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Celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ

In just a few short weeks, we will celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  The Bible says the following in Luke 2: “Rejoice I bring you good news of great joy for everyone.  The Savior yes, the Messiah, the Lord has been born tonight in Bethlehem, the city of David!”  What took place this night in Bethlehem is the greatest event in human history! The Messiah is born! For ages the Jews had waited for His birth to take place and it finally occurred, and the announcement came to humble shepherds while there were working in the fields.  The good news about Jesus is that he comes to anyone who has a humble heart and who is earnestly seeking him.  He offers to everyone the free gift of salvation and if you accept Him as your Lord and Savior it will be the greatest gift you will ever receive. 

We see in John 3:16 God’s motive on why He sent His Son.  His love!  For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son.  The word begotten in Greek means unique, it means one of a kind, the only one. It brings my heart great joy that God the Father God did not send Jesus to earth in anger but He sent His Son in love.  

God the Father loves mankind so much that He gave His one of a kind, unique, beloved Son.  That is how much God loves the world that is how much God loves Mankind and that is how much God loves you!  The gift of His Son is for everyone: regardless of age, gender, height or shortness, educational level the good news is for everyone.

We learn three very important things from John 3:16,

1) Jesus Christ is a gift. Whoever receives this gift and believes in Christ will be saved and will receive everlasting life.   

 2) Whoever believes and puts their faith in Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior, they will have eternal life. 

3) Packed into one sentence, one verse—John 3:16—is all the information anyone needs to be saved. Christmas is a serious time for us to reflect about our eternal destiny. 

In John 3:18 we the following plea from Jesus, and His plea is this for us to believe in name of God’s one and only Son. Believe in Him that is Christ plea. I humbly believe you and I should believe the following seven things about Jesus: 

1)    Believe that Jesus is the God-man. He is more than a prophet; He is the God-Man.  2)   Believe that Jesus paid your sin debt in full.  3) Believe that Jesus is the only way to Heaven.  4) Believe that Jesus arose again and conquered the grave.  5) Believe in His Word, the Bible.  6) Believe by being obedient to Jesus and to His Word.  7) Believe by putting your trust in Him as your Lord and Savior.  My plea to you is believe in Jesus Christ as trust Him as your Savior!

We have many activities planned during the month of December at Long’s Chapel. Please refer to the church bulletin, church Facebook page and website for all upcoming activities that you don’t want to miss!

If you have no church home we would love for you and come and join us on Sunday mornings at Long’s Chapel Christian Church for worship at: 8:30 a.m. (contemporary) or 11:00 a.m. (traditional). Your presence would truly bless us!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!! 

Blessings, RJ

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It's Fall!

Hello friends! October is here! I just love the month of October! Why you may ask?  A few reasons why: 1) Golf is cheaper and the course is not so busy, praise Jesus!  2)  I love seeing the leaves change color on the trees.  I don’t enjoy raking up the leaves, but I do enjoy seeing them change colors, ha-ha.  To me the season of fall always reminds me of the glory of God and how awesome our God is! 3) I love the cooler weather which means I can start wearing again my favorite sweat shirts.  I miss wearing them during the summer!  4) The weather is getting cooler and that means only one thing that college football has started.  And that makes me happy!!

Please join us for Wednesday Night Bible Study from 6:15-7:15 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. During the month of October will be studying the book of Hebrews.  Please join us for fellowship, good discussion as we discuss practical ways together how to apply the Bible to our daily lives.

You and your family are invited to join us on Sunday, October 28 at 11:00 a.m. for Harvest Sunday! Perhaps you are wondering what is Harvest Sunday? When the farmer’s crop came to harvest, they were grateful to God that He provided.  To show their gratitude to God they would always give back to God their tithe from the harvest.  And they would always give back to God, gratefully.  The Bible says even today when we give our tithe the Lord that God loves a cheerful and grateful giver.  A special offering will be collected during the service to help support a need in the church.  However, this is a responsibility from our church members and not our guests.  If you are a guest, please come and join us for worship and lunch immediately after the service.  There is always plenty and we would love to have you join us. 

Long’s Chapel will also have “Trunk or Treat” for the children later on in the month of October.  Please refer to the church bulletin, church Facebook page when more information about this event becomes available.   

If you have no church home, we would love for you join us on Sunday mornings at Long’s Chapel Christian Church for worship.  We are proud to offer two services to choose from: 8:30 a.m. (contemporary) or 11:00 a.m. (traditional). We look forward having you worship our Lord with us! 

Blessings, RJ

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Fall Season

Hello friends! The season of fall is almost here! And after the hot summer we have had I am looking forward to fall and the cooler weather.  I must admit, I just love this time of year and here are few of the reasons why: football season, (Go Pittsburgh Steelers and Go Akron Zips), golf is cheaper, I get to wear my cool sweatshirts, and I love seeing the trees change colors.  These are few of the reasons why I love fall.

As the new school year begins please keep our students and teachers in your prayers. I want to commit myself to pray for our students and teachers not just when the school year begins but all during the school year.  I hope you will join me in this challenge! Our students and teachers need our prayers!!

