Soaking up the Savior

Soaking up the Savior

Soaking up the Savior By: Margaret Wooten Here we are at Easter again doing the same basic things we have always done to celebrate the season. With the exception of last year, it always looks the same… same traditions, same meals, same Scriptures being read. These truths can become like “wallpaper” in the minds of “seasoned” believers. Yes, we have seen it and we have read the Scripture a million times. We know all the right answers to the questions. Let’s challenge ourselves this Easter season to look a little deeper. What are some things that we have never noticed...

From Student to Teacher

From Student to Teacher

From Student to Teacher By Kat Holmes “I’m not prepared.”  “I don’t know enough.”  “I’m not sure I’d be good at the teaching part.” These are three of the statements that plagued my 19-year old brain when asked if I might like to teach theatre. I was an assistant at the time to AFAAs’ previous theatre teacher, Matthew Davidson. Matthew had been teaching for three years and his response to these concerns was to give me three books, and time to read. Let me backtrack a little bit for just a moment. At the time this question of teaching was...

Three Things Theatre Taught Me

Three Things Theatre Taught Me

Just the other week, I was walking through town late at night. I felt utterly alone, having lost eight thousand dollars that would surely see my company go under, and I had just finished screaming at my whole family even though they had done nothing wrong. As I stopped to stare off into the distance, I heard a group of carolers coming. One of them saw me and recognized me, and after confirming my identity, another man approached and punched me in the jaw, causing me to fall to the floor. As I lay on the ground pretending to be...

He Is With Us!

He Is With Us!

He Is With Us! By Diane Faison-McKinzie “Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed, and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit!” (Ezekiel 18:31, ESV). This verse encourages us to make ourselves a new heart and a new spirit, and we do that by casting off our transgressions (sins), spending time in God’s Word, and forming a new pattern of thinking. Couldn’t we use that as a guide to start our new year of 2021? I believe the answer is “Yes!” as the year 2020 has been a test of our faith and our...

Outward Pain, Inward Peace

Outward Pain, Inward Peace

Outward Pain, Inward Peace By: Brittany Dellinger C. S. Lewis once said, “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” 2020 is coming to a close and we could look back over the year, littered with pains, and mourn. We could look back and weep. We could look back at all that has been lost and feel hope slip away. But so much of life is about perspective; beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Yes, this year has been tough on...

Practical Thankfulness

Practical Thankfulness

Practical Thankfulness By Rachel Manning As Willie Nelson put it, “When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.”  With Thanksgiving approaching–the holiday of gratitude–we are constantly reminded to give thanks and count our blessings. Counting your blessings is not always easy though, as we may not want to give thanks for everything that life throws our way. But giving thanks glorifies Jesus, the founder of what it means to be thankful. Being thankful is one aspect of God’s revealed will to us. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 reads, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this...