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Do you want to be right or be loved?

I have always struggled with the phrase, “do you want to be right, or do you want to be loved?” The simple message is, would ... Read more

5 days ago by Barry Vassar.

Discerning God’s plans

 I’m often asked how we figure out what God’s plans are. Our first stop should always be God’s word. God’s word has a lot to ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Matthew Sorenson.

What is our identity in Christ?

As I write this, I have already preached my final sermon at the First Baptist Church of Dillwyn. I am no longer considered a pastor. ... Read more

3 weeks ago by John Moxley.

Music of the Latter-day Saints meeting

I have been asked about music in services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Lord said, “The song of the righteous ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Brent Roberts.

Take time out before you burn out

Burn out. I’ve heard those words so many times. Friends, coworkers, supervisors, spouses, parents, students, these and many more groups are all susceptible to burn ... Read more

1 month ago by Rev. Barry Vassar.

Transitioning into a ‘new normal’

One of Moses’ last acts on earth was to individually bless the tribes of Israel. It was one of the ways God prepared them for ... Read more

2 months ago by John Moxley.

Leave a legacy of your walk with Christ

Many folks tend to think about their legacy, what they are leaving behind when they leave this world. Some focus on the material items or ... Read more

2 months ago by Barry Vassar.

Life in the midst of death

“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked …” Ephesians 2:1-2.  It doesn’t get much clearer than that. The ... Read more

2 months ago by Matthew Sorenson.

It’s time to take off the mask

Are you still going to wear a mask? That’s not a question regarding COVID protocol or the relaxing of some of the regulations regarding mask ... Read more

2 months ago by John Moxley.

Finding true unity is a messy process

In the scriptures we find many calls for unity. From the Psalms: “How pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” (133:1). From ... Read more

3 months ago by Brent Roberts.

Finding true unity is a messy process

In the scriptures we find many calls for unity. From the Psalms: “How pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” (133:1) From ... Read more

3 months ago by Brent Roberts.

God loves us in all our varieties

I believe that God likes variety. I also believe that God likes to “paint.” Look around the world about you. Flowers in all shapes and ... Read more

3 months ago by Staff Report.

In Jesus, we find true rest

I treasure rest. When I was at the Naval Academy, I learned the value of rest. We worked hard, so we treasured the opportunity to ... Read more

3 months ago by Staff Report.

Avoiding those darned mosquitoes

Two of my high school friends by the names of Jim Lewis and Garner Clark always humored me when waiting for a table in a ... Read more

3 months ago by Guest Columnist.

Finding faith to move mountains

With sunny skies and warmer temperatures, we have had many opportunities to get outside and enjoy the beautiful country in which we live. I have ... Read more

4 months ago by Staff Report.

Give forgiveness, even when it is not warranted

We are called to reconciliation. We are called to ask for forgiveness when we are wrong and to give forgiveness when it is asked of ... Read more

4 months ago by Rev. Barry Vassar.

There is a time for everything.

There is a time for everything. The Bible records this wisdom of Solomon in Ecclesiastes 3, and perhaps you have heard this phrase woven throughout ... Read more

4 months ago by John Moxley.

Jesus’ Passover is our Passover

More than 540,000 have died from COVID-19. Most of us know someone who has died. For 12 months, we have lived under the cloud of ... Read more

4 months ago by Matthew Sorenson.

Prayer and scripture study can strengthen faith

Like many of you, I took advantage of warmer temperatures last week to enjoy a long walk on the High Bridge Trail. It had been ... Read more

5 months ago by Brent Roberts.

Share life’s burden with Jesus

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, ... Read more

5 months ago by Barry Vassar.

Praise the Lord who provides refuge from storms

This past week, much of central Virginia was without power, heat and water. We were forced to persevere through cold, dark nights. This nightmare was ... Read more

5 months ago by Guest Columnist.

Lessons learned on snowy days

The snow and ice from the previous weeks have made many churches “self-quarantine” due to the weather. The church I serve has a radio ministry ... Read more

5 months ago by John Moxley.

Inviting the Savior into our lives

For Christmas, I gave my wife a reproduction of the Minerva Teichert painting, “Christ in His Red Robe.” Because we have not decided where to ... Read more

6 months ago by Brent Roberts.

Christ often took chances on the longshot

I don’t believe Christ was a gambler, but I do know He often bet on the longshots. Granted, serving God as His Son and our ... Read more

6 months ago by Barry Vassar.

Peace prevails in the midst of disaster

When my submarine was at sea we ran drills. We practiced what we would do if someone fell overboard, we had a fire or water ... Read more

6 months ago by Guest Columnist.

Thanks to WFLO for giving local churches a voice

Radio is a powerful medium for communication. In the U.S. alone there are more than 550 million radios in use including more than 170 million ... Read more

6 months ago by John Moxley.

Groundhog Day and the two great commandments

Just in case you thought the holidays were over, don’t forget that Groundhog Day will be here soon. One of our cherished family traditions is ... Read more

6 months ago by Brent Roberts.

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