Formation Happens Today

Spiritual formation is unique to each person. Its practices and roots are ancient but its application is ALWAYS in the present tense. It never happens “tomorrow”. And we cannot count on its past formative realities to carry us forward. Spiritual formation necessarily takes place today.  It is not managed but...

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Breathing in and Breathing out

Spiritual Formation is often talked about in terms of how it is accomplished. This means that when the conversation turns to formation it generally rotates on the fulcrum of how one becomes or pursues formation. Most of the time SF is talked about in terms of the kinds of disciplines...

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Formation is…

  Merriam-Webster defines formation as an act of giving form or shape to something or of taking form: development. This is how the term is used when talking about spiritual formation. It is talking about the idea of being developed or grown in one’s capacity to be and function spiritually....

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Spirituality is…

  What does it mean to be spiritual? There are many ideas about spirituality these days, but what does (or should) a Christian mean when they use the term? What does it mean for a Christian to be “spiritual”? And does being a spiritual person differ in any real and...

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Doubt: Is it a Gift or Curse?

I’m a believer – a Christian. I was born into a Christian home with Christian parents. I’ve gone to church all my life. I’m a “lifer” and an insider. I’m also a doubter – a questioner.  And for many years I wrestle in silence and fear with all kinds of...

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Tell Them Your Story…

              We all have a story – but very often we don’t tell it. As a minister, my story includes helping families say goodbye to loved ones. That’s what I was doing in Big Stone Gap, VA on April 12, 2014: helping four children, 11...

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Sermon Follow Up

Weapons for this Battle View this email in your browser Yesterday’s sermon on Ephesians 6:17 – “Weapon of Choice” addressed the battle for the mind we have with a very real enemy.  God has equipped us for this battle with both defensive protection and offensive weapons.  We would like to think that...

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New Road / New Opportunities

This past Tuesday, the church staff put on a taco lunch for the road construction crew working on Belding Rd in from of the church.  It was our way of demonstrating hospitality, saying thank you and making a connection.  In return we received some insider information.  The road crew tells...

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