How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.” Isaiah 52:7

Recharging Our Batteries

It seems to me that humans are like rechargeable batteries. We go through extreme times of high energy output to times when we’re feeling drained and need a recharge. Sometimes that recharge can come from unexpected places, or it can come from the ultimate battery charger. These past few months...

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Hello! – from Your Sublime Whitworth Fellows

Hello 1st Pres CDA! I am a rising senior at Whitworth University majoring in Peace Studies and minoring in environmental studies and theology. I am from Corvallis, Oregon, and as a result of growing up in Oregon’s beautiful landscape, I enjoy hiking, backpacking, and being outside with family and friends....

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Prayer = God’s Solution to Suffering

The writer of the New Testament book of James says this: Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.  Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him,  anointing him with oil in the name...

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Living the Message

I had to do a lot of laundry this week. I needed an empty soap box to stand on while I wrote this blog. I don’t usually find an issue that bothers me so much that I have to publically express my opinion. Keep reading, this isn’t a political rant...

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Gray Hairs

My youngest dachshund, Ramona, is beginning to sport some gray hairs on her chin. She’s only 5 years old but she is definitely getting her wisdom hairs as I like to say. Now it’s fun to tease her about her gray hair because she has no idea what I’m talking...

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The Little Red Hen

Once a month, I attend a worship planning meeting along with nine other members, give or take a few, where we brainstorm with Pastor Craig on upcoming sermon series. One of our sessions touched on a sermon series that would encourage members–old and new–to become more involved in the different...

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Adjusting to Change

My good friend Laura recently asked me if I had trouble with change. I was a bit surprised by the question, and answered somewhat defensively, “Well, no. I don’t think so. No, change doesn’t really bother me.” Somehow, that seemingly simple question caused me some internal turmoil. So, I began...

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A Visit with God

My Christ Care group is reading The Shack for our Bible study. This is a departure from our usual devotion and I was a little concerned at first…our group had never used a book before and even though we purchased the study guide, I was worried about how the discussions...

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Honor Flight

On Monday, April 17 my Dad, Bud Oakland, and my brother, Chuck Oakland, embarked on an adventure together. My father was selected for the Inland Northwest Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. My brother graciously agreed to travel along as his guardian to help him navigate all the war memorials that...

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