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Easter Reflections

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What does Easter mean to you? Last Sunday we asked some of our preschool and elementary students that question, and it made me think what my answer would be. As a child, growing up in a non-Christian home, Easter simply meant a visit from the Easter Bunny. I remember being excited to wake up and...

Finding your Spiritual Gifts

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It’s hard to believe it is almost 2019! Ever since James and I had children the years seem to fly by. Honestly, I never felt like I was getting older until I had kids, but now there is no denying it! As the new year approaches, it is a great opportunity to get to know our children on a...

Raising Kids in a Godly Home

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Our children are maturing quickly, much faster than James and I would like! Isaac is counting the days until he can get his learner’s permit, and Violet is learning how to negotiate the emotional craziness of junior high. As our children grow older, James and I realize how sexualized the...

Changing Lives in Spain

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Earlier this month, I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Spain with a group from GPBC, and serve alongside our global partners, Dan and Eva Anderson. God gave Dan and Eva a heart for the Moroccan immigrant and Spanish community within the La Fortuna neighborhood of Madrid. Through their...

Spain Mission Trip 2018

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Have you ever had the opportunity to serve God by going on a mission trip?  I remember how inspiring it was to hear how God worked in the lives of the youth at our church during their mission trip last summer.  As the students and leaders stepped out of their comfort zone to serve the...

The Environment of Identity

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What environments does God use to invite transformation in your life? Throughout the year, our Children’s Ministry program highlights ten environments as we seek to ignite a transforming faith in the families of our community. This month our focus is on the environment of Identity. This...

Being "Good"

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What does it mean to be good?  When I was growing up I was a very “good” child.  I liked rules (this is true even today) and worked hard to obtain the praise of parents, teachers, and peers.  Observing me anyone would say I was good because I only showed people what I...

The Christmas Season

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The Christmas season is in full swing. I love this joyous time of year as we celebrate Jesus with family and friends! With only ten days left until Christmas it can be very hectic as we try to get everything done. When I let the stress of the season outweigh my joy, I forget to focus on the...

By Faith

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Greater Portland Bible Church is in a season of transition. Last week we said goodbye to our worship pastor, David Smith. David, along with his wife Ruth, are beginning the next chapter of their ministry as they travel across the country to serve youth and young adults in Illinois. We are sad to...

Discerning God's Will

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There have been several important decisions over the course of my life where I needed to pause and discern the will of God. I love volunteering in the community and at church. Five years ago it became clear that if I wanted to increase my involvement in ministry I would need to cut back on some...