Do You Fear Losing What You Love?

Do You Fear Losing What You Love?

Guest post by Kelly Balarie

I hung up the phone.

What happens when it is over? When the doors of life shut and beyond them, you can’t see. When a soul travels to a new destiny, a new place, outside the grasp of control-inclined hands? What happens then?

Even more, what happens when you can’t see someone’s way? When you don’t have it all figured, postured, and planned out? When a life moves beyond your conception, your will, and your ability to fix? When you don’t know what to do?

Kara’s Collection: Unbalanced

Kara’s Collection: Unbalanced

from an article originally posted May 5, 2014...

My dear sister in law brought me an essential oil after I had my double mastectomy. It’s called balance. She would put in on the bottom of my feet at night to help calm me before bed after my horrible surgery. Last night, I nearly bathed in the stuff. I see the word balance, and I feel like I need this magic potion. Except I know it isn’t magic, I know it can’t change my story. But I felt so very unsteady last night. I nearly drained the little bottle of calming oil.

WBC: Befriend, Chapter 1: A Case for Befriending

WBC: Befriend, Chapter 1: A Case for Befriending

Chapter 1, entitled A Case for Friendship is basically Sauls’ argument for why we need to work on creating face-to-face, authentic relationships. He talks about different kinds of friendships and why they are not ideal. For example, he says that with online relationships, the danger is that Our digital friends are experiencing part of us but not all of us. When online relationships take priority over real friendship, the result is usually more loneliness and isolation, not less.

Gospel Fluency

Gospel Fluency

Friends, exciting news from Crossway publishers: the release of a new book on how to engage the gospel. Gospel Fluency: Speaking the Truths of Jesus into the Everyday Stuff of Life, by Jeff Vanderstelt, helps us to think through the message of the gospel until we are sure that we understand it’s meaning in our own life. Then it takes us through how to immerse ourselves in the gospel until we are able to articulate its meaning in our hearts. From what I have read so far, and from the reviews it’s getting from godly folks, it is an important book; I am excited! In fact, MF thinks it’s important enough a book that we will be doing a giveaway on February 28th! So keep your eyes open for more details coming soon!

Kara’s Collection: 20 Years Ago

Kara’s Collection: 20 Years Ago

from an article originally posted May 4, 2014...

May 4, 1994, I was a struggling high school senior. Struggling with life, struggling with drugs and drinking, struggling to find my footing in life. I was sitting beside a zealous convert in German class, Michele Pribble, who was excited to share her faith with me. She pleaded with me to come to her youth group with her. I was curious. I agreed to go. Once I arrived, I was met by kindness, amazing kindness. The youth group at Grace Community Church was a new land of kindness, warmth, and unity. Then the pastor, Rod Vansolkema, spoke on forgiveness. To top it all off, my dear friend Jenny Gates Fitzgerald came and explained to me who Jesus was and why he came to love me, rescue me, offer me new life. That very night I asked God to forgive me for my many sins, I prayed that He would enter my life, and I learned forgiveness for the first time in my life. It was an amazing night.