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  • Spiritual Winters

    Spiritual Winters

    December 12, 2018 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Faith, God's Character

    Recently, our family watched one of my favorite movies, ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.’   I’m drawn to the Narnia series because of the powerful and allegorical ways in which the author, C. S. Lewis, depicts spiritual realities.  For example, his depiction of the Creator and Savior of the world as Aslan the...

  • Oh, Christmas Tree...

    December 10, 2018 Tom Linderman
    Filed Under:
    Faith

    Most families with children have a Christmas tree up in their home by now.  These coniferous artworks are loaded with spiritual object lessons!  Here are a few that come to mind, I’m sure there are others you can think of too.

    There is the star resting on top, reminding us of the star of Bethlehem. It led the wise men who brought...

  • A Season To Refocus

    A Season To Refocus

    November 27, 2018 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Faith

    A few months ago, our daughter began to experience sporadic headaches which made it difficult for her to focus at school.  After a discussion with her teacher and an eye appointment, the ophthalmologist confirmed our suspicions.  Yes indeed, her eyes were changing…for the worse. 

    After a few weeks of anxious waiting, our...

  • Condition of the Heart

    Condition of the Heart

    November 7, 2018
    Filed Under:
    Faith

    What is the condition of the human heart, apart from a relationship with God?  Your answer to this question profoundly affects the way you view the world, yourself and the Bible. 

    The prophet Jeremiah describes it as “deceitful and desperately wicked” ( Jeremiah 17:9 ).  Jesus reaffirms this perspective in Mark 7:20-23...

  • Hospitality Habits

    Hospitality Habits

    October 23, 2018
    Filed Under:
    Commune Together, Leadership

    This fall marks the five year anniversary of joining the ministries of First Mennonite Church as your Lead Pastor.  Over the past years, I have grown to deeply love you all and consider it an honor to call FMC our church home.  Over the past few weeks, I have also been overwhelmed by the baked goods, meals, gifts and notes of...

  • Revisiting Integrity

    Revisiting Integrity

    October 10, 2018
    Filed Under:
    Faith, Commune Together, Leadership

    Over the past two weeks, conversations regarding Dr. Ford’s testimony and allegations against Judge Kavanaugh seem to be everywhere.  After listening and processing these confirmation hearings, one of the only things that I know for certain is that if this debate were to be tried in a court of law, I would not want to be a juror...

  • Mercy in the Old Testament

    Mercy in the Old Testament

    September 26, 2018 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Faith, Scripture

    My wife and I enjoyed the sitting in the back row of the Sanctuary a few days ago to watch “I Can Only Imagine” with a few others from FMC.  We had never sat in the back row before!  Neither had we seen this wonderful movie.  One of my favorite moments was when Arthur, the father, started to talk with his son about the...

  • Sep12Wed

    Clarifying Authority

    September 12, 2018 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Commune Together, Leadership

    Last week, our oldest son and I journeyed down into Southern Illinois to camp and hike in the Shawnee National Forest.  The lush forests, sandstone cliffs, and abundant riverbeds provide a terrific setting for memorable adventures and terrain navigation.  But phone reception is scarce in this area, so forget about GPS or assistance...

  • Sing Out Loud

    Sing Out Loud

    August 29, 2018 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Worship, Commune Together

    A few weeks ago, the FMC musicians met for their monthly worship practice.  Before diving into the music, they read through an article on congregational singing written by Mark Dever and Matt Merker found at www.9.marks.org journal church-singing

    The article emphasized how scarce ‘corporate singing’ has become within the...

  • The Larger Family of God

    The Larger Family of God

    August 15, 2018 Aaron Yoder
    Filed Under:
    Faith, Commune Together

    A few weeks ago, a friend from my grade school years contacted me out of the blue via Facebook.  We had lost contact with one another during high school.  After he got married, he literally moved to the other side of the world - Australia.  The two hours that I spent with Tyler over coffee flew by as we did our best to recap the...