversation as we stand by the...

  • For This We Toil

    October 11, 2017 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Prayer, Faith, Commune Together, Parenting

     Our children are in a phase of life where we can almost see them growing.  One of our twins already rivals the kitchen counter with his height.  The other develops a broader vocabulary almost every day.  Often, I tell our daughter to stop growing.  She laughs and tells me “No,” but then we silently recognize...

  • 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...

  • Imitating The Father

    June 21, 2017 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Faith, Leadership, Parenting

    These days, our family tends to spend more time playing in our front yard.  Our older two either climb the tree, play catch or relax in a chair with a book.  Our younger two splash around in a water table or push toys around the sidewalk. 

    However, when we head inside, a few interesting things often occur.  The younger two...

  • Aug10Wed

    A Season of Preparing

    August 10, 2016
    Filed Under:
    Worship, Leadership, Parenting

    Nearly every part of life within our family includes ‘preparing’ right now.  (Not to be with 'prepping' which means to stockpile water bottles, rice and firewood for some post-apocalyptic world).  We are preparing to send our older children back to school by purchasing supplies and meeting with their teachers.  We are...

  • Jun15Wed

    The Crisis of Dignity

    June 15, 2016
    Filed Under:
    Faith, Leadership, Parenting

    We have a crisis in our country.  Certainly this is true.  Mass shootings.  Hate crimes.  Racial discrimination.  Religious violence.  The topics could go on…  But how to we as Christians make sense of it all in order to equip ourselves to engage our world through disciple-making? 

    Weeks before the...