Month: August 2021

An Update on Youth Ministry

Today’s VOG is a two-part perspective from Don Thampy, who chairs the Pastor of Youth & Family Ministries Search Team, and Pastor Steve, who is coordinating the Youth Ministry Team in the interim. From the Search Team: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and …

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Make a Joyful Noise

“Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.  Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song…Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker…” (Psalm 95) When I hear the phrase “make a joyful noise” several different images …

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As my children reach their teenage years, I hear the echoes of popular advice from friends who have gone through the experience: “say goodbye to communicating, understanding, and relating to your children from here on out” and “this is the end” are the most popular refrains, even from Christians. Similarly, churches and modern church culture tend to place tremendous importance …

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Blest Be the Ties that…Attach

The sports pages were flabbergasted by an earth-shaking event on July 25th: “Team USA Suffers Stunning Loss to France in Men’s Olympic Basketball Opener.” Given the concentration of NBA players on the United States squad, their first hoops competition of these Olympic games should have been an American romp. Other analysts knew better – this was a defeat that was …

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