Is your hope alive?

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3-5 NIV). “I hope so.” I said. I often respond that way when I wish something would happen,

After the storm

“Without warning, a furious storm came up” (Matthew 8:24). We’ve been living in Wilson, North Carolina since 1987. Since then, we’ve seen our fair share of storms.  But last Saturday’s F2 tornado was a new experience. Moving from the hills of Virginia, we weren’t accustomed to the annual reality of “hurricane season,” but after living here for

Two weeks to remember

“They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” (John 12:13)! This coming Sunday we begin our remembrance of Passion Week with what Christians call Palm Sunday. So called because the crowds present on that day 2,000 years ago cut palm

Staying on when God opens doors

“I will stay on at Ephesus until Pentecost, because a great door for effective work has opened to me” (1 Corinthians 16:8-9). We have been praying for over 19 years that God would open a door for us to reach the city of Wilson for Christ. Through the years our church has met in homes, schools,

Why do “bridge” events?

“Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew…To those not having the law I became like one not having the law …To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become