Coming up on Sunday, September 30th we are having a Family Fun Day at Long’s Chapel Church.  We will have regular Sunday school at 9:45 and our worship service from 11:00-11:30 and after the service concludes we will then meet down stairs in the Fellowship Hall for fun and games.  Please dress casually and plan on having a great time.  Lunch will be served around noon.  We will have bingo, corn hole, a bouncy house and more.  I hope you and your family will be able to join us.   

We have so many great things coming up this fall at Long’s Chapel church please refer to the church bulletin, church Facebook page and church website for all upcoming activities that you don’t want to miss!

If you have no church home we would love for you to join us on Sunday mornings at Long’s Chapel Christian Church for worship.  We are proud to offer two services at 8:30 a.m. (contemporary) or 11:00 a.m. (traditional). We look forward to having you worship our Lord with us! 

Blessings, RJ

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Living for Christ

Hello friends! It is hard to believe that summer is almost over and fall is just around the corner. Where did summer go? My family and I are having a wonderful summer! Monica and Micah have spent a lot of time in Ohio this summer visiting relatives and friends. I sure miss them when they are gone. My family and I are hoping we can visit Washington D.C. before school starts again this fall.  Monica and I want to take Micah and show him our Nation’s Capital and also visit the Bible Institute. I am truly looking forward to it. 

In this month’s blog, I want to share with you a Bible verse that is changing my life.  I have been thinking about this Bible verse since last Thanksgiving.  This verse is Galatians 2:20. If you are looking for a Bible verse that will change your life memorize Galatians 2:20!  This is one of the greatest verses in the Bible. The Apostle Paul wrote the following in Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I, who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

The first five words we see in Galatians 2:20 is, “I have been crucified with Christ.” What does Paul mean by this? He means when Jesus Christ died on the cross, Jesus died for him personally. In other words, the moment Paul came to faith in Jesus, the moment he confessed and repented of his sin and placed his personal trust in Christ, it was like Paul was on that Cross with Jesus. Paul is simply saying when Christ died, I died with him, and when He arose, I arose with Him. And the same thing for us, when you and I put our faith and trust in Christ we also died with Him at the cross and when He arose, we arose with Him. 

Then Paul writes in Galatians 2:20, “I no longer live but Christ who lives in me.” What does Paul mean by this? It means I die to self.  I Paul no longer live, but it is Christ who lives in me. Paul says I am not the old me, the old me is dead, crucified with Christ on the cross.  Paul says, I don’t live for the law, I live for Christ. I don’t live for the approval of man or this world, I live for Christ. I don’t live for the pleasures of this word, I live for Christ.    I put all my trust in Him, and I seek to please Him to love Him, to honor Him, and to worship Him! And this to me is wonderful and it grips my heart.

If you have no church home we would love for you to come and join us on Sunday mornings at Long’s Chapel Christian Church for worship.  We are proud to offer two services to choose from: 8:30 a.m. (contemporary) or 11:00 a.m. (traditional). We look forward to having you and your family worshipping our Lord with us!

Blessings, RJ

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God Bless America

Hello friends!

Well, July is finally here and in just a few days we celebrate our nation’s birthday! July 4th is always a good day for us to count our blessings that we live in the land of the free and the home of the brave. As July 4th approaches, I would like to share two thoughts with you: 1) God has blessed America! Yes, we have our problems in America. Yes, we have our flaws in America and yes, America is not perfect, but I am happy I live here - aren’t you? God has blessed America in the following ways: beautiful land, beaches, green valleys, farmlands, mountains and the great planes. Thank you God!  God has blessed America with a strong spiritual heritage, 52 of the original founding fathers who wrote our Constitution were Christians. So yes God has blessed America with a strong spiritual heritage.  God has blessed America with the freedom to speak our minds and worship as we choose. 

2) God has blessed America but America no longer blesses God! Pastor Franklin Graham said the following and I believe his statement is right. He says, “America has been blessed by God more than any nation on the face of the earth," When our country was birthed, its foundations and laws, were based on biblical laws and principles." He continued, "We used to be 'one nation under God,' now we're a nation that has turned it’s back on God." "History shows that when nations do this, their end is near.”

Sadly, Pastor Graham is right, America has turned its back on God. In short, America has told God, your principles no longer matter to us and we don’t need you anymore. May I encourage you the next time you get discouraged about America because of the sinful path our nation is on remember the city of Nineveh in the Old Testament! Every time I get discouraged about America I always remember what God did in Nineveh in the book of Jonah and this gives me hope that God can do it again in America today. 

When you and I think of Jonah the first thing we usually think of is Jonah being swallowed up by a big fish and how he spent three days inside of it.  Yes, this is amazing!!  But I am more amazed of the spiritual awakening that took place in the city of Nineveh. 

The Lord gave this message to Jonah in Jonah 1:1-2, God told Jonah, “Get up and go the great city of Nineveh.  Announce my judgment against this city because I have seen how wicked its people are.”

Watch this, When God told Jonah to go to Nineveh and preach his response was no way, I don’t want to go!! Don’t send me send somebody else I do not want to go to the wicked city of Nineveh.  Jonah did not want to go to Nineveh I believe for the following two reasons: 1) it was a very wicked city.  Nineveh was known for their wickedness: they were known for burning people alive, beheading people, torturing people and this city was known for its wickedness.  Jonah did not want to go to a city like that. 

