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Reflecting on time in solitude

Recently I hiked a trail along the Blue Ridge Parkway with my son. It was early on a cool morning, with few people around — ... Read more

6 days ago by Brent Roberts.

Only God can judge a person’s heart

I had a coworker once who asked me about a decision that we had made regarding a difficult situation. They asked, “Did we do the ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Barry Vassar.

Thy will, not mine, be done

A delightful man in our congregation recently lost his wife suddenly. Many people had been praying for her recovery. When she departed to be with ... Read more

4 weeks ago by John Moxley.

Latter-day Saints adjust services and missions due to COVID-19

I have been asked by many friends and neighbors how the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is weathering the pandemic. As with many ... Read more

1 month ago by Brent Roberts.

When we gather, let it be with a renewed purpose

Memorial Day and Memorial Day weekend would seem to go hand in hand, yet they are two different events. Memorial Day is a day set ... Read more

1 month ago by Barry Vassar.

The joy of the Lord is our strength

During this season of uncertainty caused by this pandemic of COVID-19, I have had numerous conversations with many people centering around why God has allowed ... Read more

2 months ago by Rev. Dr. James Taylor III.

How will you come out of this time of quarantine?

Right now we are in the middle of, what feels like, if not is, a global quarantine. Countries around the world have lockdowns, and shelter-in-place ... Read more

2 months ago by John Moxley.

Faithful in Christ

Recently a phrase jumped out at me from the scriptural page, “Faithful in Christ.” Paul addressed warm greetings to the saints in Ephesus who were ... Read more

2 months ago by Brent Roberts.

A setback is a setup for a reset

God reset the world after the great flood. God reset the Jewish people after bringing them out of captivity. God reset the face of religion ... Read more

2 months ago by Barry Vassar.

The resurrection is our sustaining power forever

We are now on the other side of Easter and the blessed hope of the resurrection is again woven into the faith of believers. However, ... Read more

3 months ago by Rev. Dr. James Taylor III.

A different Easter

Easter is going to be a little different this year. How could it not be? Observing our cherished Easter traditions has become all but impossible. ... Read more

3 months ago by John Moxley.

Seek the best gifts

Perhaps envisioning difficult times such as these, the Apostle Paul taught: “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant” (1 Corinthians 12:1). ... Read more

3 months ago by Brent Roberts.

Are you prepared or trying to stock up?

At the time of this writing (March 20, 2020), groceries stores are running or have ran out of toilet paper, hand sanitizer, hand soap and ... Read more

3 months ago by Barry Vassar.

What is it you want Jesus to do for you?

“And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Master, let me receive ... Read more

3 months ago by Rev. Dr. James Taylor III.

God’s Daylight Savings plan

I’ve discovered that time goes by fast when you realize your child is old enough to vote. I’m so proud of my daughter for exercising ... Read more

4 months ago by John Moxley.

Prayer is a powerful thing

Prayer is a strong and mighty force. Danish theologian, Soren Kierkegaard said, “The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change ... Read more

4 months ago by Guest Columnist.

What to do with your extra day

Beyond Valentine’s Day, this February has two other days that are well worth celebrating — Groundhog Day and Leap Day. Our family has a long ... Read more

4 months ago by Brent Roberts.

Christ set us free from the law of sin and death

A church member whom I respect brought to my attention an aspect of the Christian life that many people struggle with. Though we are called ... Read more

4 months ago by Barry Vassar.

God’s assurance of safe passage

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When ... Read more

5 months ago by Rev. Dr. James Taylor III.

Bumper Car Living

The most thrilling ride at any fair or amusement park for me as a child was the bumper cars. For a young person who never ... Read more

5 months ago by John Moxley.

Drink the Living Water

“Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again, But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water ... Read more

5 months ago by Brent Roberts.

The Word

Death comes to everybody. That’s your attention getter. But let’s take it a step further. Death is unpredictable, but certain. It doesn’t discriminate, care about ... Read more

5 months ago by Barry Vassar.

Have confidence and trust in the Lord

Doing your best with what you have. 1 Sam. 17:40 – 52 As we navigate the early stages of this new year, it will be ... Read more

6 months ago by Rev. Dr. James Taylor III.

2020 Vision

I remember when I first got glasses. I was 18 and in the United States Army. They were not attractive, they were the “Buddy Holly” ... Read more

6 months ago by John Moxley.

Remember the Sabbath Day

Happy New Year! With the turning of the calendar, there is no shortage of articles on how to prepare for, organize, and manage the coming ... Read more

6 months ago by Brent Roberts.

Look to the future

Merry “post-Christmas” and Happy “pre-New Year!” A week that rests between the 25th and 1st. A time that we find ourselves often reflecting on the ... Read more

6 months ago by Rev. Barry Vassar.

Reflections on the true meaning of the Savior’s arrival

“For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.” Luke 9:56 As Christmas rapidly forges its way upon ... Read more

7 months ago by Rev. Dr. James Taylor III.

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