Nothing to Fear

As a kid in Montana, camping was fun. With my sister and best friend in the forest behind our house, Peanuts the faithful collie kept us “safe” from yipping coyotes. The best was when the worship leaders took our youth group to their hunting and fishing camps before high-end clients arrived, leading us up on horseback into

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Book Review: White Too Long

If you like to read, but your stack of “to read” is about to topple over OR you really can’t get through a book these days, but want to be in the know, then this book review is for you! Carolyn Vance, NCF Librarian, provides us with a detailed review of the book “White Too

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A Scarlet Thread

This week’s Blog contribution comes from Judson Chubbuck. Part of the lyrics of his song say, “but eyes of faith, can perceive, That through our lives this thread can weave, Garments of love and unity.” What a great recap of what Jeff Trask referenced in his teaching this past Sunday: the disciples coming together in

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Words to Deeds

And God SAID, “Let there be light”, and there was light. Genesis 1:3 God spoke things into existence 11 times in Genesis chapter 1: the heavens, the earth, day, night, vegetation, animals, us, and more.  I highlight this process of speaking things into existence because I want to encourage us that while speaking something up

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Jesus Knows Our Sorrows

Thank you to Vern Fein for finding this poem, “Descending Theology: The Garden” by Mary Karr. As you read this poem and reflect, know that Jesus relates to our struggles, knows our pain. May you feel the deep love of Jesus for you this week, and always! –Melissa Logsdon, NCF Associate Pastor “My soul is

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Even When

Usually when I read through Exodus, I’m whisked off into the drama playing out on the stage between Moses and Pharaoh, and all the Plagues, and all the drama of the Exodus story.  For the first time, on my recent reading of Exodus, I noticed the backstage pass we get to the very personal and

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Fasten to Glory

So much of scripture refers to the glory of God. And therefore, so many books and blogs have been written trying to explain the glory of God in a way we can grasp. I am NOT going to try to explain what many continue to try to explain. There is so much of God that

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Justice key to Right Relationships

In this second installment from Ron Simkins, he delves into the biblical meaning of justice and how we can rightly carry out justice as part of how to live in right relationships, as God desires for us.–Melissa Logsdon, NCF Associate Pastor In my previous article, I suggested that the Hebrew word (and its New Testament

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Prayer is Paying Attention

Have you ever found yourself hearing the same word in multiple places: songs, scripture, a word from a friend, a pastor…until you finally realize that maybe God is trying to get your attention to tell you something? Read on to hear Jeff’s story of a time God used multiple avenues to get a word to

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Lent: God for Us

“Lent is about nurturing a posture that holds all things lightly…” -Greg Pennoyer This quote came from a book that I found the other day while I was perusing the books in the NCF Library. (Thank you to all who have contributed to this collection and the management of it–what a resource gem!)  If you’ve

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