Entries by sarahp

Wired for Connection

Toledo was a dreadfully lonely place for me when I moved here for graduate school. I left a small, private Christian college where I had many close and life-giving relationships and moved to a place where I knew no one. I was three hours away from my family, and the only person I “knew” was […]

Letting Go

I really love our current series, “The Struggle Is Real.” This week, Lead Pastor Ben Snyder spoke about helpful ways to address the struggles we have in our lives. Sometimes, I do not deal well with the struggles in my life. I have a tendency to become anxious and worried when I am struggling. If […]

Yoke Up

We can lightly chuckle and say “The Struggle Is Real” when we pull a hangnail or deal with an annoyance at work, but sometimes, the struggle is all encompassing. The struggle, whatever that is in your life, can feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders. It can take your breath away. […]

Follow Me

When dealt a hand in any card game, there are many variables. The outcome of the game will depend on a combination of chance, fate, and fortune. There can also be of course some misfortune and hard luck. What you choose to do with the cards given to you makes all the difference. What you […]

Struggle? What struggle?

Welcome to Week 3 of “The Struggle is Real”! Did you ever have any doubt? We want to recap by first establishing that we all struggle. And while the details of our struggles may be different the principles are the same. We want what we don’t have. We have what we don’t want. We don’t […]

Who is in Control?

I’ve had plans Shattered and broken Things I have hoped in Fall right through my hands YOU have plans To redeem and restore me You’re behind and before me Oh, help me believe -Lyrics by Tenth Avenue North, “Control” From as far back as I can remember, I have been on this impossible and exhausting […]

Consequence Is No Coincidence

As a kid, I always attached a negative vibe to the word consequence. Television shows and movies made it seem like consequences were only the result of something you did wrong. However, consequences are, in fact, the result of any action. Any negative connotation comes from our own interpretation. In Lead Pastor Ben Snyder’s most […]

What Is a Living Sacrifice?

One of the ways that we trust God is through worship. Worship isn’t only singing or praying. Worship is, or should be, our life. We worship God when we offer him our lives. The apostle Paul writes about this in his letter to the Romans: Romans 12:1 And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead […]