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Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James, to those who are called beloved in God the Father and kept for Christ Jesus: May mercy peace, and love be multiplied to you. Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing […]

Twice this week, I have received phone calls from strong, mature Christian friends who are experiencing the same struggle.  Both are currently attending mega-churches—one in Murfreesboro, the other in Mount Juliet.  At both, there are strong worship teams focused on genuine worship and very gifted preachers who preach the Word in the power of the […]

It has been a most remarkable week… In the past week, Tina and I had the opportunity to be part of a team which served sixteen ministry couples who came to a retreat sponsored by Aldersgate Renewal Ministries.  As we and the rest of the team taught, prayed for, and counselled ministry couples, we saw […]

Rev. Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in California clarified much with this illustration of the Church, found in his book, The Purpose Driven Church.  Calling this the seeker-sensitive model, Warren pictures the desired growth rings as unchurched people are drawn to and into the church and, through various programs, become increasingly mature until they are […]

  This is a map displaying the 100-mile radius around Livingston.  Within this 100 mile circle, there are about 4.1 million people—all of whom are immeasurably loved by Jesus.  Yet, many are lost; many unhealed…  Could it be that God’s love is about to break forth?! Last Sunday as Pamela Maxwell was praying over us, […]

  The Greek word for community is Koinonia and the concept of a new and true community is foundational to our faith.  The word Koinonia is found 20 times in the New Testament, and literally means fellowship, communion, and sharing in common.  In Acts 2:42, we read, “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and […]

Is there anyone else around here suffering from an advanced case of Cabin Fever?  Are there others who are sick of ice, snow, and incredibly cold weather?  Are you dreaming, like I am, of spring?  Are you dreaming of something new and exciting? Are you praying and hoping for brighter light, longer days, more heat, […]

It should come as no surprise to anyone associated with Livingston First that the Walk to Emmaus is a deeply treasured part of our communal life which has been used powerfully by God to transform countless lives.  Of course, the Walk to Emmaus is based on the experience of the two disciples who encountered Jesus […]

I hope you are sensing what I am sensing—that this is far more than a new calendar year—it is in fact a new season for our church, county, and area!  Demonic strongholds are retreating, Godly excitement and expectation is growing, and a willingness to walk by faith is rising up among us.  God is both […]

While I am tempted to write about the miraculous provision the Lord gave us this past week in the elimination of our debt, I want to go in a different direction in today’s blog.  While the miracle of His financial provision will accomplish much in us in terms of faith, trust, and unity, I want […]