The Grapevine

Grapes grow in clusters on vines. Jesus wants his followers to know that like grapes, Christians grow in churches that are connected to him through the Holy Spirit. Previous experience with vineyards are not necessary to understand the illustration as John records the story: John 15:5 “I am the vine;

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A Message from Pastor Rich

Oh, Smoky Row! You were continually in my thoughts and prayers as we were away at General Conference this past week. The speaker was Karl Vaters, a well-known author on small churches and small-church life. (And a pastor of a small congregation, too.) If you’d like to look over some

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On Psalm 22

Psalm 22 reads: 6 But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by everyone, despised by the people. 7 All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads. 8 “He trusts in the Lord,” they say, “let the Lord rescue him. Let him deliver him,

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Cutting Room Floor: Amos 7

This Side of Jesus: Let’s start with the way the early Church made use of today’s Amos passage. The early Church was trying to figure out how to manage the care of the hundreds of people who were deciding to keep faith with Jesus, and the chose servants–a word, “deacon,”

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What is Lent?

What is Lent and the Lenten Season? By Jonathan and David Bennet – http://www.churchyear.net/lent.html Many Christians throughout the world observe Lent. Catholic, Orthodox, and many Protestants benefit from this annual season of sacrifice and simplicity…. In basic terms, Lent is the season before Easter…In many Protestant churches, the liturgical season

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