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One of the many appeals to making the city to country transition was fruit trees. We were so excited. I envisioned eating fruit straight off the vine, fresh-baked pies, jams, and sauces. We’ve lived on the farm for 15 years, and I have yet to make a pie and have eaten very few apples straight from the vine. Why? The trees had not been pruned in years (still haven’t). Vines wined their way up the trunks of a few and choked out the fruit. On the “healthy” trees, blossoms get negated quickly by worms, birds, or a late spring frost. Turns out, it is more challenging to own fruit trees than we thought. The same can be true of our spiritual lives. Our relationship with Jesus is full of promise and hope, but the worries of the world work their way into our hearts and minds and choke out our
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Join Tri-State Bible College for their Appalachian Ministry Conference on Thursday, September 23rd, 2021! The Keynote speaker is author and professor Dr. Tom Cheyney. Early Bird and Pastors’ Registration is open: https://buff.ly/2UQHkZV. Conference Theme: Fulfilling Your Ministry in a Post-Covid Appalachia Listen to our Community Matters Interview with President Rex Howe and Matt Chamblin:     To learn more about Tri-State Bible College and the Appalachian Ministry Conference, check out their website https://www.tsbc.edu. You can also listen to their Podcast, Level Paths, on Apple and Google.
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“I’d rather be in the boat with Jesus than on the shore without Him.”  Dr. David Jeremiah It seems like a simple, straightforward statement that every believer should be confident to make. Yet, when I consider what “in the boat” could mean…would I? Would I rather be in the boat on the turbulent waters of change with Jesus? What about the turbulent waters of cancer? What about the turbulent waters of losing my child? What about the turbulent waters of being beaten and tortured for my beliefs? When I put a label on it…the answer doesn’t come so easy.  Some of those “would I rather” questions are deeply personal and would result in deep scars… But…Jesus knows deep scars. (By His wounds, we are healed. Isaiah 53:5)  And, He isn’t just in the boat. Jesus commands the winds and the waves.  If He so chooses, those waves could knock me
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The Hillcrest Bruce Mission is an outreach of the United Methodist Church serving the Pollard Community of Ashland KY. They are adding some great new programs including Food Delivery to Senior Citizens, Women’s AA Group, Prayer & Mediation Group, Kids Karate, and more. Listen to our Community Matters interview with Executive Director, Mike Maynard: To find out more about Hillcrest Bruce Mission, the services they provide, and the ways you can get involved, go to their webpage. To listen to our previous Community Matters interview with Director Mike Maynard, click here.   ____________________________________________________
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“Jacqueline, dear, do not speak unless you can improve the silence.”  (Movie Quote)   I love this line. Even though it was spoken adversely in the movie, there is so much wisdom in these words and such great advice for us as Christ Followers.  Yes, we are called to take a stand for the hope we have in Christ, but sometimes, the best way to do that is to be silent and let God work in the hearts and minds of people in conflict with us.  Jesus modeled this on several occasions when confronted to reveal Himself, defend Who He is, or speak on a cultural issue. He quoted Scripture, gave a parable, or He stayed silent. No matter which method, He always pointing to His Father.  The world needs Jesus. The world needs to see and hear Jesus in us.  When the Lord moves you to speak, speak with
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The most consistent part of my life is my ability to blunder. Mostly little things, but I do manage some doozies. Nothing I really feel the need to confess right now, but, stay tuned, you never know where this thing might end up!! It’s pretty easy to share the little things. At least they’re usually good for a laugh. But the big things…those we hide in the deepest part of our psyche and pray they never surface. But, sharing faults is essential. It keeps us humble, yes, but it also shows others what God has brought us through and gives us a way to connect others to Jesus. Think about it. If you have something you use to struggle with or something you did or maybe even still do, burying it behind guilt and shame allows it to hold you prisoner gives satan a foothold in your life. Releasing it
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