The Devil is in the Details

“You squeeze and crinkle the toothpaste tube even though you know it bothers your spouse. You complain about the dirty dishes instead of putting them in the dishwasher. You fight for your own way in little things, rather than seeing them as an opportunity to serve. You allow yourself to go to bed irritated after a little disagreement. Day after day you leave for work without a moment of tenderness between you. You fight for your view of beauty rather than making your home a visual expression of the tastes of both of you. You allow yourself to do little rude things you would never have done in courtship. You quit asking for forgiveness in the little moments of wrong. You complain about how th

Men, Intimacy Begins with Good Listening

Marital intimacy is about much more than sex. I have already written about five ways we connect with our spouse, each requiring consistent attention and intentionality. The kind of intimacy that typically helps women feel most connected to their husband is emotional intimacy. When you combine the words “emotional” and “intimacy,” men typically have ideas about what each word means separately, but have a harder time putting them together. Emotional intimacy is about sharing ourselves. It’s the feeling of being known. The idea of being known is one of the most common euphemisms for physical intimacy in Scripture (e.g. Genesis 4:1), in part, because the concepts are so interconnected. And yet t

Gifted and Fitted Every Member Ministry

“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace..: in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:10-11 The New England Patriots are a well-oiled football machine. How do they do it? They don’t have the best talent. Only one first round draft choice starts. Their quarterback, from Michigan, was drafted in the sixth round as the 199th choice in 2000. They have good players that are great at their specific role and good coaching that places them where they, where their particular skills, can shine. These two things make them a great team. Congreg

Session Summary, February 2017

Your elders met together to pray for the congregation and to lead the church last Monday. We discussed the liturgy and are considering making some changes. We transferred the Hecht family to Christ Presbyterian Church in Tennessee an the Voelp family to Redeemer PCA in Evans. The deacons asked to purchase a new podium for the fellowship hall, it was approved. We discussed and prayed for several shepherding concerns in the congregation. We approved the date for the spring Marriage Retreat, May 5-6 2017. Clear your schedule for this weekend. Patrick Daugherty will preach for us on March 26 during Pastor Mark’s vacation. We will have a combined Sunday School on March 5th to further intr

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