The Pursuit

I love that “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” are ingrained in the preamble to our U.S. Declaration of Independence. The writers found them to be fundamental rights of all citizens (or at least those they considered citizens). Earlier

Shabby Chic ~ By Stephanie Young-Merchant

Shabby Chic ~ By Stephanie Young-Merchant

By Stephanie Young-Merchant, January 14, 2014 About 25 years ago, Rev Janie Spahr came to my little church in Delaware. Janie was and is a bit of a rockstar. I know several people who, like me, love to hear her

Radical Love (A fresh story from Sunday, July 22, 2018) ~ By Stephanie Young-Merchant

I’ve been trying to write about camp. This is not easy. It’s hard to describe the adults who are Deaf with additional disabilities, most of whom live in group homes. Years ago, Carol Stevens and Peggy Johnson moved mountains to

A Better Country

“All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. People who say such things

Family

Family

“For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name.”  Ephesians 3:14 I had a dream a couple of weeks ago. I was touring a big old southern house which was up for

The Least

The Least

“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” 1 Corinthians 1:27 “For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest.” Luke

Let it Shine! – Rev. Cindy Brubaker

Let it Shine! – Rev. Cindy Brubaker

Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, Your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, Your justice like the great deep. You, Lord, preserve both people and animals. How priceless is Your unfailing love, O God!

Consecration

Consecration

“As you come to Him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to Him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a temple of the Spirit to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable

Think about these things

Think about these things

“For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.” Romans 1:21 While it may or may not be true that we are

The image of God

The image of God

“So God created human beings in His own image. In the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.”  Genesis 1:27 Sacred Worth.  People, all people, have sacred worth.  This is not contingent upon their actions,