Notes From the Pastor

Be Still: A Note From Pastor Leah

Be still. This is something that the Lord has directed me to do on more times that I can count. Through phases of my life, as worry starts to well up within me, the Lord prompts me to be still. Lately, life has been chaotic, but in a good way. Due to the way the […]

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Easter is Coming

The truth of Christ is often overshadowed by our understanding of who He is and what He came to do. Our misconceptions and broken interpretations often lead to a candy coated, Santa-Jesus. He came for me. He did. He died for me. He did that too. But for what purpose and to what end? When […]

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First Steps and Milestones

I remember Hattie’s first steps. She was an early walker at only 10 months old. She smiled from ear to ear hollering with a beautiful toddling laugh. Her dark eyes captured this momma’s heart. And we celebrated. We cheered with claps, and words of encouragement, and laughter. And our encouragement lead her on to walk […]

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Misplaced Trust

Church camp was the highlight of my summers growing up. I went every year, and on the years that I fell between two age groups, I would go to both camps. It was awesome. Because my identical triplet brothers are only 18 months younger than I am, we often ended up at the same camp. […]

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Mother Teresa on Prayer

Prayer is intimate dialogue with God, and flows out of a living, vital relationship with Him. It is not a program or a plan. As with all dialogue, its dynamic is a blend of listening and speaking. Too often, we feel that we must fill our prayers with words, when silence may be where we […]

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Venture Out, Mountain Explorers

I pray you all are enjoying a snowy week. The weather has a way of turning its ugly head and covering us up for a few months out of the year. This week, we received around 8 inches of snow in Tipp City, with slick roads to boot. Today we had a school delay, and […]

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Unforgettable Introductions

I remember meeting Chad for the first time. We were at Summersville Lake in WV, the part of the lake where all the teens from our church camp gathered. We called it “the cliffs.” A friend introduced me to Chad because she knew we were both attending the same college, MVNU, in the fall. I […]

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A Thrill of Hope

As my mother stood beside my sister’s grave, her cousin approached her. A few short years prior he has lost his 16 year old daughter in a car accident. His words cut through the cold, with an air of sorrow and anger, “I would like to tell you that it gets better, but it never […]

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A Broken Thanksgiving

Today a lady came to tour the Church Preschool and Daycare. As she walked the halls she shared with Michelle Oney, the director, that she had just lost her four year old to cancer in September. She cried. Michelle held her. This year will be a broken Thanksgiving. King David’s fear and brokenness gave way […]

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