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...

It’s A Gift!

It’s A Gift!

By Diane Faison McKinzie Isn’t it wonderful, what God has given each one of us? Every person has been given a talent, and we must use our talents for the good of glorifying God. Song, dance, art, and drama are all talents that some of us are blessed to have. Each one of these talents can be used as a ministry. Psalm 149:3 says, “Let them praise His name with dancing!” I feel that when the body moves in rhythms of praise and joy, the dancer’s body is moving with God’s Holy Spirit flowing through him or her. It is...

“I Vowed They’d Never Dance”

“I Vowed They’d Never Dance”

One family’s journey to AFAA By Brittany Dellinger   “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1 The ways we move our body; the words we say and how we say them; the things we make with our hands; it’s all worship. God made man to be His image bearers. He is a creator, and when we create in ways that glorify Him we are fulfilling part of our purpose. We can see this modeled in the form of dance in 2 Samuel 6:16: “As the ark of the Lord was entering the city of David,...