"Before You Leave Home"

Are your children ready for the world?

A book to prepare your kids for a great life on their own.

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We’re David & Bernice Gudgel. Life has thrown a lot of big decisions at us. Maybe you can relate. Along the way – through good & bad experiences, the wisdom of others, and lots of prayer – we’ve learned lessons that we wish we would have known before. Now, we hope to help you make the best big decisions in life.

Bernice has a degree in Psychology and has focused much of her adult life on raising three kids (who turned out great!) and leading ministries in the church. Dave is a pastor who has a degree in Sociology, an M Div, and a D Min. He’s counseled over a thousand clients and hosted a weekday radio program.

Our Books


A Three-Week Journey Through the Bible

As we launch BibleStoryBoards out into the world, we are using it at Bridges Community Church to work our way through the Bible. Yesterday the entire church began a three-week focus on the 15 StoryBoards – four the first Sunday, six the second Sunday, and five the third Sunday. Between Sundays our blogs will highlight one StoryBoard each day, from the previous Sunday’s lesson. Whether you are at Bridges or not, we invite you to join us for this journey. If you attend Bridges, these daily blogs will simply compliment what you are learning on Sunday in the worship services

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What’s The Bible All About?

Though the Bible is the best selling book of all time, most people couldn’t explain what it’s all about. They may know some of the stories from the Bible, but they really don’t understand how it all fits together or the simple storyline of the Bible. As we start off this new year, we’re very excited about a project that our family has been working on for the past year and a half. It’s a new tool to help people understand and share the bottom line message of what the Bible is all about. And it’s finally ready to launch!

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If You’ll Do Two Things, You’ll Have a Better Year

Before you get too far into the New Year, I have two suggestions. As I’ve been preparing for the message I will be preaching in two days, I found these two thoughts at the heart of Haggai’s words to a group of people that were missing it. Are you familiar with the book of Haggai? It’s focused on getting a group of people out of the land of good intentions and into the land of fulfilled intentions. They, like so many of us, made a great commitment. One that focused on their relationship with God. They raised their hand and

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The Promise of Peace on Earth?

It’s hard to imagine the earth actually being at peace. No wars or terrorists or angry people fighting for a cause. No sickness or hunger. No pain or fear or loneliness. But we long for that. For peace in our own hearts and minds. For peace in our relationships with the people around us. And for peace in this fallen world that we live in. Back at the beginning of time as we know it, after Adam & Eve sinned, God promised that He would send someone to make things right again. To make it possible for man to walk

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I’m Looking Forward To Christmas Again

For as long as I can remember, I’ve looked forward to Christmas every year. And not just for its connection to the birth of Jesus. Is it okay for a pastor to say that? Candidly, when I think about my reasons for Christmas excitement over the years, it’s connected to a number of things: A much longed for Christmas break from school (now called Winter break) Getting Christmas presents Hanging out with family Giving others Christmas presents Attending Christmas services at church Cutting down a Christmas tree A vacation from work Candle lighting on Christmas Eve Reading the Christmas Story

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A Simple Walk with God

We all know what it’s like to get caught up in the busy-ness of life. There are so many things demanding our time and attention, especially at this time of year with all the holiday craziness. And it’s way too easy – no matter what time of year it is – to fly through our days on autopilot without taking the time to stop and think about what’s really important and what’s not. In a similar way, this can also happen in our walk with God. What started out as a relationship can easily turn into a bunch of programs and

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