A Heart Challenge

Pastor Steve (CHCC Olivet) came last month and shared a message called “Heart Condition.” I highly recommend visiting their website ( and listening to the audio version of his message!

He concluded his message with a challenge that I would like to reiterate. If you missed the challenge or got caught up in the busyness of your week, I would like to challenge you again!

Challenge: For the next 7 days, begin your mornings by praying Psalm 139:23-24. Ask Jesus to show you the blockages that are lurking in your heart. Ask Him to give you the strength to respond in obedience to the changes He wants you to make. And finally, ask Him for the faith to trust that He knows better than you do, what will lead to a healthy heart condition in your life!

A challenge like this may stir up all kinds of emotions, but please take time to do this! I tend to ask, yet not take the time to listen for a response. A lot of this has to do with fear. Fear of failing my Creator. Fear of the changes I need to make to get my heart right before my Savior. Being told what you are doing wrong can hurt - but He is kind to us. He gently guides us back to right relationship with Him.

I pray that our hearts remain soft and ready for His correction and guidance. Jesus, change us. Get into the deepest, darkest, and hardest places in our hearts! For your glory. Amen.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” (Psalm 139:23-24‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

In Him,

Katie Karlson


3228 Gatewood Ave, Indian River, MI 49749, USA

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Show a three-year-old a rainbow and his eyes pop open, he laughs and murmurs something that sounds semi close to English; that's wonder. Show a third grader how pleasing God connects to honoring her parents and she will most likely look at you funny and continue eating her pizza; that's discovery. As a teacher, church leader, or parent you want a curriculum that will help you connect the love and worship of God to good decision-making for your elementary school students. You want something that will help them see the value of respecting authority and treating their friends like they are human, not SpongeBob®. You need it to be simple. You would love it to be flexible. You want it to suit your individual needs. Time to go to the basics. What if by the time your child reaches 6th grade they will know these five core truths:

God is the Holy Creator.
I can trust God's Word (Bible).
I can trust Jesus with everything.
I should try to live like Jesus lived (make wise choices by His Word).
The world/culture does not usually agree with God's Word.


Most kids form their entire idea of who God is, and choose whether nor not they'll have a relationship with Him before leaving 5th grade!

Sunday at a Glance

The nursery and classrooms will open at 10:15 for check in. 


Each week the kids (ages 0-9) join us for worship in the sanctuary. After worship, the kids head to their respective classrooms to learn more about God and how to apply His word to our lives. 


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