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  • 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...

  • Hope Realized

    May 24, 2017 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Prayer, Faith

    There is something about the transition from Spring to Summer which increases my desire to be outside, without a coat or umbrella, and walk with my wife or play with my kids.  Unfortunately, over the last few weeks in Central Illinois, we’ve had only few days to delight in such weather.  Therefore, when sunny days appear on the...

  • 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...

  • The Honor of Prayer

    May 10, 2017 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Prayer, Worship, Faith

    Charles Spurgeon once said, “Prayer is the lisping of the believing infant, the shout of the fighting believer, the requiem of the dying saint falling asleep in Jesus. It is the breath, the watchword, the comfort, the strength, the honor of a Christian.”  

    Indeed, directly seeking the face of God and laying our anxieties at His...

  • Heavy Burdens

    May 3, 2017 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Prayer, Faith, Leadership

    The nights just got shorter at our house.  Just a few days ago, we began to transition our toddlers from cribs to beds.  Of course, this means that they can leave their bed (and room) whenever they want.  Thus far, the night routine has been rough and the morning cries have begun much earlier.  My wife and I are preparing...

  • No Weakness Allowed

    April 26, 2017 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Prayer, Worship, Commune Together

    What makes a man?  As a father of three sons, I think about this often as we play, talk, and experience life together.  Whether I like it or not, their primary understanding of manhood will come from me – what I say, how I act, what I value, etc.  Yet my goal, is to continue to lead them beyond myself and to Jesus and...

  • Focused on Him

    April 19, 2017 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Prayer, Faith, Leadership

    Recently, our Daily Scripture reading has been taking us through the life of David as a middle-aged king.  Although David is remembered as ‘a man after God’s own heart,’ he was not immune from horrible mistakes (like a murderous affair) and violent chaos within his own family.  This week, the Scriptures introduce us...