2) The second reason he did not want to go because he did not like the people of Nineveh because they were Israel’s enemy. Jonah did not like these people. He hated them. He despised the people of Nineveh.  We see in Jonah chapter four that the last thing Jonah wanted was to see the city of Nineveh repented of their sins.  The last thing he wanted to see was God to show grace on Nineveh. Jonah wanted God to judge Nineveh and destroy the city and its people he did not want God to show mercy on this city or people.  Jonah wanted to see God destroy this city. In short, Jonah did not want to go to Nineveh because Jonah knew the character of His God, the God he serves is a God of Grace. He knew that the God he serves is a gracious Savior and Jonah did not want God to show His grace on Nineveh he would rather die first than God show grace on people he despised.  

Jonah finally obeyed God and went to Nineveh and he preached to them. And watch what happens, the people of Nineveh turned to God through a simple sermon by Jonah, who merely said, "Forty days from now Nineveh will be destroyed!" (Jonah 3:4).  And what Jonah feared would happened, happened a spiritual awakening took place in wicked Nineveh. And they people felt remorseful for their sins.  Watch this, the Bible says in the book of Jonah between 120,000-600,000 people turned to God and repent of their sins.  This to me is amazing.  God had mercy on Nineveh. Now watch this, if God can change the hearts of the People of Nineveh, this gives me hope that God can change hearts in America today.

We need to pray as a church that God would send revival again to America!!! Our homes need revival. Our churches need revival. This nation and the world need spiritual revival. Revival starts with you, it starts with me, it starts with the church!! Start praying for people by name. Revival always begins with us!

Blessings, RJ

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Remembering Those Who Have Fought for Us

Greetings!! I hope this blog finds you well. This past Monday, our nation observed Memorial Day, a day when our nation stops, reflects, and remembers those who died while serving in our military.  I am very grateful for those who sacrificed and gave their lives for my family and me.  Thank you! I am also very grateful for those who have served our country and for those who are currently serving our country. Thank you! Memorial Day is so much more than backyard barbecues, family outings, playing golf and going to the pool. Memorial Day is a day we remember as a nation those who paid the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives for us that we can enjoy freedom. I am truly grateful for all those who died while serving in our military and the ultimate sacrifice they gave.

I am also very grateful for the sacrifice of my Savior, Jesus Christ.  The Bible says that Jesus Christ suffered one of the most grueling and painful forms of capital punishment ever devised by man.  The night before his crucifixion, Jesus was in extreme agony.  How do I do know this? Well, the Bible says in Luke 22 that his agony and stress was so great that he begin to sweat drops of blood.  Christ knew he was about to endure agony.

We should remember today and for the rest of our lives the high cost of our salvation.  Salvation is free for us, but it cost Jesus dearly, He paid for our sins with His body and blood.  He paid it all with his very life. Thank you Jesus for paying my sin debt in full!!

Well summer time is just around the corner! As summer time arrives, I pray that you and I will still include God in our summer plans this year.  Often times when summer arrives and the temperatures get warmer we are often tempted to skip church and put God on the back burner.  I hope and pray that you and I don’t do this. I hope you and I will include God in our summer plans and always put Him first in our lives.  The Bible is clear that our God wants first place in our heart, not second or third, but first! Yes, enjoy your summer but please stay connected to Christ!

I hope you and your children or grandchildren will be able to join us this year for Vacation Bible School Sunday starting June 24th through Thursday June 28th.  Our theme for VBS this year is sports and the title of this year’s VBS is “Game On.”  It would be our pleasure and joy to have you and your family join us for worship on Sunday June 24th at the 11:00 Service to Kickoff VBS and please dress casual.  Dinner will be served in our Fellowship Hall each evening at 5:30pm.  VBS will run from 6:00pm to 8:00pm each night.  I promise you two things: 1) your child will have a wonderful time and 2) your child will learn about Jesus.  Each night at VBS, we will have crafts, sing songs, learn Bible lessons, enjoy good food and much, much more.  If you have any additional questions please contact me at 336-693-5335!

We have some great things coming up this summer at Long’s Chapel Christian Church.  Please refer to the church bulletin, church Facebook page and church website for all upcoming activities.  Again, let’s not put God on the backburner this summer but include Him in our summer plans. 

 

Blessings,

RJ

 

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Time for vacation? Don't forget to keep God in your summer plans

Hello friends!

It is hard to believe that the month of May is already here.  This year is flying by and summer is right around the corner. My wife told me today that she has 26 more days of school! In case you didn’t guess my wife is a school teacher.  The countdown to summer break has already begun with my family, but who is counting! My family!  My son, Micah is already asking me if I will take him to the water slides at Myrtle Beach next month! Summer cannot get here fast enough for my family!

May I encourage you and your family as the summertime approaches to stay connected to church.  I know when the weather gets warmer we are easily tempted to skip church and do other summer things. I get it! But may I encourage you not to take a vacation from God this summer but stay connected to Him. Most pastors accept the fact that many people in their congregation are going to skip church in the summer and come back when school starts.  This fact is widely accepted in the Christian church but should it be? In all humility, I don’t think it should.  And that is why I want to encourage you to stay connected to God this summer and stay involved in church! God does not want us to take a vacation from Him this summer, but stay connected to Him.  I pray that you and I will have the right priorities this summer!

