Entries by sarahp

Small Beginnings

All the talk about the dead of winter has me thinking about the hope of spring. I have a huge tree in my yard. I know that in the next few weeks, as the weather warms, the branches will sprout little green buds. They will be the first signs of life in that sleeping giant. […]

Keep on Knocking

We LOVE instant gratification. We text someone, say what we need, and get a response without having to have a whole conversation. We hear our favorite band has a new album; we download and listen to it within two minutes of hearing about it. We select our groceries online and pick them up a couple […]

Wholly Engaged

My family often says a prayer before our meals. My mother typically picks one of us at random to say a quick prayer. Even though it was only in front of our small family, I frequently felt anxious when it was my turn. Is my prayer too simple? What is everybody thinking about my prayer? […]

Free Pizza

“Who wants to eat a free Pizza Hut pizza every week for a YEAR?” screamed Rich Hall across America in 1986. “I do!” I replied while eating there with my family one evening.  We each filled out the placemat entry form, and a week later, I received the phone call notifying me of my tasty […]


We often pray and expect immediate results from God. Or we think that we only have to ask once because God knows what is in our hearts and minds. However, prayer is not a magic wand to get whatever we want, even with the best of intentions. Prayer is much bigger than just us; it […]

Thoughts & Prayers – Resources

Start the Discussion: Click here for printable message notes. Click here for printable message discussion questions. Click here for printable LIO Bible Study.  Click here for the discussion video and unpack what it means to live out the message principles during the week.

Our Earnest Prayers

One of my spiritual gifts is intercession, which is a fancy word that means ‘praying for others’. Since I became a Christian, I have always been fascinated with prayer and its power. The first nine months of CedarCreek Church, we spent hours and days praying about what God wanted our church to look like. Until […]

Are My Prayers a Blank Check From God?

Today we are looking at the importance of what we are asking in his name. Have you ever asked God for something, but didn’t get it or didn’t receive the answer you were looking for? How do we cope with the death of a loved one after asking for God to heal them? The Bible […]

What Does God Think About Me?

Today we are looking at Who we are to God. The Bible describes who someone was by whose son they were. Matthew began the New Testament presenting the genealogy from Abraham to Jesus. Fulfilling the Old Testament prophecies and proving to all Jews that Jesus is the true Messiah by his lineage. Nowadays, our family […]