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The Girl in the Denim Jumper

by Margaret Griffin

It was Wednesday afternoon, the hottest day of our Nicaraguan trip in November of 2012.  We'd been visiting with children at picnic tables under the pavilion at the El Porvenir school.  As in the nearby village of Amaya, where we led Vacation Bible…

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What’s In It for Me?

by Brian Kramer

Capitalism needs consumers. Without someone to purchase manufactured goods our economic system couldn't work. That’s just fine, until we allow Consumer to become our identity. The label chafes God’s people. Because of their high percentage of disposable income, our teenagers are…

Posted in: General, Family Ministries, Youth Ministries

Notes from Nicaragua

by Sam Ward

It's been a week since we left for Nicaragua.  And still, I can see the smiles on the faces of children, the smoking volcano, the tile roofs and the cardboard/plastic shacks that flashed by the bus windows as we drove. As I reflect, I wanted to share my notes from Nicaragua... June 28,…

Posted in: Missions, Worship Arts Ministry

“Fresh Laundry ~ Fresh Perspective”

by Lori Clounie

Ephesians 5:1,2  Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you, and gave Himself up for us, an offering and sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma. I love the smell of fresh laundry, especially if its been hanging all day in…

Posted in: General, Women's Ministries

Object Lessons of the Garden Variety

by Margaret Griffin

In Mark 4: 15-20, Jesus explains the meaning of The Parable of the Sower: The farmer sows the word.  Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown.  As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.  Others, like seed sown…

Posted in: General, Women's Ministries

Farewell to Matt Graham

by Erin Stringer

At Emmanuel we have the privilege of working alongside young leaders to help develop and equip them as they prepare for service in ministry.  One of the primary ways we do this is through our internship program.  At any given time we have a handful of interns at the church serving in…

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12 MARKS OF A QUALIFIED WORSHIP LEADER

by Sam Ward

It's that time of year again. This is the time of year when we announce that we're looking for people to join our established group of artists who lead the church here at Emmanuel in music for a full year!  It's an honor, a privilege and a WHOLE LOT 'O FUN!  We will…

Posted in: General, Worship Arts Ministry

The Single Most Important Thing You Could Do

by Erin Stringer

Invite a friend to church. It might be the single most important thing you do for someone else’s life.   Knowing the recent tragedy Heather and her husband had just faced, I was instantly curious as I read the beginning of her Facebook post. Heather and Jeramy, parents to 1…

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Why This Man Left His Job

by Erin Stringer

We leave jobs all the time.  Life happens, things change and we change accordingly.  But it is not everyday you meet a man who leaves a good job -- a rewarding and satisfying job -- to embark into the unknown.  Meet Kirk Falconer, the new CEO of Destiny Rescue (USA).  He is one…

Posted in: General, Missions

Other Spaces

by Michelle Harris

In 1995, Scott and I moved to Gabon, an equatorial African country on the Atlantic, to pioneer a Christian student movement. We were working with a group of students who were already gathering and praying for their campus, l'Université Omar Bongo. During that first year, we mostly…

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