Need Help?

Inside Church PewsAre you struggling with the difficult situations and it seems there’s no way out? Are you needing some answers, but unable to find them on your own?

Everyone needs a little help on this journey of life. I’m glad to know where that help comes from. Regardless of your pre-conceived ideas, the answers to life’s dilemmas can be found in the church.

Why not give God a chance to speak to you through His Word? He is able to give you a “word in due season” (Prov. 15:23).

The Psalmist said “Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion” (Ps. 20:2). That’s right! The sanctuary is where you can find the help you need. Give it a try!

Your next opportunity will be Sunday at 2:00. We are located at 15540 Lee Highway in between Skyland Coin and Jewelry and Economy Inn. As a matter of fact, both of these neighbors are kind enough to let you park in their lots if our lot is full. We look forward to seeing you!

Candlelight Service

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We invite you to join us for a special Candlelight Service on Tuesday, Dec. 22nd at 7:30 P.M. Please come and be a part of this wonderful evening as we celebrate the season together.

The church is located at 15540 Lee Highway in between Skyland Coin and Jewelry and Economy Inn. We look forward to seeing you!

Fancy Ketchup and Church

mcdonalds-ketchup-packetOk so I will admit I do prefer name brand ketchup over generic, but “fancy?” When did ketchup become fancy? Especially McDonald’s ketchup! No offense, I like McDonald’s. Well, let me rephrase that. I like McDonald’s prices and their coffee isn’t bad, but let’s face it, when I go to McDonald’s it’s usually for one of two things; price or speed. It IS NOT for fancy.

This all brings me to another subject (as you figured it would). I will also begin this by making an admission. I may be a little old fashion, a little bit country, possibly naive, and maybe even a little sheltered. I’m a little hesitant to accept the latter, however having lived in travelled among various cultures. With all that said, I am struggling with what some are calling church. Maybe it’s none of my business what others do, yet I do think someone needs to say something.

I will at least take responsibility for my assignment and say when I go to church I want it to look like church, not a bar scene. I want it to sound like church, not a rock concert. I want to hear lyrics that have a message based on Biblical principles. I want to hear and sing songs that glorify God and minister to the spiritual needs of mankind. I want to hear preaching that will save me from sin not merely entertain my flesh.

I don’t have the time or space here to make all of my argument, but let me suffice it to say I like various styles of Christian music. I don’t have a problem with some of the newer songs. Neither do I have a problem with some of the older ones. As for this “relative preaching”… Well, the Bible is relative to all generations. If we just preach the Word (2 Tim. 4:2), it will touch every area of our lives regardless of age, gender, culture, etc. The Bible’s author is from everlasting to everlasting (Ps. 90:2).

The point is, if we want to be entertained, let’s admit it; the church is not in the entertainment business. We are in the business of helping people to be saved and reaching their potential in Christ. When I go to church I go to pray, worship God, fellowship with the saints so that we can strengthen each other, and to hear the preaching of the Word of God so that my soul can be saved (1 Cor. 1:21).

If I want fancy, I don’t go to McDonalds. Although I do like their ketchup, it matters not what they call it; I can still tell it’s just ketchup. While we are seeking to “win souls” and grow a church for the Lord I’m convinced people are still looking for a church. A church that will help them find the answers to the dilemmas of life. A church that will help them find the change they need in their lives. A church that will save them from their sin.

In this age of “seeker friendly churches” I submit we need some God friendly churches. We need to be extremely conscious of reaching people, but not to the extent of offending God. If we do it His way, I trust we will see the results He desires.

A final admission; I may be a bit finicky because I also prefer the word ketchup over catsup; after all that’s how it’s pronounced. You don’t say Cat-Sup or do you? Let’s just call it (church) what it is and be what we are (the church). When they come they are looking for church. One more thing; when we come let’s have church!

Welcome Home

cropped-welcome-home-this-is-your-church.jpgWelcome Home! That’s been our theme for 2015. We want folks to feel at home with us. We want folks to find a home with us.

The word “home” has been defined as “any place of residence or refuge.” The phrase “at home” means “in a situation familiar to one; at ease.” To me, home is a place where you are comfortable. It’s a place where you can just be yourself and also allow those who share that space the same privilege. It is a place where love is given and love is received. Home is a place where others can come in and feel that “homey” atmosphere.

Experience has taught me that home doesn’t have to be fancy to be home. Home doesn’t have to be in the nicest of subdivisions to be home. It doesn’t have to have fine furniture to be home. It pertains more to the environment than the edifice. It’s the feeling; the comfort. Home is a place where you know you belong.

As a new church, we want others to recognize there is a place where you can feel like you belong. We are just real people who have real challenges, but we serve a real God with real answers.

