Entries by sarahp

The Great Adventure

Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 1 In the past couple of weeks, our Lead Pastor Ben introduced the new mission statement of CedarCreek Church. In 1995 we began with this mission statement: “The mission of CedarCreek Church is to help spiritually restless and unchurched people become fully devoted followers of Christ.”  After a decade or so […]

For the Love of Money

Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 6 1 Timothy 6 opens the door to taking a closer look at one’s self in various ways. However, my focus is verse 10. “For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.” Please note, it’s the love of money, not money, that “is the root of […]

Curve Ball

Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 5 As I prepared for today’s chapter, I began as I always do whenever I write for the LIO: I sat down and prayed before getting started. I prayed that God would guide me. That somehow my life experiences may be of some use to others facing similar situations. For today’s […]

Training for Godliness

Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 4 This year, I set a goal to run two 5K races and one 10K race. I started my training in April and ran a 5K in June. I did OK but wasn’t very happy with my performance. I then ran an 8K with some friends and did better. I was […]

Anxious For Nothing – 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.

The Great Mystery

Today’s Scripture: 1 Timothy 3 When I was a young girl, I was intrigued by mysteries. I read every Nancy Drew Mystery book I could get my hands on. My favorite was The Mystery of the 99 Steps. Nancy had to search for a flight of 99 steps to solve the mystery of her friend’s […]

Remembering How to Pray

Today’s Scripture: 1 Timothy 2 My oldest daughter started 6th grade this fall at a new school. (I swear she was just a baby yesterday!) Switching from the Montessori school system to public school has been a learning experience for both of us. It quickly became evident that over the summer she had forgotten how […]

Flourishing by Faith

Today’s Scripture: 1 Timothy 1 One of the most wonderful aspects of our faith in God is the confidence and comfort it imparts on our lives. When we surrender control of our lives to God, we are freed from the chains of the illusion that we alone are responsible for our destiny. Faith also provides […]

All That Glitters Is Not Gold!

Today’s Scripture: 2 Corinthians 13 You may have heard “the grass is always greener on the other side.” The idea is that things may appear better from a distance, but the reality is often not what you thought it would be. Self-examination is a difficult task to undertake, and it is never easy to give […]

Do Not Be Afraid!

Today’s Scripture: 2 Corinthians 12 I have dreamed of being a writer and speaker for as long as I can remember. God put this strong desire to write on my heart. I was afraid for a long time to step out of my comfort zone. I was worried that my writing would stink and people […]