Friday, March 09, 2018

Currently Reading.

What are you reading?

Sheep are Stupid

In Skye Jethan's book, Immeasurable, he tells the following "Sheep are stupid. Consider news that came from Turkey in 2005. People from the town of Gevas watched in horror as one sheep jumped to its death, and then 1500 more followed after. When the villagers, whose livelihoods depended on the flock, arrived at the bottom of the mountain, they found a billowy white pile of death. In all, 450 sheep were lost, but amazingly the rest survived. It seems that as the pile grew higher, the fall was more cushioned. Why did these sheep perish? It turns out the shepherds responsible for protecting the flock had left the sheep on the mountain and had gone to eat breakfast when the fleeces started to fly." Talk about your fur about to fly.

The lesson: We all need a shepherd in our lives ...Especially the Great Shepherd.

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

March Newsletter Article

From the Desk of our Preacher:

He Is Risen!

Why Christmas? Why Easter?

Take a fresh look at Jesus’ answer to these questions. Read it slowly several times so it will sink in.

“This is how much God loved the world: He gave His Son, His one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in Him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending His Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts Him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust Him has long been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to Him.”

John 3:16-18 (Message Bible)

May God’s love become a very real thing in your head and in your heart as we get ready to celebrate the Resurrection together.

See you Sunday.
In Him,


Thursday, February 08, 2018

Why I'm a UVA fan.

Being from Canada ...I'm a Hockey fan. Follow the Leafs, like the Jays. Went I went to college everyone had their teams ..... College basketball a lot like the ACC (UNC,Duke etc) So how did I end up being a UVA fan (Bandwagon jumper perhaps?) In the mid 90s I was in Bible College (Roanoke later Mid Atlantic Christian University ..Go Mustangs) we do Choir tours and we had visited the campus of UVA. (you'd think I'd be a UNC fan since my first preaching Gig was on the Campus of UNC at the CCF Campus House with 12 in attendance btw but still can say I preached at UNC) ...Actually I liked and started following UVA when UVA wasn't popular and basketball and football wasn't that great. In the late 90s I served at a church in Mechanicsville (Liberty Christian) where almost everyone was a Hokie fan. (Virginia Tech) Everyone except one. Gene Boyd.

You see Gene liked to talk. And talk and talk. He was one of those who you listened ...stepped away a few times and listened again to his stories. And boy did he have lots. He was a sweet man and his wife, Verne. Everyone picked on poor Gene. So I said, Gene, I'll support you and got myself a UVA hat and wore it until 2 years ago I lost it at Kings Dominion on a roller coaster ride. And then I got a sweat shirt and also started listening and being a more active fan of the college team. I never follow sports (Except hockey and the Winter Olympics) and with my son's interest in basketball and filling out the brackets every year this was good. So I became a UVA fan because of Gene.

I know Gene liked other teams but he sure was a character. He loved God, his family, and of course his teams. He was one of the good ones that you were glad to have as an elder, friend, and talked.

What teams do you like and why? (I remember in college my friend, Ben liked the New York Rangers ....but that's a tale for another time)

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Feb. Newsletter

A Christian Perspective:

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting Him, He endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now He is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.” Hebrews 12:1, 2 (NLT)
We are running the race. We’re on a journey. Don’t give up. Rick Warren is quoted as saying “We must never become so enamored with methods that we lose sight of our mission and forget the message.” Imagine if Olympians became so involved with the methods of training, they forgot the focus was to do their sport – with the end in mind. Olympians have a goal – to win a medal.
I love this time of year. The 2018 Winter Olympics are being hosted in Asia. They have such sports as hockey, luge, skiing, curling, figure skating, speed skating and even bobsledding. Do you remember the movie: “Cool Runnings” (based on a true story)? The athletes put all their hope and efforts into medaling, in a small piece of gold, silver or bronze. The phrase: “The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat.” Comes to mind.
The Christian journey is much like the Olympics. We have to train. We have a goal in mind. Our focus isn’t a medal, but our focus is keeping our eyes on Jesus. So how is your training coming along? Having a daily time with God? Reading the Word? Encouraged by God’s Family? Telling others about Jesus? If not, why not? Let’s get back our focus on Jesus.
See You Sunday,
“Fear not that life shall come to an end, but rather that it shall have a beginning.”John Henry Cardinal Newman (1801-90)