A Good Man Is Hard To Find by Christopher Mack

A Good Man Is Hard To Find Scripture: Ruth 4:1, 3-6, 9-12 “‘A good man is hard to find,’ Red Sammy said. ‘Everything is getting terrible. I remember the days you could go off and leave your screen door unlatched. Not no more.’” —Flannery O’Connor, A Good Man Is Hard to Find We are living […]

Leaders Come to Peace with the Pruning

Leaders Come to Peace with the Pruning By Les Hollon   Nine years ago, the Spirit whispered to me, “Trust me. I am calling you to Trinity. And I will prune you.” Pain, not pleasure, seemed to control the pruning metaphor of John 15:12. Because it was a Jesus teaching, I said “yes” to the […]

Approaching Advent by Jacob Sensenig

Approaching Advent November should be a “calm before the storm” season, but for the Music and Worship Arts Ministry it often seems like the “storm before the even bigger storm.” The choirs and orchestra are feverishly preparing music for the Advent and Christmas season and from my vantage point as the person who is planning […]

How to Help Your Kids Deal with Failure by Debbie Potter

How to Help Your Kids Deal with Failure Pain is unfortunately part of life. As parents, we want to give our children the best life possible. We want to shield them from any disappointment or setback. We want them to have a happy, flawless childhood. These are wonderful goals, but part of their childhood needs […]

Free to Give Back by Vicki Hollon

Free to Give Back My dad retired from law enforcement with the state of Texas when he was 55 years old. He lived until October 21, 2016 when he was 82. In many ways it was incredible that he retired at age 55 given he always “made a living” but never made a lot of […]

Sing to God with Gratitude in Your Hearts

Sing to God with Gratitude in Your Hearts Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. Psalm 95:1-2 Each year, the Music and Worship Arts Ministry highlights one verse to […]

Can’t Sleep by Les Hollon

Can’t Sleep by Les Hollon  From my journal: Written 7 years ago (9/27/11) Sleep came hard. For a thousand nights, from the spring of 2011 to the spring of 2014, I felt the press of questions for which I was trying to figure out the answers. Not being able to sleep was new for me. […]

Learning About Jesus by Debbie Potter

“Dad, do you like being a shepherd?” “I can’t imagine being anything else.” “But isn’t being a shepherd, you know, kind of boring? Shepherds never get to do anything that’s very important.” “The nights can get long sometimes, but how many people get to work under God’s blanket of stars? As I sit watching over […]

The Faith Factor in Spiritual Leadership by Pastor Les

The Faith Factor in Spiritual Leadership By Pastor Les Faith is the distinctive factor in spiritual leadership. Along with: clarifying & casting vision, living the mission, managing objectives & goals, analyzing & evaluating, measuring progress with metrics, coaching & supervising, and discerning the transformational stories to reveal what is truly happening–  thereis the God factor […]

New School Year Resolutions

As summer is winding down and a new school year begins, it is a good time for families to make “New School Year Resolutions.” Life gets busy when we get back into all the activities that surround the academic calendar. It is a good time to discuss what your priorities as a family and as […]