Stories

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  • Valentine's Day and your Trust in God

    Valentine’s Day is this month. I know it is a highly commercialized holiday (as is every other holiday), but I enjoy the special occasion to be romantic with my wife. Genesis 24 narrates Isaac’s and Rebekah’s love story. You must read it. Here are two...

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  • On To Maturity

    There are many encouraging words that echo from my youth, but there are also some challenging words, like: “You need to grow up,” or “Act your age.” These words normally come from people who knew me well and expected more from me. They simply wanted...

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  • A Desperately Needed Blessing

    I wanted to share an incredible experience that we encountered yesterday. We were shopping yesterday afternoon and while checking out for some reason our credit card would not work, we had no other money on us and we were going to have to cancel our...

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  • Guarantee Your Workout Goal in 2017

    Everyone benefits from regular exercise and should make it a goal to work out on a consistent basis. Our focus on fitness, however, competes with other schedules, obligations and pleasures that can stand in the way of making that goal a reality. Yet with the...

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  • The Privilege of Work

    “I wish I didn’t have to work.” Have you ever thought this? People often wish that they were independently wealthy, so that they would not have to work. Such thinking, however, misses the privilege that work is. The ability to work is part of God’s...

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  • Fasting

    Fasting is not often practiced or even talked about in the modern American church, and yet we find it to be a spiritual discipline practiced in the times of both Old and New Testaments. Jesus himself fasted for 40 days between his baptism and his...

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  • Three Essential Things about Hearing the Gospel

    People do not become Christians simply by hearing the Gospel message. The Holy Spirit has to awaken a person’s heart to receive with power the message of Christ by faith. But it is also true that people never become Christians apart from hearing the Gospel....

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  • Woodside's Strategic Plan and the Will of God

    Over the last few years at Woodside we were operating on several initiatives that I believed were needs that had to be addressed. I would pray and strategize with our team on how to accomplish those over the next year. With our culture changing so...

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  • Viewing People in Light of God

    Do people ever occupy lots of your mental space, either due to admiration or conflict? In the church, do you tend to stay with the same people, stifling the ministry that God would have you extend to others? Let’s take a look at how Paul...

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  • Grow

    “Managers rise to their level of their incompetence.” This is an old management theory developed by Dr. Lawrence Peter. According to this principle, a person is promoted because of past success in a position and not based on their growth or skill sets for the...

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  • Pastor's Pen

    The countdown is on for the November election. This election cycle for many has been interesting and extremely frustrating. Followers of both presidential candidates think the other candidate would be a horrible president. People have even promised they would move out of the country if...

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  • Meet Our Hosts

    Our trip to Madrid has been incredible and one of the highlights of the trip has been staying in the homes of three couples who are committed to share the love of Jesus with the world around them. Our prayer has been to encourage them,...

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  • Spain School

    As many of you have probably heard there was an attack in France late last night and we ask our Woodside family to please be in prayer for the people of France that they would know that we serve a God who is greater than...

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  • HS Spain Mission Trip Blog #3

    Crazy College Kids & Grandma Vampires On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday our team of thirteen and six missionaries taught conversational English at The London Walk. This is a restaurant in downtown Boadilla. The missionaries set up creative ways to teach English, which made each night...

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  • HS Spain Mission Trip Blog #2

    Our First Day Serving Tuesday morning was the team’s first full day of doing mission related work in Spain. We thought we had the day planned out, but God answered our prayer to be used in a bigger way than we imagined. We went into...

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  • HS Spain Mission Trip Pre-Blog

    Greetings from Madrid! We are so excited! A team of 13 is coming from Woodside Bible Church in the Detroit area to help us out in Spain.In fact, they are in the air as I write this. The team of 9 high schoolers and 4...

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  • HS Spain Mission Trip Blog #1

    WE MADE IT! We arrived in Spain at 7:00 A.M. to meet up with the Muhas, Bowmans, and the Princes at the airport. So the trip begins! The team headed out to take in a little bit of the Spanish scenery. I will tell you...

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  • Cran-Hill Team Blog - Day 4

    It was another chance today to serve others! After a few days, the lines of who are the campers and who are the “staff” begin to blur… and suddenly our team is starting to look at a group of 50 adults with special needs no...

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  • Uganda Team Blog #7

    Ephesians 6:12 “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” Monday was our first day of “rest” since leaving...

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  • Uganda Team Blog #6

    Saturday was our last day in Rukungiri which was so bittersweet. We were excited to see what else God had in store for us in Ishaka and at the youth camp but it broke our hearts to leave our new family in Rukungiri. Our only...

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  • From Michigan to Thailand- Words from our Intern

    Hello, My name is David (Drew) Clarkson, and I am 21 years old. As a member of Woodside Bible Church, I attend the Pontiac campus whenever I am home from school. I am a Senior at Christopher Newport University in Virginia, majoring in Pre-Seminary Studies...

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