You and your family are invited to join us for Homecoming on May 6th at the 11:00 Service.  This is a special time in the life of Long’s Chapel Church and we would be blessed by your presence.  After the service, please make plans to join us for lunch, trust me you will be happy you did! I promise you won’t go home hungry.   

We always have excited things coming up at Long’s Chapel Church.  Please refer to the church website and bulletin for all pertinent information.

If you have no church home, we would love for you to join us on Sunday mornings at Long’s Chapel Christian Church for worship.  We are proud to offer two services to choose from: 8:30 a.m. (contemporary) or 11:00 a.m. (traditional). We look forward to worshipping our Lord with you!   

RJ

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"Committed" to God

Hello friends….are you ready for spring yet? I sure am and I will painfully tell you why. This past Saturday I went for a walk around the church and during my walk my propane tank was being filled.  As I made my second lap around the church my tank was filled and I was handed the bill.  I told the gentlemen, “Thank you” and I kept on walking.  As I was walking, I opened up my bill and my walk came to an abrupt stop when I saw how much I owed! $489.00 dollars!!!  I think I am ready for spring!! LOL!!

As I write this blog today, I just delivered yesterday my second sermon in my ten week sermon series entitled, “Committed.” It is my heart felt prayer that we at Long’s Chapel Church would be more committed to God and the things of God as the New Year begins.  I love how Pastor Charles Stanley defines the word commitment.  He said, “I will do what you want me to do.  I will do anything, anytime and anywhere.  You name it Lord Jesus and I will do it.  I will answer, yes, yes, yes!”  I just love that don’t you?

My first sermon in my “Committed” series focused on Matthew 22:37-38.  I humbly believe Jesus Christ taught us the first step we need to take on being more committed to God.  In Matthew 22:37-38, Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the great and first commandment.”

If you and I are serious about being committed to God it starts in Matthew 22:37-38.  Jesus says to love God with all your heart, soul and mind! I humbly believe the key word in these verses is the word, “all”.    That you and I love God with all our heart, all our soul and with all our mind.  Listen, God does not want a piece of our heart, a piece of our soul, a piece of our mind. God wants us to give it all.  He wants us to love Him with everything we have.  Our love for Christ should be the driving force behind everything we do! We sacrifice for Jesus because we love Him, we give, because we love Him, and we serve, because we love Him. We follow Him, because we love Him. So yes, everything that you and I do should be motivated because we love Christ with all of our heart.

The second sermon in my “Committed” series focused on Matthew 22:39-40.  Jesus said, “And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.  All the Law and Prophets hang on these two commandments.” I believe Jesus is very clear in these verses: Loving God and Loving your neighbor goes hand and hand. You and I can’t love God if with don’t love our neighbor? Now the next obvious question, who is our neighbor? Well, the Bible says in the Old Testament and New Testament the word “neighbor” means the same thing, everybody.  Everybody is your neighbor. When Christ says neighbor he means everybody. Everybody!

One of my favorite parables in the Bible is the parable of the Good Samaritan.  In Luke 10:30-35.  Jesus gives you and me a wonderful illustration on how we should love our neighbor.  We see in verses 34-35 five acts of compassion the Samaritan did for the Jewish man: 1) He covered his wounds with bandages.  2) The Samaritan sat the Jewish man on his own animal and he walked alongside him.  The Jewish man rode and he walked. The Samaritan took him to an inn and took care of Him.  He did not leave the man in the Inn all by himself he stayed there with him and took care of him.  He stayed with him to help nurse him back to health. 4) Anything this man needed the Samaritan provided, food, sleep, comfort water and anything else he needed.  He stayed with him all night.  5) And the fifth thing this Samaritan did for the Jewish man and I think it is pretty amazing.  He took two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper and said to him, “Take care of him” and whatever more you spend when I come again I will repay you. In Jesus’s day two denarii equaled two full days worth of wages.  This Samaritan gave the Inn keeper enough money to cover two months room and board.  And the Samaritan told the Inn keeper if you need more, I will cover it.  Amazing!! I hope you and your family will be able to join us for the rest of my sermon series. 

February 4th after the 11:00 a.m. worship service we are having our “Souper Bowl” fundraiser lunch for Allied Churches of Alamance County Shelter.  If you love soup, grilled cheese sandwiches and delicious desserts, you do not want to miss this! Donations will be taken.  Please come and help support a worthy cause.   

And finally, Long's Chapel Christian Church is having our world famous Brunswick Stew Sale on February 17.  Our delicious stew only cost $8.00 a quart.  Please let me know by February 11 how many quarts you want.  Pick up will be on February 17 between 8:00-10:00 a.m. in the fellowship hall. I promise our stew will not disappoint you.  Stew orders can also be placed on our website.  

We have so many great things coming up this fall at Long’s Chapel Christian Church.  Please refer to the church bulletin, church Facebook page and church website for all upcoming activities that you don’t want to miss!

If you do not have a church home, we would love for you to join us on Sunday mornings at Long’s Chapel Christian Church for worship.  We are proud to offer two services to choose from: 8:30 a.m. (contemporary) or 11:00 a.m. (traditional). We look forward to having you worship our Lord with us!  