If you are looking for a place to call home or simply would like to visit with us, we welcome you to join us at your earliest convenience. Sunday Word and Worship is at 2:00 P.M. and Tuesday Bible Study begins at 7:30 P.M.

The church is conveniently located at 15540 Lee Highway in between Economy Inn and Skyland Coin and Jewelry. Please click on the “What To Expect” tab or “Contact Us” to answer further questions.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Taking Notes

Bible, Pen, & PaperThis could actually be a Part II of an earlier post entitled “The Art Of Listening”. The article was concerning how to be an “active listener.” This is adapted from the same information, but it is concerning taking notes. I think that it is worth reading and making application. Consider with me:
Why take notes during a sermon or lesson?

  1. The spoken language is 90% forgotten within a week,   but you will retain about 50% of what you write down.
  2. Taking notes during a sermon provides a written record for review.
  3. It forces you to listen carefully and to pay attention. It forces you to become an “active listener.”
  4. It requires organization, which involves active effort on your part.
  5. Taking notes aids in understanding because you must condense and rephrase what is being said.
  6. 1 Peter 4:11 says to people who teach “let him speak as the oracles of God” This being true, to do anything less than listen with a whole heart is missing the very words of God for us on a given day. There is no such thing as an “ordinary sermon” if the speaker is a man of God.
  7. Taking notes during a sermon or lesson will help you grow as a follower of Christ.

~Taken from Family Christian Press, Sermon & Lesson Organizer

Turn The Water Off

Outside Water FaucetI think it was around the fifth paragraph of the last post I was reminded of a story I heard about the legendary I.H. Terry. I suppose it would help to know more of this man’s reputation and characteristics to really appreciate the story, but there is a lesson to be learned nonetheless.

Bro. Vaughn Morton tells the story of a time when he was with Bro. Terry and they walked around the house and discovered that someone had left the water spigot (spicket for us country folk and faucet for you city folk) on. Bro. Terry was obviously upset and rightfully so. The water had apparently been running for quite some time. Bro. Terry said “Oh no! Someone left the water spicket on and I think I know who it was.” I can only imagine the expression on Bro.  Morton’s face as he awaited the next words or move. Bro. Terry proceeded to say “You know what I’m gonna do?” To which Bro. Morton was thinking something to the effect of  “only God knows cause there’s a lot you’re capable of doing.” In classic I.H. Terry style he said; “I’m gonna turn the water off.”

He then gave the lesson that only he could give with his homespun wisdom. He said, “I know who done it and I could really let him have it. I could really mess up his day (Bro. Morton is probably thinking; “his week”).” Bro. Terry continued his lesson of what good would all that do if he could just walk over there and turn the water off?

I learned another valuable lesson from an elderly gentleman that goes right along with that one. This was from a man that I do not even know his name, but I hope to never forget the lesson. It’s been several years now and I could take you to the spot where I gained this insight. I had not been married too long and my wife asked me to go to the store for her. I was trying to take care of my “honey-do” list and possibly this gentleman was doing the same (I don’t remember all the details but the lesson was caught). Somehow the gentleman and I struck up a conversation while standing in the check-out line. It was brief, but the words from that elderly man were poignant. He said to me, “You’ve got to choose your battles.” Now I know that’s not original to him, but it’s a valuable lesson.

Some things just aren’t worth fussing about. There’s no sense in messing up someone else’s day or week. No sense in damaging relationships and your character. You are bigger than that. Just turn the water off!

That’s my words of wisdom for today. They’re not original to me of course but certainly words worth sharing. If lived out, they will make your life so much sweeter. And mine. Have a great day!

The Grass Is Greener Here

Grass Is Greener (Cow)Ok, so for a moment I felt like Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. In the notable children’s book, from the moment Alexander wakes up things do not seem to go his way. As he gets up, he realizes that the chewing gum that was in his mouth the night before had ended up in his hair. He then tripped on a skateboard and dropped his sweater in a sink while the water was running. At breakfast his brothers got really cool prizes out of the cereal boxes and all he got was cereal.

On the way to school he did not get a window seat. once at school, his teacher did not like his project, kids make fun of him and he did not get any dessert in his lunch! Things continue to get worse throughout the day and once at home he is served lima beans for dinner. He despises lima beans!

