Let Your Flag Fly

 

I really like Christmas. I mean, really really really. If you know me, you probably realize that I start the slow build to Christmas as early as July when Hallmark brilliantly shows its Holiday films smack dab in the middle of summer. I figure, why stop there, let’s keep this thing rolling.
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The Struggle Is Real

Hey everybody,

Ever try to drive a car with the emergency brake on? I’ve done it before, unintentionally. It makes driving and moving the car WAY harder!

Sometimes life feels that way, doesn’t it? You push forward and you do the best you can, but there seems to be some drag making things more difficult than they need to be. You push past one obstacle thinking that you will be home-free only to discover that there is another obstacle waiting…and sometimes the obstacles seem to be internal ones, not external ones.

What gives with all this?

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It’s Almost Time

Hey everybody,

Back in October, I had the opportunity to take a solo ride on the motorcycle to north Georgia and back. It was a beautiful ride in every way. As I was on the final stretch home, on Route 58, I had to take a double take. A house on the left side of the road was in full-on Christmas décor! There were wreaths, candy canes, lights, and the whole Christmas treatment. What made it stand out so much to me was that all day I had been passing houses with Halloween decorations. Apparently, the owner of this house decided to skip right over Halloween AND Thanksgiving and just go all-in on Christmas! Read More

The Iron Butt Association

Hey everybody,

Last week’s Fall Fest was absolutely incredible! More than 800 people attended and TONS of people from our community were among them. We handed out 400 invite cards to Believers along with hundreds of pounds of candy! I was so proud of all of you that participated in some way; whether you donated candy, decorated your trunk (you guys were super creative), or helped with logistics, setting up, or cleaning up! Thanks to ALL of you for such a great event.

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It Takes A Village

Hey Church Family,

I will never forget when my youngest was a newborn. I was running late for worship run-through on an early Sunday morning and the straps on his car seat were presenting to be a hot mess. When an “angel unaware” appeared in the form of a church member saw my frustration and said, “here, let me take care of that for you,” and proceeded to take the next 10 minutes to serve my family. That one act of kindness and support as a parent 16 years ago, at our church, still impacts me to this day. Not only because the car seat got fixed, but I knew that person saw me as a parent and wanted to partner with me.

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Can You Have Fun At Church?

Hey everybody,

I didn’t go to church a lot as a kid, but when I did, I remember one thing. Any guesses?

BORING!

I remember sitting next to my mom and doodling on the church program. I remember asking for a lifesaver or gum or anything that would occupy my time for however much longer there was to go. You know what I never remember from my times at church?

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How Are You Doing Really

Hey Everybody,

Back in 2018, Believers hosted an event called, A Night for Light – Real-talk about Depression. The event was very well attended which indicated that there was a need to talk openly about mental health struggles. That night we had a doctor talk about the medical aspects of depression, a counselor discuss emotional and mental health from a therapeutic perspective, and then I spoke, shedding light on the spiritual aspects of mental health. It was such a great night…a night intended to START the conversation on such important topics.

Did you catch WHEN we had that event? 2018. A full two years before the pandemic. All the experts tell us that since 2020 the mental health crisis in our nation has only accelerated. Just this week, I received an email detailing some grim statistics. According to the CDC, nearly half of all adults will experience mental illness in their lifetime. Below are five startling facts from the National Institute of Mental Health that shed some light on what people are experiencing today… Read More

That Was Big

 

Last week was Big Day at Believers. We launched our new series First Love, a study of the New Testament letter of Ephesians. It was a great start to a new series and BeGroup semester. If you missed it, be sure to check it out here!

The goal of Big Day is to connect as many people as possible to Jesus and a community of faith. We had a goal of connecting 20 First Time Guests that day and while we didn’t quite have that many people identify as First Time Guests, we did have a 10% increase in overall attendance, which is amazing!

Before Big Day, we released a video where I said I would take the “Paqui One Chip Challenge,” if you guys rose to the occasion. And since you did…Doug and I documented our experience. If you haven’t already seen it, you can find it on Believers’ social channels.

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Find Rest

Hey, y’all!

I was somehow allowed to write for the outlet again, so here goes! We are about to enter the fall, which always seems to be a busy season. Vacations are ending, school is back in session, shopping increases as holidays approach, and on and on. Or maybe you’re reading this and are thinking, “I never don’t have a busy season!” Wherever you’re at, I can bet that some of you, if not all, are tired in some way. Personally, I’ve been spiritually worn out and in a dry season. Maybe you can relate. I want to briefly share about our gentle and lowly Savior, where we can find rest. Read More

Penny for your thoughts?

Hey everyone!

This weekend, many of us will be gathering with family and friends to honor the memories of all those who gave their lives to fight for our freedoms. I think it’s important to look back on what God has done, and what we have lost, and find gratitude for what we have.

BUT how do we keep the celebrations going when it seems like our liberties are being stripped away every time we look around us. Right now we are mourning the tragedies of lives taken unjustly and too soon. We have witnessed hurt people hurting people and I can’t help but think, “Is this the freedom people have given their lives for?”. Read More