Stepping Out in Faith

Sometimes you just have to have faith that God will help you when he gives you a nudge to do his will.

How Technology Has Changed Our Worship September 8, 2013

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The way we worship on Sundays has changed a lot over the past 6 years in the small rural community where we attend church. Sometimes I’m resistant to change, but I like the mix of contemporary music with hymns from my childhood. Being able to follow the sermon by watching the screen at the front of the sanctuary helps me to stay focused. It also allows me to see what points the pastor wants us to really grab onto.

Having a praise band instead of a piano or organ has been a gradual change. This has now become solely the praise band, because we no longer have a pianist, anyway. Many people are participating in a ministry that wasn’t available a few years ago. We have quite a few teenagers who are involved in the praise band by singing or playing an instrument. The music is very uplifting and tends to draw in some people who may not feel as comfortable in a church that only has a piano.

We got a new pastor a year ago and he is pretty tech savvy. Instead of using notes and referring to his Bible to read scripture, he was using his iPad. Evidently some of the less tech literate thought it was wrong that he was using the iPad instead of the Bible. It’s no different than referring to notes that are written on paper. The advantage is that he can have a Bible right on his iPad or easily copy and paste scripture right into his notes. Change is hard, but when we take the time to understand the change we may realize it’s not exactly what we thought at first.

Just as students learn best by different methods, Christians may learn best in different ways. The important thing is that we come together to worship and praise the living savior. It doesn’t matter if we wear a shirt and tie or jeans and a t-shirt, what kind of music we use, or if the pastor uses notes on paper or on an iPad. What matters is the condition of our hearts and that we come to church to praise the one who came to save us. Reach out to others in whatever way you feel God is speaking to you. Of course, this is just my opinion. You’re entitled to yours…

 

A Parent’s Prayer Answered July 30, 2013


What a joy to see my baby girl all grown up and getting ready to walk down the aisle to become one with the man of her dreams! Watching the two of them grow up over the past 6
years I’ve seen how good they are for each other. Knowing that they are so perfect for each other gives me peace. But even more imporatantly, I have seen how they have put God first in their relationship. It makes me so proud in this day and age to know how commited they are to making that pledge, because I know the God is going to bless this marriege more than we can even imagine!

Ever since she was little, I’ve been praying that God would bring a man into her life that would make a good Christian home for her and my grandchildren and this prayer has been answered in a big way! He’s great with children and as the worship director at our church at the age of 20, he’s taken on huge responsibility at such a young age and done a fabulous job! I have no doubt that he will be a loving and supportive husband and a gentle, but firm father.

My daughter has graduated from college and works with teenaged girls who suffer from eating disorders. She has such a caring and giving heart that I know the girls will benefit from the love of God that she shares with them. It’s been her dream to be able to show others how much God loves them. As a parent, it’s one of our goals to see our children succeed in the world and I know that they are definitely getting off to a great start!

 

Daily Prompt: All About Me February 13, 2013


Explain why you chose your blog’s title and what it means to you. This is my response to yesterday’s prompt:

When I first started blogging, it was in response to our church’s need for someone to take over the website. I contemplated this for several weeks before offering to rise to this challenge. I had never run a website before and I had a lot to learn, but nobody else was coming forward to take the job.

After much prayerful consideration, I felt that I was being called by God to “Step Out in Faith”. I knew that God would provide the skills I needed to complete the task at hand. The blog was a result of my feeling of God’s tug to have faith in him. I felt that this was something I needed to share with others to challenge them to step out in faith also.

 

Life Without Limbs, Nick Vujicic November 19, 2012


Nick Vujicic, Life Without LimbsNick Vujicic, the president and CEO of Life Without Limbs, spoke at the Anderson University Chapel on October 18, 2012. He is one of the most motivating speakers I believe I have ever heard. Nick has overcome many obstacles in his life. You see, he doesn’t have any arms or legs. It would be easy to have a negative outlook on life. Nick came into the world with this handicap. He could blame God and feel sorry for himself, but he chooses not to live his life that way. Watch the video of Nick’s presentation and see what you think. Share your thoughts below.

http://vimeo.com/51916007

 

Get Rejuvenated! October 26, 2012


Photograph of Amy Grant taken during her 1998 ...

 

Relentless (Natalie Grant album)

Relentless (Natalie Grant album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

I love my family very much, but I think we all need a little time away to clear our heads and get refreshed. The best way I have found to do that is to attend the Women of Faith annual conference with my sisters in Christ. It is a great weekend to socialize with other women and be lifted up by the talented entertainers and speakers at this event. In the 3 years that I’ve been able to attend, Stephen Curtis Chapman, Natalie Grant, Sandy Patti, Amy Grant, Selah, and Mandisa have performed on stage. It’s like going too a Christian concert! Plus, we get to listen to some of the best speakers share their faith stories. We laugh at comedians sharing the faith through humor and then we cry at some of the trials and tribulations shared with us.

 

When I come back home after WOF, I am filled with the love of God and my faith has been strengthened. Check out the schedule and see when there is an event near you. Get your tickets in advance and put it on your calendar. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by.

 

 

Operation Christmas Child October 19, 2012


I attend the Church of Christ at Milan, in Indiana. For the second year, we are participating in the Operation Christmas Child ministry sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse. Last year, as a church family, we donated 47 filled shoe boxes! The shoe boxes are filled with everyday items that are very much appreciated by the children in countries all over the world who receive them. This year our goal is to fill 100 shoe boxes for this outreach. Collection week will be November 12-19, 2012. If you are interested in learning more about this ministry, check out the website for a list of suggestions for items to include and how to pack the boxes: http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/OCC/ . Please be in prayer for the success of this project. If you live in the Milan, Indiana area and would like to participate you may contact the church office at 812-654-2177 or our website at www.milanchurch.com . If you live far from us, there is a link on the OCC website that will help you find a drop off site near you! Let’s all get involved and see how God touches this outreach project!

 

Searching for Father Christiaan Kappes October 7, 2012


Friday evening, we sat in a local restaurant with my mother-in-law and brother-in-law, when my husband informed me about a call he had received that morning. He said to me, “You aren’t going to believe this one.” He proceeded to tell me about the disappearance of Father Christiaan Kappes in Greece. Immediately, my stomach got that sick feeling. Chris, as we knew him, is the step-son of a very dear friend of mine. Jenny Johnson Kappes was my field hockey, basketball, and softball coach when I attended Franklin College during my college career. We have kept in touch through the years. Jenny was maid of honor in our wedding and is my daughter, Ashley’s, godmother.

I called Jenny as soon as we got home and she confirmed what Todd had told me. The family is extremely concerned for his safety and that of his translator, Ioanna. At first, it was very difficult to get any help from the U.S. Embassy, who had denied help when Christiaan and Ioanna had gone to them for help. After many hours and days of phone calls and making contacts via the internet, Christiaan’s sister, Nadia Charcap, feels some relief that she is getting the word out and it is on the news and in the media in Athens. The authorities there are finally on the job. The family is asking for prayers that Father Christiaan and Ioanna are found and that the thugs that have threatened them and may have hurt them be brought to justice. I am including links to some info about this case.

Please keep Father Kappes, Ioanna, and his family in your prayers. We hope that they are found safe and sound, but they have been missing since Monday, so it is imperative that we pray for the safe return!

 

 
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