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Julia Dahlke on Sep 20, 2019

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

Stanton Petersen on Aug 09, 2019

Standing Together

Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to camp we go (er, went). Mid-July, our middle and high school students ventured off to

Kevin Sharpe on Jun 14, 2019

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

Stanton Petersen on Jun 06, 2019

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

Kevin Sharpe on May 23, 2019

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

Julia Dahlke on May 16, 2019

Unencumbered

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

Stanton Petersen on May 09, 2019

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

Kevin Sharpe on May 02, 2019

Death's Sting

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

Julia Dahlke on Apr 18, 2019

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.

Julia Dahlke on Mar 21, 2019

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...

Kevin Sharpe on Mar 14, 2019

Hannah

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

Stanton Petersen on Mar 09, 2019

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

Julia Dahlke on Feb 20, 2019

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.

Julia Dahlke on Jan 26, 2019

Only Believe

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.

Kevin Sharpe on Dec 21, 2018

Trapped

Kevin Sharpe on Nov 13, 2018

Survey Says...

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.

Kevin Sharpe on Sep 12, 2018

Doubts

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...

Stanton Petersen on Sep 03, 2018

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...

Stanton Petersen on Sep 03, 2018

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...