Well, enough about Alexander. You want to hear about my day? I didn’t think so, so here goes. I woke up (that was the toughest part about the day so far) and the sweatshirt (yes sweatshirt – we are trying to keep it simple around my house to give the Mrs. a break until the new little guy gets here) that was purchased for me as a gift last Christmas and was too large is now nearly too small. I was going to take some things to the car (which would be one of three trips) and the garage door would not open. It’s pouring the rain and all of the umbrellas are in the cars (who needs them in the house when you have a garage right? – just agree!) I will have to go the LONG way around since I can’t go through the garage. As I make my first trip to the car, I notice that my foot feels really wet. I go back in and check it out and my shoe is split all the way across and soaking in all the water. I change socks and shoes and keep telling my wife how I am running late (I really cannot stand to run late) as if she has anything to do with it (Well, not this time!).

Anyway, I get to work and see that folks are pulling in and are going to need me to unlock the door to let them in out of the rain (it used to bother me even more when I was not the first one there – not as much now – you just have to do the best you can and not stress EVERYTHING) Anyway, (enough of the parenthesis already!) I go the other way around the building to try to beat them and slam the breaks on to stop and my coffee (the first and only cup I have for the day – I usually bring some with me, but I didn’t have time today!) dumps out into the console (good thing I love the smell of coffee).

I attempt to get the mess cleaned up with the napkins I can scramble up (always ask for extra napkins ((and Starbucks has great napkins)). Meanwhile people are looking at me because I am the one that is suppose to be already there with doors unlocked, lights on, heat on, etc. So! I get out of my car (and this is where I had to make some right choices) and for a moment (a brief moment) I felt the influence of an uncle or the “old man” (the one dead in trespasses and sins) or the evil one or something whisper to me. You know what I did? I ignored the voice, old man, and influence. I gently closed the door, did my little smile and wave, ( I think I may have did the little sigh & head shake too) unlocked the door and went to work.

I choose to have a good day. I choose not to make everyone else’s day miserable because of a couple of mishaps. I choose to laugh about it (laughter is cheap medicine). I choose to give God glory. This is the day that the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it.

Alexander wanted to move to Australia to escape his problems. The deal is there are problems in Australia (and California, Florida, Canada (now if you knew my Canadian friends – you’d think that’s not true, but they’ve somehow learned a valuable lesson and they focus on the good stuff) too. It rains there too. Their garage doors mess up. Their shoes wear out. They get cereal without prizes occasionally. You get the point.

Some always think the grass is greener on the other side. It could be and it could be because they water it. If you want a better marriage – water it. If you want your job to be better – water it. If you want a relationship to improve – invest in it.

My day is already better after I stopped to breathe, say a prayer, and make some choices. I’m not gonna waste this day with negativity. I’m gonna enjoy it. I won’t get this day ever again. I’m gonna help someone else. I’m gonna water the grass here cause I sure don’t want to move to Australia. I’m gonna work on a plan to lose weight cause I sure like this sweatshirt!

 

The Art Of Listening

Man Listening #3I recently found a great sermon and lesson organizer notebook at McKay’s Books in Knoxville, TN. The first pages made the book worth the find. I want to share with you some hints for becoming an effective “active listener” as listed in the book:

  1. Sit toward the front and center of the room. Vision and hearing are better.
  2. Tune in. Listening takes energy.
  3. Avoid distractions such as doorways, window glare and people who may distract you.
  4. Have two pens in case one runs out of ink.
  5. Write the date and topic on the top of your note-page.
  6. Prepare yourself mentally. Ask God to help you listen actively.
  7. Pay attention to the speaker for verbal, postural, and visual clues as to what is important. Repetition often indicates an important point.
  8. Listen to the introduction and write down the overall theme of the talk or sermon. What challenges or questions does the speaker raise?
  9. Be selective. Some points are more important than others. Write down only the main ideas and divide the lesson into key points. Number each point. Use letters or bullet points to highlight sub-points.
  10. Don’t try to write down every word spoken. Concentrate on key words or thoughts and jot down words or phrases, not entire sentences. Write down a two or three word description of illustrations given to highlight key points. Use symbols ( +,=, &,@,w/ (“for with”), etc.
  11. Write scripture references next to key points.
  12. Instead of getting ready to leave immediately at the end of the sermon or lesson, listen carefully to the information given toward the end. Summary statements may be of particular value in highlighting main points.
  13. After the lesson, review you notes and write down applications from the lesson to your life. Learning without application is worse than no learning at all. Once we hear a word from God, we are responsible for that word.
  14. As part of your daily devotional time, re-read the scriptures used as a part of the lesson. Underline or make notations in your Bible’s margin to highlight these scriptures for later reference. Commit to memory one of the key scripture references each week.

– Taken from Family Christian Press, Sermon & Lesson Organizer

Hopefully this will assist you in the “art of listening.” We look forward to seeing you tonight at Bible Study. The church is located at 15540 Lee Highway in between Skyland Coin and Jewelry and Economy Inn. Bible Study starts at 7:30, but you are welcome to join us for pre-service prayer at 7:00.