State of Stephen 2020

I have often heard the joke, “The most useless thing I bought this year was a 2020 planner.” We have all had to throw out plans and make new ones this year. As I looked back on my goals for 2020, I had to do the same. Multiple goals were not met. Several were changed... Continue Reading →

State of Stephen 2019

STATE OF STEPHEN 2019 I generally struggle to celebrate what was gone well. As soon as I complete one project, I immediately want to dive into the next one. By Sunday afternoon I am already thinking about next Sunday. However, this leads me to spend a lot of time and energy focusing on where I... Continue Reading →

Sermon: The Holy Catholic Church

Words can become weapons. Words that should unite us, that should defined our shared life are used to draw lines, divide, and separate. In 1882, members of  the congregation of Pillar Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan, entered the church with axe handles and chains, locking the doors and barring the consistory from entering the church.... Continue Reading →

Sermon: Worthy Is The Lamb

Throughout the summer we have been tuning our hearts, as we’ve studied Revelation 1-5. You may remember that at the beginning of our series, Pastor Stephen told a story about tuning and re-tuning his guitar, before discovering it wasn’t him that was out of tune, but my piano. The piano was so loud, that he... Continue Reading →

Mommy Post: All About Sleep

Mommy Blog Post Since becoming a mother, I've encountered many helpful tips relating to helping little children's sleep. I wanted to consolidate them all in one place. This post may be more for myself (as a reminder), but perhaps it will be helpful to others as well. When our second was born it was hard... Continue Reading →

Sermon: Empty Hands

I invite you to open your Bibles with me to the book of Micah. Micah, chapter 6, beginning in verse 1. Micah is in the Old Testament - Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk. Micah 6, beginning in verse 1. Before we hear God’s word this morning, please take a moment to pray with me. Father,... Continue Reading →

Prayer: Too Big, Too Small

A prayer on reading Micah 6:8, "He has shown you, o mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." Exalted God, you ask too little and too much of us. You show us justice and mercy and... Continue Reading →

Sermon: Who Do You Love?

Our journey through Micah continues this morning in chapter 2, beginning in verse 1. Micah is in the Old Testament, one of the minor prophets, minor in size, not significance. Micah is nestled with Obadiah and Jonah on the left and Nahum and Habakkuk on the right. Micah 2, beginning in verse 1. But before... Continue Reading →

Sermon: Haman’s Anger

I invite you to open your Bibles with me to Esther, chapter 3. Esther 3, beginning in verse 1. Esther is in the Old Testament - after Ezra and Nehemiah and before Job and Psalms. Esther 3, beginning in verse one. We are listening to God’s Word through the Book of Esther this fall because... Continue Reading →

First Glance: Isaiah 60

“Foreigners will rebuild your walls, and their kings will serve you. Though in anger I struck you in favor I will show you compassion.” (Isaiah 60:10) In Isaiah 60, the Lord shares a vision of the heavenly city with a people covered in darkness. Israel has suffered under oppression, been exiled, and forced to pay... Continue Reading →

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