Connected, Session 5 (Connected in Service): All Excuses Ceasing


by Susan Childress This year, Queen Elizabeth II celebrated the 60th anniversary of her coronation. In 1953, she sent special invitations to the coronation. The invitations were inscribed, “all excuses ceasing.” In other words, there is no RSVP — you’re expected to be there, no excuses. Today, you are invited and expected to accept an [...]

Connected, Session 4: Walk the Line


  How to navigate conflict with a balance of truth and grace by Daniel Darling I was having a particularly rough day at the office, and I carelessly left a weapon lying around — my email inbox. Chafed at a colleague who publically embarrassed me in a team meeting, I composed a bitter and sarcastic [...]

Connected, Session 3: Beyond the Casserole


by Karen S. Robertson Upon the recent death of our mother, my family experienced an outpouring of love. Delicious cakes, pies, and casseroles appeared at our door. But help also came in other ways, teaching us to think outside the box when helping someone else struggling with grief. Stand in the gap. Offer to house-sit, [...]

Connected, Session 2: Are You a Faith Snob?


by Jason Hayes One of my greatest desires is to be humble. When people hear the word humble, I want them to immediately think of me. I want to become the national spokesman for an organization that’s about humility. In fact, I’m hoping to get a large statue of myself erected in downtown Knoxville, Tenn., [...]

Connected, Session 1: Meaningful Minstry to Those Who Cannot Attend


  by John Garner They are in every church in America. They are faithful believers. They have held positions of leadership in their churches. They have been great neighbors, employees, and citizens. They have taught Sunday School, been deacons, and some have preached. They are some of God’s choice servants. They are shut-ins. These folks [...]

And It Was Good, Session 2: Meeting the Needs of Others


by Gene A. Getz He not only healed the sick physically and psychologically, but He provided food for them as well.  Our Human and Divine Example God became flesh and dwelt among us in the person of Jesus Christ. The Bible states that Jesus was tempted in every way, and yet He was without sin. [...]

And It Was Good, Session 1: Blessed to Be a Blessing


God blesses you so you can share your bounty with others. by Aaron Householder Blessings and nations and peoples, oh, my! Blessings and nations and peoples! “May God be gracious to us and bless us; look on us with favor so that Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations (Psalm [...]

Resilient Faith, Session 6: Lady in Waiting


A fresh start is never far away. BY TOBIN PERRY At nearly 6 feet 2 inches tall, Iris Urrey always felt out of place and ugly. Deep down she wanted to be special in someone’s eyes. She longed to be seen as a lady. But in the world where she grew up, ladies — the [...]

Resilient Faith, Session 5: A Second Chance at Love


By Gina Kell Spehn In tragedy, grace is often hidden from view. But shared experiences helped a grieving widow and widower find love again. Occasionally, husbands and wives have conversations about what will happen if one of them dies. Discussing things like beneficiaries and who will take care of the children is prudent preparation for life’s [...]

Resilent Faith, Session 4 (Ready Faith): Miracle Performed God’s Way


By Susan J Decuir It was a quiet Saturday afternoon. My husband, Ron, practiced his guitar in his music room. I relaxed on my comfy recliner in the living room, reading a heart-touching book by one of my favorite Christian authors. I was completely absorbed in the dramatic conclusion, tissue in hand, when the phone [...]