Newsletter | November 22, 2023

From Our Family And Music Minister | I hope this week has been a great time for all our church family as you celebrate Thanksgiving. This is one of my favorite times of the year. It is a great time to get together with family and friends and enjoy spending time with each other. Not only am I blessed with a loving family, but I am also blessed with a great church family. I know that several of my articles in the past have dealt with my church family. However, I can never stress enough the importance of being a part of one. They are always there during the good times and the bad.

Newsletter | November 8, 2023

From Our Family And Music Minister | A few years ago, my sister and I got a rescue dog named Bailey from the local pound. When we brought her home and gave her a bowl of food, she immediately picked it up and hid it. She was so used to not having food that it took her several weeks before she stopped guarding her food and hiding it. However, she never took it for granted; she would always eat whatever food we got her, and we didn’t have to worry about her wasting it. Fast forward a few years, and now I have a little adopted dog that came with my wife. Lulu has always had food and never had to worry about where her food comes from, including being given treats behind Saskia’s back by more than just me. If Lulu is not fond of a particular dog food, she only eats what she has to. And if we mix the food she doesn’t like with food she does, she pulls each piece out of the bowl and eats the good stuff while leaving the cheap food for the other dog. Bailey was more thankful for just having food because she had done without. As the holiday season approaches and we begin to share everything for which we are grateful, we must also remember to be thankful for the little things. We have to be on guard not to be thankless because it may be something we have always had.

Newsletter | November 1, 2023

From Our Pastor | What a wonderful God we have!  We can trust Him with every situation in our lives.  He promises to provide for our every need (Matthew 6:33).  He tells us not to worry about anything (Philippians 4:6-7).  He tells us to cast all our burdens upon Him (1 Peter 5:7).

Newsletter | October 25, 2023

From Our Family and Music Minister | I believe that one of my favorite television shows would be This Old House. I enjoyed watching the different types of workers and trades it took to bring an old house back to life. Just as those projects took people gifted in many different areas to accomplish, a church needs people with different gifts to grow God’s kingdom. In 1 Peter 4:10, we see that every believer, through God’s grace, is given at least one gift that should be used. As believers, we are called to share in God’s work by using the gifts that we have received to build up other believers and to bring honor to our Heavenly Father.

Newsletter | October 18, 2023

From Our Pastor | Do you spend time with God in His Word?  Don’t rob yourself!  God blesses and guides us through the Scriptures.  In Psalm 19:7-8, David was inspired to write, “The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.  The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.”

Newsletter | October 11, 2023

From Our Family and Music Minister | One of the things that I have learned about myself over the years is that I am a giant creature of habit. In most things, I am not a fan of change. Even though I love technology, I will get in the habit of doing something one way and never change to an easier way for the simple fact I just never think to do it. A few weeks back, I had to set the maps on the car to get to the Atlanta airport. Even though I had driven right past the airport exit several hundred times when I went to school in Atlanta, the few changes they have made from transitioning to the 285 bypass from Interstate 75 are different enough that I don’t recognize them anymore. However, one thing we can count on is that there will be change.

Newsletter | September 27, 2023

From our Family and Music MInister | If you are of the age where you have been called Ma’am or Sir for several years, you may not be familiar with a social media influencer. A social media influencer is a person who can influence people to buy products through their social media. You would be surprised to know these people can earn thousands of dollars and up for endorsing a product. These people get more money as more people follow them. However, we must be careful from whom we take recommendations because, just like scripture warns, money often skews their opinions as they get more popular.

Newsletter | September 20, 2023

From Our Pastor | Why follow God?  Face it, He is not honored today.  In fact, He is hated.  Our society is increasingly built on rebellion against Him.  Why swim upstream against such a powerful and swift current?