On The Journey

A BLOG FROM CO-PASTORS MICHAEL DUVAL & JAMES HASSELL

  • January 7, 2019

    I want to share with you some of Carey Nieuwhof’s thoughts that I recently read:

    Churches are closing, and even growing churches see people attending less often.  We’ve been talking about engagement being the new church attendance.  After all, Jesus didn’t say ... 

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  • January 2, 2019

    As we wrap up 2018 and look forward to a New Year, I simply want again to say “THANKS” for being so welcoming and encouraging to my family. We absolutely loved our first Christmas season in Virginia! We were especially thankful for the Christmas Eve worship experience... 

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  • December 19, 2018

    Christmas really is a wonderful time of the year as we focus on the incredible truth that God entered into human history through the incarnation of Jesus and actually dwelt among us to rescue us from our sin and brokenness.  That is certain.  That we know.  But there are things about Christmas that we do not know...

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  • December 10, 2018

    I heard an unfamiliar racket outside on Sunday evening and peered out my window. The noise came from a snow plow! Spotting a snow plow can be a rare sight for a Texas guy, and I curiously watched the driver displace at least 15 inches on snow that had fallen during the day.

    The next morning, I was pleased to see ...

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  • December 5, 2018

    The weeks before Christmas can seem to last so long for children!  I want to encourage those of you who are parents or grandparents to celebrate Advent with your kids in the month of December.  It can help keep the focus of Christmas on Jesus rather than Santa Claus, presents, and commercialism...

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  • November 26, 2018

    Here is the life-change story of one of the persons who recently was baptized by our church:

     

    “Before I trusted Christ, I was very lost and distrusting that anything or anyone could help reshape me into the person I was meant to be.  I felt alone in life, as if I had no one to turn to that could accept me for who I am and guide me in a way that could bring positive change to my life and those around me.  My life before Christ was filled with ..."

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  • November 18, 2018

    Our church recently celebrated the baptism of eight persons who have committed their lives to Jesus.  Here is the life-change story of one of them:

     

    “Before I trusted Christ, I was in a very bad place.  I wasn’t happy about anything in my life.  I was working in an office that was very degrading, for a boss who daily told me I was stupid and talked down to me like I wasn’t worth the air she breathed...

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  • November 5, 2018

    Rick Bass writes to all who are caught up in our impatient, conflicted culture.  He says that a glacier is one of the most powerful forces in the world.  A glacier is formed by the falling of snow that collects over a period of time.  As the snow deepens, the weight compresses, ice forms, then more snow, then more ice, year after year—and nothing happens.  Nothing happens until...

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