Entries by sarahp

Free Your Mind of the Meh – Haunted

Philippians 4:8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Lauren Snyder illustrated that “meh” thinking views challenges as bad, whereas meaningful thinking views challenges as opportunities […]

Welcome, Welcome, Welcome God! – Haunted

I love to find the meanings of different things. I love the meaning behind my name and the meanings people tell me are behind their favorite things, like jewelry, heirlooms, or other treasures they own. I love the meaning in the presents I get at Christmas, often more than the presents themselves! The meaning an […]

The Easy Way, or the Hard Way – Haunted

At one point during our year-long mission trip to LaCeiba, Honduras, our job for the week was to build a house for a family who was new to La Iglesia GranComisìon. A previous team had poured the concrete floor, God bless them! We were tasked with putting up the walls, using cement board. The tricky […]

God Moves Us from Meh to Meaningful – Haunted

Lauren Snyder, CedarCreek’s Executive Director of Ministries, gave a message this past weekend that blew me out of my negative thinking! I am normally a cheerful, energetic, positive force of nature. Just ask my brothers, sons, and husband. But something happened during what seems like an ever-growing number of tragedies and trials that have been […]

God’s Unchained Melody – Haunted

Do you believe in curses? I had a conversation with a family member some time ago about their belief that our family is cursed. They wanted to convince me that anything good escaped our reality. “We’re cursed,” they said. “We’re not meant for better things.” It must be hard to live in a place that […]

Packed for Success – Haunted

I have done a decent amount of camping throughout my adult life, and I have learned a lot about what is needed to have a successful camping experience. My early camping trips were less than impressive, though. For my first camping trip, I went with my friends to Pinery Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada. We […]

He Paid the Price for Freedom – Haunted

Over 20 years ago, I began attending CedarCreek Church. I didn’t volunteer, and I didn’t belong to a Group. I was not connected at all to CedarCreek, or Jesus. I was experiencing many of the “isms” Lead Pastor Ben spoke about last weekend, especially pessimism. I was a slave to negative thinking. In short, I […]

STOP the Haunting – Haunted

Romans 8:1 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. Last Sunday, Lead Pastor Ben Snyder took us into the scary, very real world of the thoughts that haunt us and how to thwart them. He asked, “What is chasing, shaming, or even haunting you and thus affecting your life […]

Sin + Grace = Freedom – Haunted

Romans 7:21-23   I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that […]