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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 […]

The Battlefield

by Aaron Moore

Last week the kids, Sarah, and I got to spend time up in Richmond VA with Sarah’s side of the family. It’s always so nice to get away for a bit to relax. We spent time with friends, saw a movie, went to a trampoline place, went to a Civil War battlefield, and I rounded […]

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 […]

The Clash

by Aaron Moore

My sons last week finally successfully convinced me to download and begin playing the game Clash of Clans. This is bad. In this game you must build the defense of your village while strategizing how to raid and destroy the defense of other villages. You can team up with other villages to form clans and […]

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, […]

Grief and Comfort

by Aaron Moore

It was a Friday morning. I was running late for work because I had stayed out late on Thursday night on a date with Sarah. Mom had babysat for us that night as she did so often. I remember coming home after our date to find mom asleep on the couch. She sat up in […]

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 […]

Sam

by Aaron Moore

My family got a new puppy last week. He is an Australian Shepherd and I’m told he was bred to corral children. He sleeps a lot, maybe because the kids run him to exhaustion whenever his eyes are open. We took him to the Back to School cookout last Friday at the park. I fastened […]

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 […]

Abiding Connection

by Aaron Moore

I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.  If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the […]