Salt of the Earth

By Charles W. Christian “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?” — Matthew 5:13 Salt has, in some ways, developed a bad reputation these days. It can cause high blood pressure and heart issues when it is over used. Part of... Continue Reading →

Living Stones

By Ken Mitchell The tour guide introduced herself at the entrance to Linville Caverns and immediately warned us not to touch any of the stones inside. She explained that these were living stones and that the acid from the human touch would cause them to stop growing. It was Saturday afternoon and Janet and I... Continue Reading →

More Than Doing Without

By Charles W. Christian Lent is the approximately forty day period leading up to Easter Sunday. It is meant to be a time of preparation and reflection that is patterned after Jesus’ forty days in the wilderness at the beginning of His earthly ministry (Mark 1:12-13; Matt. 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13). As we have entered this... Continue Reading →

Part of the Gift

By Charles W. Christian One of my favorite Advent stories is about a missionary couple on the eastern coast of Africa. They were waiting to go back to the United States, their home country, after having served for over twenty years and impacting two generations of people in the village where they were assigned. They... Continue Reading →

The Reformation(s) of the Church

*During the month of October we will be focusing on the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. By Charles W. Christian Looking back on the Protestant Reformation reminds us of God's continual desire to be in right relationship with His Church.  Reformation before Luther Though the catalyst to the series of events known today as the... Continue Reading →

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