Best Gifts

Terry Walton


  I Was Thinking… Some of the best gifts received are not recognized as gifts when they arrive. During World War II, a U.S. Marine was separated from his unit on a Pacific Island.  Alone in the jungle, he could hear enemy soldiers coming in his direction.  Scrambling for cover, he found his way up a high ridge to several small caves.  Although safe for the moment, he realized that once the enemy soldiers looking for him swept up the ridge, they would quickly search all the caves and he would be...

‘Can’t Never Could’

Terry Walton


  I Was Thinking… I read a few weeks ago some thoughts that have continued to live with me.  They arose from my devotional study on Benedictine Spirituality.  Joan Chittister writes in an insightful fashion.  “There are corrosive effects of constant complaining.  Complaining is the acid that shrivels our own souls and the soul of the community around us as well.  Complaining is what shapes our mental set.  Feelings, psychology tells us, do not affect thoughts.  Thoughts affect feelings.  What ...

Christmas Chaos

Quincy Brown


Christmas Chaos Like many of you, I'm already behind on my Christmas preparation.  We still have Thanksgiving leftovers in the refrigerator, and the fall wreath is on the front door.  There are so many things that I have to do on my list to get prepared for the chaos of Christmas.     How about you?  Are you prepared for Christmas Chaos?  Christmas Chaos is the force behind all the decorations, busy schedules, and total insanity that so quickly deflates the Christmas season.  Perhaps you’re not ...

‘Complaints of Christmas’

Terry Walton


  I Was Thinking… Should it be offensive that Christmas decorations are now on store shelves immediately following Labor Day?  Is it wrong for Christmas music to begin on XM radio November 1?  Is it a travesty for Christmas Carols to be sung in our churches during Advent?  I have heard all of these complaints shared in conversations across the years.  Is any of it sinful? My heart tells me that all of this depends on one’s point of view.  I think what is being communicated with such complaints...

Try It This Week! (A Weekly Discipleship Tool)

Brian Clark


Commit the fifth (and final) key of discipleship to memory: thus far, we've learned four keys of discipleship. Can you name them? 1) Disciples have a personal relationship with Jesus lived out through the spiritual disciplines. 2) Disciples participate in a small group for mutual growth and accountability. 3) Disciples serve others through acts of love that build the Kingdom of God. 4) Disciples are stewards of every aspect of their lives. The fifth key: Disciples share the Gospel and make ...

‘Lemonade People’

Terry Walton


  I Was Thinking… I am thankful for the grateful hearts of people whose lives have crossed my life’s path.  I have been privileged to know some of the most grateful people.  These are the people that even when life tosses them lemons they have a knack for making the sweetest lemonade.  They are the kind of people that you enjoyed being around because they ‘en-joyed’ your life (their presence brought joy into your life). My maternal grandmother was such a person.  I can’t think of a single ...

Being Thankful

Quincy Brown


Being Thankful Thanksgiving, the simple, mostly non-commercialized holiday, is often overlooked in department stores.  I guess this is to be expected since other than grocery stores chains; there isn't a lot of fanfare behind the sale of turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie (personally, I’m partial to sweet potato pie) and cranberry sauce!   Sure, there have been a few attempts to make Thanksgiving more exciting. You can buy a few Thanksgiving decorations, and there is the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving ...

A Great Awakening

Terry Walton


  I Was Thinking… Do we need another ‘Great Awakening’?  The ‘First Great Awakening’ swept through the British American colonies beginning in the 1730’s in reaction to many ministers concerns that this new country was swept up in the ‘Age of Reason’, also called ‘The Enlightenment’.  People were relying more on their minds than their hearts and there was concern of losing touch with our Creator God.  Preachers like George Whitefield and Jonathan Edwards preached boldly the Gospel with countless...



I recognize that sometimes it is best to start small, so I decided recently to stop eating French fries. Not long afterward I was at a BBQ establishment and ordered the pulled pork plate.  “Instead of the tater tots (a French fry facsimile) can I have banana pudding?”  Remember, small steps!  The waitress responded curtly, “No.”. That was it.  No counter offer like, “I can but I’ll charge you an extra $3.95 and you’ll get the tots anyway.”  Just “No.”     A week later, I was in another ...

Save the Date: Building Worship Bridges with Cathy Townley April 18, 2018!

Connection Points


WORSHIP is the BRIDGE that connects the church to its community. Unfortunately, most churches today do not worship in a way that connects with the people in their communities.  Cathy Townely will help you understand how relevant and creative worship can accelerate the connections you make with people in your community.  So, save April 18, 2018 and plan on attending to learn how worship connects the community to your church. Details will be forthcoming!

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