Blessings,

RJ

 

 

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John 3:16 - Have a Blessed Christmas!

In just a few short weeks, we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  The Bible says the following in Luke 2: “Rejoice, I bring you good news of great joy for everyone.  The Savior yes, the Messiah, the Lord has been born tonight in Bethlehem, the city of David!”  What took place this night in Bethlehem is the greatest event in human history! The Messiah had been born! For ages the Jews had waited for this birth to take place and it finally occurred, and the announcement came to humble shepherds while they were working in the fields.  The good news about Jesus is that he comes to anyone who has a humble heart and who is earnestly seeking him.  He offers to everyone the free gift of salvation and if you accept Him as your Lord and Savior it will be the greatest gift you will ever receive. 

We see in John 3:16 God’s motive on why He sent His Son.  His love!  For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son.  The word “begotten” in Greek means unique, it means one of a kind, the only one. It brings my heart great joy that God the Father did not send Jesus to earth in anger but He sent His Son in love.  

God the Father loves mankind so much that He gave His one of a kind, unique, beloved Son.  This is how much God loves the world.  This is how much God loves Mankind and that is how much God loves you!  The gift of His Son is for everyone: regardless of age, gender, height or shortness, educational level the good news is for everyone.

We learn three very important things from John 3:16:

1) Jesus Christ is a gift. Whoever receives this gift and believes in Christ will be saved and will receive everlasting life.   

 2) Whoever believes and puts their faith in Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior will have eternal life. 

3) Packed into one sentence, one verse—John 3:16—is all the information anyone needs to be saved. Christmas is a serious time for us to reflect about our eternal destiny. 

In John 3:18, we see the following plea from Jesus, and His plea is this, for us to believe in the name of God’s one and only Son. Believe in Him that is Christ plea. I humbly believe you and I should believe the following seven things about Jesus: 

  1. Believe that Jesus is the God-man. He is more than a prophet; He is the God-Man. 

  2. Believe that Jesus paid your sin debt in full. 

  3. Believe that Jesus is the only way to Heaven. 

  4. Believe that Jesus arose again and conquered the grave. 

  5. Believe in His Word the Bible. 

  6. Believe by being obedient to Jesus and to His Word. 

  7. Believe by putting your trust in Him as your Lord and Savior.  My plea to you is to believe in Jesus Christ and trust Him as your Savior!

We have many activities planned during the month of December at Long’s Chapel. Please refer to the church bulletin, church Facebook page and website for all upcoming activities that you don’t want to miss!

If you have no church home we would love for you and your family to come and join us on Sunday mornings at Long’s Chapel Christian Church for worship at: 8:30 a.m. (contemporary) or 11:00 a.m. (traditional). Your presence would truly bless us!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!! 

Blessings, RJ

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Keeping the Spirt of Thanksgiving -All Year Long

Hello friends! November is finally here and that can only mean only one thing, Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays not because of all the great food I will eat but because it is a very unique holiday.  We don’t celebrate on this day a battle or anyone’s birthday or anniversary on this day. It is simply a day set aside to express our nations thanks to our nation’s God!

With all my heart I believe we are a people and a nation that has been truly blessed by God. Our forefathers had "a boundless faith in God." This almost sounds strange today in a time when powerful forces are at work in our nation to strip us of every reminder that the very foundation of our nation was built upon the conviction that we are "One Nation, Under God."

Thanksgiving is a day when we as a nation stops, reflects and give thanks to God for all of the blessings are Heavenly Father has bestowed on us. As a Christian this should be our attitude everyday not just on Thanksgiving Day, but every day we should have a grateful heart and give thanks to God. I truly wish that all of us had the spirit of Thanksgiving all year long! 

I humbly believe that 1 Thess.5:16-18 is a good reminder for us to think about with Thanksgiving being only a few weeks away.  Here is what it says:

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

The Apostle Paul is encouraging us in verse 16, to always be joyful.  And here is the reason, I humbly believe why you and I should be joyful.  We serve a God who walks along- side us during our pain.  We serve a God who does all things for our good. We serve a God who provides all of our needs.  We serve a God who comforts us in all of our troubles.  Our God is our protector in our times of trouble.  He is our healer and Savior.  This is why we should be joyful.  

Wednesday Night Bible will meet the first two Wednesdays in November from 6:15-7:15pm in the fellowship hall. We are studying 2 Corinthians.  I hope you and your family will be able to join us.  We always have great in-depth discussion and discuss practical ways to apply the Bible to our daily lives.

I hope you and your family will be able to join us on Saturday, November 4th for our Ham and Egg Supper.  Dinner will be served in the church fellowship hall from 5-7 p.m. Adult’s will be charged $8.00 dollars a plate and children will be charged $5.00 a plate.  All proceeds from the supper will go towards the Men’s Fellowship Ministry at Long’s Chapel Church and we would greatly appreciate your support. Also the ladies of our church are having a bake sale during the Ham and Egg Supper. There will be a wide assortment of desserts to choose from and I promise what you choose will taste delicious.  All proceeds from the bake sale will support the Ladies Ministry. 

Please refer to the church bulletin, church Facebook page and church website for all upcoming activities that you don’t want to miss!

