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A Carnival for One

The finishing touches were complete inside this tiny, concrete church in the heart of the Yucatan. The room was filled with vibrant colors representing a myriad of carnival games, crafts ready for little hands and prizes around every corner. The Mexico missions team had been preparing for this day for months with multiple trips to the Dollar Store and suitcases carefully packed with fishing games, a bean bag toss, soccer chase, and coloring pages with crayons.

Bringing Light to Iraq

Have you ever felt God ask you to do something that seemed ridiculous or terrifying or both? When Heather Morehouse heard just such a call, her courageous, “Yes,” aligned her with God’s amazing work in a dark place across the globe. Heather works at St.

Walking in the Dark Series Resources

We've received some inquiries on what resources Pastor Steve has been mentioning over the past couples weekends during the Walking in the Dark series. A Grief Observed by C.S Lewis The Case for Christianity by C.S. Lewis A Grace Disguised by Jerry Sittser Trusting God by Jerry Bridges  Ruthless Trust by Brennan Manning The Reason for God Chapter 2 by Timothy Keller Prayer by Timothy Keller Heaven by Randy Alcorn If God, Why Evil? By Norman Geisler Ravi Zacharias blog Trust Ass…

Trust Assessment

This questionnaire is designed to help you assess your trusting level with God and discover areas where you may want to take a step toward Him. The orientation is your trust in God. It is built upon two overarching categories of trust: Trustworthiness and Trust Readiness.Individual and God Assessment

The Life of David in 40 Days

Read.Gather insight by highlighting and underlining. Write a paragraph about what applies to your life from the reading. Pray that the truth you’ve read will sink deep into your heart. January 1:  I Samuel 1-2January 2:  I Samuel 3-4January 3:  I Samuel 5-6January 4:  I Samuel 7-8January 5:  I Samuel 9-10January 6:  I Samuel 11-12 January 7:  I Samuel 13-14 January 8:  I Samuel 15-16&nb…

Christianity on November 9th

A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back. – Proverbs 29:11For the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. – James 1:20 Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.

Who Knows?

Christianity is not cut and dry. There are contradictions. There are mysteries. When we come to Christianity we’re inundated with so many answers; big answers to questions like why are we here, what is my purpose, does anyone care, is there something greater to live for?

Pain with a Plan

Pretend you’re in elementary school. You see your friend across the room and call them over to you. Suddenly your breath catches in your throat and your face gets hot and your heart races as you remember that you are in the library and everyone is staring at you because you aren’t supposed to yell in the library.

Music in the Church

By Whitney Parnell Westside Worship PastorI’ve been a student and leader of worship in the church for upwards of 20 years. I’ve wondered many times if music is really necessary in church. Why do we need it?