Gifts From Heaven

On that evening, as shepherds sat watch in their fields, keeping an eye and ear on their flocks, they received the most glorious message. Their eyes and ears could hardly comprehend what was happening. The sight and sound of the angels as the message that the Savior, the Messiah, the Lord had come! Imagine the joy and awe that must have filled them from head to toe as they received this, “Good News” and quickly responding to the invitation to go and see their Lord. Emmanuel! The LORD came down to dwell with His creation. Luke 2:8-11 And there were... Read more >>

O Come Let Us Adore Him

Greetings! As we step into December, we pray that there is a fresh filling of adoration in your heart; praise for the King of Kings, as we prepare to celebrate His birth. His unchanging attributes not only allow us to praise Him in all circumstances but strengthen our faith and love for Him as we speak and sing His praise. Psalm 95:1-7a "O come, let us sing for joy to the LORD, Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the LORD... Read more >>

The Greatest Glory Story of All

    Everyone wants to hear good news, but the best news is God news! This year, we began to chronicle Glory Stories—the moments where we see God at work. These are small strands in the story the Lord weaves, that together make up the masterpiece of His work in humanity’s ultimate redemption from our fall into sin. Luke 2:9-10 “And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that... Read more >>

Thanksgiving and Generosity

#GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their nation and individual communities as never before – and it is just a few short days away! We have just finished celebrating Thanksgiving, and even with the challenging times that we are experiencing, we realize that EFFECTIVE, FERVENT PRAYER and the HOPE that it brings us, is not only NEEDFUL, it is ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL! God is STILL ALMIGHTY and is STILL ABLE to do EXCEEDINGLY, ABUNDANTLY ABOVE all that we ASK or THINK! As you reflect on all of the many blessings that God... Read more >>

Praise, Exalt and Give Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving! We have been praying for you. We have been praying that your Thanksgiving would be filled with, well… thanks. Despite all that has happened this year, take heart as you remember that God is still God, your God. He is still good, and His love endures forever. If you cannot find anything else to be thankful for, there are four things to put at the top of our list. Please let us encourage you to start a list and spark a season of thanks. Psalm 118:28-29 You are my God, and I will praise you; you are my God, and I... Read more >>

Praying for Our Military and Their Families

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 When God spoke these words to Joshua, He was about to lead His chosen people into a new place, the Promised Land. All Joshua and the Israelites had to go on were God’s direction and promise. For military families, this is a familiar place to be: going somewhere unknown with nothing but possessions, the instructions of the U.S. military and the promises of God in Scripture. Even with a... Read more >>

Love is the Road to Healing

As I sit down to type this message, we have no idea who has been chosen to serve our country in the various seats in Congress and as President. I am writing to you earlier in the week, knowing that when this message goes out on Thursday there is a possibility that we still may not know some of the outcomes. No matter when we know, and no matter what the final decisions are, as followers of Jesus we are already poised to continue to lift up prayers for those who are in authority. We pray for our government because... Read more >>

The Sound of Songs and Shouts of Joy

Psalm 118:14-15 The LORD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation. The sound of joyful shouting and salvation is in the tents of the righteous; The right hand of the LORD does valiantly. NASB Greetings! Here we sit just a few days away from the end of the election and the beginning of another term of service. We are so grateful for the season of prayer that has been multiplied throughout a very divided campaign. While those who seek to be elected have been talking to us, we have been talking with God; prayers poured out seeking the... Read more >>

Our Pastors' Families

The elders who rule well are to be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching. 1 Timothy 5:17 As we continue the theme of Pastor’s Appreciation Month, the scripture reminds us that leaders in the church, especially those who ‘work hard at preaching and teaching’ are worthy of ‘double honor’ – in context, the Apostle Paul is telling us to show them ‘much honor’ in both relationship and in provision for them AND their families.  Your pastor’s families are the unsung heroes of the local church, serving and sacrificing in ways that most... Read more >>

A Special Ministry Update from Kathy Branzell

As I write this letter, I cannot help but reflect on what an unprecedented, and unpredictable year that we are experiencing. Just a few short months ago, we would never have imagined the challenges we would face – as well as the glory of God that we have experienced this year – and the impact that they would have on our individual lives, churches, ministry organizations, and businesses.  We have all had to learn how to ‘pivot’; leaning into prayer at every turn and change to overcome the obstacles and take advantage of every opportunity that has come our way. We... Read more >>