Take 5

A weekly publication with a brief daily challenge from God's Word: 5 minutes / 5 days.

Take 5 (July 4-8, 2016)

Robert Ballard • Pastor of Worship Ministries Your Mess is Your Message God has blessed my wife, Erin, and I with three wonderful boys, ages 8, 5 and 2. Three boys in the house can make quite a mess in a short period of time. Maybe you can relate? For the Christian–just like in our homes–our lives, … [Read more...]

Take 5 (June 27 – July 1, 2016)

Matt Garrison • Pastor of Student Ministries & Global Outreach We Have an Enemy! Monday: The Enemy Genesis 3:13; 1 Peter 5:8; Ephesians 6:12 Have you ever disobeyed your parents when you were younger? I would say most of us have at one point or another. I know I did. What was your response … [Read more...]

Take 5 (June 20-24, 2016)

Caleb Korth • Pastor of Contemporary Worship The Faithfulness of God Monday: God is Faithful Lamentations 3:22-23 Have you ever had something wear out on you? A car, a washer or dryer, a pair of jeans, or a tire? When things wear out, it can be frustrating and cause huge problems. One thing … [Read more...]

Take 5 (June 13-17, 2016)

Chad Cowan • Pastor of Care Ministries Courage Through Crisis In case you haven’t figured it out yet, it takes courage to live the Christian life. Repeatedly, individuals are told, “Fear not!” This week, we’re going to take a closer look at how we can courageously face our Christian life. Monday … [Read more...]

Take 5 (June 6-10, 2016)

Bill Tanzey • Associate Pastor of Community Ministries What Is Your Worth? Monday: We Are of Great Worth Because He Created Us Psalm 8:3-5 Millions measure their self-worth by how much they please or impress others. One’s “worth” can be gauged by the number of “Friends” one might have on Facebo … [Read more...]

Take 5 (May 30 – June 3, 2016)

Lee Walker • Interim Executive Pastor How To Be Great Mark 9:30-37 Monday: The Desire for Greatness vv. 33-34 The interaction that Jesus had with His disciples, on a human level, is interesting and sometimes almost humorous. In our passage this week, Jesus, while walking with His closest foll … [Read more...]

Take 5 (May 23-27, 2016)

Michelle Thompson • Early Childhood Director Daniel is one of my favorite Bible Characters because he has a life that is totally unfair. Unlike a lot of people today, Daniel does not use his circumstances as an excuse, but thrives where God allowed him to end up. This week, let’s take a look at th … [Read more...]

Take 5 (May 16-20, 2016)

Robert Ballard • Pastor of Worship Ministries Now that Spring has arrived, so have the many flowers and plants that make this season so spectacular. There is quite a bit of foliage in our yard, including various vines and branches. As I look at them, I can’t help but think about how Christ is the … [Read more...]

Take 5 (May 9-13, 2016)

A Snapshot of Suffering When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown… For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. –Isaiah 43:2-3a Monday - His Promises, Our Strength “We may suffer for a long time, but it’s … [Read more...]

Take 5 (May 2-6, 2016)

Matt Garrison • Pastor of Student Ministries & Global Outreach Flipped – A look at what happens when people have an encounter with Jesus. Monday: Up In a Tree Luke 19:1-10 Today’s passage tells us about a man named Zacchaeus, a short, Jewish, tax collector. In Zacchaeus’ day, to be a Jew … [Read more...]

Take 5 (April 25-29, 2016)

Caleb Korth • Pastor of Contemporary Worship Timeless Lessons From Psalm 36 Monday: Sin Corrupts Psalm 36:1; James 1:13-15 When was the last time you whispered? What did you whisper? To whom did you whisper? In today’s verse, we learn that sin speaks into the lives of the wicked. Sin can come … [Read more...]

Take 5 (April 18-22, 2016)

Chad Cowan • Pastor of Care Ministries Living in a World at War While you may not hear the bombs or be running for a bunker, every morning the Christian wakes up on a battle ground. This week, we’re going to take a close look at the enemy and consider our battle strategy. Monday: God Has No Opposi … [Read more...]

Take 5 (April 11-15, 2016)

Bill Tanzey • Associate Pastor of Community Ministries Seven Evidences of the Existence of God  Monday: Matter Demands a Maker Genesis 1 You are surrounded by the broadest evidence of the existence of God: this material universe and everything in it. Atheists claim that God doesn’t exist, yet … [Read more...]

Take 5 (April 4-8, 2016)

Lee Walker • Interim Executive Pastor God’s Unearthly Goodness (Psalm 103:1-14) MONDAY: Unforgettable Blessings Ps. 103:1-2 Ah, forgetfulness.  It can be frustrating, can’t it?  I have confessed to many of you reading this that I am very bad at remembering names. It is embarrassing at times, an … [Read more...]

Take 5 (March 28 – April 1, 2016)

Michelle Thompson • Early Childhood Director Adoption: The Heartbeat of God Adoption is very dear to my heart, as many of you know. I love all five of my children with my entire being, and being an adoptive mom has taught me so much about the God who loves me and has adopted me. This week, I would … [Read more...]

Take 5 (March 21-25, 2016)

Evelyn R. Smith • Guest Writer Something About That Name Monday: There’s Something About That Name Rev. 15:4  “Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify Your name?” At the mere mention of His name, the sick were healed and the storms were calmed. He gave sight to the blind and He raised the dead … [Read more...]

Take 5 (March 14-18, 2016)

Robert Ballard • Pastor of Worship Ministries 168 – That is the number of hours you have in a week. There are tasks to be accomplished, meetings to attend, and people to see. If you are like me, you have to create a “to do” list to get it all accomplished. Let’s take time this week to discuss the … [Read more...]

Take 5 (March 7-11, 2016)

Matt Garrison • Pastor of Student Ministries & Outreach Unlikely Monday: Unlikely Overview Joshua 2; Judges 6; John 1:45-46; Matthew 5:38-48 Have you ever wondered how God operates? He doesn’t exactly operate like we do, does He? He chooses the most unlikely people through whom to work. He  … [Read more...]

Take 5 (Feb. 29 – Mar. 4, 2016)

Caleb Korth • Pastor of Contemporary Worship Cheryl Brannon • Guest Writer Michelle Thompson recently told us of couple who gave a boy they were adopting from Mexico five phrases to recite as they waded through the arduous adoption process: “I am your son. You love me. You will come back for me. … [Read more...]

Take 5 (February 22-26, 2016)

Michelle Thompson • Early Childhood Director A Heavenly Perspective from Philippians Monday:  All That Really Matters Philippians 1:10-12 “For I want you to understand what really matters…” (NLT) I wear a lot of hats: wife, mom, foster/adoptive mom, daughter, sister, employee, neighbor, friend, … [Read more...]

Take 5 (February 15-19, 2016)

Bill Tanzey • Associate Pastor of Community Ministries The Big Five: Five Reasons To Be Thankful To God Monday: He Created All Things Genesis 1:1 The first four words of the Bible establish the foundation of all that is true: In the beginning God. Before those words, nothing existed but Him. … [Read more...]

Take 5 (February 8-12, 2016)

Lee Walker • Interim Executive Pastor There's Nothing Like a Church! Monday: In the Beginning Acts 2:42-47 The idea of being able to “start fresh” is often an inviting thought. Who wouldn’t like to build their own house instead of living in someone else’s idea of a good plan? In the last six ve … [Read more...]

Take 5 (February 1-5, 2016)

Chad Cowan • Pastor of Care Ministries YOUR WORK MATTERS TO GOD! Do you sometimes struggle with your occupation? Do you feel as though you’re doing something that has no impact for the kingdom? This week, we’re going to look at why our work is good. Monday: Through work we serve people Ga … [Read more...]

Take 5 (January 25-29, 2016)

Chad Cowan • Pastor of Care Ministries YOUR WORK MATTERS TO GOD! Do you sometimes struggle with your occupation? Do you feel as though you’re doing something that has no impact for the kingdom? This week, we’re going to look at why our work is good. Monday: Through work we serve people Ga … [Read more...]

Take 5 (January 18-22, 2016)

Robert Ballard • Pastor of Worship Ministries Now that January is here, many of you might be like me and want to take time during this new year to get organized and clean out. The start of a new year is a fantastic time to clean out and manage areas of our spiritual lives that may have gotte … [Read more...]

Take 5 (January 11-15, 2016)

Caleb Korth • Pastor of Contemporary Worship Ministries Monday: Joy In the Midst of Trials James 1:1-8 Is it really possible to have joy in the midst of trials? James was writing a letter to the early church to encourage and instruct them. One of the areas that he touches on is the area of trial … [Read more...]

Take 5 (January 4-8, 2016)

Matt Garrison • Pastor of Student Ministries & Global Outreach Happy: Finding Joy Through the Beatitudes Happy New Year! I hope and trust that you are having a stellar start to 2016! This week, we are going to look at a part of Jesus’ longest recorded sermon and find ways we can find joy in the … [Read more...]

Take 5 (Dec. 28 – Jan. 1, 2016)

Chad Cowan • Pastor of Care Ministries Wiring the New Book When speaking of New Year’s Eve, country music star Brad Paisley said, “Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.” As we now stand on the precipice overlooking a landscape that has not yet formed, let’s spend ti … [Read more...]

Take 5 (December 21-25, 2015)

Lee Walker • Interim Executive Pastor Lessons from the Wise Guys (Matthew 2:1-12) Monday: Wise guys chose the right adventure Matt. 2:2 In our English bibles, Matthew calls them wise men. Turns out they really were! They embarked upon a noble and wise adventure. They traveled for hundreds of mi … [Read more...]

Take 5 (December 14-18, 2015)

Bill Tanzey • Associate Pastor, Community Ministries Five Advent Meditations on Isaiah 9:6 Monday: The God who is “The Ruler” Isaiah 9:6 Seven hundred years before the birth of the Messiah, the great prophet Isaiah spoke specific details about the One whose birth we celebrate. In this precious … [Read more...]