Is Speaking in Tongues fake?

What is speaking in tongues? Or what is it supposed to be? There is a lot confusion, a lot of skepticism and fear. Some people say that it is all fake, that the gift of tongues ceased, and that’s what Paul meant in chapter 13 verse 8 when he said “where there are tongues, theyContinue reading “Is Speaking in Tongues fake?”

Google is confused about love! – 1st Corinthians 13

Google is confused about love. Is love a feeling or not?  I did an image search and found both answers!  So what is it?  When I love someone, I definitely feel something.  But I also know that those feelings can go away when that person is being difficult (not that I am ever difficult…).  ItContinue reading “Google is confused about love! – 1st Corinthians 13”

What is Love? – Our theme for Worship in the Park this Sunday!

What is love?  Do you know for certain?  There is a popular song that asks “What is love?” and then responds with “Baby, don’t hurt me.”  Though we don’t think of love as painful, another popular song echoes what many people have found to be true: “Love hurts.”  You might have experienced that in yourContinue reading “What is Love? – Our theme for Worship in the Park this Sunday!”

Skype with the Stoltzfuses!

I remember as a kid being fascinated by the missionary phone patch, or at least that is what it was called at the church I grew up in.  During a worship service, we would call one of our missionaries and do a mini-interview with them through the church sound system.  It was really cool toContinue reading “Skype with the Stoltzfuses!”

That time the Apostle Paul talked about unpresentable parts

I really think there was a twinkle in his eye.  He wasn’t there when they read the letter, so I have to imagine that twinkle, and the corners of his mouth turning up as he grinned to himself thinking about when they would read this. They would get the letter, gather the group of followersContinue reading “That time the Apostle Paul talked about unpresentable parts”

744 Greeting Cards, Large Camp Sign, Cat Picture – The Monday (or Tuesday) Messy Office Report – August 11, 2014

My Friday tidy office is mysteriously messy on Monday.  Here’s what I found: 1. 744 Greeting cards: To be fair, these have been here at the church just over a week, but I didn’t bring them to my office until recently.  Yup, 744 greeting cards. Brand new, with envelopes, and even organized according to occasion! Continue reading “744 Greeting Cards, Large Camp Sign, Cat Picture – The Monday (or Tuesday) Messy Office Report – August 11, 2014”

The Spiritual Gift Game Show! – 1st Corinthians 12:1-11

Phil Bartelt started things out this past Sunday with “Kingdom Life,” a Spiritual Gifts Game Show! Do you know your spiritual gift(s)?  Are you using your gift(s)? When we had sermon discussion group after the worship service, we had a great time talking about what it means to have spiritual gifts, and yet there wereContinue reading “The Spiritual Gift Game Show! – 1st Corinthians 12:1-11”

Do you know your spiritual gifts?

Spiritual Gifts…do you know what your spiritual gift is? Have you ever taken one of those spiritual gifts tests where you answer a whole bunch of questions, and then you tally up the results, and voila, you find out which spiritual gift you have? Tests like that could be helpful as a starting place, orContinue reading “Do you know your spiritual gifts?”