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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, […]

Have You Been With Jesus?

by Aaron Moore

Do you ever get a song stuck in your head that you must keep singing over and over? Once I had a song about Mary’s discovery of her pregnancy with Jesus in my head. There was one emphatic line I kept singing out loud everywhere I went, “gonna have a baby!” Sarah read me the […]

The Blow Out

by Aaron Moore

“Oh give thanks to the Lord for He is good, His love endures forever”! My family and I have much for which to be thankful this week- including our lives. We came back from a trip to Florida on Monday making really good time. The kids were behaving (miraculously), the stops were brief, the conversations […]

New Year’s Resolutions

by Aaron Moore

I had a great meeting with a couple of men this morning in my weekly Bible Study. We started working through 1 Peter, and being that today is New Year’s Eve the topic of yearly highlights from 2015 came up, as well as goals for 2016. This is such a good habit to cultivate; to […]