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Connecting Point: Grace and Truth

Lately the subject of generosity has been on my mind but as I read God’s Word, I’ve noticed how grace is an integral part of what it means to be generous. Jesus exemplified this in his life and ministry; he was both truthful and graceful. “An...

 
 By Bill Lanes    Opinion    September 15, 2021 

Connecting Point: Without Condition

Serving God involves an abandonment to Christ and his leadership. In order to follow Jesus we will always have to make the assessment to either be all in or not, there is no middle ground. In fact, such a commitment may involve sacrifice and...

 

Connecting Point: Called to Serve

Being overly materialistic is a cancer that destroys people and churches. A blind spot, materialism will grow without a healthy conscience to check it. Pastor Timothy Keller says, “The Bible describes us to be a ministry provider not a ministry...

 

Connecting Point: Without Invitation

Jesus didn’t mince words or shy away from speaking the truth, but He often used parables in His teachings. In the Gospel of Luke one of the Pharisees again tried to stump Him, boastfully and loosely claiming that the privileged, including himself,...

 
 By Bill Lanes    Opinion    August 25, 2021

Connecting Point: Discovering Your Avenue of Hospitality

Hospitality has been on my mind lately but from a fresh view. We are accustomed to hospitality in terms of entertaining relatives and close friends. Pastor Timothy Keller describes radical hospitality as a “love for strangers” drawing...

 
 By Bill Lanes    Opinion    August 18, 2021

Connecting Point: Who is the Stranger

From an early age most of us have been taught to be aware of “stranger danger.” Much of this is due to safety, especially with the rise of sex trafficking. As parents we have discussed with our children extensively awareness and how to spot...

 
 By Bill Lanes    Opinion    August 11, 2021

Connecting Point: Hospitality at the Gospel Level

I know that former generations handled hospitality better than we do. However, in the current television and internet era, Martha Stewart has become synonymous with hospitality and entertainment. She has built a business empire on delicious foods and...

 
 By Bill Lanes    Opinion    August 4, 2021

Connecting Point: The Forgotten Key

Have you ever experienced losing your keys? Many of us have. We are usually in a hurry and heading out the door. Anxiety sets in fast. Often when we slow down, take a breath and retrace our steps, we find the illusive things. Sometimes those keys...

 
 By Bill Lanes    Opinion    July 28, 2021

Connecting Point: Sidetracked By Numbers

Generosity goes beyond simply giving money; generosity permeates all areas of our lives. One area which we tend to forget in applying generosity is in our relationships, specifically forgiveness. Have you ever wrestled with an unforgiving attitude?...

 
 By Bill Lanes    Community    July 14, 2021

Connecting Point: Coming Face to Face with Jesus

Most of us remember a time or two when our behavior was haughty and arrogant. Today’s meditation takes aim at the condition of being proud that usually causes such behavior. Again, I’m focusing on Jesus’s parable contrasting the Pharisee and...

 
 By Bill Lanes    Opinion    July 7, 2021

Connecting Point: A Reminder About the Heart

Jesus often spoke in parables to make clear points; in the Gospel of Luke he compares a tax collector and a Pharisee. Most of us think negatively of both individuals. We are tempted to think the tax collector is like an IRS auditor today. Such a...

 
 By Bill Lanes    Community    June 30, 2021

Connecting Point: The True Source

Generosity, according to dictionary.com, is the spirit and action of freely and frequently giving to others.” Most often this characteristic is associated with those of religious ties, being celebrated world-wide. One can also be generous without a...

 
 By Bill Lanes    Opinion    June 23, 2021

Connecting Point: Journey of Leadership

John Maxwell, well known author and book seller, said “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” He also observed “Development is a lifetime journey, not a quick trip.” Two key factors play a major role in the...

 
 By Bill Lanes    Calendar    June 16, 2021

Connecting Point: Exemplary Men

This weekend we like to celebrate fatherhood. It’s time to crank up the BBQ, get out into nature, and spend some leisure time together. The history of Father’s Day is directly tied to a West Virginia church which commemorated the death of 362...

 
 By Bill Lanes    Community    June 9, 2021

Connecting Point: More Than a Member

I have been entertaining the question: What will the church be? History says the church in the world builds life. “You cannot pray at home, like you can at church, where there is a great multitude; where exclamations are cried out to God as from...

 
 By Bill Lanes    Community    June 2, 2021

Connecting Point: The Church of Tomorrow

We all have wishes for the future. Saying it best perhaps was the iconic movie character, Doc Brown in Back to the Future, “The future’s unwritten. It’s what we make of it.” The Barna Research group recently reported, “Christianity in the (...

 
 By Bill Lanes    Community    May 26, 2021

Connecting Point: Wounded & Weary

Some subjects are easy to address while others are very difficult. This is today’s case. Abuse of any nature whether physical, emotional or sexual is extremely traumatic and sinful. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 i...

 
 By Bill Lanes    Opinion    May 19, 2021

Connecting Point: The Cure for Racism

Does a day go by without news that America is a racist country? Isn’t it one of the most divisive matters of modern America? Media outlets are complicit, and they fan the flames, while at the same time chiming in “Racism has to stop.” The...

 
 By Bill Lanes    Community    May 12, 2021

Connecting Point: Celebrating Authentic Women

Just last Sunday many of us celebrated Mother’s Day. It is one of those distinctions that contributes to our civilization. As a matter of fact, in America, Mother’s Day dates back about one hundred years and was signed into law by President Woodr...

 
 By Bill Lanes    Opinion    May 5, 2021

Connecting Point: A Confused Generation

Imagine yourself for a moment as an outdoor enthusiast, on the first leg of a five-day backpack journey. You are loaded with supplies, map and compass in hand. You have charted your course and plan to be at your destination by Day Two. At first, you...

 
 By Bill Lanes    Community    April 28, 2021

Connecting Point: Keeping Your Balance in a Country at Odds

Are you tired of political bantering? It is incredibly complex. But, does it need to be? Every issue seems to be politicized, medicine, immigration, the environment, social justice, even sports. During the 2021 NCAA tournament, commentator Charles Ba...

 
 By Bill Lanes    Community    April 21, 2021

Connecting Point: A Reminder

It’s quite common for people to say, “I’m a good person. I do good things for others. I volunteer a lot.” I’ve heard a version of the following a time or two, “I love God, go to church and say my prayers.” Another candid conversation fo...

 
 By Bill Lanes    Community    April 14, 2021

Connecting Point: Truth in an Obscure World

A danger we may not have taken seriously enough, a danger that has grown throughout the present generation and now may be in clearer view, is that objective truth has been canceled. The effects of Cancel Culture are raging all around us; we see this...

 
 By Bill Lanes    Community    April 7, 2021

Connecting Point: The Lost Art

Navigating life is a challenge, and it is an arduous challenge without friendship. For many of us, our days are filled with work, meetings, events, and just earning daily bread. But, have we lost something that our grandparents cherished? How often d...

 
 By Bill Lanes    Community    March 31, 2021

Connecting Point: Golgotha - An Empty, Empty Place

I often have conversations with people struggling with life’s complexities. Particularly this last year, people have brought loss of health to me. But over time, I think, lost relationships are the most baffling. Yet, in this, I’m often...

 

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