Dealing in Hope

“A leader is a dealer in hope” Napoleon Bonaparte 

Be kind, tender hearted..

Last weekend I stepped into "my" meadow to talk about the tragic events of the week and to offer these words of hope and encouragement.    “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under...

Speaking of Steps

photo credit - Nichole Schrock I love this Galatians 5 scripture: 22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! No...

Sunday Excerpts

Ephesians 1:18 I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called--his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. When I am generous with my time my treasure and my talent, my...

Choosing so others feel chosen

Because it's worth it - when it first rolled off the lips of the lead team member, I thought, "well, there is an often used phrase that is familiar and comfortable. I wondered if it could gain traction as a driver for the initiative that we were about to launch." I'm...

Like a Boss!

I love cinnamon rolls. My mom's cinnamon rolls have always been part of my memory. When Brenda and I owned a restaurant back in the early 90's, mom came in and worked with the bakers till they had her recipe perfected and then...

For Those That Come After Us

Jenkins on the left and Leib on the right. Photo courtesy of Mark Waltz   Longtime Elkhart Truth columnist and friend to Granger Community Church (GCC), Richard Leib died on March 1, 2016. (read more) Today, I was honored to say a few words at his memorial...

Escape from Betrayal

In our current preaching series,"Welcome to the Wilderness" we are taking 6 weeks and 6 biblical characters to consider how we might follow their example and navigate the wilderness experiences of our lives for the glory of God and for our good. This past weekend I...

UNexpected…love

On the last Sunday of 2015 we closed out our UNexpected series with a talk on UNexpected Love at GCC Elkhart. If you missed it or want to hear again how God's love is transforming us through community and connection...here it is, unvarnished and rough but honest and...

A Christmas Request

Hey all, I know this is Christmas week and we’re all busy and in a rush to get it all done. Here at the church it's no exception-I’m putting the finishing touch on the Christmas Eve talk and Pete and the creative team are perfecting the art elements of the night. As...

Elkhart Student Ministries

This isn't really my year end blog post per se but as the celebration of Christmas reaches a crescendo and 2016 stares us in the face, I'm grateful for what has been and look forward to what will be. I have great optimism and anticipation for what the next year has in...

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