Posts with the category “devotional”

by Whitney Bailey on June 24th, 2024
By Whitney Bailey: “Choices.” It was my only response. No second guessing but innate. It was the response I gave on a phone call I received from my dad. Upon answering, my dad went straight to the point, “What is my favorite word?”   Read More
The Hard Thing
by Nikki Bailey on June 21st, 2024
By Pastor Nikki Bailey: Conflict is inevitable. It’s always there, prowling, ready to divide and destroy relationships. Whether at home with a spouse or kids, the workplace, church, nations, or with a close friend, it will rear its ugly head, and how we deal with it will always show the condition of our heart.  Read More
Intimacy with God
by Steve Miller on June 19th, 2024
By Steve Miller: King David was known as “a man after God’s own heart.” I remember the first time I heard him described in this way; it was so inspirational to me. I wanted to be known like that too. I started asking myself, “How do I become a man after God’s own heart?” I had no clue! I prayed, “God, I want to be a man after Your heart. I don’t want to chase after anybody else’s heart other than Yours.”   Read More
Chosen by the Father
by Tyler Braden on June 17th, 2024
By Pastor Tyler Braden: Father's Day brings a lot of emotions for me. Every year around this time, I can’t help but think about my story and my journey of discovering who my father was.  Read More
The Perfect Love of the Father
by Aaron Kennedy on June 14th, 2024
By Pastor Aaron Kennedy: Summertime is here, and with that comes new schedules for my boys and family, not nearly the hectic mornings that normally happen. As we approached summer this year, my oldest son Wes asked to begin working out with me. Honestly, I was a little shocked by the request.   Read More
Will You Worship In Your Wilderness?
by Ashley Piner on June 12th, 2024
By Guest Author | Ashley Piner: Has there been a time in your life that just felt like a huge mess? In these moments, life may feel turned upside down; and no matter what you try to do, it will just not turn around.   Read More
The Spirit of Truth
by Elliotte Pearson on June 10th, 2024
By Elliotte Pearson (Elder): Have you ever been on a trip and decided to take a guided tour? You know, one of these tours with a person that tells you Information about the location you are visiting.   Read More
The Best Investment
by Rachael Wynne on June 7th, 2024
By Rachael Wynne: The friendship we are privileged to have with Holy Spirit is so sweet. We have the honor of having a 24/7 best friend who is always for us and can help us walk through life. Just like any friendship, a relationship with Holy Spirit takes nurturing. We must invest in our relationship in order to strengthen it. Jesus sent us The Helper in order to empower us to live this life in a way that gives glory to God. So how do we invest in this friendship?   Read More
The Invitation
by Theresa Golden on June 5th, 2024
By Theresa Golden: Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me You have been so, so good to me Before I took a breath, You breathed Your life in me You have been so so kind to me  Read More
Never Alone
by Jake Haggard on June 3rd, 2024
By Jake Haggard: Life is hard. Why does it seem like there is always something that is about to go wrong? Pain seems to hide around every corner of our calendar-driven life.   Read More
It Only Takes A Spark
by Ashley Piner on May 31st, 2024
By Guest Author | Ashley Piner: Have you ever felt the Holy Spirit's presence so profoundly in your life that you sensed Him with every fiber of your being? One of the first times I experienced the Holy Spirit's power this intensely was one summer at my church youth camp around the bonfire.   Read More
Vision and the Holy Spirit
by Scott Conner on May 29th, 2024
By Pastor Scott Conner: By now you have heard the news that Opendoor Church is buying the Immanuel Baptist Church property in Greenville so that we can develop another campus. This is going to allow us to expand the spiritual footprint we can imprint on the land that God has placed before us.   Read More
Trust and Obey
by Pate Leigh on May 27th, 2024
By Pate Leigh: Obeying a prompt from the Holy Spirit can be one of the most difficult yet important things we can do in our spiritual life. There have been so many times in my life where I felt prompted to act on something.  Read More
