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Monarchy Out of Mayhem
Posted by James Carroll on

The books of the Old Testament are not arranged chronologically. Genesis, as the word means, is the beginning, and Malachi is the last word before the long silence that precedes the New Testament. But the bits in between are shuffled up a fair amount. The arrangement of the books in our English...

Model Endurance
Posted by James Carroll on

If church historians made lists like sports journalists, many would argue that when comes to preaching, outside Christ and the apostles of course, Charles Haddon Spurgeon is the GOAT. (If you’re unfamiliar, it’s an acronym for Greatest Of All Time.) He began preaching as a teenager...

Special Called Business // Members Meeting
Posted by James Carroll on

In the March newsletter, I shared an update regarding our ministry staff situation and some information on how we planned to proceed. I’m following up this month with some exciting news about our immediate future and our long-term plan. After receiving the affirmation of our key leadership...

Church Membership
Posted by James Carroll on

In September 1998, my wife Mikila hydroplaned on Interstate 75 near Lexington as she was driving to work, slid off the road, and continued down an embankment. Thankfully, she was not injured, but that incident impacted our lives in a profound way. As she walked along the roadway around 5 AM...

Look Through the Story
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Posted by James Carroll on

While including thousands of stories, the Bible actually tells one long story. The individual narratives – like Noah and the big boat, Jonah and the big fish, and Jesus feeding the big crowd –  fit together into one grand narrative. These smaller stories are individually helpful...

Elder Candidates
Posted by James Carroll on

Our elders presented Dwight Newton and Josh Pinnick as elder apprentice candidates during our quarterly business meeting in January. After watching these men for several years, reflecting on their applications, and interviewing them, we believe God has gifted them to serve our congregation in...

Training for Godliness
Posted by James Carroll on

Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.”  1 Timothy 4: 7-8 (ESV) Do you want to grow as a Christian? Do you want to become more like...

Update
Posted by James Carroll on

As you know by now, your elders responded to a difficult situation in February regarding one of our ministry staff members. I made a statement on our behalf at the close of congregational worship on February 11. If you were not with us that day, you can stop by the church office to read the...

Serve4Camp
Posted by General General on

Each year our church collects a special offering to help with the rising cost of sending children and students to camp in the summer. Your gifts to this offering go directly to helping families fund these trips.  Sending kids to camp is expensive, but it is also an investment in their...

How Is Your Phone Changing You?
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Posted by James Carroll on

Technology is a part of life, and it always has been. Tony Reinke, senior writer for Desiring God and author of 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You, defines technology as the reordering of raw materials for human purposes. Over the centuries it has come in the form of wheels, levers, pulleys...