Upcoming Event: 2019 Israel Trip

Israel 2019

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Israel 2019

Daniel Doak

Overview Join Pastor Randy on a life-transforming journey May 28 – June 8, 2019 as you immerse yourself in the sights, culture, and breathtaking landscapes of the Holy Land! The Bible will come alive in ways you never thought possible; and your daily walk, prayer life, and understanding of Scripture will be forever changed.    

D-Group

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D-Group

Heather Clough

What are D-Groups? D-Groups are small groups consisting of people of the same gender or of married couples who meet together at least once a week in pursuit of Jesus. Over the period of two 13 week sessions, one in the spring and one in the fall, each D-Group will purpose to grow together as

Life Group

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Life Group

Heather Clough

“Big things are happening this month! On August 19th, we will launch Kids Worship Live and move to our new schedule of 8:00 and 10:45 Worship and 9:30 Life Group. With this, we have seen many Life Groups embrace changing rooms and hours joyfully and with a kingdom mindset! To see any changes to location, please click here. Along with

Kids Worship Live

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Kids Worship Live

Heather Clough

At MeadowBrook, we are excited about our newest ministry that expresses our passion to develop strong and faithful families. Made possible by the schedule change, Kids Worship Live will begin on Sunday, August 19 and will meet during our new church-wide worship times (8:00 AM & 10:45 AM) giving us a unique opportunity to intentionally

Engaging Our Culture The Daniel Way

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Engaging Our Culture The Daniel Way

Heather Clough

By: Jordyn Pollard We’ve all seen it. That post on Facebook with 357 comments that range from the downright mean to the downright obnoxious. The pictures of parades to demonstrate it doesn’t matter who you love, “just be happy.” Sigh. What’s a Christian to do when the culture screams to abandon your beliefs? Do you

Guiding a Loved One with Same-Sex Attraction

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Guiding a Loved One with Same-Sex Attraction

Heather Clough

All parents want to protect their children from any kind of pain and suffering. In fact, it’s our job to teach them about things that can put them in harm’s way. But more importantly, as Christian parents we are called to teach them about the things that can harm them spiritually. One of the enemy’s

Engaging a Digital World

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Engaging a Digital World

Daniel Doak

What do you feel when you hear the word evangelism? Oddly, for a lot of Christians, the feelings are not one of joy or excitement, but of fear and inadequacy. While the reasons for this very, for a lot of people it simply comes to not knowing how to initiate a Gospel conversation with someone

Friends

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Friends

Daniel Doak

“So No One Told You Life was Gonna be this Way” *clap clap clap clap* Show of hands, how many of you have a best friend? Show of hands, how many of you have a best friend who could finish your sentences and guess the number you’re thinking of and remember your birthday before you

Why Preschool Ministry is Important

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Why Preschool Ministry is Important

Daniel Doak

MeadowBrook’s Church Nursery and Preschool Ministry is so much more than childcare. This ministry exists to provide a secure, nurturing environment for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers where biblical truths are taught as a foundation for salvation and Christian living. It is an honor for parents to trust their most precious little ones to our church

Joy

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Joy

Daniel Doak

Have you ever just thought about the fact that God delights in his creation – in you? How crazy is that?? The God of this vastly complex universe loves us and gives us his perfect joy when we enter into a relationship with him. Absolutely MIND BLOWING! Take comfort today, wherever you’re at, whatever situation

Lighthouse

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Lighthouse

Daniel Doak

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27: 1 What are you afraid of and why are you afraid of it? F.D.R once said, “The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself,” and

Burn, Baby, Burn, Baby

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Burn, Baby, Burn, Baby

Daniel Doak

“and do we know exactly who we are We hold the light but we still listen to the dark and it tells us that we don’t measure up and it tells us that we’ll never be enough, tell me Do we know exactly who we are” (MercyMe) Who are you? This question is asked on

Trusting in God's Power

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Trusting in God's Power

Daniel Doak

God’s people, the Israelites, were rebelling against Him by putting their faith in man rather than God.  Here we see Samuel telling the Israelites that the Lord was about to do a huge work to show His great might, power and Lordship. After a great storm came in the exact way the prophet Samuel had said, he says

Hope in the Storm

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Hope in the Storm

Daniel Doak

Where is our hope and peace in the storms? The Easter season is all about new birth. The flowers are blooming, the trees are green again, the weather is warming up (but only for a week, then it’s cold again), and there is new life all around. This environment makes it easy to feel hopeful

GO

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GO

Daniel Doak

As believers, we have been given the same purpose in life that Jesus had when he walked on this earth – share with others the hope, healing and restoration that comes with a personal relationship with God.  We have experienced the mending of brokenness, so that we may comfort others by pointing them to the

What's More Important?

