I'm Mallory. My husband and I are from a small town in Illinois, but we, along with our golden retriever named Chloe, actually moved to Kansas City from an...

Hey I'm Jesse!

I'm a social worker living in a suburban city right outside of Kansas City, MO . I came to Kansas City about five years ago from a...

I am Cameron-- but I assume that you knew that, you observant reader you. In any case, enough of this gravy, let's get to the meat--
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I am a living testimony of what God can do when you give your life to him. Life, for me, should have gone another direction. I should have been a mess and/...

Are you leaving a legacy?

Recently my church had a youth and young adult conference. The Saturday evening service was followed by an altar call for those willing to give their lives wholeheartedly for Jesus.

I watched as dozens of young people flooded the altar in response. Some received prayer from others; many simply fell on their faces and began crying out to God.

It’s Up To You – That’s Right You!

In the church I grew up in, you had to be “called” in order to do ministry. By that I mean, the pastor had to have gotten a message from the Lord that you were called to an office – priest, deacon, high priest, evangelist, teacher, etc. Then, the church decided at a regional meeting whether that “calling” was right and voted on you. If you were approved, you took a class from the church and got certified. That meant you could preach, gather the offering, do tasks for the Lord while authorized.

What's your filter?

According to Dictionary.com, to filter something is to “slow or partially obstruct the passage” of it. Think of a coffee maker or a sink drain. But filters are found beyond the kitchen. In fact, our minds can have filters!

What do I mean by that? Here’s an example.

The other day I was confiding in a person I greatly respect. She told me, “Millions of people are dealing with the same thing you are. Everyone is dealing with something.”

Do The Numbers Really Matter?

Christianity today is a religion of numbers.  We like to count those that attended church over the weekend, the number of people that got saved during a service and the number of people that rededicated their lives to Christ. That number ends up posted on the website or on the social media page and causes people to turn their heads when large numbers are consistently reported. That is not exactly a bad thing as I want to hear about numbers of people coming to Christ as well but Jesus offers an interesting look at numbers in John chapter 6.

Don't Burn Your Bridges, Build Them!

Are you familiar with the phrase, “Burn your bridges?” I’ve heard this phrase in a lot of ways throughout my life. The most common to me is that it’s important to burn your bridges so you have no other options. Or, burn the bridges of past relationships so you can move forward. In my mind, burning your bridges was ALWAYS a good thing to do. However, I’ve learned recently that this is not the case at all.

Fighting, Not Just Surviving

Are you learning to live with your circumstances or believe things will never change? Are you tolerating pain or sickness? Are you disappointed with your marriage, finances or relationships and have done little to nothing about it? Are you lacking expectation, hope or dreams for your future?

A Call to Duty

As an Army wife and mom with decades of service and sacrifice, I see a few parallels between the military and the church. My husband and eldest son have served our great nation on active duty Army orders but have also served in the National Guard. In both branches, blood, sweat and tears have been shed.

Relentless Pursuit

I’ve lived my entire life in constant pursuit.  Whether it was on the football field during my days as an athlete or in the classroom as a student or even now in the business world, I have spent countless hours pursuing my goals and dreams.  However, in one area of my life, that pursuit seemed to be completely absent from the picture.  As a Christian, I had grown up with the message that it was all about me and what God had done for me and that if I put in minimal time and effort, I would punch my ticket into heaven and be able to coast into the sweet by and by.

Daddy-less Without Daddy Issues

According to Census, there are about 13.7 million single parents in the United States. These parents are raising roughly 22 million children under the age of eighteen.  Only 17.8 percent of those numbers are single fathers, while 82.2 of them are single mothers. I could ramble off more statistics, but that’s not the point. I am not here to expose the problem; I am here to reveal the solution.

The Power of Hope

We live in a fallen world and sometimes life can get tough. God didn’t say that everything would be easy all of the time, but He has given us HOPE which is one of the most powerful things we can have!

This kind of hope is not wishful thinking but it is a confident expectation of good! I believe that this confident expectation (or lack of) affects every part of our lives, thoughts and attitudes.

I like how Romans 5:1-5 talks about the hope we have.

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