• Living with your true identity by Royce King

    A year ago, I spoke at a women’s retreat with dozens of women and shared a story. Imagine a young girl at age 3 being told, “You can’t do that,” “That’s not yours.” At age 13, she is told she isn’t fast enough, smart enough, good enough, skinny enough, pretty enough — the list goes on. Finally, in her mid-20s or thereabouts, she chooses a spouse. But, she chooses him through the lens of “not good enough.” He, too, chooses her through that same lens. Now we have two imperfect, broken people who a…

  • The Donkey Played an Important Role by Jan Davis

    “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, your King comes unto you: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.” - Zech. 9:9 “They brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on the colt; and he sat upon it. And they went before, and they followed, crying, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord. Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that comes in the name of the Lo…

  • Helping hands and encouragement to reach out by Jessica Tanner

    After a full day’s work, I forced my groggy brain and tired body into a local supply store. I grabbed a cart near the registers and then wove my way to the feed room in the back. For a second, I stood next to several piles of 50-pound bags. Which ones were on sale, and which were the kind of food I needed for my flock of chickens and turkeys? In fine print, I found the answers I sought. Bending my knees, I hefted one bag, then another and another onto my cart. The thump of each bag on the metal …

  • His Word Is My Mantra by Jan Davis

    My mantra. Luke 6:45 “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” A commercial on television refers to “your mantra.” “Mantra” means: a holy word used in meditation, or an often-repeated expression or idea. It could be a favorite song or a phrase we use to describe our beliefs and emotions. “It is what it is,” “What goes…

  • Building Legos with God by Mike Davis

    My oldest grandson, Braxton, loved to build Legos when he was young. I bought him a small set with a few pieces when he was two years old. He would look at the pictures and built it. Larger sets with dozens of pieces came sooner than expected. Mistakes were made as the designs became more difficult. Many had to be taken apart and started over. I tried to help him get it right the first time, but he preferred to do it by himself. Frustration mounted until he gave up and asked for my help. However…