Posts by Ron Tippens

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We’re a Mess

by Ron Tippens

I have always hesitated hosting the MET (meet-eat-talk) group I belonged to at my home. Simple reason is things are a bit messy, especially since I adopted my dog Barnabas. I need to realize that folks are not overly concerned about that. That which matters most to them and to me is hospitality. Truth is […]

I Am The Light

by Ron Tippens

  Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow Me you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to light.” John 8:12  Sky Jethani in his book, The Divine Commodity, writes about Ghassan Thomas, a pastor in Baghdad. […]

Standing in the Need of Prayer

by Ron Tippens

  If there ever was a phrase from a song that described me it is the one above. “Not my mother, not my father but it’s me O Lord standing in the NEED of prayer.” I am a needy person and most people I know are in need. Our beloved church stands in need of […]

Go Tell It On The Mountain!

by Ron Tippens

She sang it with all of her heart – four year old Christabelle – at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church’s Weekday School Christmas program… Go, Tell It On the Mountain That Jesus Christ Is Born! With sheer joy she sang it and I am so thankful for the Black Mountain Presbyterian Church loving the Gospel and […]

How Great is Our God

by Ron Tippens

The message on a recent Sunday at ARPC was on worship. “What is Worship?” We looked at the fact that we live in a culture that can take us in the wrong direction with worship if we are not careful. For example we are an entertainment culture – we want to be entertained all the […]

WAIT…

by Ron Tippens

I sat in the hospital rooms these past few days with Martha – with Sandy – with Eddie and I shared with each of them the same Psalm.. The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be […]

When The Saints Go Marching In…

by Ron Tippens

Soon (Sunday, November 1) it will be All Saints – one of the most meaningful services of worship of the year for me. Saints? That’s you and me – anyone who is in Christ. We are all called to be saints (I Corintians 1:2). Our culture around us has ruined the word “saint” and we must […]

For Aylan

by Ron Tippens

Aylan Kurdi 2012-2015 Refugee child from Syria drowned at sea with his mother and brother. The late Malcolm Muggeridge in his book about Mother Teresa called “Something Beautiful For God” speaks of traveling with her to see the destitute and dying of Calcutta- the lepers- THE UNWANTED CHILDREN. He said his first reaction was horror, […]

A Dangerous Thing

by Ron Tippens

On Sunday August 30th we welcomed another church to join with in ministry on the ARPC campus: The New Life Nepali Church. Their pastor is a small, lovely lady – Pastor Mina. Pastor Mina founded a new church in her native Nepal where less than 3% of the population is Christian. She shared with us […]

Bootie

by Ron Tippens

I didn’t know… that Lucy was a Washington Redskins fan and knew their fight song by heart, that Lucy loved beer, that Lucy sat all day at a sports event with a broken ankle and wrist with her church’s young adult group because she didn’t want to ruin their day, that Lucy’s husband was a […]