Welcome to Oakwood’s Blog Site!

Thanks for stopping by our blog site!  While our bloggers are taking a short break during the Coronavirus pandemic, we plan to be back blogging for you very soon.  As many of you, schedules have been upended, and priorities of family have nearly taken center stage (after our gracious God) for our bloggers. In the mean time, we hope you enjoy reading our past blogs. Clicking on a blogger photo (or the guest author area) will direct you to the bio and previous blogs in written and audio format.  The hope of our bloggers is to show you their love and dependency on Christ as they share their personal life experiences.  Thanks to all of you who are reading (or listening).
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God’s Faith in Me

When I doubt myself, God has faith in me. When I think I’m not good enough, God has faith in me. When I feel like an outsider, He is my friend and companion. He cheers me on when I have no one else. When I am angry, He calms me down. When I am hurt, He lifts me up. When I have lost my way, He finds me. When I don’t know what to say, He gives me the words. He is my stronghold. He is my life line. Without Jesus, I Read more…

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Praying in All Seasons

Our pastor has recently been teaching on the various aspects of prayer. So many things can be changed through prayer – mainly, our own hearts. As I’ve pondered these last few weeks of teaching, I’ve been seeing a lot more things about prayer online. Maybe it’s just that it’s in the forefront of my mind that I’m noticing this, however, it’s been consistent.
 
One of the things that I’ve been focused on recently about prayer is something that went along the lines of this: “Just because you may not feel close to God doesn’t mean you should stop praying. Your prayers don’t Read more…

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Flesh vs. Spirit

We’re only human, right? We’re allowed to get upset and throw temper tantrums. It wasn’t our fault to begin with, and the other person should have known better. We battle constantly with our desire to control things that are out of our control. When we don’t get our way, we start to find fault in others and in the way everything turned out. We often let our emotions get the best of us. Our emotions are what can get us in trouble. When we give control to our selfish desire to have things our way, we end up in a battle that we Read more…

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Only With God

We made it through yesterday at work. Certain days can be a little rough, and yesterday was one of them. Only with God, was I able to accomplish things. He settled my stress and guided my hands, and just led me through my work. Plenty of times we feel the pressure but He takes the reigns and tells us to just rest in Read more…

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Make the Change

During the night Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “Up! Leave my people, you and the Israelites! Go, worship the Lord as you have requested. Take your flocks and herds, as you have said, and go. And also bless me.” Exodus 12:31-32
 
At various points of my life, I have dealt with situations where I was certain of something only to change my mind. It wasn’t that I really changed. However, the circumstances had changed which forced me to adjust. A few years ago, my daughter cheered for a certain team. She got along with several of the teachers at the gym, and both my wife and me formed relationships with the Read more…

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Practicing Humility

Practicing humility allows us to breathe. It teaches us how to get out of our own way and accept the help of others. I don’t know about anyone else, but I can sure get myself into a lot of trouble when I think I know everything. I can become a little arrogant because I get really comfortable doing something. That’s when I find myself in the most trouble. I can forget that I need others around me to learn from and to grow with.

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Just Do It

But Moses pleaded with the Lord, “O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.”
 
Then the Lord asked Moses, “Who makes a person’s mouth? Who decides whether people speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go! I will be with you as you speak, and I will instruct you in what to say.” Exodus 4:10-12
 
When I was growing up, gym shoes were not the fashion statement they are today. Back then, the most popular shoes were ‘Converse All-Stars.’ All the basketball players had them, and when the man they called Read more…

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Weakness Produces Strength

I grew up letting my physical weaknesses define who I am. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. A lot of people have physical weaknesses and limitations. We can choose to let our physical weakness define our character or we can let God use our physical weakness to define His character. After all, He designed us, He knows our weaknesses better than we do. He uses our weaknesses to draw us closer to Him. It took me a long time to realize that my weakness doesn’t make me weak, my weakness makes me strong. It reminds Read more…

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Upon This Rock

By: Brian Keel
 
Ask any carpenter, home builder, or architect and they will tell you that the most important part of any major construction is the cornerstone. According to Webster’s, a cornerstone is defined as: 1) A person or thing of prime importance; 2) something or someone that is indispensable or essential; 3) The chief Read more…

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