Meal Time Worship

Meal Time Worship

I love food. If this were a food blog I would fill you in on the recent culinary findings that have changed my life, but since this is a church blog I will talk about prayer – specifically prayer before meals. Last week as I was eating a sandwich at my desk (shhh don’t tell our Continue reading →

Eating Healthy (Without Breaking the Bank)

Eating Healthy (Without Breaking the Bank)

One of the excuses I have heard for not eating healthy is that it costs too much. But like anything else it really just requires a few adjustments in how/what we buy. In fact the US Department of Agriculture’s Seasonal Produce Guide is a great tool for knowing when to buy what!

Here are a few tips to get you started: Continue reading →

We Need a Third Great Awakening

We Need a Third Great Awakening

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me,” John 14:6.

Ever since Ancient Greece, relativism (the view that truth is different for each individual, social group, or historic period), has existed in our world and thanks to philosophers throughout time such as John Locke and David Hume, it is now an important idea in the Modern Era. It was because of relativism that the Enlightenment movement (encouraged people to value logic and reason more than just taking things at face value or accepting them by faith) grew and became Continue reading →

Unexpected Sites

Unexpected Sites

I just got back from a 10-day trip to the Holy Land. It was a life-changing experience on so many levels. To be where Jesus was – to walk the streets – to see the sites – was absolutely incredible. I had no idea what to expect once I got over there. I had several people tell me that their lives were forever changed by their visit to Israel, so I went with great anticipation. My aunt has been several times and she told me that often she finds God uses the unexpected places to minister to her while she is there. I had a similar experience.

 

We sat on the Sea of Galilee where Jesus calmed the storm. We walked the street (the exact street, the same stones) that Jesus walked on his way to Calvary. We saw the empty tomb, sat on the Mt. of Beatitudes, we were baptized in the Jordan River. We visited the house of Caiphas and sat in the same pit Jesus sat in while he awaited his crucifixion. We did it all! Each of these places was so special on the trip – I filled my journal with notes and thoughts at each spot. But, as it happens with my aunt, it was an unsuspecting place that stuck out to me the most on this trip.

It happened on Mount Precipice.

 

Luke 4 gives the account of Jesus teaching in the synagogue in Nazareth, his hometown. His listeners were pleased with him in one moment and filled with rage the next moment. They drove him out of the synagogue and up to Mount Precipice. The intent was to throw him off the cliff.

 

No one from his hometown spoke up. No one came to his defense. They all went the way of the crowd.

Luke’s account tells us, “But passing through their midst, He went His way.”

The scheme didn’t work – Undeterred; Jesus went from there to Capernaum to teach some more.

 

On this mountain, I prayed for my kids. Here is what I wrote, “God, surround my kids with friends who will stand in the gap with them.” That’s all, a simple prayer with a lot of meaning.

Parents, how are you praying for your kids? A lot of my prayers concerning my kids are prayers for the future and how God will use them. This is one of those “right now” prayers and it involves more than God’s protection.

“God, give my kids wisdom and discernment to surround themselves with godly friends who will fight along side them, cry with them, laugh with them, minister to and with them; friends who will truly stand in the gap when things get difficult.”

 

 

 

Student Minister

Rev. Philip Turner

Student Minister

A Christian Citizen

A Christian Citizen

We are living in unusual times. The presidential primary is drawing the attention of the world on our democracy. What does it mean to be a Christian citizen? We are living in this world as pilgrims just traveling through. The bible declares that our real citizenship is in heaven. The Apostle Paul says in Philippians 3:20, “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” We are citizens of heaven as believers and passing through this world. Continue reading →

FREEDOM IN FORGIVENESS

FREEDOM IN FORGIVENESS

Almost one year ago we were all rocked with the news that there had been another mass shooting. This time it was during a church’s Wednesday night Bible study, which seemed so unbelievable because we all were wondering if there was anywhere that was safe anymore. And what was always news coming to us from faraway places was now happening pretty close to home: Charleston. Continue reading →

Summer Intentionality

Summer Intentionality

Summer is here! For some (students), it comes with a sigh of relief…classes are over, time to relax a little bit for 10 weeks before going back to the grind. For others (parents), it comes with a little bit of stress…kids are home, have to figure out what to do with them for 10 weeks to keep them out of trouble! For me, it is a little of both – Summer is our busiest time here in the Student Ministry…RoadRules, Israel, Washington, DC , and family vacation– it will all be a blur come August. Continue reading →

Gospel-Centered Dating Part 2

Gospel-Centered Dating Part 2

In our first post regarding Gospel-Centered Dating, we covered the intent and purpose of dating from a biblical perspective—a Christian philosophy for dating, if you will. This time I want us to begin exploring how we see this philosophy realized in our lives in more practical, everyday kinds of ways, and make our way toward wrapping up our discussion next time. Continue reading →