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by Sarah Yardley - 3 years ago

Why We Dream Big

In the Christian life, there is a tenuous balance between confident faith and foolish promises. At times we are called to live with expectant hope that God does more, far more than our wildest dreams, as Ephesians so beautifully explains. “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and i...

by Sarah Yardley - 3 years ago

Scarecrows in a Cucumber Field

I've been thinking, reading and studying quite a bit around the topic of idolatry lately. I know. Idolatry. It's not necessarily the word on the tip of our tongues. Most recently, I was reading this verse: “Their idols are like scarecrows in a cucumber field, and they cannot speak; they have to be carried, for they cannot walk. Do not be afraid of them, for they cannot do evil, neither is it in them to do good." T...

by Sarah Yardley - 3 years ago

Ten Ways the Word of God Wins Our Hearts

The Word of God is very precious to us. Within the Calvary Chapel movement, we have learned it from Genesis to Revelation, verse-by-verse, book-by-book. Throughout my years of ministry, I am increasingly passionate about the power of the Word of God for our lives.Over the past two years, as I live in England, I am also increasingly convinced of the truth of these words:“All word and no spir...

by Sarah Yardley - 3 years ago

Ten Things Every Calvary Kid Knows

I grew up as a Calvary kid. My first memories are losing my first tooth in the Tape Lending Library, rolling under the pews in the Costa Mesa sanctuary, going to church on Sunday morning, Sunday night, Thursday night and one or two days in-between.I am one of thousands who grew up in Calvary Chapel churches and schools. I learned many things, but this is my list of the top ten things every Calvary kid knows...

by Sarah Yardley - 3 years ago

Where He Leads, He Guides: An Unending Story

Two and a half years ago, I was sitting in a church service at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. It was an ordinary Wednesday night, and as I sat listening to the message, I heard the word, “Myanmar.”I vaguely knew that Myanmar was a country, that it was located in Asia and that it had been through some hard times. Several weeks later, I was sitting with friends in another service, and they mentioned that they wer...

by Sarah Yardley - 3 years ago

Your Lifeline in the Midst of the Junk of Life

I heard a story last week about a preacher who stepped into the pulpit. As he spoke, the congregation instantly recognized the hand and presence of God on his life. He spoke with gentle authority about Jesus, and it was evident that he spoke from experience. Immediately after he finished his message, a younger man stepped into the same pulpit. He was full of exaggerated hand gestures and flashy inflections but lac...

by Sarah Yardley - 3 years ago

Three Reminders for Those Living a Public Lifestyle

I live a very public life. I post on three social media networks regularly (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram). I share what I am thinking, what daily life looks like for someone loving Jesus in another country, stories of people that I meet, stories of what God is speaking to my own heart.I grew up in a family of nine with two wonderful parents and six siblings. Our lives were always shared together. We shared ...

by Sarah Yardley - 3 years ago

4 Ways Life-change Can Be Good...even if it hurts

I love change, but I also love stability. I love new adventures, but I love the depth of long-term relationships. I love travel, but I always love coming home again.Because I love all of these things, I find the "end of an era" to be bittersweet. Like most in ministry, I have lived through the end of many eras. These have included personal ends, as I transition from one calling or country to another. There ...

by Sarah Yardley - 3 years ago

The Making of a Miracle & the Myth of Super-Saints

When I was growing up, I read missionary biographies often.I read about Hudson Taylor, shocking the other missionaries in his eastern costumes. I discovered Gladys Aylward and dreamed about unbinding crippled feet and sleeping in mountain villages. I admired Amy Carmichael and her fierce devotion to Christ and India. When I read the stories of how God led them and provided for them, it seemed extraordinar...

by Sarah Yardley - 3 years ago

Why Our World Needs Prophets, Not Chaplains

Our world sits in turmoil.Living in another country (England) has given me a fresh perspective on the unrest, debates and hardships around the globe, but we see them clearly from any country. I recently heard an excellent speaker named Brad Jersak, who shared this arresting quote, “We are called to be prophets to our world, not chaplains to it.” He was not disparaging the chaplains...