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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 […]

Spirituality

by Aaron Moore

Lately I’ve been thinking about Christian spirituality. The word “spiritual” has such mystic connotations to it. A commonplace motto among spiritualists is, “I’m not religious, but I’m spiritual”. What that means is that they believe in some kind of god, or force, or spiritual nature, but they don’t want to belong in a category of […]

Epidemic of Envy

by Ron Tippens

Our church family recently concluded its spring study on the book of Galatians. Simply put this book is GREAT. The discussion during the small groups and Pastor Aaron’s beginning and wrap-up sessions were very helpful and though provoking. The last chapter of Galatians instructed us with these words… “Make a careful exploration of who you […]

SHINE – Gracious Hospitality

by Aaron Moore

There’s an urban legend surfacing about the We Are Family Retreat last October. Some say that when the Montreat grounds keepers displayed the fire pit that we were to use for our bonfire on Saturday evening, Bill Gaut gave a hearty laugh so loud that it shook the earth as he declared that our infants […]

SHINE – Missional Outreach

by Aaron Moore

In thinking about Missional Outreach at ARPC I believe we need to do three things: learn from our past, evaluate our present, and set a course for our future. I have served ARPC for almost three years now and I have heard multiple stories about the newness of our missional focus. Effective missional outreach such […]

Worst Case Scenario Thinking (Psalm 27)

by Ron Tippens

I am painting with broad strokes here but my guess is that many of us cope with worry by coming up with the worst case scenario and then playing it through in your mind. Somehow if we can imagine the worst and then imagine our response – we feel better. In Psalm 27 David writes: […]

Walking Like Jesus

by Aaron Moore

I was driving home from church on Good Friday evening dialing in the radio when I heard an interview with Ray Vander Laan. In this Focus on the Family radio show interview, Ray said something profound which has stuck with me all weekend. In fact, I sense this will be the theme of my life […]