If you have no church home we would love for you and come and join us on Sunday mornings at Long’s Chapel Christian Church for worship.  We are proud to offer two services to choose from: 8:30 a.m. (contemporary) or 11:00 a.m. (traditional). We look forward you worshipping our Lord with us! 

 Blessings, RJ

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It's Fall! Join us for lots of exciting events.

Hello friends! October is here! I just love the month of October? Why you may ask.  A few reasons why: 1) Golf is cheaper and the course is not so busy, praise Jesus!  2)  I love seeing the leaves change color on the trees.  I don’t enjoy raking up the leaves, but I do enjoy seeing them change colors, ha-ha.  To me the season of fall always reminds me of the glory of God and how awesome our God is! 3) I love the cooler weather which means I can start wearing again my favorite sweat shirts.  I miss wearing them during the summer!  4) The weather is getting cooler and that means only one thing that college football has started.  And that makes me happy!!

We have some wonderful things coming up in October!

Wednesday Night Bible Study has resumed.  Please come and join us from 6:15-7:15 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall for Bible Study.  During the month of October we will be learning and studying from the book of 2 Corinthians.  Please join us for fellowship and good discussion as we discuss practical ways to apply the Bible to our daily lives.

Long’s Chapel Church is still collecting the following items for our neighbors affected by the recent hurricanes: water bottles, paper products and diapers.  Please bring your donated items and drop them off in the fellowship hall. If you would like to make a financial donation, please make your check payable to our church and write on the memo line, "God's Pit Crew." Thank you so much for your help.

You and your family are invited to join us on Sunday, October 22 at 11:00 a.m. for Harvest Sunday! Perhaps you are wondering what is Harvest Sunday? When the farmer’s crop came to harvest, they were grateful to God what He provided.  To show their gratitude to God they would always give back to God their tithe from the harvest.  And they would always give back to God, gratefully.  The Bible says even today when we give our tithe to the Lord that God loves a cheerful and grateful giver.  A special offering will be collected during the service.  This offering goes to help a certain need in the church.  However, this is a responsibility from our church members and not of our guests.  If you are guest, please come and join us for worship and immediately after the service, we will have a covered dish lunch in the fellowship hall.  If you are a guest we have your lunch covered, I hope you will be able to join us. 

We have some wonderful things coming up this October such as Trunk or Treat for our youth! Please refer to the church bulletin, church Facebook page and church website for this and all other upcoming activities that you don’t want to miss!

If you have no church home we would love for you to join us on Sunday mornings at Long’s Chapel Christian Church for worship.  We are proud to offer two services to choose from: 8:30 a.m. (contemporary) and 11:00 a.m. (traditional). We look forward to having you worshipping our Lord with us! 

Blessings,

RJ

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Hello Friends - It is the season of fall!

Hello friends! The season of fall is almost here! And after the hot summer that we have had I am looking forward to fall and the cooler weather.  I must admit it I just love this time of year and here are few of the reasons why: football season, (Go Pittsburgh Steelers and Go Akron Zips), golf is cheaper, I get to wear my cool sweatshirts, and I love seeing the trees change colors.  These are few of the reasons why I love fall. 

I am sure you are aware by now of the devastating hurricane in Texas and Louisiana. To help our neighbors impacting by Hurricane Harvey, Long’s Chapel Church will be collecting supplies and water.  If you would like to donate please bring your items to Long’s Chapel Church fellowship hall and drop off your items there.  We will also be collecting money for this horrible tragedy.  Money will be sent to Samaritan’s Purse.  If you have any questions please call me at 336-693-5335.  

Wednesday Night Bible Study will restart mid- September. Please refer to the church bulletin or website for further information.  I hope you will be able to join us for Wednesday Night Bible Study for great in-depth discussion and as we discuss practical ways to apply the Bible to our daily lives.   

Coming up on Sunday, September 24, we are having a Family Fun Day at Long’s Chapel Church.  We will have regular Sunday school at 9:45am and our worship service from run from 11:00am to 11:30am.  After the service concludes, we will meet down stairs in the Fellowship Hall for fun and games.  Please dress casual and plan on having a great time.  Lunch will be served around noon.  We will have bingo, corn hole, a bouncy house for the kids and more.  I hope you and your family will be able to join us.   

We have so many great things coming up this fall at Long’s Chapel Church please refer to the church bulletin, church Facebook page and church website for all upcoming activities that you don’t want to miss!

If you have no church home we would love for you and come and join us on Sunday mornings at Long’s Chapel Christian Church for worship.  We are proud to offer two services to choose from: 8:30am (contemporary) or 11:00am (traditional). We look forward to having you worship our Lord with us! 

Blessings,
RJ

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Vacation Bible School Fun Fair

Hello friends! It is hard to believe that summer is almost over and fall is just around the corner. Where did summer go? My family and I are having a wonderful summer! Monica and I have spent a lot of time this summer taking our son, Micah swimming, he just loves to swim.  In addition, my family and I are going back to Ohio at the end of July to visit family friends.  It is always wonderful spending time with family and friends.

