Entries by Anna Erickson

Advent Reading – December 14, 2017

Jared Yochim – Worship Design Team John 11:25 “I am the resurrection and the life…” – Jesus Much of my reading this year has been spent in the Gospel of John. I’ve been trying to read my Bible asking the question, “Why did this specific author feel it was necessary to write down these details?” […]

Advent Reading – December 13, 2017

Kenton Stobbe – Bass Player on Worship Teams 2 Corinthians 12:9 As I began to work on this, I sat down and wrote for a little bit. For whatever reason, I wasn’t satisfied with it. As I sat contemplating I had an idea. I decided that I would do an experiment for the next month […]

Advent Reading – December 12, 2017

Val Burron – Worship Design Team Psalm 27:4-6, Philippians 2:9-10 We live in a culture of ever changing trends. There is a popular song trending in many worship circles called “What a Beautiful Name.” I have listened to it countless times and every single time I am overwhelmed with emotion as I hear the name […]

Advent Reading – December 11, 2017

Maryanne Berge – Mission Pastor Luke 2:41-52 Every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. When he was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast according to the customs. After the Feast was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem but […]

Advent Reading – December 10, 2017

Laurie Pauls – Worship Design Team 2 Corinthians 12:9 It was another ugly morning trying to get both girls out the door. There was defiance and I responded with angry words. There were distractions and I responded with nagging and frustration. Their ears and hearts were closed off to me, so I raised my voice […]

Advent Reading – December 9, 2017

Harry Strauss – Encore Pastor Revelation 12:1-6 The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that it might devour her child the moment he was born. She gave birth to a son, a male child, who ‘will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.’  And her child […]

Advent Reading – December 8, 2017

Laura Laskowski – Worship Design Team John 3:17 Imagine. Imagine resting next to baby Jesus’ cradle ~ errr, I mean, the animals’ feeding trough that tiny Jesus slept in the night He was born. Sit quiet. Smell the straw and the animals (probably the manure too).  Hear the baby breathing. Gently, steadily, peacefully in sleep. […]

Advent Reading – December 7, 2017

Elizabeth Mainprize – Council Member John 1:10 Israel had been waiting. Suffering, struggling, praying. A long time. They knew the promises. They were a Chosen Nation. They had Credentials: the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob was their covenant-making and covenant- keeping Most High God! He had taken them out of the grasp of Pharaoh. […]

Advent Reading – December 6, 2017

Val Burron – Worship Design Team Luke 2:16-20 & 16:10 In the second chapter of Luke we read the account of the shepherds’ first hand encounter with Jesus. It began with the sudden appearance of an angel and an entire choir giving them an invitation to witness a miracle right within walking distance! Their first […]

Advent Reading – December 5, 2017

Kevin Wiens – Family Ministries and Small Groups Pastor Matthew 2:5-6 & Micah 5:2 “In Bethlehem, in Judea,” they said, “for this is what the prophet wrote: ‘And you, O Bethlehem in the land of Judah, are not least among the ruling cities of Judah, for a ruler will come from you who will be […]