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Meet the Team – Linda Burton

“God brought me to FEC at a time in my life when I needed it the most.” Linda Burton, a Fort Wayne native, considers herself to be both privileged and blessed to be a part of the FEC team. After many years at Raytheon followed by a short season at a local bank, Linda was [...]

August 10th, 2017|

Mirror, Mirror

Mirror, mirror on the wall, would my neighbor miss me at all? It’s a question worth asking. If I were to move, would my neighbors see that as a loss? Would they notice? Worse yet, might they be relieved? Especially for those who follow Jesus, it is important to think through what type of neighbor [...]

June 27th, 2017|

THE PSALMS: PRAYERS THAT TRANSFORM

No matter where you are in life you can find yourself somewhere in the Psalms. Whether it is despair or praise, waiting or celebration--the Psalmist knows what you feel. This gift of finding someone else expressing our own internal turmoil or joy helps us express more clearly the chaos and longings colliding within us. Any [...]

June 20th, 2017|

What Do You Really Want?

Over the last two days, I had the privilege of hanging out with several other church planters in the FEC. This morning we began our time together by studying the passage from Mark 10 where Jesus heals a blind man named Bartimaeus. If you are unfamiliar with the story, you can read it here. Then [...]

June 13th, 2017|

Are We Pandering to Millennials?

Should churches change for the sake of the rising generation? This is a perennial debate. At the Juicy Ecumenism blog, my friend Mark Tooley has given some historical perspective on why changing theology to suit the perceived preferences of the younger generation is always a bad idea. While the church should never “pander” to anyone, however, [...]

June 6th, 2017|

Adoption Comes From Mercy

Last week I shared with you the story of our son’s adoption. I shared how this amazing course of events reminds me of the spiritual truth that God adopts us as His children. I ended last week’s Spot of Grace with Ephesians 1:5: In love, he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus [...]

May 30th, 2017|

Adoption

A number of years ago, I had the wonderful privilege of serving as a youth pastor in Green Bay, Wisconsin. One summer we went to inner-city Milwaukee on a mission trip. The plan for the week was to partner with a local organization that served one of the most impoverished areas of Wisconsin. It was [...]

May 23rd, 2017|

Word of God speak, let it fall down like rain.

Well, we are back home after another round of village trips. This time we were able to visit two villages and share the stories of Cain and Abel and Noah in both. There were many hard things about the trip; the inescapable heat, nowhere comfortable to sit or relax, goats, sheep, cattle, and chickens wandering around [...]

May 16th, 2017|

FEC Final Quiz Off – Congratulations to Eureka Bible Church and Berne Church!

Top  10 JR. HIGH Quizzers from this quiz-off: Kayci Riddle, Grace Seth Metcalfe, Eureka Chelsea Born, Pine Hills (tie) Taylor Rogers, Grace (tie) Marla Weeks, Grace (tie) Ryan Grieser, Dewey Daniel Oyer, Archbold    Shelby Riddle, Grace      Lily Wegner, Eureka Kaiden Keiser, Archbold   Top JR. HIGH Quizzer from each church from this quiz-off: Archbold:  Daniel [...]

May 9th, 2017|

The God Who Neighbors

People have all kinds of mental images of God.  God is our Father.  He’s our Shepherd.  He’s our Counselor, Provider, Protector and the list goes on.  But have you ever stopped to consider God as Neighbor?  Listen to how the apostles John and Paul describe Jesus. So the Word became human and made his home [...]

May 2nd, 2017|