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What's More Important?

Daniel Doak

In a world that judges based on appearance, performance, and money, how refreshing is this truth that beauty comes from within.  The state of our hearts is of much more value to God than anything outwardly.  Our clothes, money, and fancy things will not follow us into eternity, so why do we put so much

Time is Relative

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Time is Relative

Daniel Doak

Timing is a tricky thing, and it has a way of showing us what actually matters. Sometimes we want things that just aren’t in reach yet. We feel the need to rush life along in order to get to the place we think we need to be. WRONG. Timing is not something we have control over. Sure

The Art of Letting Go

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The Art of Letting Go

Daniel Doak

Why is it so hard for us as humans to let go of things we can’t control? Why do we chase people who aren’t supposed to be in our lives? Why do I feel like I am always failing? Honestly I don’t know how to answer these questions, and lately I’ve been running them through

A Light in the World

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A Light in the World

Daniel Doak

As Christians we are constantly being watched by the world around us. That is why it is so crucial to stand out and shine as a light to the lost. Sometimes that can be difficult. Doing the right thing is never easy, but it’s a true testament to our faith. When we do good works

The God Who Saves

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The God Who Saves

Daniel Doak

Did you ever play hide and seek as a child? I remember running through the house as quicky as possible in a desperate attempt to avoid the designated seeker and gain victory over my fellow hiders. It was all fun and games until someone (usually me) broke a decorative lamp. I also remember that there

A Call to be Genuine

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A Call to be Genuine

Daniel Doak

Why do we do the things we do in the Christian life? Is it to impress others? To make ourselves feel better? To conform to what others think we should do? Or is it because we genuinely love and want to follow the Lord? When you pray, do you use big, flashy words to impress

Growth

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Growth

Daniel Doak

Wide blue eyes stare down at a paper box that rests in her hand, A prayer is written, which she now understands. Little hands hold the box upright. She shuts her eyes tight. The words begin to fall from her lips. A prayer for salvation, written on the box that rests on her fingertips.  

We Call, He Answers

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We Call, He Answers

Daniel Doak

When do we call out to God? Is it when we’re hurting? Failing? Suffering? These are times we need Him most, but what about in times of joy? When things are going just how we planned? We don’t feel such a desperate need to pull God closer. In fact, sometimes we subconciously distance ourselves from

Words from Pastor Randy :: December 2017

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Words from Pastor Randy :: December 2017

Randy Gunter

Soon we will celebrate a New Year, but you could be celebrating a new you in 2018, too! MeadowBrook will begin 40 Days of Renewal on January 8. Our purpose is to be intentionally healthy in every area of our lives. We will seek renewal of body and spirit through prayer, fasting, worship and reading

Words from Pastor Randy :: November 2017

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Words from Pastor Randy :: November 2017

Randy Gunter

Irene Gilliland was often the first to arrive on any given Sunday morning. As has long been my routine, I would arrive long before others to prepare my heart for the ministry of the day and the preaching to be shared. Not long afterwards, Irene would arrive, too. She would usually take a broom and

A Parents Struggle

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A Parents Struggle

Daniel Doak

I don’t know what you think about it, but for me, Parenting is HARD! I can’t tell you the number of days that I have gone to bed thinking, “Man, you really blew it today!” So many factors (excuses) go into this: a lack of sleep, a lack of patience, a lack of listening and

Words from Pastor Randy :: October 2017

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Words from Pastor Randy :: October 2017

Randy Gunter

Recently, I shared some lessons that Kay and I have learned regarding our daily quiet time, a daily time for Bible reading, reflecting and praying. If you’re hoping to kick start a daily time with God or deepen it, then I encourage you to consider the following thoughts. Choose to personally draw near to God.

Words from Pastor Randy :: September 2017

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Words from Pastor Randy :: September 2017

Randy Gunter

In an ocean, a swell is a series of waves that are not generated by immediate local winds, but instead by distant weather systems, where wind blows for a duration of time over a portion of water. A swell is mostly unaffected by local winds. I am sensing a spiritual swell, the beginning of a

Get Connected at Guest Connections

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Get Connected at Guest Connections

Daniel Doak

It’s not easy to walk into a church for the first time, not knowing anyone, wanting to feel connected to a group of people who will love and care for you and your family, and not know where to begin or who to ask your questions to.  In an effort to better serve our guests,

Salvation

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Salvation

Daniel Doak

Working in the Children’s Ministry is one of the most rewarding jobs of the Church.  We get the privilege of seeing kids grow in their knowledge of Jesus Christ and, often, make the decision to  (as we say in the kids’ ministry) “make Him the Boss of our life.” The goal of the MeadowBrook’s Children’s

Creating a Culture of Hospitality

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Creating a Culture of Hospitality

Daniel Doak

Many times throughout Scripture, and especially in the Gospels, we see the quality of hospitality. Jesus, our example, sought to welcome people from all walks of life. Jesus was both hospitable to the wealthy, religious elite like Nicodemus (John 3) and the poor, dejected sinners like the Woman at the well (John 4). Nicodemus initiated

Words from Pastor Randy :: August 2017

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Words from Pastor Randy :: August 2017

Randy Gunter

Cultural dynamics in the U.S. have been studied and communicated in terms of generations—The Silent Generation, Baby Boomers, and the generations labeled X (Baby Busters), Y (Millennials) and Z. Some argue that culture is now changing so rapidly, that studying generationally will no longer be effective. In the midst of so many changes, one thing

Words from Pastor Randy :: July 2017

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Words from Pastor Randy :: July 2017

Randy Gunter

Kay convinced me. I finally agreed to an annual physical exam with our internist. I had been holding out, arguing, “I’ve always been healthy, Love.” I knew deep down that she was right; how would I know if I were genuinely healthy without an exam? Having now gone through a couple of annual exams, I

Words from Pastor Randy :: June 2017

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Words from Pastor Randy :: June 2017

Randy Gunter

Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest. (Ecclesiastes 11:4 NLT) Solomon’s words about the uncertainties of life were written about 2,800 years ago. Uncertainties were as true in ancient times as they are today. How do we make decisions in the midst of uncertainties? The Bible

Words from Pastor Randy :: May 2017

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Words from Pastor Randy :: May 2017

Randy Gunter

Kay has always been the baker in our home. To be more complete, Kay has been the meal planner, fantastic cook and baker. The kitchen is her domain, which makes me a happy man. There are times that I might try my hand at something in the kitchen, but I make colossal messes and use

Words from Pastor Randy :: April 2017

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Words from Pastor Randy :: April 2017

Randy Gunter

What’s the big deal? Does it really matter that Disney released Beauty and the Beast with a gay character? Or does it really matter that the movie, The Shack, depicts God in a new way to “a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant?” What’s the big deal? Disney director, Bill Condon, described the

Words from Pastor Randy :: March 2017

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Words from Pastor Randy :: March 2017

Randy Gunter

To live life with great significance, we must rid ourselves of the notion of a sacred and secular divide. There are 168 hours in a week. Perhaps 40 of the hours will be spent at work. 56 hours might be spent sleeping– much needed for most. and 3 hours will be spent on Sunday mornings

Words from Pastor Randy :: February 2017

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Words from Pastor Randy :: February 2017

Randy Gunter

Your smile and genuine welcome make a difference to people. Kay and I have hosted hundreds of people in our home throughout our years at MeadowBrook. Many of them have been guests of The Brook, who are seeking a church. By far, the number one reason why many of them return for a second visit

Words from Pastor Randy :: January 2017

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Words from Pastor Randy :: January 2017

Randy Gunter

Moses Andruga wears many hats. He is a husband, father, pastor, church planter, farmer, trainer and orphan caregiver. He is very active and effective in each area of ministry, surprisingly so. What is astounding is that Moses is a sojourner, living with his family and several orphans in a tent in a foreign land. I

Words from Pastor Randy :: December 2016

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Words from Pastor Randy :: December 2016

