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Hide and Seek – Finding Peace

This past weekend, Lead Pastor Ben Snyder began a new series titled Finding Peace. His key takeaway, “Your REACTIVITY is an indicator of your ANXIETY” was based on a key passage from the book of John. John 14:27 “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is […]

What’s Your Fear? – Finding Peace

Admittedly, I haven’t experienced certain types of darkness, but I know that there are people whose minds and broken hearts have led them to the edge of a place where I lack understanding. Recently, Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Dak Prescott shared that his brother’s death last spring was a suicide. Another brother, Tad, shared his own […]

Giving Peace a Chance – Finding Peace

Peace can be an elusive concept—in our world and in our souls. Perhaps that’s why it is so frequently referred to in an aspirational manner and is the subject of countless songs, stories, and sermons. In the first installment of the Finding Peace series, Lead Pastor Ben Snyder dug into the topic by demonstrating how […]

The Gift of Peace – Finding Peace

Wow, what a wonderful message Lead Pastor Ben Snyder brought to us in our new series, Finding Peace. Ben talked about a powerful verse from the book of John that perfectly illustrates the topic. John 14:27 “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift […]

Take Care of My Sheep – Where’s Norm?

Some people are extroverts, some introverts, and some are a combination of both. But regardless of where we fall in this spectrum, we all crave some degree of community. We all want to be seen, heard, and understood. We want to be seen as valuable human beings who deserve respect. We want our needs to […]

What’s In it for me? – Where’s Norm?

Why do you do the things you do? Why do you brush your teeth? Why do you work? Why do you go to church? Why are you reading this devotional? Here’s the point: It is healthy to understand what truly motivates us. I might be a little strange, but for me to understand somebody, I […]

Can You Serve Like Jesus? – Where’s Norm?

I spent 22 years as a police officer. Even though I was already 30 years old when I was hired, I quickly learned there was a lot about life I didn’t know. I had grown up in a solid middle-class neighborhood in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Disagreements were handled without shouting or throwing things. People […]

Lose Your Comfort – Where’s Norm?

A lot of us choose to serve when it’s convenient or comfortable. However, Josh Whitlow taught us that “loving like Jesus gives us the courage to serve outside our comfort zones.” Joining the LivingItOut team made perfect sense for me because I’m a writer. I prefer to connect with people through written words. It’s fun, […]

Love Like Jesus – Where’s Norm?

During the weekend message, Chris Baney, pastor of the Findlay campus, asked us, “What do you do when everything is changing and uncertain around you?” His answer: “You love others like Jesus, even if they don’t love you.” That was exactly what I decided to do when my job was shut down, and I was […]