Give Generously

Let’s be brutally honest. We don’t like to talk about money and how much we give to the church, and we as a church have a giving problem (nearly $13,000 below our budget). Much of the following is taken from a sermon that Rick Atchley recently gave. I hope that...

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Biblical Witness

The film, “Patterns of Evidence: Exodus” is brilliantly done; It will bolster your faith. Maybe we can watch it as a church when it finally becomes available. I had originally thought it might ship out by the beginning of our Spring Journey – but alas it has not. This film...

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Are We There Yet?

Standing at the west end of Monumental Park with a group of happy pilgrims taking in the sights and sounds of God’s amazing Grace, we heard a fellow in our group call out and ask, “Are we there yet?” His voice was a bit strained, and betrayed a measure of...

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Papa, Pickles go in your Mouth

I had an unusual day the other day at work. I received an email from Rachel (my daughter) and then an email from my wife. I knew what they had to say but thought I had better wait until everyone left before reading them. They said that Tanner (Rachel and...

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What Do You Own?

How would we respond to that question? Would we list all of the possessions that we have titled in our names? When we speak of things like assets and net worth we think of lists that entail items of value that we can claim, things that give us clout in...

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The Nation of the Church

Recently, I read along with the rest of the world about the brutal massacre of 21 Egyptian Christians by ISIS. Another horrific, intentionally symbolic and strategic blood-bath by a group of terrorists who are attempting to strike fear into everyone with an internet connection and a heart. The gruesome video...

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Preaching for Life Change

Brothers and Sisters, let me 1st say how much I love each of you and how honored I am to speak to you each week. I don’t feel like I say that enough, so let me say it again: Thank you for blessing me with this glorious privilege; I do...

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Ugly, Overgrown, Useless, and Empty

Clark Beckham, who performed for us at the Falls Family Festival, decided to audition for American Idol in Nashville. He did a great job & received a golden ticket from the judges to go to Hollywood. There he performed again and was selected to move on to the next round....

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Walking our Talk

How good are we at “walking our talk?” For starters, what does it mean to “walk your talk”? The idea involved in that phrase is that we are people of our word and live out our belief system. Whether we want to admit it or not, the lives we live...

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