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Take It With You 10.20.19

Explore and Inspire In a well-furnished kitchen there are not only crystal goblets and silver platters, but waste cans and compost buckets – some containers used to serve fine meals, others to take out the garbage. Become the kind of container God can use to present any and every kind of gift to His guests […]

Take It With You 10.13.19

Explore and Inspire I had the opportunity to attend two funerals this past week, for Wayne Eaton and for Frank Dawkins. I left both funerals wishing I had known those men better and also inspired to live for the things that matter most. Of the stories told, there’s a common thread: Both Wayne and Frank, […]

Pastor’s Perspective 10-15-19

Many of you may already receive the monthly newsletter from Garry Winebarger, Executive Director of the Fayetteville Area Youth for Christ. The one he wrote back in May of this year has stayed on my heart and mind ever since. Several of the Youth for Christ leaders involved in our local schools decided to have […]

Pastor’s Perspective 10-08-19

I don’t know that I have ever been more tired and more energized at the same time in my entire life. Last week was absolutely amazing! The Decision America Tour at Festival Park on October 1st resulted in many decisions for Christ. Not only in our community, but in our church. In addition to those […]

Take It With You 10.06.19

Over the years I’ve taken many field trips, driving students to museums, historic sites, and festivals. I learned (the hard way) to have students wear matching shirts when we travel. (It only took one time when I could not spot my seniors in a medieval festival with hundreds of others for me to learn!) When […]

Pastor’s Perspective 10-01-19

The Holy Spirit is probably the least understood and appreciated member of the Trinity. That is very unfortunate because of the significant role the Spirit plays in God’s eternal purpose. In fact, the Spirit of God appears in the second verse of the Bible. Genesis 1:2 tells us that the Spirit of God was hovering […]

Take It With You 09.29.19

Explore and Inspire I don’t reckon it’s a bad thing when we feel more of a connection with one book of the Bible than with another. Or at least I hope not. Because reading through the letter from the Apostle Paul to the church in Philippi, I felt like I was returning to an old […]

Pastor’s Perspective 09-24-19

      It is hard to watch someone you love struggle with something in life. A child who has a rough week at school. A soldier who comes home from deployment a different person. A family member with a debilitating or terminal condition. A loved one whose heart has been broken in a special relationship. You […]

Take It With You 09.22.19

Explore and Inspire Let’s throw it way, way back to the mid-90s and the song “Big House” by Audio Adrenaline. Here are the lyrics of the chorus: It’s a big, big house, with lots and lots of rooms; It’s a big, big table, with lots and lots of food; It’s a big, big yard, where […]

Pastor’s Perspective 09-20-19

In ten years of writing this column, I’m pretty sure I’ve never written about a deacons’ meeting before. But Sunday evening was special. By the time my turn came to speak, we had touched on all three aspects of the challenge I issued to our congregation back in January. Read. Lead. Heed. To read the […]