Entries by sarahp

Most Important Of All

Each time we experience trials, hardships, or unmet expectations, we suffer the loss of something—whether it is the loss of a close friend or family member, loss of a job, security, freedom, or something else. Most of us react in a series of denial, anger, depression, bargaining, and acceptance (better known as the Five Stages […]

Never Alone

I received some bad news last week. I’m not going to discuss the news in detail because this is neither the time nor place. Suffice it to say, this was the kind of news that raised a lot of why questions for me. Why did this happen to me, to my group of friends? Why […]

Adjust Your Thinking

When I turned my life over to God and accepted the unsurpassable gift of his love, friendship, and protection, the Holy Spirit came to live in me. Almost immediately, I stopped asking why and realized we live in a fallen world. And due to our abuse of free will and the age-old insistence on choosing evil […]

A Difficult and Exciting Place

It was so great to have our founding pastor, Lee Powell, with us this past weekend! I first met Lee shortly after I gave my life to Jesus in 1994. He was the associate pastor at Grace Evangelical Church in Oregon, ready to transition into the senior pastor’s job when Pastor Davis was supposed to […]

Out Of Place: Prepared – 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.

Friday: Nailed It!

The annoyingly obnoxious yet funny show Nailed It! takes a below-average baker and challenges them to re-create a complex bakery masterpiece. To the home viewer, the three “bakers” (I use that term LOOSELY) seem to be complete dopes, and the viewer just knows he/she could do it better and claim the $10,000 prize. Interestingly, in […]

Happily Ever After

As a teenage girl growing up in Germany, I was fascinated by the real-life fairytale wedding of princess Elisabeth of Bavaria (more famously known by her nickname Sissi) to Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph I in 1854. He was actually meant to marry her older sister Helene in an arranged political marriage but fell madly in […]

Who’s Behind Authority?

On July 6, 2018, I retired from my position with Hancock County after twenty years of service. During that time, I reported to two different elected officials. I was one of the lucky government employees because I actually respected my employers. It was easier to submit to their authority because their office follows Christian principles. […]

My Temporary Home

This is my temporary home It’s not where I belong Windows in rooms that I’m passin’ through This is just a stop, on the way to where I’m going I’m not afraid because I know this is my temporary home. This is the chorus to Carrie Underwood’s song “Temporary Home.” It is her way of […]

The Golden Rule

There was once a very old man whose eyes had become dim, his ears dull of hearing, his knees trembled, and when he sat at the table he could hardly hold the spoon and spilt the broth upon the table-cloth or let it run out of his mouth. His son and his son’s wife were […]