Walk with the Spirit
by Megan Wamer on May 24th, 2024
By Guest Author | Megan Wamer: On the way to school each morning, I pray with my daughter over our day. One thing I pray is that we would be sensitive to the Holy Spirit, that we would only say or do what the Holy Spirit would have us say or do.   Read More
Seeing Their Faith
by Elliotte Pearson on May 22nd, 2024
By Elliotte Pearson | Elder: I am always amazed when the Holy Spirit brings fresh revelation to a scripture I have read so many times. Jesus, in Mark Chapter 2, is ministering to people in a house, and some men are trying to get their friend in to see Jesus.   Read More
The Gentleman, The Holy Spirit
by Miranda Braden on May 20th, 2024
By Miranda Braden: What do you wish you had learned about the Holy Spirit when you were young? Maybe it is just an attribute that you really wish you could have embraced when you were a child, or even in your twenties.  Read More
Holy Spirit, The Helper
by Mike Adkins on May 17th, 2024
By Pastor Mike Adkins: When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. - John 16:13  Read More
Redeemed Through Community
by Miranda Braden on May 15th, 2024
By Miranda Braden: How do I keep it together when it feels like everything around me is falling apart? Scripture doesn't really go into the specifics on what Ruth was really longing for in her journey with Naomi. It could have been a husband, a baby, or just being able to feed her family from day to day.   Read More
I Know My Redeemer Lives
by Anita Harrison on May 13th, 2024
By Guest Author | Anita Harrison: It may be because I’m older, or it may be because I see so many people who are hurting. But as we’ve gone through the book of Ruth, I have been drawn to the pain that both Naomi and Ruth experienced, how each of them walked through that pain, and how God was faithful, even in their pain.   Read More
Agape Love
by Christy Hubbard on May 10th, 2024
By Christy Hubbard: The story of Naomi, Orpah, and Ruth is a beautiful account of a mother-in-law that cared for her daughters-in-law with a deep motherly love.   Read More
Live Redeemed
by Theresa Golden on May 8th, 2024
By Theresa Golden: When I was little, I loved reading and writing stories. It was a favorite pastime that I carried with me throughout my life. As a young girl, one of my favorites was the Nancy Drew series. I loved a good mystery, the suspense that kept me on the edge of my seat.   Read More
Good Cop, Bad Cop
by Elliotte Pearson on May 6th, 2024
By Elliotte Pearson (Elder): Have you ever watched one of those detective shows where the cops bring in a suspect and start to question them? One cop comes in acting all angry and mad, throws chairs around, and gets into the face of the suspect trying to get a rise out of them. Then the partner comes in to save the day.  Read More
God's Faithfulness
by Heather Hamilton on May 3rd, 2024
Guest Author | Heather Hamilton: In the book of Ruth, we read an account of how the Lord demonstrates His faithfulness to His undeserving people through the lives of Naomi and Ruth. Though only four chapters, this book is full of faith, hope, and kindness. Let’s take a look at two of the main individuals within the book of Ruth.  Read More
The 4-Letter Word
by Nikki Bailey on May 1st, 2024
By Pastor Nikki Bailey: Patience, one of the Fruits of the Spirit, can seem like a four-letter word, can’t it? Don’t you just hate it when someone tells you to be patient?   Read More
Dare to Trust
by Mary Beth Barefoot on April 29th, 2024
By Mary Beth Barefoot: Have you ever had to take a bold step of faith? One of those steps that’s probably really scary, but an act of obedience all the same?   Read More
Love in Transition
by Whitney Bailey on April 26th, 2024
Guest Author | Whitney Bailey: Isn’t it amazing how someone else’s life can appear put-together, blessed, and beautiful from our perspective? But the reality is that most of the time, we have absolutely no idea what they may be really facing. I  Read More
Do the Next Right Thing
by Megan Wamer on April 24th, 2024
Guest Author | Megan Wamer: The book of Ruth starts out pretty depressing, if I’m being honest. From the beginning, the husbands of Naomi, Orpah, and Ruth have died. We don’t have many details other than the fact that they passed away.  Read More
A Response to Obedience
by Tyler Braden on April 22nd, 2024
