May 18, 2018

Hello Everyone.  May is here and in full swing.  Before this month slips away, I need you to know a few

things. 

     1. We will have ONE service on Memorial Day weekend, May 27.  Sunday

         School will take place at 9:45 a.m., and Worship Service at 10:45 a.m.

         There will be NO 8:30 a.m. service.

     2. Monday, May 14, was the last day to get the early bird discount for

         Mahoning...

April 11, 2018

As I write, there is snow on the ground.  Which makes this next statement very difficult to get my mind around.  Summer is right around the corner.  Yes, yes, cue laughter.

In all reality, now is the time for Mahoning Valley Camp and VBS to be on the front burner.  So here are the details you need to know:

CAMP:  Camp this year will focus on Evangelism.  Think of it this way...if our faith and freedom in Jesus Christ is as good as we say, why would we not SHARE?  We have camps...

March 23, 2018

As part of our 678 (said “six-seventy eight” our 6th, 7th and 8th grader youth group), we would like to invite you to our food bagging mini-mission project.  In partnership with our Missions Team, this annual event allows us as a church to fulfill God’s mission to the “ends of the earth” right here in Noblesville.

IDES, also known as International Disaster Emergency Services, is a mission organization whose aim is to “meet physical and spiritual needs of suffering people throughout the world in t...

March 14, 2018

I want to say thank you.  Thank you for being a church that realizes the importance of sabbath.  I was able to get away last week with my family to Tennessee.  Yes, it was homecoming for Johnson; yes, our yearly shopping trip for clothes, and yes, there was a trip to the Nascar Speed Park for go-carts.  But through all the fun, the get-away had a bigger importance.

REST—Hebrews 4.  Darryl just spoke about this and it was a nice send off to my trip.  The importance here is to know t...

February 26, 2018

I am thrilled to report we have some awesome students stepping up in BIG ways around here at Center. If you see one of them do me a favor and say thank you.

I also want to say thanks to those adult leaders who are taking our students under their wing to provide a space of encouragement, challenge, and training.

As part of the process to engage these new student servants, we have three “Signposts of Spiritual Health.” These are three questions to assess yourself as well:

1) Am I committed to corpora...

February 16, 2018

Community (see Micah's blog) and Service.  One without the other leads to unhealthy life.  I had a dear professor who said, “Impression without expression leads to depression.”  Meaning, being fed by the Word of God without working that into your life will leave you lost. We must fully and wholeheartedly put our efforts into God’s purposes for our lives (Matthew 6:33).

    

The reverse is also true, “Expression without impression leads to depression”.  We have all fel...

January 29, 2018

As parents we sometimes get lost in the busyness of schedules, or diapers, or car keys (depending on your phase).  Darryl spoke on Sunday about the scariest drift that can happen to any Christian, moreover any Christian parent:  “We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.”  (Hebrews 2:1)

I distinctly remember a time when I was driving back from my family’s homeland in Arkansas.  It was very late at night and I began to drift a...

January 15, 2018

As we begin a new year, so many people are setting goals.  Mental, physical, occupational, and everything between, we often see this time as a new start.  And yet, I’ve often heard quoted in study

after study that most people give up by February.

Why is this?  Did we not set “good” goals?  Are they not worth attaining?  Would our lives NOT be better if we reached these goals?  Why?

And yet in just asking these questions we find the solution.  Of course they are “good” goals, of...

December 8, 2017

As Darryl speaks on the “Gifts of Christmas” we cannot ignore the practical ways we introduce the Christmas story to our families. 

The importance of family traditions can’t be understated.  Take a moment (yes, actually take a moment and reflect) and think about your family traditions of years gone by.  When you were a kid:  What did you ALWAYS do for Christmas?  What ways did the Christmas Narrative get center stage in your celebrations?

For my family as a kid, we always read the L...

November 29, 2017