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O Magnum Mysterium

by Ron Tippens

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7ch7uottHU O Magnum Mysterium O great mystery And wonderful sacrament, That animals should see The new born Lord Lying in a manger! O blessed is The Virgin, Whose womb bore Christ the Lord. Alleluia!   As Luke tells the story of the nativity, he shows contrast between the worldly power of Caesar and the apparent […]

Romanticizing Expectations

by Aaron Moore

When I was in college I had the opportunity to take a job where I could really give back to the community. It was a job where I could put my faith into real action, serving, loving, reaching, and inspiring children who were at-risk and needy. I signed on with the Boys and Girls Club […]

I’m With Her (Pastor Irene that is)

by Ron Tippens

Some folk are saying…do you agree…? That in the American church the worship of God has been reinterpreted as an activity for religious consumers That too often worship is seen as a public-relations campaign with entertainment, cheerleading and manipulation That worship too often has been cheapened into a commodity marketed by using tried and true […]

God’s Got This

by Aaron Moore

Next Tuesday our nation will elect its next president along with many senators, congressmen, governors, city council people, judges, sheriffs, clerks, and dog catchers. Out of curiosity, not wanting to put anyone on the spot, who here today is a bit anxious about next Tuesday?   For months we have watched the campaigns, the debates, […]

The One Who Wins Souls is Wise

by Aaron Moore

“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise”. –Proverbs 11:30 Pastor Ron has been preaching through the fruit of the Spirit from Galatians 5 over the past several months. This theme is such a precise means self-evaluation. Is my life indicative of these fruit that are […]

When Trouble Comes

by Ron Tippens

There are few Christian leaders I regard more highly than Dr. Philip Ryken – president of Wheaton College. The courage he showed when speaking of a “very dark night of his soul” resonated with me so very much. I share his comments with you for as Dr. Ryken said – this could be an encouragement […]

Remember the Sabbath

by Aaron Moore

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work…” Exodus 20:8-10 I just returned to the office after a two-week vacation and I’m feeling renewed. I […]

77 Sunset Strip ~ NOT!

by Ron Tippens

“You cannot love neighbor unless you have physical proximity to neighbor.” Lawndale in Chicago is one of the most difficult neighborhoods in our entire nation. I visited there recently with Christ-followers who felt called to this neighborhood and have lived there for thirty years. They worship in a renovated car dealership building where Al Capone […]

Mourning the Divorce

by Aaron Moore

I spent the last week with the teenagers from our church and a couple other chaperones at the Montreat Youth Conference Week III. Montreat is a retreat/conference center (as well as a college) nestled in a holler outside Black Mountain and adjacent to Asheville NC. It is a beautiful valley with an entranceway built of […]

The Culture: Hope. Restored.

by Ron Tippens

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be […]