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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A God Who Sees

Recently, I had the privilege of being invited for coffee and breakfast with some amazing individuals from the Women Raising Special Needs Children support group. Led by Vivian Miller, these women are by birth, adoption, or foster-parenting, all “part of a club that none of us wanted to join.” They...

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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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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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HSM | Ecuador 2015

This past July, eight high school students and three leaders made the trek to Quito, Ecuador to partner with Youth World and two local churches in order to serve and bring others the good news of the Gospel. This adventure included a lot of fried bananas (also known as platanos)...

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Hume Lake 2015

“Do you believe in Jesus, or do you just believe things about Him?” That question challenged high school students from Arbor Road throughout their week at Hume Lake. PJ Lewis, the speaker at camp that week, encouraged students to examine their lives to see if they fully trust God or...

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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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