A Few Lessons From Billy Graham

billy-graham-393749_1920Many people inside and outside the church feel a great sense of loss with the passing of, perhaps, the greatest Evangelist since the Apostle Paul. Even at the age of 99 – and long past his active ministry days – his loss is still deeply felt by millions around the world.

I believe it is only appropriate to take a break from our series to briefly honor this man who has impacted so many. Though days could be spent reminiscing all that he was and all that he accomplished, I have narrowed the list down to seven things that all of us would do well to imitate. Continue reading “A Few Lessons From Billy Graham”

Fast Forward 2018 – Jesus Judo Part 5: Patience & Wrath

FFp4After our brief excursion into Love Land last week in preparation for Valentine’s day, we continue our discipleship training in the area of “overcoming evil with good.”[1] (aka Jesus Judo). So far, we have studied four of the seven virtues and deadly sins recognized by the Church for over a millennium and a half. We have considered Chastity & Lust, Temperance & Gluttony, Charity & Greed, and Diligence & Sloth. Today is all about Patience and Wrath. Continue reading “Fast Forward 2018 – Jesus Judo Part 5: Patience & Wrath”

Sex: What Does it Have to do with Worship?

Body Worship: Sex and Intimacy
Sex & Intimacy

Sex! Advertisers sell it, Hollywood exalts it and Billions of dollars are given every year in search of it. But, there is something we crave even more than sex – it’s just that we often don’t realize it.


Valentine’s day is just around the corner. It is a time when people romanticize and think a great deal about the perfect, mutually-fulfilling relationship. Sadly, that kind of relationship appears increasingly difficult to come by. Life is busier, more distracting and frustratingly complicated. It also doesn’t help that culture persistently inundates us with confusing, and often opposing, ideas of what the ideal relationship is actually like. Continue reading “Sex: What Does it Have to do with Worship?”

Friday Night Fire and More

Good evening Saints and soon-to-be-saints, I hope you are having a great day!

To all my Shenandoah Valley friends: I am greatly looking forward to being with you the weekend of Friday, February 16 – Sunday, February 18, 2018.

I will be kicking off the weekend by joining members of various churches for the monthly Friday Night Fire, hosted by Pastor Terrance Williams and held at Common Ground in Fishersville, VA at 7 pm. It is freely open to everyone.

After what promises to be a powerful time of Praise and Worship with a great group of skilled musicians, I intend to release a brand-new Word that God has been stirring in my spirit for several years. It’s time for this baby to be born! Like Elizabeth, my baby is leaping at the sound of the Messiah. I can’t tell you how excited I was the other day when I sensed God saying this was the time and place for this Word to be born.

This promises to be a content-rich message, so feel free to record or purchase one of the CD’s the hosts are planning to make.

We have a limited number of spaces available for the Bible Study I will be conducting in Stuarts Draft, VA on Sunday afternoon February 18th at 3:30 pm. I feel deeply that this needs to be personal and up-close, so if you are interested in participating, please let us know as soon as possible so we can get you on the list before all slots are filled.

Many of you know that this area is home for me. My visits are far too few, so I am prayerfully and excitedly looking forward to all that God is going to do! I hope I get to see you while I’m home.

God’s Blessings!

Pastor Rodney

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Fast Forward 2018 – Jesus Judo Part 4: Diligence& Sloth

FFp4Today, we are continuing our efforts to use a little “Jesus Judo” on the enemy of our souls by turning his attacks back against him. This is accomplished when we do the right thing God wants us to do rather than the wrong things that our adversary desires. We have been looking at the Seven Virtues and the corresponding Seven Deadly Sins. Our goal is to always finish on the virtue side. So far we have covered: Chastity & Lust, Temperance & Gluttony, and Charity & Greed. This time we are going to take a brief look at Diligence & Sloth. Continue reading “Fast Forward 2018 – Jesus Judo Part 4: Diligence& Sloth”