Entries by sarahp

The Dust of the Rabbi

Matthew 4:18-22 18 One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers—Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew—throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. 19 Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for […]

The Poster Child of Adventure

What is your idea of living an adventurous life? Does the thought get you excited or make you cringe? For Nate Cook, high adventure included stripping off his clothes and every convenience, abandoning all comfort, and giving up control of every element in his environment. Me? I’m afraid of dead fish, so even the thought […]

Who Am I?

The daughter of Pharaoh found Moses floating down the river in a basket and adopted him. Although Moses was born a Hebrew, he grew up in the home of Pharaoh. As a young man, Moses witnessed an Egyptian beating one of his fellow Hebrews. Moses killed the Egyptian (Exodus 2:12). Fearing he would be found […]

Noah Was a Hero

When I hear the name Noah, the first thought that comes to mind is that he was the builder of the ark. Although this is true, Noah was much more—he was the only righteous man living on Earth. Because of Noah’s unwavering faith in God, God spared all living animals, Noah, and his family (eight […]

A Life-Changing Adventure

During the weekend service, Ben interviewed Nate Cook, a CedarCreek attendee who experienced quite an adventure on the television show Naked and Afraid. CedarCreek’s mission is to introduce people to Jesus and the life-changing adventure with him. But what is an “adventure”? An adventure, as Ben defined, is “a bold undertaking, usually involving danger and […]

The First and Greatest Commandment

Boy, this has been a year! And we’re not even halfway through it. Like all of you, I have been forced to realize I have WAY less control over my life than I once thought. And as a white woman, I am turning inward again and assessing the harsh truth that there are many people […]

Grace-Filled Conversations

In 1972, a song called “Black and White” by the group Three Dog Night contained the lyrics: The ink is black, the page is white Together we learn to read and write A child is black, a child is white Together they grow to see the light And now, at last We plainly see We’ll […]

It Takes Humility and Empathy

In yesterday’s devotional, we read eight ways to open the door to honest conversation. Today, I want to look at the first three: 1)         Simply be a listener. 2)        Don’t try to fix them or the situation. 3)        Be present. So often in our conversations (with anyone), we don’t really listen—we just […]