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Practice Makes…A Life!

It happens every year. A few hundred 19-and-20-year-olds make the transition from student to graduate at Oxford College. While this is not the end of ...

May 15, 2016 | Lyn Pace | Columnists


Take a moment to take a look

I love to watch people. We are super interesting. In the past few years people-watching has not been as entertaining as it used to be ...

May 15, 2016 | Andy Butts | Columnists


Simple Directions

In my elementary years, when it is was time for the rambunctious class to put together a notebook with correctly labeled dividers, or to create ...

May 01, 2016 | Isaac Redman | Columnists


Living Sacrifice

Romans 12:1-2 says,"I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and ...

April 24, 2016 | Andy Butts | Columnists


Discipline makes a difference

As a child, the fear of being caught breaking a rule was more inherent to me as morality. When I was faced with an opportunity ...

April 17, 2016 | Isaac Redman | Columnists


Praying Means Paying Attention

I just completed a four year term on Oxford's city council. It was something I never thought I would do. My name is Lyn ...

April 10, 2016 | Rev. Lyn Pace | Columnists


Stop holding on to your hurt and pride

Sometimes when I preach, I will write a sermon and never use it. God will change what I preach about at, what seems like, the ...

April 02, 2016 | Andy Butts | Columnists


Influence of music

Music - a constant variable of human culture - directly effects our youth, and more so than you might realize.

March 27, 2016 | Isaac Redman | Columnists


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Dees: Return of the King

There is a day that is coming that swells great joy in the hearts of millions. A day when broken hearts will be mended, a day when loved ones will be reunited, and a day when hopes will be realized. This is a day that I have been longing for since I was a child, and a day that millions more have longed for with an eagerness that is stronger than that of a bride awaiting her groom. What is this day you may be thinking? I am talking about the day when the King of the universe, the one ...

August 02, 2012 | Jason Dees | Columnists


McCoy: Why worry?

Don't be anxious about anything; rather, bring up all of your requests to God in your prayers and petitions, along with giving thanks. Then the peace of God that exceeds all understanding will keep your hearts and minds safe in Christ Jesus. From now on, brothers and sisters, if anything is excellent and if anything is admirable, focus your thoughts on these things: all that is true, all that is holy, all that is just, all that is pure, all that is lovely, and all that is worthy of praise. Amen.

July 26, 2012 | Jan McCoy | Columnists


Scharf: Go for the Gold

"Go for the gold!" That was the motto of our soccer camp this past week. I'm sure you've heard it before, especially this year. It's a phrase that has been used to motivate so many Olympians. Why? Well, it keeps the goal in front of them. Have you ever read any of the descriptions of what Olympic athletes have to go through to actually hope to win a gold? Think of some of the world's famous gymnasts who leave home as early as 7 or 8 years old to train full time. Their parents give them ...

July 26, 2012 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


McCoy: Cry out to Jesus

I ask that Christ will live in your hearts through faith. As a result of having strong roots in love, I ask that you'll have the power to grasp love's width and length, height and depth, together with all believers. I ask that you'll know the love of Christ that is beyond knowledge so that you will be filled entirely with the fullness of God. Glory to God, who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by his power at work within us; glory to him in the church and in ...

July 19, 2012 | Jan McCoy | Columnists


Scharf: The power to be ‘all in’

Not too long ago, my son taught me how to play Texas Hold'em. We don't play for money, just chips. And that is good. First, because I wouldn't want to let gambling lead to greed and second, because I would lose. It turns out, in poker, if you keep trying to go "all in," you lose your chips pretty quickly. To quote a popular song, a wise player "knows when to hold 'em, knows when to fold 'em, knows when to walk away, knows when to run..." In poker, apparently, you have to be a little conservative ...

July 19, 2012 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


McCoy: Using God’s word as our road map to life

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

July 12, 2012 | Jan McCoy | Columnists


Scharf: Going all in with God

I was so disappointed. There was so much buildup and hype. So much buzz. So much publicity. Do you remember? About a month ago, for the first time in 116 years, a man was going to walk a tightrope across the Niagara Falls. Sure, over a century ago, a bunch of people had done it...before it was forbidden. But then, it was banned because not everybody that tried made it across.

July 12, 2012 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


Scharf: Seeing faithfulness in action

"Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life."

July 05, 2012 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


McCoy: Thirsty in spiritual desert

God! My God! It's you- I search for you! My whole being thirsts for you! My body desires you in a dry and tired land, no water anywhere.

July 05, 2012 | Jan McCoy | Columnists


Dees: Where the church is united and divided

Over the past five weeks, we have been having a conversation about the nature of theological unity and division. This is one of the most important conversations that a community of Christians can have. Naturally churches and Christians tend to have two extremes.

The one extreme is so convictional that it places every aspect of theological conviction on the same level, therefore Christians and churches that fall into this extreme never partner with anyone or any church that disagrees with them even on very particular theological issues.

July 05, 2012 | Jason Dees | Columnists


McCoy: Revive us, O Lord

I'm reminded of your authentic faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice. I'm sure that this faith is also inside you. Because of this, I'm reminding you to revive God's gift that is in you through the laying on of my hands. God didn't give us a spirit that is timid but one that is powerful, loving and self-controlled.

June 21, 2012 | Jan McCoy | Columnists


Scharf: An Amazing Desert Journey

I'm guessing that most of you have been camping at one time or another in your life. As I write this, I'm getting ready to pack up my family and head to the woods. We'll be in an area famous for no cell phone coverage, with the closest town being nearly a half hour away. But I can't really call what we'll be doing camping. We rent a cabin and flip a switch to get some light, sleep on beds, and everything else. And you RV-ers out there can't really call that "camping" either ...

June 21, 2012 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


To whom shall we go?

"Can you believe it? He thinks he's the only one who has a connection to God." "He says only through him can you have heaven!"

June 14, 2012 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


Scharf: Remain in My Love

There is something about sitting in mom's lap listening to a story. You just don't want to leave, even if she's read the book 5 times. You don't want to leave that place of safety and warmth and those kisses on the top of the head. It feels good to be somewhere you know you are loved.

As we celebrate Mother's Day this week and next (I hope your celebration didn't end Sunday!), I want you to use the picture of your mom's love for you to try to give you a glimpse ...

June 07, 2012 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


McCoy: God doesn’t take a vacation

I raise my eyes toward the mountains. Where will my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. God won't let your foot slip. Your protector won't fall asleep on the job. No. Israel's protector never sleeps or rests!

June 07, 2012 | Jan McCoy | Columnists


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