I am very happy to announce that VBS Fun Fair is coming to Long’s Chapel Church and your child is invited, parents can come too! We will Kick off, VBS this year on Sunday August 6 at the 11:00 Service.  We would love to have you and your family come and join us for worship on August 6 at the 11:00 Service to Kickoff VBS and please dress casual.  VBS Fun Fair will be held at Long’s Chapel, August 7-10.  Dinner will be served in our Fellowship Hall each evening at 5:30 and VBS will be 6:00-8:00 each night.  I promise you your child will have a wonderful time and they will have fun learning about Jesus.  Each night at VBS we will have crafts, sing songs, Bible lessons, food and much, much more.  If you have any additional questions please contact me at 336-693-5335!

If you have no church home we would love for you and come and join us on Sunday mornings at Long’s Chapel Christian Church for worship.  We are proud to offer two services to choose from: 8:30 a.m. (contemporary) or 11:00 a.m. (traditional). We look forward you worshipping our Lord with us!

Blessings,

RJ

 

 

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Summer Break?

Hello friends!

Summer is finally here!! And my son, Micah is excited.  He is looking forward to going to Ohio in early July to see his relatives and then later in July he is going to the waterslides in Greensboro.  Last year, to Micah’s chagrin, he did not meet the height requirements for the waterslides but this year he just made the height requirement and boy he is excited to go on the bigger waterslides! Me - not so much!

I know when the weather gets warmer that we are easily tempted to skip church and do other summer things. I get it! I get it that most families go to the beach for vacation and are away from home.  But when you are home this summer may I encourage you not to take a vacation from God this summer, but stay connected to Him. Most pastors accept the fact that many people in their congregation are just going to skip church in the summer and come back when school starts.  This fact is widely accepted in the Christian church but should it be? In all humility, I don’t think it should.  And that is why I want to encourage you to stay connected to God this summer and stay involved in church.   Again, God does not want us to take a vacation from Him this summer, but stay connected to Him. 

I hope that you and your family will be able to join us for: Long's Chapel Putt-Putt Golf Night! Date: July 16th. Meet: At Putt-Putt Miniature Golf on North Church Street Time: 3 - 5 p.m. How much? 2 games of golf and twenty tokens would cost $8.00 per person (group rate.).  Who can come: Everyone is invited.  Please let me (RJ) know by July 13th if you or any member of your family will be joining us, thank you! 

Also, coming up on May 23rd at the 11:00 a.m. service we are hosting, “The Directors Trio” from Lakeview Church.  If you and your family enjoy upbeat gospel music you will love, “The Directors Trio.”  And an added bonus, I will not be preaching at the 11:00 Service (please do not cheer) so we can give more time for “The Directors Trio.” I hope you and your family can join us.

We always have exciting things coming up at Long’s Chapel Christian Church.  Please refer to the church website and bulletin for all pertinent information.

If you have no church home we would love for you to join us on Sunday mornings at Long’s Chapel Christian Church for worship.  We are proud to offer two services to choose from: 8:30 a.m. (contemporary) or 11:00 a.m. (traditional). We look forward to having you worship our Lord with us!   I hope you walk in a manner worthy of the Lord. 

RJ

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Summertime is Around the Corner

Hello friends!

It is hard to believe that the month of May is already here.  This year is flying by! Summer is right around the corner.  My son, Micah is already asking me if I will take him to the water slides! He can’t wait for them to open next month. 

May I encourage you and your family as the summertime approaches to stay connected in church.  I know when the weather gets warmer that we are easily tempted to skip church and do other summer things. I get it! But may I encourage you not to take a vacation from God this summer, but stay connected to Him. Most pastors accept the fact that many people in their congregation are just going to skip church in the summer and come back when school starts.  This fact is widely accepted in the Christian church but should it be? In all humility, I don’t think it should.  And that is why I want to encourage you to stay connected to God this summer and stay involved in church this summer.   Again, God does not want us to take a vacation from Him this summer, but stay connected to Him. 

You and your family are invited to join us, for Homecoming on May 7th at the 11:00 a.m. service.  This is a special time in the life of Long’s Chapel Church and we would be honor with your presence.  After the service, please make plans to join us for lunch, trust me you will be happy you did!  You and your family won’t be disappointed with the lunch and you won’t go home hungry.

Also, coming up on May 21st at the 11:00 a.m. service we are hosting the Blue Grass band, Strings of Faith.  If you and your family enjoy Blue Grass music you will love Strings of Faith. And as an added bonus, I will not be preaching this Sunday (please do not cheer) so we can give more time for great Blue Grass music. I hope you and your family can join us.

We always have exciting things coming up at Long’s Chapel Church.  Please refer to the church website and bulletin for all pertinent information.

If you do not have a church home we would love for you to join us on Sunday mornings at Long’s Chapel Christian Church for worship.  We are proud to offer two services to choose from: 8:30 a.m. (contemporary) or 11:00 a.m. (traditional). We look forward you worshipping our Lord with us!   I hope you walk in a manner worthy of the Lord. 

RJ

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Spring - How Great Thou Art!

