Entries by sarahp

We Were Enslaved, and We Still Are

You are free. If you are a Christ-follower, if you call yourself a Christian, if Jesus’ death and resurrection have covered your sins and saved you from an eternity separated from him, you are free. Free to live as a slave to Christ. Sounds paradoxical, right? How can you be a slave and free at […]

Ever Feel Like You’re Hanging by a Thread?

The band “Rush” has a song entitled “Freewill.” In this song, there is a lyric that says: “If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.” Profound. We all have a choice, and when we do nothing, we still make a choice. There is no way out of it, no tiptoeing around […]

Shoes and Jesus

I love shoes! I love the fact that Andy Stanley titled his message from last weekend, “Shoes.” I have lots of shoes – certainly, more than my long-suffering husband thinks I need (but don’t ask him about his golf shirts!). I have had to put a condition in place for my shoe purchasing. I must […]

Insanity, Slavery, and Following Jesus

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. -Albert Einstein. No, it isn’t. And Einstein probably never said it. In fact, if you search any online – or print – dictionary, you’ll realize that definition appears in none of them. While Einstein may not have provided an official […]

What Makes You Happy: Shoes 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.

Family Activity (6/24-25)

Weekend Recap: This weekend in CedarVille we learned that God’s way should be our way. We should always follow God, and make sure God’s way is my way! Scripture: As a family read about Nehemiah in Nehemiah 2:1-4:23, 7:1-3. Since there are a few chapters to read, try reading a few verses each day. Also […]

When Everything Goes Wrong, You Can Have Peace

Horatio Spafford did not have an easy life. His two-year old son died in the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. Two years later, he sent his wife and four daughters to England, planning to meet up with them after he attended to some business. He later received a telegram from his wife Anna stating: “Saved […]

In God We Trust

Most of us are familiar with the phrase “In God we trust” in association with its presence on various forms of U.S. currency where it has appeared for more than a century. The phrase is believed to have its roots in The Star-Spangled Banner, which was penned by Francis Scott Key during the War of […]

Happiness is Not Immediately Accessible, but God is

Tired. Restless. Weary. Burdened. If you would use these words to describe your life right now, it is unlikely that this is how you would like to feel. But for those of us who are struggling, there often doesn’t seem like any way to find the rest and peace we long for. As Barb said, […]

Embezzlement, Prison, and Mercy

Imagine you had embezzled millions of dollars from a company. What do you think that company would do to you? You have no means to repay the money, and the penalty for such a crime is years in prison. Now imagine you are standing in a courtroom before a judge who is about to hand […]