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Blog Archives: July 2017

Hospitality is Not Entertaining

July 26, 2017
Sean Smith
Do you know the difference between hospitality and entertaining? I know I often use these words as synonyms for each other. I have started to wonder what the difference is as we have learned more about what it means to be hospitable through our latest series of blog posts. Let’s take a closer look together at the difference between these words. Thefreedictionary.com defines these words like this: Entertain: To hold the attention of with something amusing or diverting Hospitality: Cordial and generous reception of or disposition toward ...

Word of the Week

July 26, 2017
Tom Breeden
Word of the Week: Courage Yesterday I had the chance to go to King’s Dominion with the youth group. It’s not often I get to spend time with the teenagers in our church and it was wonderful! We have some incredible teens here and I praise God for them. One of the things that moved me the most was riding roller coasters with two of the middle school boys. They were so nervous. Who isn’t the first time you ride a big roller coaster? And yet, even in the face of their fear, they got on one after the other and ended up having a fun-filled day....

Hospitality as Welcome

July 19, 2017
Tom Breeden
No Trespassing. Private Property. Do Not Enter. Have you seen these signs? You’ll find them nailed to a tree at the start of a long driveway. You’ll see them hanging from chain-link fences. They all communicate one message loud and clear: you’re not welcome here. But signs like this aren’t the only way that we sense we aren’t welcome. When we approach a group and the conversation abruptly stops, we know we aren’t welcome. When we take a seat and people move away, we know we aren’t welcome. When people ignore us and play with their phones ...

Word of the Week

July 18, 2017
Tom Breeden
Word of the Week: Provision We prayed for two of our own on Sunday as they went off to be ambassadors for the kingdom, as they go and carry the message of reconciliation to far away lands. One of the things that has been so amazing to me about these trips is how God has provided above and beyond what we could have expected. In both cases, God provided more funding than necessary. Yesterday Pastor Don left for Malawi. Did you know most pastors in Malawi don’t have a Bible in their native language? Can you imagine leading a Bible study or a ...

Hospitality as an Expression of Relationship

July 13, 2017
Don Ward
We were created for relationships. The only thing about creation that God said was “not good” was that Adam had no other humans around him - he was alone. Even after sin and brokenness came into the world, relationships have always been critical. God began early on to create relationships not just with an individual, but with a family - the people that would become Israel. He made them for relationship with Himself and with one another. His law, in large part, governed their relationships. Most of the ten commandments dealt with human ...

Word of the Week

July 13, 2017
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Fun Sometimes churches just have fun together. Saturday afternoon we had a blast. It was warm in every way: fun, relaxing and joyous. It just felt like a big family reunion. Did it change the world in some way?  Hey, don’t count God out - in the midst of cornhole, volleyball and shooting the breeze, we added one member to the Japan missions team! The main purpose was accomplished - we enjoyed the gift God gave us of one another. Young and old, athlete and couch potato, we all found our place. I’d be remiss in not ...

Hospitality and the Mission of God

July 06, 2017
Tom Breeden
How did you spend your Fourth of July? Maybe you spent it by the grill as you and your family savored that delicious smell of burgers only minutes away from your plate. Perhaps you spent it around the pool with friends, enjoying the sun on that one day where you don’t have to be anywhere. Or maybe you sat in your lawn chair, lounging out with your neighbors as you watched the fireworks color the night’s sky. I spent the holiday at a friend’s house, playing board games and eating pizza. It was wonderful, but not just because I enjoy board ...

Word of the Week

July 06, 2017
Don Ward
Word of the week: Slacker Nobody wants to be a slacker. A slacker is lazy and unproductive. Do you find sometimes in the summer you are a slacker spiritually? Vacation is hard for me in this regard. On my recent vacation, I found myself slacking off a bit! I didn’t care for my soul as I could have. I was sporadic in my devotions and prayer, but demonstrated faithfulness in fun and relaxation. God still loves me, I’m still a son by faith, I’m still righteous. But I got out of my routines of soul care and I felt its impact. I was around a lot ...