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Standing in the Need of Prayer

by Ron Tippens

  If there ever was a phrase from a song that described me it is the one above. “Not my mother, not my father but it’s me O Lord standing in the NEED of prayer.” I am a needy person and most people I know are in need. Our beloved church stands in need of […]

Go Tell It On The Mountain!

by Ron Tippens

She sang it with all of her heart – four year old Christabelle – at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church’s Weekday School Christmas program… Go, Tell It On the Mountain That Jesus Christ Is Born! With sheer joy she sang it and I am so thankful for the Black Mountain Presbyterian Church loving the Gospel and […]

Old Bingo McDonald

by Aaron Moore

  Ok, sing with me, “Old McDonald had a farm, and Bingo was his name O”! This is a quote from my 3-year old daughter Joy. Cute; pitch perfect; yet missing the mark in some way. The other day we were out to lunch together and while she sat on the other side of the […]

Sunny Delight

by Aaron Moore

Years ago when Elliott was just a baby and my wife and I were early in our marriage we had one of many conversations about what we wanted for our kids. It’s highly possible that this particular conversation stemmed from watching a Sunny Delight commercial- but the gist was that we wanted to be “that […]

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 […]

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 […]