Hope in the Storm
Together, We Pray
There is a passion in my husband that I admire.Crisp autumn air. Crunchy leaves underfoot. Field corn in my clothes washer. Dusty dirt tracked into every corner of the house. These are a few signs that it’s harvest time. Typically we clear our calendars starting
The Judgment Diet
I frequently go on and off diets. But when I’m on one and losing weight, it is a great feeling. I’m being disciplined and focused, I’m feeling good about myself. But I also notice something else when
Sharing the Meal: Corporate Worship
The smells that drift from the kitchen make your mouth water. The table is set with fine linens and china as the hosts had brought out their best for this meal. In the kitchen the cook clanks a
Devote yourself to the Public Reading of Scripture
Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to camp we go (er, went). Mid-July, our middle and high school students ventured off to
Realizing my Struggle in Prayer
Our South African Minnesotan
When I think of South Africa, “Invictus,” Nelson Mandela, diamonds, the Boer War and the Zulus are what come to my mind. Another more recent addition to those South
Her Love For Christ Is Astounding
Suvin Moon was born in South Korea, and she has been living in Minnesota with the Kaaup family. She graduated this May from Southwest Christian High School. She plans to attend
The Person of Jesus Christ
The Slow Building Process
In my personal bible study I read Psalm 27:13-14, and it struck a cord with me. It says,“I remain confident of this:I will see the goodness of the Lordin the land of the living.14 Wait for the Lord;be strong and take heartand wait for the Lord.David is the author, and it is all about how the Lord is his light and protection and how David is so committed to seeking Him wholeheartedly. But I was struck by David’s confidence that he would see God come through for him in this life, and David’s job was to
As the sun peaks through, we don our farm boots and walk to the barn. Beneath my black boots the grass is wet from the rains that fell during the night. A chorus of birds breaks the silence and awakens me. The air smells of spring – the mix of freshly dampened dirt, compost and grass – inviting me to treasure the renewed
Spiritual Warfare in the Western World
Many American Christians today do not understand spiritual warfare. The American culture often sees spiritual warfare as an unseen world, a fantasy that is beyond our sense. Much of our western secularized society is unwilling
My oldest brother died two weeks ago on a Tuesday. He had terminal lung cancer that was discovered in September and he lived with it until
Resting In The Questions
I’m sitting in wonder on this Maundy Thursday. How God could become man, live a perfect life and then willingly suffer and be put to death in order that He could rise again and defeat death. I don’t understand it.
Gaining Momentum - the M25
The smell of coffee wafted through the air, chairs were set up in an organized fashion, and outside there was a flood of refugees waiting – not so patiently – to get in. In these last quiet moments before Clothing Room began, we prayed. At 10:00 a.m. on the nose, the doors were unlocked...
When my son was in 2nd grade and my daughter was in kindergarten, we began sponsoring two kids in Nairobi, Kenya with World Vision. One is a boy that was the same age as my son and one was a girl that is the same age as my daughter. We sponsored them all the way through school up to their high school graduation. Our kids grew
Does Everyone Know That God Exists?
Many struggle with the idea that only people who have the Bible can know that God exists. I believe you can agree with me that man is finite, and God is infinite. If man is to know God, then it must come about by
The Things I Possess
In a voice full of disdain, my child said “Get off of my bed!”“Wait... Your bed?” I said. I recalled searching for the right bed for my child, reading reviews and finally driving to the Cities to pay for it and pick it up.
It seemed like it had been many years since the day Sarai’s husband had heard the voice of God and looked up to count the stars. Each day that passed meant that the couple was another day older. Another day beyond child-bearing years. Another day further from the possibility of having their own family.
Student Ministry - A look back at God's Blessings
In 2018 we structured our Student Ministry for the better and saw God's handiwork in numerous ways.
Messy Little World
Westbrook Students battle in prayer for Chaska
Westbrook Students have the audacious belief that God will do something special in Chaska.
We have just completed a church survey. We asked 45 of our committed members to fill out a survey that measured eight key areas of the church’s life.
Westbrook Students BLESS Chaska for Christ
Do you ever have doubts that God will come through? Or doubts that He will come through on time? A number of years ago we had put together a team to look at buying land and start the building process...
The Importance of Student Ministry
According to Lifeway Research, 70% of high school church goers quit attending church by the age of 23. Of those, 34% said they had not returned to church by age 30. With statistics like this...
Welcome Baby Eden Everly Petersen
Our family is happy to announce the arrival of our newest member (and Westbrook’s youngest church attendee), baby Eden Everly Petersen. Eden made her (overdue) appearance on Friday, May 11 2018...