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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Why Pray

    May 2, 2018 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Prayer, Faith, Commune Together

    This week is one in which prayer will get national attention.  Perhaps you will hear news reports of prayer gatherings among state leaders or community members on May 3 rd for the “National Day of Prayer.”  Perhaps you will even join other Christians from Grace Church, New Castle Bible Church, and First Mennonite Church in...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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. ...

  • 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...

  • Walls of Hostility

    August 16, 2017 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Prayer, Faith, Leadership

    On Friday, August 11 th , an angry mob of white supremacists rallied around a statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia with torches and a nationalistic agenda.  Meanwhile, people from different religions gathered at a nearby church to hear from activist Cornel West and the president of the Unitarian Universalist...

  • 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...

  • 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...