Posts from 2019

Posts from 2019

Walking in the Light

It is a joy to have two wonderful sons. I enjoy how they like to laugh and be happy over little things. It is a joy to watch them learn about new aspects of life and I appreciate watching them try to figure out how everything works. Despite all of these joys, there are times, and sometimes lots of times, where there are things I don’t enjoy but I know that I will miss…

A Relative

A husband and his wife were riding along together in a car. They had been quarreling and hadn’t spoken for a long time. Finally, they passed a mule in a pasture. The man pointed to the mule and asked his wife, “A relative of yours?” Without a moment’s hesitation, she responded, “Yes, by marriage.” It is inevitable in relationships that we have conflict. If we are not…

Welcome! Family & Friends Day

Welcome! We are so glad you are with us today as we come together to continue our worship of the Lord together!  I say continue because we know that this connection with God is about more than what happens here.  God wants a relationship with his people and so every day is an opportunity to thank Him for what He has done, talk to Him about what we are facing and what we…

Present Hope

For me, November starts the beginning of a busy holiday schedule. The weather has cooled off, sometimes we get snow (like this year already), Thanksgiving is around the corner, and that is just November!  This year, after Thanksgiving is Present Hope! Like the last few years, we are teaming up with the Arlington Church of Christ and other Knoxville area churches to serve…

Reasons to Rejoice

There are those in the church today who have lost sight of their joy. Indeed, several things in this world tend to rob us of our happiness. In Philippians 4:1-9, the apostle Paul speaks to us on the subject of joy. He is qualified to talk about the issue of pleasure, for in spite of his hardships and persecutions, he found the secret of real Christian Joy. In fact, he was…

Serve One Another

This past Wednesday night we had our annual Fall Festival! Although the weather wasn’t the nicest, we still had a great time in the Fellowship Hall. Thank you to everyone who put time, effort, and hard work into this event to make it so successful. In total there were roughly 122 people who were in attendance. We can take all the energy and excitement as we push onto…

Your Identity in Jesus Christ

Do not forget these words: You are not who people say you are and not even who you feel you are! You are who God says you are! Few things in life shape a person like the words used to describe them. I will never forget the first time someone called me a preacher. I almost panicked and was visibly shaken by those words. I will always remember being told that I was a loser…

Inconvenient!

Suppose we changed our meeting time to 3 AM on Sundays. While we might not like it, many of us would be here despite the inconvenience. Now, relax! There are no plans to change the meeting time! It brings up the question, though: How willing are you to be inconvenienced in your service to God?  Antonius Felix, governor of Judea, didn’t like what he was hearing as Paul was…

Be Like Bo

I want to begin by thanking the church for blessing us with the opportunity to attend Harding University’s Lectureship this past week. I was sitting in a chair in the Benson Auditorium as we prepared for the evening Lecture as we talked about the big news from the day. This news was about an off duty officer involved in a shooting. The young man’s name was Botham. He…

Living one day at a time.

Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:34, “Do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Jesus’ point is much more practical than we often think. He was telling us that we have enough to deal today without worrying about what could happen tomorrow. He wants us to learn to focus on the needs of today, or you…