Randy Gunter

Let’s finish 2016 strong. MeadowBrook has two ways in the month of December to enable us to finish strong as a church. One is to celebrate Advent and the other is to celebrate in obedience through our second Harvest Offering. Advent simply means “coming” or “arrival.” It is a season that begins November 27 and

Words from Pastor Randy :: November 2016

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Words from Pastor Randy :: November 2016

Randy Gunter

A few months ago, you made history. You gave the largest single Sunday offering ever in the life of our church. To the glory of God and the encouragement of many saints locally and globally, you gave $1.5 million as a foundational offering to build a new worship and education center debt free. As noted

Words from Pastor Randy :: October 2016

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Words from Pastor Randy :: October 2016

Randy Gunter

Have we grown complacent? The Christian life is one of surrender. We proclaim a life given totally to the lordship of Jesus Christ. Like the Apostle Paul, we testify that we are bondservants of Jesus; he is our master. As we pray, we bow our heads in honor and bend our knees in submission to

Words from Pastor Randy :: September 2016

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Words from Pastor Randy :: September 2016

Randy Gunter

You are making a difference! The Christian culture can be so confusing at times. Churches may be tempted to promote themselves and their programs, sounding somewhat like a noisy commercial trying to capture someone’s attention as they walk to the kitchen for a late night snack. They may be tempted to tout themselves like kids

Words from Pastor Randy :: August 2016

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Words from Pastor Randy :: August 2016

Randy Gunter

I continue to rejoice and praise the Lord for the $1.5 million Harvest Offering that was recently received. The offering is part of our plan to build a worship center and education space without debt. Many people continue to give regularly for this effort. In the future, we will walk into a beautiful facility that

Words from Pastor Randy :: July 2016

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Words from Pastor Randy :: July 2016

Randy Gunter

I am excited about two men joining the MeadowBrook family and staff, Kevin Boyd and Daniel Doak. Kevin is our new Worship Pastor and Daniel is our new Media Pastor. I’m thrilled for Kevin and Daniel because they will be loved and encouraged during their long tenure to come. Few churches are as gracious and

Words from Pastor Randy :: June 2016

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Words from Pastor Randy :: June 2016

Randy Gunter

College and High School graduations give us opportunity to challenge young people about their present and future life. But transitions are not just a reality for young graduates nor are transitions only tough for young people. We all face various transitions that are genuinely challenging. Yet, difficult steps can afford us great heights and even

Words from Pastor Randy :: May 2016

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Words from Pastor Randy :: May 2016

Randy Gunter

MeadowBrook is the people and place that you have grown to love. Whether you are a long time member or the newest part of our faith family, “The Brook” is your place to grow in Christ, worship him and be equipped to serve him. Why? Because MeadowBrook has a long standing history as a Bible

Words from Pastor Randy :: April 2016

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Words from Pastor Randy :: April 2016

Randy Gunter

Imagine, this time next year, walking in some of the most biblically significant places of the world. Imagine walking and exploring the land where Jesus ministered; places like the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus and the disciples sailed, the Mount of the Beatitudes, where Jesus preached his Sermon on the Mount, the Jordan River, where

Words from Pastor Randy :: March 2016

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Words from Pastor Randy :: March 2016

Randy Gunter

Healthy marriages make a healthy church. In fact, the essential bedrock of society is marriage—as goes the family, so goes the country. Honoring marriage is part of the church’s mandate from the Lord. Let marriage be held in honor among all… (Hebrews 13:4a). Sunday, March 6, MeadowBrook is focusing on honoring marriage. The morning services

Words from Pastor Randy :: February 2016

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Words from Pastor Randy :: February 2016

Randy Gunter

MeadowBrook seeks to connect people to Christ and his church, grow them as disciples to be disciplers, and equip them to serve through missions, ministry, and worship, all to glorify God. As a church, we attempt to stay centered in this process, believing that it is what the Lord demands of us as his body.

Words from Pastor Randy :: January 2016

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Words from Pastor Randy :: January 2016

Randy Gunter

Happy New Year, MeadowBrook! Kay and I are thankful to serve the Lord at MeadowBrook for 15 years! I am praying and growing in expectation for the ministries and missions that we engage in 2016. I hope that you are too. This article will give some updates and highlight some of ministry opportunities for our

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