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The truth is here

Since the beginning of time, Satan has tempted us to doubt the existence of truth. In Genesis 3:1 he tempts Eve with the words “Did ... Read more

2 days ago by Matthew Sorenson.

The way, the truth and the life

Recently, hiking the Lakeside Trail at Holliday Lake State Park, I missed a turn and got off-track. Despite having hiked this beautiful loop many times, ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Brent Roberts.

‘Could’ve, would’ve, should’ve’

I have often heard the phrase (or some variation of the phrase), “If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, we’d all have a merry ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Barry Vassar.

Thriving in the midst of tribulation

The toll of human suffering right now is overwhelming. Wildfires continue to burn, taking with them whole communities. Hurricane Ida just swept through, taking lives ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Matthew Sorenson.

Be strong and have courage

Reading the Old Testament is an adventure. A common thread is the constant call to have courage. To Joshua, the Lord said, “Be strong and ... Read more

1 month ago by Brent Roberts.

Think before speaking

I find it interesting how personalities and circumstances collide at times. Sometimes when a person is faced with difficult, challenging, hostile or simply depressing circumstances, ... Read more

2 months ago by Barry Vassar.

We don’t have to be enslaved to sin

The end of August and beginning of September signal a change in routine for many people. Summer vacations are quickly coming to an end, and ... Read more

2 months ago by Matthew Sorenson.

Praising God on the Amtrak train

Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of His, and give thanks at the remembrance of His Holiness. – Psalm 30:4 July 2021, I got ... Read more

2 months ago by Guest Columnist.

Being on the Lord’s team

I love watching the Olympics. Each night we have tuned in to see highlights of athletes competing individually and as teams at the top of ... Read more

2 months ago by Brent Roberts.

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

3 months 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

3 months 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 months 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

3 months 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

4 months 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

4 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

5 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

5 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

5 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

5 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

5 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

5 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

6 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

6 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

6 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

6 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

7 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

7 months ago by Matthew Sorenson.

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