Friday Feature: Charis Odell

Editor’s Note: Today we’re closing out our incredible study of Malachi with the testimony of Charis Odell, who reminds us that Jesus chose, loves, and calls each one of us. May the story of God’s faithfulness in her life encourage you to share your own story of faith with others.

Duct Tape Deliverance

Join Brianna Hines at for her final reflection post/podcast from our study of the Old Testament book of Malachi.

Friday Feature: Susie Watkins

Many of you know the amazing Susie Watkins, who serves our church in our ministries to children and to missionaries. Today she shares a bit of her faith and family stories as they relate to what we are studying this week from Malachi 3. It’s a joy to welcome her back to

Am I Crazy?

From Brianna’s post at I have always been more of an intuitive person and learned at an early age to trust my gut. If I got uneasy in a situation or place I found myself in, I got out of there, no questions asked. My mom described the sensation as the “uh-oh” feeling, and it saved me from some very painful and scary scenarios that I could only see in hindsight. I believe deeply that my “uh-oh” feeling is the Holy Spirit trying to tell me something, and even as a kid, I listened when it called. 

Friday Feature: Rachel Gragg

Editor’s Note: If you have children or teens at UFC, you have most likely met the amazing Rachel Gragg, who has invested much in the lives of our kids. Today it’s a joy to welcome her to the blog as she reflects on questions connected to our Malachi study.

Quitting the Blame Game 

Have you ever been driving down the freeway and had someone in a sporty little car aggressively zip around you going 30 over the speed limit? It happens to me quite often because I drive fairly slowly. Every time it happens, I wish a cop was waiting along the shoulder to chase them down and give them the ticket they deserve. One time I did see that same sporty car, the one that had blown by me minutes earlier, parked along the shoulder, getting a talking to from the highway patrol. I thought to myself, “Sweet justice!” It felt so good to see someone getting the justice they deserved as long as it wasn’t my name on that ticket! But… (Read more from Brianna Hines’ post or listen to her podcast at

Friday Feature: Mindy Herring

It’s a joy to introduce you to Mindy Herring in today’s Friday Feature. We asked her a series of tough questions related to our Malachi study, and she shared a beautiful reflection that we know will encourage you with words of truth from God’s Word.

Pause, Ponder, Pray: Malachi 2:10-16

Today at, we’re pausing in Malachi 2:10-16 to review what we’re learning about covenants and God’s faithfulness.

French Fried Treachery

Today in her reflection on the book of Malachi, Brianna Hines uses a story of French fries and an unchecked spirit to show us the importance of loving and forgiving others.

Friday Feature: Faith Gilchrist

Today Faith Gilchrist joins us here on the blog to talk about the importance of godly role models in the Christian life. She has blessed countless families at UFC by investing in their children through the youth ministry and more recently with Agape Families. It’s a joy to share a piece of her story with you today.

Pause, Ponder, Pray: Malachi 2:4-9

Today at, we’re pausing in Malachi 2:4-9 to see what it looks like to be a good role model, pointing others to God.

Xerox Worthy Woman

We all need a good role model, someone to emulate. We humans seem to be hard wired to want to copy others. We can clearly see this played out in our culture. Whether it’s keeping up with the Jones or trying to look like our favorite celebrities, people simply can’t help trying to mirror someone else. However, finding someone worthy of being copied is getting to be harder by the day. We see plenty of people whose lives look appealing on the outside, displayed to us in airbrushed perfection on our phones and TVs, but it is becoming harder and harder to tell what is genuine character and what is actually an unattainable facade. Read more at…

Friday Feature: Jaime Sherman

This spring the women of UFC are studying the final book of the Old Testament, and each Friday a different woman in our church is answering a series of questions that relates to what we’re studying from God’s messenger in Malachi. Today blog editor Jaime Sherman shares a bit of her story with us as it relates to this study.

Sharpie on a Sacrifice

Today at, Brianna Hines takes us to her childhood farm in Scio and to her mother’s tools marked with the name “Patrona” to illustrate how the priests in Malachi weren’t respecting God. She will encourage us to balance respect and fear of God with the beauty of grace found in Jesus.

Friday Feature: Emily Littlejohn

Today Emily Littlejohn shares a bit of her personal story as it connects to what we are learning from the first chapter of Malachi. We appreciate her testimony, her joy in the Lord, and her ability to see how God has worked many things together for her good and His glory. May you be encouraged — and ask yourself the same reflection questions about your own life.

Pause, Ponder, Pray: Malachi 1:1-5

So often we approach the Bible, bringing what we have and hoping that within the Bible’s pages we can find instructions to help us make our lives something beautiful all on our own. We forget that the Bible is first and foremost not an instruction manual but a love letter from our God, reminding us of who He is. While the Bible is good for teaching, reproof, and instruction (2 Timothy 3:16), the message over and over starts like Malachi with “I have loved you.” Join us today as we Pause, Ponder, and Pray through Malachi 1:1-5.

Postmark: Heaven

“The book of Malachi, which we are now studying, is a beautiful love letter from God to His people Israel. His opening statement is, “I have loved you.” In it, God constantly reminds Israel how much He loves them and has loved them for generations, even when they were unfaithful to Him time after time. God wanted them to read this message over and over again to be reminded of their relationship with Him and of all the reasons they said “yes” to the covenant they made with Him long before. In their somewhat long-distance relationship, it is God’s letters that keep His people feeling close to Him. His written words remind them of His character and keep them longing for their eventual reunion.” Read more at

Friday Feature: Pam MacDonald

We are delighted to introduce you to eight new faces here on the blog during our study of Malachi. Each Friday you’ll hear a bit about another sister’s Bible study journey. Today it’s a joy to welcome Pam MacDonald.

Getting Lost in Scripture

When we spend time in God’s Word — even get lost in it — God says it will not return empty. Join us on the blog today as we Pause, Ponder, and Pray through the at-times confusing book of Malachi.

There’s No Lock on Scripture

Welcome to our journey through the Old Testament book of Malachi. On the blog, you will find Brianna Hines’ introduction (both written and as a podcast) to our study. Note: It’s not too late to register for the study, which will include in-person and Zoom teaching/small group times. Find the link to sign up at the top of today’s post at We’re excited to explore God’s Word with you!

A Look Ahead

Happy Monday, Friends! We hope you had a beautiful celebration of Jesus’ resurrection this past weekend. Our team is spending this week praying and preparing for our upcoming study of Malachi. Read about what’s next — and listen to a final Come and See podcast — at