About Our Summer Fellow Brisa

My name is Brisa! (Pictured left.) I am a Senior Music major at Whitworth University in Spokane, and after I graduate I’d like to get my masters in teaching and become a highschool choir teacher and private voice instructor. I’ve grown up my whole life in Walla Walla Washington, and have...

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The Cross Room

The young man was at the end of his rope. Seeing no way out, he dropped to his knees in prayer, “Lord, I can’t go on,” he said. “I have too heavy a cross to bear.” The Lord replied, “My son, if you can’t bear its weight, just place your...

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Love 1st

Every morning, Bible Gateway sends me a verse to start my day. When a passage strikes a strong chord in me, I know there is a particular issue I’ve been thinking about—something deserving of further discernment. So, I mark it as “Unread,” allowing me to re-read and study that connecting...

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Sam is Graduating

About the time you read this Paula and I should be sitting in AT&T stadium in San Francisco, listening to Nancy Pelosi speak at our son Sam’s graduation. Sam is graduation with a degree in Cinema from San Francisco State University. We are proud. Very, very. Sam is our only...

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Warm Welcome

It has been about three months since I joined the 1st Pres family, and what a warm welcome I have received! Friendly smiles, and helpful hearts are my first impressions of the many people who call 1st Pres home. I wanted to take a few moments to introduce myself. My...

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Kindness Rocks!

If you frequent Riverstone or Falls Park you have probably seen painted rocks (or at least have seen people searching for them!) I remember the first painted rocks I encountered, they were dropped off at my doorstep by a stranger. I won’t ever forget opening up my door and finding...

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Don’t Stuff Your Stuff!

Can you imagine having a gaping, painful, even a life-threatening wound and just ignoring it? No way! It would be insane to even consider walking around doing life as usual with an open and bleeding wound…and yet, believe it or not, this is what many of us do. No, we...

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Emulating the Joy-Givers

  This week, we mourn the loss of Ron Keefer and give him a send-off to his heavenly home. Unbeknownst to each other, Steve Balas and I simultaneously began drafting our own blogs the day the news of Ron’s passing was announced. The church office was somber and downcast, as...

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Ron Keefer

I had a busy day ahead of me last Thursday morning so, as I went about my morning routine I busied my brain with efficiently piecing tasks together and making a plan. I sat down at my computer to check my email before leaving the house, to see if there...

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Easter Traditions

The Bible certainly does not make mention of any cotton tailed, long-eared creature who delivers candy and decorated eggs to children on Easter. With my children’s curiosity growing, I wanted to know for myself how and why Easter traditions morphed into the holiday we celebrate today. The Easter bunny has...

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