By Pastor Tyler Braden: In Ruth chapter two, we witness a beautiful display of God's provision and faithfulness in the lives of Ruth and Naomi. Ruth, a Moabite woman, found herself in a foreign land after the death of her husband.   Read More
Relational Equity
by Rachael Wynne on April 19th, 2024
By Rachael Wynne: We all crave relationships and have a desire to be in community with others. Why does it feel so hard all the time? It’s no secret that relationships are complicated! As we read through the story of Ruth, I am amazed at how well she is received by others.  Read More
Finding Favor in the Mundane
by Ashley Piner on April 17th, 2024
By Guest Author | Ashley Piner: The story of Ruth teaches us to look for the powerful hand of God amidst the seemingly mundane facets of our lives. In the bustling rhythm of our lives, there are a multitude of tasks that we do without even thinking.   Read More
The Role of Humility
by Steve Miller on April 14th, 2024
By Steve Miller: In my life, I find myself constantly fighting the urge to progress or to climb the ladder. Whether it’s in my hobbies, in my work, or even in my family, I look for the next step for me to advance, to be a better Dad, husband, or employee.  Read More
Slow and Steady Wins the Race
by Gina Robinson on April 12th, 2024
By Pastor Gina Robinson: As we continue to journey through the book of Ruth, I have discovered fragile places in my heart that still need attention and care. Somewhere in this journey called life, I forgot to be human and allow myself to feel and sit in what recently felt like rejection and abandonment.  Read More
A Friend Like Ruth
by Theresa Golden on April 9th, 2024
By Theresa Golden: Have you ever had a time in your life where you were just unhappy? Maybe things didn’t turn out the way you thought they would. Maybe you lost a loved one, a job, or a friend. Maybe you simply aren’t as far along in your journey as you thought you would be at this point.  Read More
Decisions, Decisions, Decisions
by Jake Haggard on April 8th, 2024
By Jake Haggard: Is there anything more mundane than making a decision? We all make decisions every single day. From the moment we begin our day, we are inundated with decisions that have to be made.   Read More
Between Miracles
by Miranda Braden on April 5th, 2024
By Miranda Braden: Recently, I caught myself praying, “God, does this really matter to you?” Sometimes, I can pray for what I assume is a pretty small prayer on a God-sized scale. I found myself wondering if He really cares about the small details of my life.   Read More
Easter Reflection
by Miriam Wamer on April 3rd, 2024
By Pastor Miriam Wamer: I have vivid memories growing up as a PK in the 90s during the Easter Season: Creative and memorable Children’s Church lessons with salvation bracelet crafts (you know, the one with a pipe cleaner and colorful, plastic beads, each one representing a different part of the gospel), crescent roll tombs and disappearing marshmallows (mind-blowing and delicious), and vibrant green palm branches waving as we sing, “Hosanna.”   Read More
Do You Remember?
by Aaron Kennedy on April 1st, 2024
By Pastor Aaron Kennedy: Do you remember? “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? He isn’t here He is risen from the dead Remember what he told you back in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that he would rise again on the third day.”   Read More
Jesus Stepped Forward
by Michael Chandler on March 29th, 2024
By Pastor Michael Chandler: If you attended or watched our Maundy service, this post will be a continuation of a thought that I introduced at the close of the service. I have long been fascinated with the last few days of Jesus’ life. I can’t imagine the pressure of the moment He must have felt.   Read More
Hope for Our Humanity
by Meghen Haggard on March 27th, 2024
By Meghen Haggard: As we have journeyed through this series on the humanity of Jesus, I have found myself most drawn to Isaiah’s prophecy of Jesus as a “Man of Sorrows'.”   Read More
by Pate Leigh on March 25th, 2024
By Pate Leigh: When I think about sorrow, I initially squirm a little. I kind of don’t want to go there because it can be scary. It can be dark. It can feel like something we, in the modern world, would call “depression,” or at least… a form of it. I like to break things down, so let’s do that.   Read More