Compassion First

Patti Noyes, Parenting Instructor What to write?  When asked to write this article I thought, “Okay, how hard can it be?” Well, my brain has come up with a couple of thoughts but nothing that really seemed earth shattering.  But think about it…life is generally not earth shattering. I’ve been a pastor’s wife since 1972.Continue reading “Compassion First”

By the Sound of His Voice

Jackie Plunske, Marketing Team Lead When I was young my dad brought me to a beautiful field on the edge of a forest he often visited. It was quite a trek through the woods, but eventually you stepped out onto a small cliff overlooking a sunny meadow with lovely little towns and hills in theContinue reading “By the Sound of His Voice”

Just Get Started

Maria Thompson, Events Team I’m struggling writing this post. I’m mainly struggling to write this because I’ve been approaching it with some vague expectation of receiving a burning bush moment from God about EXACTLY what he wants me to put out there. Some new, supernaturally revelatory, yet gritty, down to earth, and refreshingly relevant nuggetContinue reading “Just Get Started”

When Faith is Stronger than Fear

Gail Veenama – A missionary friend once said that Christians don’t retire, they just retread, so as I prepared to retire at the end of 2014, I wondered where God would lead me to serve Him in retirement. Because family is something I am passionate about, the ministry of Branches is one that I have prayed for since it began many years ago as Lifeway. Read more…