Two Opportunities to Give (Newsletter 11.28.18)

Dear Church Family, Yesterday (11/27) was Giving Tuesday. If you’re like me, you probably received several forms of communication asking you to give in support of different organizations. The last month of the year is full of opportunities to give. The tradition of giving gifts during the Christmas season reminds us of the greatest gift…

The Corporation-Employee Relationship (Newsletter 10.03.18)

Dear Church Family, Last week we thought about church membership using the metaphor of a team. This week we’ll look at church membership using the metaphor of a company. I am not suggesting the church is a business any more than I am suggesting it is a football team. However, as an organization, I hope…

Are You Lonely Even though You’re Not Alone? (Newsletter 09.12.18)

Dear Church Family, Are you lonely even though you’re not alone? In a newsletter a few weeks ago we talked about loneliness brought on from isolating ourselves, but here I want to qualify that isolation. Maybe the most common way we think about isolation is deciding to be alone. But it is also possible to…

Your Glory Days (Newsletter 05.23.18)

Dear Church Family, Are you ever overcome with nostalgia? As you get older, does it happen more or less frequently? Nostalgia is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as “a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past.” Does that definition pretty well match up with your life’s disposition? Apparently, the word “nostalgia” was formed in…

Church Covenant, Section Thirteen (Newsletter 04.25.18)

Dear Church Family, The thirteenth and final section of our newly adopted church covenant reads: “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen.” As we’ve worked our way through the previous twelve sections of our church covenant over…

Church Covenant, Section 12 (Newsletter 04.04.18)

Dear Church Family, The twelfth section of our newly adopted church covenant reads: “We will submit to the authority of the Scriptures as the final word on all matters of life and doctrine.” To this point our church covenant has hit on the major requirements for every Christian in the context of meaningful membership in…

Revival Weekend (Newsletter 11.29.17)

Dear Church Family, Lord willing, this weekend we will host a revival weekend focusing around the appearing of God’s grace in the God-man, Jesus Christ. Titus 2:11-14 says, “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly…

Church Covenant, Section 5 (Newsletter 11.08.17)

Dear Church Family, The fifth section of our newly adopted church covenant reads: “We will rejoice at one another’s joys and endeavor, by tenderness and sympathy, to bear one another’s burdens and sorrows.” Before I attempt to answer how we should attempt to do this, let’s consider why we have committed to do this. In…

Church Covenant, Section 2 (Newsletter 10.04.17)

Dear Church Family, The second section of our newly adopted church covenant reads: “We will walk together in brotherly love, exercise an affectionate care and watchfulness over one another, and faithfully encourage and counsel one another as occasion may require with wisdom and humility.” Let’s break this down into its three parts. 1) We will…

Upcoming Members’ Meeting (Newsletter 09.20.17)

Dear Church Family, Lord willing, this coming Sunday night (9/24), the Long Range Planning Committee’s proposal for our updated church documents will be discussed and then voted on by all members present in our regular quarterly business meeting. These documents include our church constitution, bylaws, and policies. I wonder how many of you read “church…

Different Preachers, Updated Documents, and a New Series (Newsletter 09.06.17)

Dear Church Family, This coming Sunday (9/10) and the following Wednesday (9/13) our church will be privileged to have Nathan McCravey, Jim Roberts, and Harold McConnell minister the Word to us. It is a great blessing to have so many men equipped by God serving our church. This will be Nathan’s first time to preach…

Is Work a Good Thing? (Newsletter 08.30.17)

Dear Church Family, Is work a good thing? Many would argue the answer depends on compensation, time commitment, responsibilities, and satisfaction level. Others give their answer through their evasion of work by either refusing to work altogether or being off task when they’re supposed to be working. Our federal government’s Department of Labor has answered…

Newsletter: March 16, 2016

Dear Church Family, Have you ever wondered why “brother,” “brothers,” and “brotherly” are used so frequently in the New Testament in comparison to their feminine counterparts? This may seem sexist to some people, so many Bible translations have started including “brothers and sisters” in place of just “brothers.” Versions without “and sisters,” have decided to…