Humor me…I played scrabble and got to use this word tonight: faqirs.  One of the mythical words suggested in the scramble instructions to be used for a q without a u. And here’s the proof:

Oh…and I lost by 5 points. 🙂

Any other scrabble stories out there? Or are you not a fan of scrabble?


In hard times she’d learned three things–

She was stronger than she’d ever imagined.

Jesus was closer than she ever realized.

And she was loved more than she ever knew.


If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all” (Isaiah 7:9b) So, I raised my hand and said (out loud), “I believe: God is who He says He is. God can do what He says He can do. I am who God says I am. I can do all things through Christ. God’s Word is alive and active in me.” (from Beth Moore’s Believing God study)

A Path from the Head to the Heart

Matthew 5:3 “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule. 4 “You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you. (The Message Version)

Derek and Shea

Part of being made new is also a call to to forget “the former things” (Isaiah 43:18).  The decision to let go of our expectations based on what has been familiar can be really tough.  But when we do, we give God permission to knock our socks off. We let go of our self-imposed limitations. We dream bigger and reach higher.

-“He Makes All Things New” -Thrive

History tells us that God doesn’t forget His people and He’s not going to start with you. When He does show up, you’ll know that it’s unmistakably Him.

-Cross Point Church| Faith, Hope and Love Series

Finalized Antioch Community Church Core Values


We believe Jesus Christ is the supreme embodiment of Truth.  He is the way, the truth, and the life.  All things find their ultimate meaning and purpose in Him.  We also believe the Bible is God’s written, authoritative, and completely true revelation to His creation.  We are passionate about being transformed by God as we grow in love, zeal, knowledge, and obedience to the truth He has revealed. (John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Hebrews 4:12; 1 Timothy 3:15; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)

Pursuing God

God is the center of everything we do.  We seek to glorify Him as we live out our lives as an expression of worship.  We acknowledge our complete dependence upon God and strive to be people of faith and prayer.  We pursue an active, growing, obedient, and abiding relationship with Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 10:31; Romans 12:1-2; Colossians 4:2; Ephesians 6:18-20; John 15:1-8)

Organic Community

God exists as a community of three in one, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  God’s people are called to live as a relational community expressing diversity within unity.  We strive to cultivate loving, authentic relationships that are centered in Jesus Christ.  Our goal is to be an active, healthy, growing, and life-giving organic community that reflects the reality of who Jesus is to the world around us. (John 13:34-35; John 17:20-23; Acts 2:42-47; Ephesians 4:1-3)


We have been created in the image of God.  As followers of Jesus, we are part of God’s cosmic work of redemption and new creation.  We desire that our community be an expression of the creative work of redemption God is doing within and among us.  Our goal is to utilize the diverse gifts and abilities God has given us to creatively engage people and culture with the gospel. (Genesis 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 12; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Acts 17:16-34; 1 Corinthians 9:19-23)

Holistic Mission

God is a missional, sending God.  As the Father sent the Son, we have been sent out into the world by Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit.  Acknowledging we are hopeless apart from Christ, we desire to become “friends of sinners” as we guide lost and broken people to Jesus.  We believe in the power of the gospel to transform people, our city, and our world.  Therefore, we believe the gospel must be both tangibly demonstrated and courageously declared in our culture.(John 20:21; Luke 24:45-49; Acts 1:8; Matthew 9:9-13; Jeremiah 29:7; Matthew 5:13-16)

Intentional Multiplication

In obedience to Jesus’ mandate, we intentionally strive to make disciples of all people.   We are committed to developing and multiplying leaders.  We also desire to start new churches that start new churches.  Our goal is to help ignite a movement of the gospel in the Twin Cities and beyond that will contribute to the advancement of God’s Kingdom upon the earth. (Matthew 28:18-20; 2 Timothy 2:2; Ephesians 4:11-16; Acts 11:19-30; 13:1-3)


Sound interesting? Inspiring? Encouraging? What do you think? 

Read Andy’s message about the Core Values here and find out more about Antioch Community Church here.

I Don’t Understand, I Understand

I saw this on a couple of blogs and so I figured I’d join in on the fun.

Part 1:

I don’t understand how my phone cord at work ALWAYS gets tangled.

I don’t understand why steep and cheap can’t have more deals that I want

I don’t understand why Facebook is still so appealing and easy to waste time on

I don’t understand why I like blogging so much when I don’t know who is reading

I don’t understand how I can get so lost and involved in a book in no time

I don’t understand why bugs freak me out and other animals don’t

I don’t understand why I live in this dichotomy of sporty clothes and girly clothes


Part 2: 

I understand that I’m emotional and yet hate showing it

I understand that I am laid-back, flexible and a people-pleaser

I understand that I love to exercise and look sporty

I understand that if I buy something it better be “happy”

I understand I love listening and helping people

I understand Microsoft Access 

I understand that I love making desserts