Our Spiritual Journey

Much of this information has been written by and comes from Stephen and to a lesser from Emmy, who is still to a larger degree somewhat a traditional Christian. This website has been written by Stephen and most describes his own spiritual awareness and journey.
  1. 18 Jun 2015

    Men: Finding Meaning and Significance

    Submitted by Stephen Winters

    Men want meaning and significance of their lives, however they often don't know how to achieve it. They think that they have to do something grandiose or that they have to make themselves look good or they try to win it by good personality . All those things are meaningless dribble. True meaning and significance can only be achieved by being real and honest about who you are and what you are doing. It is in learning to connect with people in a real and meaningful way, putting aside all pretense of trying to look good or trying to be the best.

  2. 17 Jun 2015

    You never know where life is going to lead, or where the events of any day may take you. Great blessings often come out of seeming tragedies. Live each moment with integrety and honor (without grumbling and complaining) there are blessings waiting for you at any moment. I have an unusual story to tell.

  3. 13 Jun 2015

    Over the past two or three months I have been helping to plan a men's retreat . Part of the focus of the retreat, which was last weekend, was being men of character and learning to willingly serve our wives. As part of that I have been doing a lot of thinking about the type of husband that I want to be, which is to act kindly and considerately towards her at all times and to put her need before my own.

  4. 31 May 2015

    Developing Character

    Submitted by Stephen Winters

    On every task I whether important or unimportant, you are training yourself to do quality work or sloppy work.

    Your real life is the life that you live while you are working.


  5. 22 May 2015

    The Only True Religion

    Submitted by Stephen Winters

    Today I was skimming the titles of my email inbox I saw a subject of "Do XXXXX Believe They Are The Only True Religion?" (I deleted the name of the religion because that is irrelevant.) The whole point about whether someone believes if they are the only true religion is not the question that you should be asking. Questions about which is the true religion OR "My religion is the true relgion" is all about human pride. It goes back to the childhood behavior of "My dad is bigger than your dad" OR my X is better than your X. That is childish and immature behavior.

  6. 13 Apr 2015


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    Our teenage son really wants to play football. He'd like to (hopefully) play football during the last 2 years of high school so that he might be able to go to college on a football scholarship.

    My wife and I have been opposed to the idea. Over the past few weeks I


    The thought seemed to come to me is can we trust God? Our son seems to be bent in a different way than we would like him to go. He goes out to play football with this friends any chance that he gets.

    As I was out riding my bike yesterday afternoon

  7. 29 Mar 2015
    M. E. I. R. BAR-ILAN, Illiteracy in the Land of Israel in the first centuries c.e., 1997. [Online]. Available: https://faculty.biu.ac.il/~barilm/illitera.html.

    Illiteracy in the Land of Israel in the first centuries c.e.


    The comparative anthropological study of illiteracy began relatively only recently, and therefore it is no wonder that most of its research is devoted to contemporary societies. Only few studies are related to literacy in Antiquity from which we obviously do not possess such data as we have from Europe in recent centuries.1

  8. 6 Mar 2015

    24 Hour Men's Retreat

    Submitted by Stephen Winters
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    Earlier in my life, I went through 12 years of counseling (which ended in 2006). During that time I was a part of several groups where we really got real with one another. They were not Bible Studies (I've had my fill of those), but rather they were groups where we shared our deepest pains and failings. We supported and encouraged one another. Ever since I left counseling (and the last group ended) I have desired to find another such group. I have been part of a men's Bible study group that lasted for about 2 years, but that didn't meet the need to be real.

  9. 7 Feb 2015

    Praying to help God?

    Submitted by Stephen Winters
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    I was recently at a meeting of Christians who were praying. On of the women there prayed this in her prayer:

    "I pray that everything might turn out the way that God wants it to turn out."

    I wondered why she said that and if she realized the implications of her prayer. Stop a minute and think about it. Ask yourself what that prayer might mean. Did she think that things wouldn't turn out like God wants unless she prayed that? Did she think that she was helping God by praying that type of prayer?

  10. 9 Jan 2015
    J. Haberlin, Beyond Church-As-Usual: A Non-Program Approach to Growing Missional Congregations, 2007. [Online]. Available: http://www.pfrenewal.org/missionally-minded/288-a-non-program-approach-to-growing-missional-congregations.
  11. 9 Jan 2015

    No more church as usual

    Submitted by Stephen Winters
    G. Shenk and Shenk, S., No more church as usual, 2008. [Online]. Available: https://themennonite.org/feature/church-usual/.

    No more church as usual

    8.19. 2008

    A different way of doing church

    A colleague walked into Sara’s office one day at the seminary and talked about how going to church was causing him to lose his faith. “So much of church is deadly,” he said.

    That’s what we’re hearing from more and more students who come to seminary. They love the church but want to find ways to do and be church “outside the box.”