God's Plan For Fathers

 This week's Father's Day message will feature two very popular songs of our day, Because You Loved Me, written by Diane Warren and The Greatest Man I Never Knew, performed by Reba McIntyre. Two very different songs tell two very different stories about the influence and power of fathers in the home.

If your children wrote a song about your influence, what would the words reveal about you? Dads need a plan if their children are to receive and carry a message of hope for their future.

Sunday we will discuss the plan.

True North


 This Sunday, we will take some time to congratulate and pray over our three graduating high school seniors. As we see in so many examples in Scripture, we all have the opportunity to share from our faith and experiences with our friends and family. So, this week, several of our members as well as the familes of our graduating seniors will be sharing what they have learned and what God has shared in their lives.

Come join us!

Three Classic Lies

 This past week I read an article on the web entitled, Ten Lies We Believe by John Locke. It was primarily about the lies we accept in the arena of politics, and how blinded we are by the media and Hollywood. Locke's words were quite radical, and it made me wonder about the many lies we that affect Christian community.

This Sunday we will look at three classic lies about happiness and how the Holy Spirit weighs in on the subject of lies and happiness.

Fine Tuning Our Prayer Life

 Mark 9 tells the story of how the disciples failed to exorcize a demon from a man's son. The disciples were saying and doing the right things; but without the desired results.

They had the authority to heal and drive out demons, and yet this time there was failure. Why is it that some prayers seem to get no answers? In story, Jesus will be addressing what to do when close to a breakthrough.

What do we need to know about prayer that will help us get to the next level?

Family Time

 This Sunday, you're invited to join us as we meet together to build up our family. Encouragement, recognition and spiritual renewal are our themes so bring your family, and enjoy some time with a caring family who believes God has already won the war and that the Spirit will carry us through this life. And depending on the weather, we'll cap off the day with some food and fellowship at a picnic.

See you Sunday!

It's Mother's Day

 Since this Sunday is Mother's Day, we will be honoring our moms and families as a part of our morning worship services. God tells us many times in His scriptures the importance of families and His love for all of us.

Come join us this week as we praise God and honor our moms.

What I Believe - Part Two

 This Sunday will be part two of What I Believe.  One's faith is anchored by core values – truths that keep us focused on the prize – truths that serve as mile posts in our journey.  Last Sunday we examined core values from God's perspective – what He offers for us to embrace. 

This Sunday we will examine core values from our perspective – our response to God's story of grace.  Any long journey produces insight that illuminates the path. 

These lights that come on not only assist us, they show those who follow us the way “home.”

What I Believe: What I Told A Young Preacher

 This past Sunday I was in Pennsylvania visiting a congregation I served in past years. My objective was to conduct a gospel meeting and to work with a new minister just entering the ministry. For weeks I have gathered materials to take to share in our sessions together. There have been emails with questions, asking for counsel on several issues.

As I was preparing for the trip I was thinking it would be beneficial for Keith Newell to examine a list of core beliefs I have developed after three decades of ministry and personal study. This Sunday's message will be part one of what I offered to the young preacher.

Do you have a core set of beliefs that anchor your faith?

This session together may be of benefit to you. There are things one learns in ministry, and then there's truths or principles one observes as he/she studies over a long period of time. Your feedback is always welcomed.

Psalms and Songs


 Many have observed that David expressed thoughts and feelings in the Book of Psalms that we all have, and in a way that we cannot. Sunday, several of our members will read Psalms that are particularly special to them, as we share communion and prayer together.

Join us!

Template For Trials Epilog

 This Sunday will be an epilog of last Sunday's message Template For Trials. Jehoshaphat response to his crisis provided for us a template that we can lay over whatever foes we encounter today.

In fact this morning (Monday), I did just that about a struggle that I'm having. Whenever I preach a message I write notes following the presentation to file with the message. The thought came to me that there are things we lose sight of when we're facing a battle.

This Sunday I want to bring these hindrances in the open to disarm. There are three things we must never lose sight of in or out of a conflict. Sunday, we'll talk.

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