We know that life and being on mission can be overwhelming, so our prayer is that the Apex Anthologies Podcast gives you a moment to breathe, sit at Dad's feet, learn a little bit more about Jesus, and let his Spirit comfort you.
Abi Scholz reflects, "I have Jesus in my corner giving me the hope that even my biggest struggle isn’t as big as the hands which now hold me." Read her story in which she shares how she discovered a new identity in Christ.
The art of storytelling is sometimes thought to be reserved for masters of the craft, both old and new. We love stories. But do we give all the credit for stories to the author of life itself? Do we recognize the part our own lives play in the greatest story ever told?
Cindy and Rob Stichweh have a lot to be thankful for, a wonderful family and house church community, but this story isn't really about Rob and Cindy, it is about the beautiful way God orchestrates our lives to leads us to Himself.
When we are called, we are not called to just a job; we are called to Christ and his Kingdom. Our primary calling is to be totally and completely devoted to Jesus Christ. John Gredy discovered that our vocational calling takes on may different occupational expressions.
Ryan and Debrah Ruff know heartbreak all too well. Ryan has learned: “It’s not about how much faith we have; it’s about believing who God is and that He’ll do what He says He’ll do. And what does God say He’ll do? He says He’ll stick closer than a brother; He says He’s near to the brokenhearted; and He says that He is good.”
India was an answer to a prayer Steph never knew she needed. Goutham was an answer to a prayer that she never could have seen coming. Read how God takes our fear into His hand and leads us courageously down the path He alone carves for us.
After learning about the global problem of orphan care this past weekend, we want you to hear about an Apex couple's personal adoption journey. Learn how the Swain's completed their family through adoption and their hearts grow as they all together sat in their Father's lap.
Every November, Apex commemorates Orphan Weekend as we explore God's heart for the orphan and how we can manifest His love to them. Meet the Burkles, an Apex family who picked up their entire lives to serve orphans with Back2Back in Monterey, Mexico. Read their story to prepare your hearts for how you can get involved with orphan care.
In 2005, Lisa Jackson and her housemates asked themselves how they can practically serve their neighborhood. Out of this one question, the Halloween outreach was born. “It’s been a blessing,” Lisa said. “I lived with those girls for a while, but then being involved in house church, being involved in the Apex community in Belmont has been a huge blessing because people bought into the idea of serving the community.
“This special gift, sent on this special route opens this boy up to hear the most special News he could ever hear. It is amazing to think what God would do to reach this one boy so that he might have a more open heart to the Gospel.” –Phil Wing
Rusty thought his story was broken beyond repair. Addiction to opiates and heroin led to a life he never imagined for himself. But God took his brokenness and repurposed it for His Story. Watch how God finds what we considers lost and gives new purpose and meaning.
Looking back on her life, Jenny Weller recalls, "Years of trauma, abuse, deception, fear, anger, and violence planted a seed of fear in my life which grew into a full-blown forest of isolation. I was no longer merely afraid of people; rather, I had literally convinced myself they were unnecessary." Read her story of discovering a new identity in Christ.
Meet Rita Haworth. God took a woman far from Him and gave her a new life. He used His family to come alongside her to help her dream of what life with Him could be. He took small steps of faith and made them into a legacy that doesn't just serve coffee, but serves the orphan child all around the world.
We’ve all heard “A picture is worth a thousand words.” But in artist Matthew Burgy’s world a picture (or sculpture) is worth far more than a thousand words. It’s the very tool he uses to draw people to the One who created them and who pursues them with passion.
By junior high, Ali developed an eating disorder which would follow her into her high school years. As she rapidly lost weight,she began to spiral and cut ties with friends. In her desperation, she gave God quiet permission to be her Savior.
This pursuit of power and possessions was the theme of Conor’s life before Christ. “By the time I was 18, I owned four cars and three motorcycles. I’d spent tens of thousands of dollars on drugs and material possessions. Accumulating wealth fueled power in me. I wanted more of anything; more of everything.
We'd like to welcome Apex Anthologies' new Editor-in-Chief, Elizabeth Van Dine. From 2010-2016, Elizabeth was at the forefront af the fight against sex trafficking. Elizabeth's passion for justice and creativity drive her to bring about peace and abolition in a broken world. This is Elizabeth's story.
So many things hold us back. But for many, the reality of mental illness is an obscurity. Jesse Bowers reminds us that Christ is bigger than any disability. "OCD follows me like a shadow. It is something that I deal with every day...I felt like I needed to be perfect, or basically the wheels were going to come off everyone else's life."
Cheryl Horton is a task oriented, go-getter and used to take pride in living a healthy, balanced lifestyle. She typically didn’t get sick and even more so didn’t rely on medication if she did. All of that was rocked when she learned she had a rare, incurable cancer in December 2009. Cheryl underwent two major surgeries. She has been dealing with this growing cancer, now stage four, for over six years.
"We were refugees. We didn’t know anybody here, and we had never even heard of Dayton. But we were happy and knew that God, who protected us when we were in Iraq, would never leave us and He had a plan for us." Bashar tells us of his heroic journey, where following Christ means finding a home in a new land.
"Just like you have biological brothers and sisters who don't always get along or fight sometimes, house church can be a little messy like that sometimes, too…" Home is where there heart is, and the Nortons remind us that when our hearts are in Christ home is closer than you could imagine.
A stained glass window appears to be made up of broken or shattered pieces of glass bonded together to form an image. The glass is actually precisely selected by the artist for its color and texture. The glass is cut, ground, shaped and gracefully fused together to form the artist’s creation, which true beauty is illuminated when shined on by the sun.
Natalie and Nick Herr reflect, “When I think about this chapter of our marriage, the majority of my memories are of what He has done. He has saved our marriage. He has removed my sin. He has saved me, and continues to save me, from painful memories.”
God never goes back on his promises of salvation. Are we so wrapped up and captivated by God’s love or are we making salvation about us? His love should be overflowing from us. We are to dwell in His love. Read Jason's story of church planting with indigenous brothers and sisters in Nepal and realize our God is bigger than we could possibly think.