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LOVE BIG

In 2018 at 1church we are saying it is the year to Love Big! When you think of Nike we tend to think of their tag line, Just Do It. Most companies or organizations have a two to seven-word phrase that is their tag line. A phrase that when you hear it, you automatically identify with them. UPS = What can brown do for you? Papa John’s = Better Ingredients, Better Pizza. You get the idea. At 1church we have…

BLESS YOU?

      We live in the south where if someone sneezes in public it becomes a competition to see who can say, “Bless You” the fastest. Or when we are talking about someone and the phrase, “Bless their heart” is spoken in a soft tone that it means awwwww. I was recently asked the question how can I live my life in way that is a blessing to others? This person wasn’t talking about just smiling at someone and making…

SHHH…We are in the Library

SHHHHHH….We are in the Library! Being a church plant we had to come the conclusion very quickly that it is not about where we meet but it is about WHO we have gathered to worship.  We don’t have a building that we own or rent.  We are very thankful and blessed with the administration at Sullivan North High School to allow us the use of their facilities on Sundays.  We have met here since our first gathering on Easter Sunday…

A dream house that wasn’t my dream

      Selling a house is NO fun! It’s stressful, overwhelming and can be downright frustrating! Some people have it easy. Their house sells within 2 weeks of putting it on the market, the inspection and appraisal goes smoothly, they find the house of their dreams, get an amazing deal on it and live happily ever after……Not so for us! But God is faithful and meets our every need and sometimes gives us more than we ever imagined! Some people…

Make America Great Again?

  Make America Great Again? As election season approaches the message gets ramped up louder with each passing day.  One of the voices shouting today, without me mentioning names, is shouting for us to “make America great again”.  I am a proud citizen of the greatest country in the world, the United States of America.  But as a Christian I am very hesitant for me to proclaim that we need to make America great again. As a society we tend…

Love is Difficult

Love is difficult.  Unconditional love is very difficult.  An unconditional love that forgives no matter what we get in return.   An unconditional love that shows remorse whether we agree with the decisions that others make.  An unconditional love that I think can only be shown and experienced by and thru the grace of Jesus.  We live in a world where we are surrounded by hate.  I believe that is easy to hate, just as easy to show hate as it is difficult for…

Coffee & Doughnuts

“Nothing in life is free!”  I’m sure that we have all either said this or have heard someone say this phrase.  The majority of the time I would say that this is true.  There usually are some strings attached to whatever someone is giving away, something that they are not telling you upfront in order for you to pay later.  Maybe something to give away in order for you to pay less or could be a service or task that…

Real Relationships

One question…what would this world, our nation, our families, and ourselves look like if everyone followed through with what they say they’re going to do or believe to be true? There would not be any disappointment, deceit, hard feelings, or lies. The thing is not everyone follows through with what they say/believe. It is no fault of our own, it is our human/sin nature; however, I believe this is a major reason that church attendance and, more importantly, Christianity has…

“Got a Rip in My Jeans”

This past Sunday while setting up for 1church services at Sullivan North High School the song “Free To Be Me” by Francesca Battistelli really hit home with me and got a literal meaning.  If you don’t know the song the chorus goes like this. ‘Cause I got a couple of dents in my fender Got a couple rips in my jeans Try to fit the pieces together But perfection is my enemy On my own I’m so clumsy But on…

Joyfully together

We recently went to a homeschool conference in Atlanta, GA.  It’s always refreshing and brings new energy and inspiration not only to finish out our school year, but as a mom and wife.  God always teaches me something through this conference.  He uses these godly and humble people to bring new light to personal issues.  Most of the time its not even about homeschooling but just life in general. Sometimes it’s easy to get in an emotional funk – bogged…

Led to the Table

  I recently got the privilege of catching up with some friends from another time. I don’t want to call them old friends as they are younger than I am and I don’t consider myself old yet.  Circumstances happened in their lives and they moved to another town away from the Tri-Cities. We happened to both be in Atlanta at the same conference for Homeschooling our kids. We all decided to go grab a bite to eat together, all my…