The following is an excerpt taken from a longer post on Dick's website: Branches in the Vine.  -------------- Someone said, “Telling your faith in God story is like sharing your candy with a friend”.   Followers of Christ should tell their story to encourage those they know and love to be “seekers” of Christ... Keep Reading

Our Big 3 Goals for 2019

May 3, 2019 | by: Chris Francis | 0 Comments

OUR FIRST THREE PRAYER GOALS FOR 2019 As we strive to continue being an authentic, inclusive and sending church that serves God out of rest in Him; and as we strive to enable us to move towards being a multiplying church that: Plants campuses in Monmouth and Ocean County and, Sends out missionaries around the globe There are three ar... Keep Reading

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Beyond Words

April 27, 2019 | by: Shea Oakley | 0 Comments

Many Christians have written of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The number of words devoted to this event is likely only surpassed by the many accounts of His death. In a sense this seems unfortunate. It is not that his Passion is to be trivialized. The story of the cross is the story of the ages and it is certainly true that without Good Friday ... Keep Reading

He Spent His Last Night Singing

April 18, 2019 | by: Brian Tabb | 0 Comments

the following was taken from           The Lord is on my side; I will not fear.     What can man do to me? (Psalm 118:6)   Songs prepared him to die. On Thursday, the night before Jesus was crucified, he ate a holy meal and sang a holy song with his friends. I... Keep Reading

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3 Small Tips for a Healthy Marriage

April 11, 2019 | by: Shea Oakley | 0 Comments

Like any and every marriage, Kat and mine is far from perfect.  We have only been together as husband and wife for nine years (in June) so we are not “veterans.”  That said, we have found a few disciplines, both specifically “spiritual” and less so, that have been part of the glue that keeps us together in what I t... Keep Reading

Too Much Information

April 5, 2019 | by: Shea Oakley | 0 Comments

  I had to laugh when Pastor Chris advised us last Sunday to “pray for the mind of Christ and then Google.” (Italics mine). A couple of months ago I was dealing with a health issue and he asked how I was doing. I said fine, but indicated I wanted to check out a couple of my symptoms on a Google search. His response was something ... Keep Reading

Through the Looking Glass

April 3, 2019 | by: Serrene Turpin | 2 Comments

the following was taken from Serrene's blog at Immovable Rock.    In the sequel to Alice in wonderland, Alice looked at a mirror and wondered what was on the other side of her reflection. Alice enters another world through that mirror, and in this world everything is in reverse. Alice noticed that there was a rule that governed this w... Keep Reading

Let's Hear It For the Girls

March 22, 2019 | by: Tom Sargent | 1 Comments

Several weeks back, when Chris was finishing up his series on Fighting for Rest, he spoke of how non-Christian and non-religious things can point us to God.  He used multiple examples ranging from an alcoholic drink to Netflix.  The basic premise was that even though these were not necessarily Christian activities we could appreciate them... Keep Reading

Always Back to the Cross

March 16, 2019 | by: Shea Oakley | 0 Comments

Last Sunday Pastor Chris preached on the centrality of the cross to the authentic Christian life. He also called each of us back to the cross if we have in some way, in any way, drifted from it. He even went so far as to ask anyone who had lost sight of the cross of Christ, and wanted to have it front and center again, to raise their hands. Like ma... Keep Reading

Christianity and the Mystical

March 8, 2019 | by: Shea Oakley | 0 Comments

The world we dwell in is sublime. It is beautiful. As C.S. Lewis wrote there is a “deep magic” to the works of God, manifested through the material landscape. Even in its fallenness, the creation acts as a conduit through which He calls forth both joy and longing in the human heart. This is a truth too often unknown or ignored by 21st c... Keep Reading

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