Journey to Joy Brings Healing

“I help people get over the lies they believe about themselves,” Joannie Smith-Schade says, sitting in her sunny office at Journey to Joy Ministries’ headquarters in West York. It’s a bright spring day and Smith-Schade is showing off the home that serves as a place of transformation for so many in the York area. Journey to Joy ministries exists to bring healing and […]

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Celebrating the Women of Scripture: Phoebe

For our last blog celebrating the influential but lesser-known women of scripture, we are going to take a look at Phoebe. Like Junia, Paul also acknowledges Phoebe in Romans 16. He writes: I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church in Cenchreae. I ask you to receive her in the Lord in a way […]

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Katalasso Serves the Vulnerable

For the estimated 44,000 people in York County without health insurance, a trip to the doctor can be yet another bill they cannot afford. But at Katalasso Family Health Center, each patient is seen as someone valued, unique, and made in the image of God. “If you’re human and you have need, we’re going to […]

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Celebrating the Women of Scripture: Huldah

We are continuing our celebration of Women’s History Month by looking at influential women in scripture. You can read more about Junia here and Priscilla here. In the Old Testament, there was a king named Josiah. He was a good king, who wanted to do what was right in God’s eyes. While working in the temple, […]

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Celebrating the Women of Scripture: Junia

Happy Women’s History month! Scripture is full of examples of amazing, influential women leaders who loved and followed God. I wanted to highlight a few women in scripture that don’t get quite the same attention as Mary, Esther, or Ruth. First up, we’ll take a look at Junia. We meet Junia in Romans 16:7, in […]

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Moving Ministry Serves Those In Need

While Living Word assists ministries that provide tangible needs like food and housing, we also serve in ways that are a bit more surprising. Our Moving Ministry is one of those surprising ways to serve. The Moving Ministry serves those who are in financial crisis due to illness, loss of job, divorce, etc., or who […]

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Worship at Living Word – Part 2 (Guest Blog by Chris Smith)

Missed Part one? Click here for yesterday’s post. Recently, Pastor Brian Rice shared a message on worship as part of our series “I Saw Heaven Opened.” In his message, Pastor Brian talked about the priority of worship for the church and how the book of Revelation reveals the heavenly pattern of worship. Basically, when every created being sees God for who he really is – […]

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Worship at Living Word – Part I (Guest Blog by Chris Smith)

Today, Worship Pastor Chris Smith shares the values that guide worship at Living Word. Over the years, Living Word has been blessed to have worship leaders who combine their musical and spiritual gifts to effectively lead the gathered church in worship through song. These leaders have also modeled wholehearted engagement as they seek to raise the “temperature” of worship and invite others to come and encounter God with them. Recently, one of […]

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Fearing Failure

For many of us, this week marks the one-year anniversary of when our lives radically changed due to COVID-19. It’s been a strange year. It has been a year where we haven’t quite known how to measure our effectiveness. All of the ways that we used to measure success have changed. It might be a […]

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