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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Forgiveness

by Aaron Moore

Last week I was called upon to administer the fatherly duty of correcting and training one of my sons, Andrew. I know it’s hard to believe that one of my children would ever step out of line, but on this occasion he was especially out of sorts. After diligently explaining his offense I told him, […]