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...

February 21, 2018

“Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb.  It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance.  ‘Take away the stone,’ he said.  ‘But, Lord,’ said Martha, the sister of the dead man, ‘by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.’  Then Jesus said, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?’  So they took away the stone.  Then Jesus looked up and said, ‘Father, I thank you that you have heard me.  I knew that you always hear me, but I...

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...

February 14, 2018

Being a part of the kingdom of God means there is a task at hand.  Each of us, once receiving the Spirit, is also given gifts—talents to help us further the goals of the Kingdom (1 Corinthians 12:27-31).  What we have to realize though is that we aren’t given these gifts so that we can work alone.  Community is desperately important for two reasons. 

    

First, we are in community to build and be built back up.  When we gather together, scripture actually tells us th...

February 2, 2018

Planning Sunday’s worship services, I have been contemplating and fleshing out an important understanding of communicating with God during our times of worship together.  Often worship leaders “invite the presence of God into the space”.  As I sought this out in scripture, I’ve noticed two things.  First, God is omnipresent, meaning that the presence of the Lord is everywhere at once.  (Isaiah 66:1-2, Jeremiah 23:23-24, Job 38:19-20, 32-33, Psalm 11:4-5)  Second, and possibly more poignantly, Je...

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 15, 2017

To all who have taken tags, God bless you for your giving nature!

Return instructions:

Please bring the children’s items (wrapped or unwrapped) to the church by Sunday, December 17, and drop them off under the clothesline in the foyer.  Please be sure the tag you chose is attached to the item(s).  This will allow us to get the items to the correct child.

November 29, 2017

There is an iconic World War I poster made in 1917 by James Montgomery Flagg.  It was entitled “I want You”. It’s purpose was clear to recruit for the US Army.  Today this image is so prolific we sometimes forget the desperate days that marked the reason for why it was created.

We now are in a war.  Not for land or rights or resources, but for the souls of men and women, boys and girls.  The Apostle Paul said, “For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil ru...

November 10, 2017

Hey there church family.  I’d like to give you a heads up on a few things: