We are looking for A/V volunteers. We need a few willing souls who are looking for a unique way to serve the church. Have you ever been interested in learning about sound and lighting equipment? We will train for each. Or are you already experienced and knowledgeable? The time commitment is Wednesday nights 7-8:30, Sunday mornings 7:30-9 and then the service. You will be r...Keep Reading
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In today’s Bible reading, in 2 Samuel 23, King David thinks out loud as it were in the middle of a fight with the Philistines. He longingly said, “Oh that someone would give me water to drink from the well of Bethlehem.” So being the LORD’s Anointed, and being surrounded by loyal warriors, three of them broke through the Philistine lines and (of all things!) drew water from that well and (presumably fighting their way back to David) give him the water he craved so much. ...
Last weekend we spent an evening with our daughter and granddaughter churches, united in singing and in celebrating what God has done and continues to do by His spirit and through His people in Polk County. It was an amazing time of fellowship and worshipping together with one voice lifted to our Maker. ...
Back in 1992, I was preparing for ordination. A family friend (who knew little about church) asked a genuine question, “Why do you have to go through all this?” And by “all this” he was referring to 5 distinct exams, written and oral, the papers I had to turn in; and the final process of being examined first by a committee (for a total of about 4 hours) and then standing before our entire presbytery where they play piñata and you’re the piñata and they don’t wear blindfolds… They get to ask you anything. (Within an exam of about half an hour, I got asked to outline the Book of Numbers)....
From Buffy the Vampire Slayer, to Harry Potter, to The Hunger Games, there is a common theme that even the lowliest, most average person (even a teenager) can actually be part of a much larger story. What if the humblest person is actually in an epic battle of good and evil with the fate of the world in the balance?...
I was a silent, un-noticed witness to an all-too-familiar exchange between parent and child downtown. While a mother ordered food, and her elementary-aged child fiddled with a smart-phone, the little girl pierced the silence with the burning lament, “Mommy, I’m bored!” ...
Greed and materialism are part of the air we breathe in our culture and we need to talk about it. In our sermon series on The Seven Deadly Sins, this week is about greed. If talking about selfishness or money makes you nervous, you are in good company....Keep Reading
A neighbor on our street radically pruned their oak tree, and its bare, cut-back state was a shock to my eyes, even as its vigor and size were undeniable. While my neighbor’s tree just looks different, it’s still the same essential tree ...Keep Reading
In 2007, our first daughter church struck up a partnership with a missionary couple in Nicaragua, Robbie & Murray Lathrop. What started as a short mission trip has turned into a wonderful friendship, and a growing shared sense of mission. Our daughter church, Christ Community, started this, but quickly we and other churches in our network started taking their own trips....Keep Reading
On the evening of December 11, we held a vision meeting to explain to the Trinity family the specifics of our call to plant a church in our network. The meeting was very encouraging! We outlined our inward call to plant a church, the process of evaluating that call with leadership both at Trinity and in our denomination, the need in the Mulberry area, and the vision for pl...Keep Reading
When the LORD led His people, Israel, across the wilderness and finally into the Promised Land, He ended a series of conspicuous miracles with one more big one. He miraculously stopped the flow of the River Jordan so that they could walk across on dry land. If you think about it, that would be an amazing sight to witness! ...Keep Reading
Thinking about our culture at Trinity – what qualities has Jesus built into us as His family – what has marked us off as unique? There are many, but I want you to think about two:...Keep Reading
I remember vividly the lady who (along with my parents) helped lead me to Christ – Nellie Hatch. Her life had dramatically changed with her own conversion about a decade prior to mine. What stood out was how truly good she was. She was energetic (at 70 years of age, jumping rope daily), kind, warm, genuine, powerfully honest, profoundly wise, and above all things joyful!...Keep Reading
It has been 20 amazing years!! I do not know where you were or what your life looked like the first week of January, 1997, but ours was about to be turned upside down with the goodness of God’s call on our lives....Keep Reading
As Christmas can be full of gifts it is easy to think of these primarily in terms of things – clothes, tools, art, music, or even cash. But how naturally do you think of a person as a gift?...Keep Reading