Stories

by Dave Erickson, Volunteer Storyteller  For years, Jim struggled with alcoholism, anxiety, and depression. God was working in the background, but he was resistant to change. I remember a pastor saying that "faith is when you look at a chair and believe it will support your weight, and trust is actually sitting...

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by Sheryl Madden, Volunteer Storyteller I had been raised in a church where my parents were a big deal. My dad was an elder and my mom taught Sunday school. So, on Sundays, they were the epitome of Christianity. But, during the week, my mom was an alcoholic and my dad...

Compiled by Lydia Harris Small group members were asked to answer the question, “Our small group is…” They agreed that small groups are powerful places where you can: 1) Grow spiritually: “We joined a small group right away when we were new at Northshore because we believe God blesses and strengthens believers...

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by Jenny Burgess “What are we going to do?” I asked my husband.  I was beginning an extended stay in the hospital due to a complicated pregnancy, and my husband was about to balance work, caring for three kids who missed their mama, and visiting me. My water had broken earlier...

by Brookes August In 2005, I sat atop a water tower surrounded by darkness like a blanket, staring at storm clouds forming over the Pacific Ocean that were fittingly symbolic of the state of my heart. I felt despondent, uncomfortable, and irritable toward God and others. I was a teenager growing...

by Scott Scruggs I’ve always been a very driven, perfectionistic kind of person. But around my thirtieth birthday, I started to feel anxious and worried all the time. I was stressed out more during the day and unable to sleep well at night. I literally had to change deodorants because I was...

Scott’s greatest passion is to help people consider who Jesus is and discover how His grace and teaching can change their lives. As a pastor, he feels called to help the church community grow closer to God and become more effective in reaching people. Currently, Scott is the Executive Pastor of...

by Donna Baldwin When I was really young, my parents often visited a roadside tavern and left me and my little sister in the car. On one occasion, an old man came up and motioned for me to roll down the window. When I did, what he did to me...

by Juli Lorton A few years ago, the leaders of our small group announced they were moving to a different church. That left four couples with an important decision: do we stay together and, if so, who will take over leadership? One couple decided to find another group with kids of...

by Summer Wilson, Volunteer Storyteller What if, by changing the physical landscape of a school, the spiritual landscape changed too? When Tawnya Cranmore began volunteering at her kids’ school, she had no idea the reach her efforts would have in that school community. Tawnya started by serving in the classroom when her...

By Sheryl Madden, Volunteer Storyteller If you’re a parent of a high school student and that student happened to go on the trip to Lake Billy Chinook in Oregon to play and stay on houseboats this past week, you already know that overheating buses was the downside. But, if you’re a...

By Don Smith One evening as I left work to go to my car, I noticed a young, sweaty man by the footbridge I use to cross a busy street. The bridge is popular with joggers, so at first I thought nothing of it, but as I got closer, I realized he...

"When I was in college, I started to re-read the Bible with a new lens. I studied Business Management and Biblical Studies at Northwest University, and I began to notice how often the Bible talks about business and economics. Soon my Bible was filled with yellow marks highlighting where it...

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