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2017—The Year of Love A year ago, I felt like the Lord was calling us to focus on Love—real Biblical love—as the theme for the year.  So, 2017 became for us “The Year of Love.”  Isn’t it amazing to have the perspective of hindsight?  I really think the Lord has taught us a great deal […]

Loving the Christmas SOUL! We are spiritual beings, we are physical beings.  In Jesus, our SPIRIT has been reborn and is in full communion with the Risen Savior!  Our BODY, on the other hand, is fallen beyond repair (like Humpty Dumpty…!) and is slowly—or rapidly—deteriorating… Caught in the middle is our mind, will, and emotions—our […]

Kingdom Love, Christmas Love As I write this, a whole team of folks are preparing the building for Saturday’s Christmas Store. As you know, the store will be twice as large this year as ever before, and will actually be two stores running simultaneously as we utilize the Family Life Center for the first time […]

Thanksgiving Love Thanksgiving is a decidedly Christian Holiday – and one that has lost much of its meaning as our fallen human culture has shaped the day to focus mainly on self-satisfaction and indulgence, and as the kickoff to the Christmas shopping season. Isn’t it cool that we as a Church family had the opportunity […]

Loving the Fight With the gigantic Thanksgiving Day “Love on the Mountain” experience coming up in just a few days and the equally gigantic Christmas Store on December 2nd, the Lord has given us an amazing gift—the gift of walking into His Vison for us as a congregation—the vision of ministry in rural America AND […]

Love on the Mountain You never know when a God-opportunity is going to arise.  But what we do know is this:  When they do, it is best to be quickly obedient to the Lord’s will and enter in the opportunity—and the blessings surrounding it! Monday afternoon, a God-opportunity arose. I was at a planning meeting […]

Miracles of Love The disciples were overwhelmed by the size of the crowd… but the Lord fed the multitudes—with 12 baskets left over… The disciples were unprepared for a terrifying storm—but Jesus spoke the Word and calm and peace prevailed… The disciples were broken and scattered in despair—but the Father raised His Son from the […]

REAL LOVE HEALS! I am heading to my 40th High School Class reunion.  If you would have told me as a seventeen-year-old that 40 years later I would be happily married with four adult children, I may have believed you.  If you told me that I would live in a small town in the Tennessee […]

Persistent Love, Humble Love Luke 18:1-14 (Part of our Life Journal Reading for October 5) Jesus told a story showing that it was necessary for them to pray consistently and never quit…He told the next story to some who were complacently pleased with themselves over their moral performance and looked down their noses at the […]

Reforming Love October marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting of his 95 theses on the church door at the Wittenberg Castle in Germany.  An Augustinian Monk and a Christian Scholar, Luther had become convinced through the study of Scripture that the Church had lost sight of the very core of the Gospel – […]