The Image of God and the Fiery Furnace
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The Image of God and the Fiery Furnace

Written by Bryan Holmes

Daniel 3:1-30

King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, sixty cubits high and six cubits wide,[a] and set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon. He then summoned the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the other provincial officials to come to the dedication of the image he had set up. So the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the other provincial officials assembled for the [...]

Guard Your Heart
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Guard Your Heart

Written by Erik Gernand

A few years ago on the Bachelorette there was a guy who got a tattoo of a heart with a shield on his wrist as a testimony of his desire to “guard the heart” of the girl he was chasing.

Everyone who watched had a good deal of fun wondering at the guts (or idiocy) of getting a tattoo for a girl who was currently dating another ten guys. In the end, he lost…but you have to give [...]

Our Hiding Place
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Our Hiding Place

Written by Teresa Hodge

Our grandchildren visited us a couple of weeks ago.  The first thing they wanted to do was play hide-and-seek with their “Papa”!  They always fuss over who gets to hide with Papa, since hiding with him always makes any hiding place fun (and just a little bit less “scary”)!

As a long-ago college student, I read Corrie Ten Boom’s “The Hiding Place”.  That story of courage in unimaginable circumstances never left me.  So, for years, I’ve read everything [...]

Gracious Words
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Gracious Words

Written by Erik Gernand

A few months ago some wildfires swept across my home state of Tennessee. The devastation was massive. 14 lives were lost. 150 more were injured. Acres of forests were burned. 2,400 structures were damaged or lost.

There was a smoke that wafted across the entire state. I’m in the Nashville area and there were days when the smoke reached us from Gatlinburg.

And all of that damage was done by something that started as a small spark. Allegedly these horrendous [...]

Wake Me Up
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Wake Me Up

Written by Sarah Comer

I remember the first time that I really felt God speaking to me. March 3rd marked seven years ago. It wasn’t audible for me, but I knew without a doubt that it was the Lord. I remember lying on my floor writing in my journal, heart pounding, eyes weeping, and knowing that the Lord was speaking to me.

As I have grown, my spiritual life has done the same. However, there have also been times where I had [...]

Confidence
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Confidence

 

Written by Erik Gernand

I’ve been working with my 8-year-old son in baseball recently. He’s just started “kid pitch” league, where the kids pitch instead of the coaches. And it turns out that he’s going to be a pitcher for his team.

(Insert dad pride here)

As I’ve been catching him in the yard, I’ve been reminded just how important confidence is in pitching – and baseball in general – and in life. You can watch a pitcher who’s really in a zone [...]

A Mighty Fortress Part Two
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A Mighty Fortress Part Two

By Erik Gernand

Cast your cares upon the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. – Psalm 55:22

I told you that sometimes we run into verses that we know are true, but maybe we don’t fully understand how. For example, while I believe this verse, the reality I also experience is that I can often be shaken…and so can the saints I pastor. Sometimes it’s not easy to know what to do with this [...]

A Mighty Fortress
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A Mighty Fortress

Written By Erik Gernand

A few days ago this verse came across my daily verse feed…

Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. – Psalm 55:22

It’s a beautiful verse. And I immediately wanted to share it with you all. But as I thought about it more, I honestly started to have trouble with what to say about it. Because, as a pastor, the reality is that I’ve journeyed with a [...]

Work For The Lord
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Work For The Lord

Written By Erik Gernand

Paul, Colossians 3, is dealing with the general way life and social status and households are structured in his day. It’s important to note that he’s not necessarily affirming the way things are structured (they had masters and slaves for example in that day – something that has rightfully and obviously been abolished in our day). But Paul was saying to those early followers of Jesus, who had recently pledged their lives to Jesus and were now [...]

Rock and Fire
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Rock and Fire

Written By Erik Gernand

Baseball season is just starting up. Pitchers and catchers have reported. Opening day is in view. The smell of freshly mowed grass and blooming trees is beginning to fill the air.

My son’s baseball team has started practices here recently as well. It’s been such a joy to watch him play these past couple of years. It’s also reminded me of so many of the life lessons that I learned on a baseball field.

I was reminded of one [...]