Category Archives: Stories

Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you. – iPhone

Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you. – iPhone While I know in my head that those words should be attributed God, as I consider my life it has also been true of my iPhone. My one … Continue reading

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Invocation Dilemma – Offering A Prayer At The Mesa Public Schools Governing Board Meeting

“Will you offer a prayer at the Governing Board meeting for Mesa Public Schools?” “Sure!”  I replied, not knowing exactly what that even meant. This is how a meeting ended with a small group of leaders from Mesa Public Schools concerning refugees … Continue reading

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A Profound Imprint: A Team Member Reflects on Her Experience in Njuruta, Kenya

In the previous post, I explained Advent Conspiracy – how every year we challenge ourselves as a church family to prayerfully consider spending less and giving more. I described how this year we have the opportunity to provide desks for every student … Continue reading

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7 Reasons Why I’m Out Of Debt At 31

It got me. Yep. My own sermon got me! On July 26th I preached a sermon on money by looking at Zacchaeus in Luke 19. In preparation for the message I started to think deeply about how secretive most people are … Continue reading

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Our Community: Pedro Guerrero’s Story

Every Thursday while I’m busy packing bags of food at Guerrero Elementary School during their Blessings in a Backpack program I try exercise my gift of gab to start conversations. Little did I know that one question would send me … Continue reading

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Why Honduras?

(Part 3 of 6) I want to introduce you to one of our own, a young woman named Jenny Kast. Her love-affair with Honduras began a few years ago when she and her husband, Sean, moved there to serve with an organization called “Heart … Continue reading

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Where I See God Working

By John Boyd For the past 21 years my wife, Penny, and I have been on the ship of raising children.  Having five, one can imagine the ship has been big and rocky!  With our oldest child, Jeremy, who is … Continue reading

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