Sermon for June 30

Posted by on June 30, 2013 under Front Page Posts, Sermons

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Sermon for June 30, 2013 by Travis Campbell

Faith Fusion 2013

Posted by on June 26, 2013 under Uncategorized

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Everyone is welcome to this One-Day Family Adventure!  Grab the kids and join in the fun on Saturday, July 27.  Donuts will be served at 9:30am, and we will end the day at 2:30 pm.    Games, crafts, inflatables, service projects – there’s something for everyone!  Donuts, lunch and snacks are included!!


Click here to register and here to sign up to help.  

Don’t miss this fun family day!!




Sermon for June 23

Posted by on June 23, 2013 under Front Page Posts, Sermons

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Sermon for June 23, 2013 by Travis Campbell


Posted by on June 21, 2013 under News

2013-06-09 Letter from Dean and Carol Ezell

Dragons Can Be Beaten

Posted by on June 16, 2013 under Front Page Posts, Sermons

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June 16, 2013 – Dragons are featured in ancient stories, modern classics, and video games:



Beowulf, The Hobbit,

The Hobbit


and Skyrim.  Even the new movie Pacific Rim is about knights in shining armor defending the world from terrible monsters.  In every form, there’s something about the story of the knight and the dragon that reminds us the there is a conflict between good and evil in the universe.

The best known story of a knight fighting a dragon is the story of St. George.  St. George and the Dragon is everywhere!  You will find it represented in nations from England to Ethiopia.  Monuments and illustrations depicting St. George slaying the dragon are visible in cities in the Americas, Europe, and Africa.











Why does the story of a knight fighting a dragon appeal to us?



Revelation 12

“Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on its heads. Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that it might devour her child the moment he was born. She gave birth to a son, a male child, who “will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.”

Revelation 19

I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean.  Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.”

Picture14Dragons Can Be Beaten

“The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon.” – G.K. Chesterton

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” – Neil Gaiman

The dragon may be the most fearsome thing that we can imagine, but even the dragon fears something!

  • these limitless terrors have a limit
  • these shapeless enemies have enemies in the knights of God
  • there is something in the universe more mystical than darkness, and stronger than strong fear.

The dragon fears the rider on the white horse!


Old Is Not a Dirty Word!

Posted by on June 9, 2013 under Front Page Posts, Sermons

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Sermon for June 9, 2013

THIS IS A TEST . . . .

















If your response to this series of images is “What is this?” then you are young.

If your response is “Why is he showing this?” then you are old.  If you know what these things are and if you have ever used them regularly, then you are older.


Hope I Die Before I Get Old!

What a drag it is getting old!

What a drag it is getting old!

When did it become a sin to be old?  When did being old become something to avoid or something for which we must apologize?

When the generation that said “Don’t trust anyone over 30” ended up well over 30, they created quite a mess for themselves.

Don’t believe the advertising.  The media and the culture want to give us new and improved version of age.  Retirement is free of worry and problems.  Old people are really just young people with graying hair.

It is an unrealistic image.


I’m using the wireless telephone!

•Trying to stay current is a myth

•Trying to keep up gives an inferiority complex
•Don’t buy the “snake oil” and you will not be disappointed!

The Bible speaks of age differently.  It describes a value in being old.

“Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained by living a godly life.” – Proverbs 16:31

“I am writing to you little children because your sins have been forgiven for his name’s sake.  I am writing to you who are mature in the faith because you know Him who is from the beginning.  I am writing to you who are young in the faith because you have won your battle with the evil one.” – 1 John 2:12-13

•Wisdom brings perspective that should make us carefree
•Gamaliel (Acts 5:34-39)
•The Apostle John – “Love One Another”
Worrying about the next generation and complaining about the future has been around for quite a long time.  There’s nothing new about it!

“I see no hope for the future of our people if they are dependent on the frivolous youth of today, for certainly all youth are reckless beyond words. When I was a boy, we were taught to be discrete and respectful of elders, but the present youth are exceedingly wise and impatient of restraint.” – Hesiod (8th century B.C.)

Picture13An appeal to the old:

Teach Us . . .

•How to grow old
•How to have faith
•How to hope
•How to love
•To know God

The Table of The Lord

Posted by on June 2, 2013 under Front Page Posts, Sermons

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Picture19June 2, 2013 – What comes to mind when we speak about the table of the Lord?

What does a table mean to us?  What does a table represent?

A table is a place for more than a meal.  It is a place of meeting.  It is a place of conversation.  It is a place for fellowship.

We regard our tables with reverence.  We gather the family and friends around a table.  We celebrate special occasions at tables.

We practice manners at our tables because we believe that the fellowship at a table is important and connects us to something greater.

What do we think of when we mention the table of the Lord?  Do the same thoughts about a table come to mind or is it only a religious ritual?

Classic Images of the “Last Supper”


Leonardo, The Last Supper, 1498

Leonardo, The Last Supper, 1498


Orthodox Icon


Tintoretto, The Last Supper, 1594


Dali, The Sacrament of the Last Supper, 1955

The Passion of the Christ, 2004

The Passion of the Christ, 2004

The Lord's Supper, 1973

The Lord’s Supper, 1973

















The History of the Lord’s Table

Ancient Carving

Ancient Carving


The Altar – moved to the front and fenced off!


The Long Table


A Puritan Style Communion Table


1 Cor. 10:16-17When we bless the cup at the Lord’s Table, aren’t we sharing in the blood of Christ? And when we break the bread, aren’t we sharing in the body of Christ? And though we are many, we all eat from one loaf of bread, showing that we are one body.

What Does the Table Mean?

  •  Unity (v. 18)
  •  Sharing (v. 18-19)
  •  Participating (v. 20)
  •  Eating (v. 31)

Table Manners

For if you eat the bread or drink the cup without honoring the body of Christ, you are eating and drinking God’s judgment upon yourself. – 1 Cor. 11:29