Angel Tree’s Blessing

I sat down with Mariah in a crowded restaurant last year and listened to her as she told me about the impact Angel Tree had on her life. While she was helping out at Arbor Road’s event last year, she noticed a present with the name “Mariah” on it. “It...

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He Qualifies Us as We Follow His Call

“I was not trained to be a teacher,” she told me, and instantly she had my attention. Her simple statement displayed such profound wisdom and gave me immediate insight into the value of serving where the Lord has called you to serve. On November 14th, I was blessed with an...

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Building Trust

Two years ago, Sam Borrowdale was baptized by his dad, Kenneth. As they stood in the water, everyone could tell that Sam was confident in his faith and completely trusted his father. It’s hard to imagine that eight years before, he was a fearful orphan who violently resisted his adopted...

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Everyday Miracles

“God changes lives.”  Pat Wascher knows what she’s talking about. She’s seen it in the lives of her kids and grandkids. With a  daughter who was moving from one unhealthy relationship to the next, a son also rebelling against God, and grandchildren who needed stability and good role models, Pat...

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Relentless Pain

In April 2016 Mike Flinchum found himself sitting in Baltimore, 3,000 miles away from his home and the church community he loved. He had traveled to John Hopkins Hospital in desperate hope that a doctor there could discover the cause of the agonizing pain that felt like “hot lead” stabbing...

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Embracing Change

Change can be difficult. And change within the church is no different. Ministries grow and come to an end, and sometimes it can be hard to adjust. A few months ago, Arbor Road Church announced a new project. With a goal to reach out to our local community and provide...

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SOW: The Practice of Planting Seeds

Why is it difficult for me to share my faith with people? Am I afraid of offending someone? Am I scared of being asked a difficult question and being scrutinized? Why am I fearful of another person rejecting my testimony? I asked myself these questions as I walked into the...

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Campus Prayer

About a month ago, one of the Arbor Road interns, Faith Uy, helped create a new outreach program to pray for Cal State Long Beach (CSULB). Faith, and other interested students, meet every Thursday morning from 8-9 on campus to pray that CSULB would be open to the gospel and...

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A Drink from the Well

This last July, Pastor of Evangelism, Bert Suluvale spearheaded a new mid-week meeting called Wednesdays at the Well. I sat down with he and his wife Leigh to find out more about the heart behind this ministry. Originally, Bert and Darin, our pastor of Teaching and Mission, brainstormed the idea....

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Joy

Elaine Bennett has been teaching the adults with special needs class, Joy, for 32 years. Her partner Mary Artman has been serving alongside her for 27 years. Can you imagine volunteering in one ministry for that long? I asked them to fill me in on how they got involved in...

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Marriage Care | Transformation

A few weeks before teaching a passage for our middle school ministry (MSM) I talked to Alan Kim, our MSM pastor, about my outline and the main idea of the passage. He had a lot of great insights but one piece of advice in particular stood out. I was concerned...

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Complete Surrender

A couple weeks ago, we were able to witness the baptism of high school senior, Courtney. I always get chills when I watch baptisms. I think it’s because there’s something so raw and honest about them. The complete surrender involved, the commitment, the imagery and intimacy in baptism is breathtaking....

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Letting Go

Last Sunday we had the pleasure of hearing from foster parents Zach and Kali Hocking about what it’s like to let go and trust in God’s plan. They shared with us some of the joys and challenges of fostering children. “The hardest part is letting go,” Kali said. “But we’ve...

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God at Work

Some Wednesday nights I get back from my time with the Middle School Ministry (MSM) feeling pretty disappointed. Maybe the game didn’t go as well as I had planned or my small group didn’t want to share what was going on in their lives. There have been several times in...

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