Hello friends! I bet you are excited as I am that spring is finally here! One of my favorite things about spring is seeing the flowers and trees begin to bloom and seeing the vast array of different colors the trees and flowers bring forth.  I just love it! Every spring I think of the following Christian hymn, “How Great Thou Art.” I think of this song, because spring time always reminds me how Awesome and Great our God is! The Bible says by God’s Word all of creation came into existence including the plants, flowers and trees.  “How Great Thou Art!” God made all creation, including us for the purpose of glorifying Him! That is why you and I live to bring God glory! As the flowers and trees bring Him glory I pray how you and I live our lives will always bring our Creator Glory! You and I can bring God glory by following Christ as our Personal Lord and Savior and committing ourselves to the Bible’s teachings! This is how you and I bring God Glory! As spring time brings God glory I pray that you and I will as well!

You and your family are invited to join us for the following Easter Week activities: Maundy Thursday Service with communion on April 13th at 7:00pm in the church fellowship hall.  Easter services will be on Sunday, April 16th as we celebrate the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ!! We will be having three worship services on Easter Sunday: 6:30 Sunrise Service, 7:30-8:30 (Easter Family Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall), Contemporary Service, 8:30-9:30 a.m. and our Traditional Service: 11:00-12:00.  Please come and join as we celebrate our Savior, Jesus Christ conquering the grave!

We always have excited things coming up at Long’s Chapel Church.  Please refer to the church website and bulletin for all pertinent information.

If you do not have a church home, we would love for you to join us on Sunday mornings at Long’s Chapel Christian Church for worship.  We are proud to offer two services to choose from: 8:30 a.m. (contemporary) or 11:00 a.m. (traditional). We look forward to having you worship our Lord with us!   

RJ

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Trusting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior

Hello Everyone! I don’t know about you, but I am ready for winter to be over. I am ready for spring to arrive!! I miss the warm weather and I miss playing golf on a regular bases! I have not played golf since December in Myrtle Beach, SC and I am having golf withdrawals! Come on springtime! In addition, I am looking forward to March because I love watching the NCAA Basketball Tournament! I hope my alma mater; Akron Zips makes the tournament this year and does well!

During the month of February, I will be continuing my sermon series in Matthew Chapter Five, Jesus Christ’s first sermon- Sermon on the Mount. In this sermon series, Jesus is teaching us how He wants you and me to live our lives.  Jesus desires that His followers be, “Salt and Light” in this fallen, corrupt and rotten world. In order for us to be salt and light in this world we first need a radical transformation in our hearts! The human heart can only be radically transformed by trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Jesus is clear that you and I cannot be salt and light in this world unless we get a new heart by trusting Him as our Lord and Savior!  I hope you and your family will be able to join us in February for this wonderful sermon series.    

If you have no church home, we would love for you to join us on Sunday mornings at Long’s Chapel Christian Church for worship.  We are proud to offer two services to choose from: 8:30 a.m. (contemporary) or 11:00 a.m. (traditional). We look forward to having you worship our Lord with us! 

We always have exciting things coming up at Long’s Chapel Church.  Please refer to the church website and bulletin additional information on these events. I promise you will enjoy the fellowship!  

RJ

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"Working out" our salvation

Well here we are a brand new year!!! 2017!!  2016 has now officially come to an end and we now usher in a brand New Year, 2017! A New Year full of possibility and opportunity! Now, it is very common this time of year for all of us to make some sort of resolution.  For example, many people make the pledge each year to be a better person and to disregard our old bad habits and begin some good ones. Many people, including me, make the pledge each year that this will be the year to lose weight, and get fit. It has been said that 75 percent of Americans make the same pledge each New Year to lose weight!  You will notice that most gyms in Burlington will be full this time of year because people are trying to honor their New Year’s resolution.  However, when February comes around most people will forget about the resolution they made in January and go back to their old habits.

I think eating right and exercising is a good thing! It is good that you and I take care of our bodies because the Bible says our body is the temple of God and we should honor God and take care of our bodies. We should work out our bodies for the glory of Christ.  May I encourage you in 2017 not only to work out physically, but also to work out your salvation. The Apostle Paul says the following in Philippians 2:12-13: “Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.”

We see in Verse 12 the key verb and the key thought, "work out your own salvation with fear and trembling." That's the main thrust of verse 12. Work out your salvation. Paul says to these Philippian believers, you've got to work out your salvation. What does he mean? Well, this verb is important to note.  It is a command to continually making the effort to work out your salvation.  Paul is simply saying the salvation that is in you needs to be brought out.  When Paul says "Work out your salvation" he is saying you've got to do it. You've got to work it out. There is a commitment if you want to lose weight, you can’t wish it away! You have to work at it.  If you want to be a great athlete you have to work at it.   In all humility, you and I will never grow as a Christian if you don’t work out your salvation.  How can you grow your spiritual muscles if you don’t work out? You can’t!   If you and I don’t grow spiritually then the appetite of our flesh will grow.  It is simple, if you and I are not growing spiritually we are then growing more worldly! I hope and pray in 2017 we work out our salvation.

Blessings,

RJ

 

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Christmas - Celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ

Christmas is just a few short weeks away. I don’t know about you, but I just love Christmas time! I just love listening to Christmas music, eating all those holiday goodies and watching all those holiday specials on TV.  On a side note, my favorite Christmas cartoon is “It’s a Charlie Brown Christmas.” I watch this cartoon every year and I don’t care if I am 46 years old.  For the last five years I have had the blessing to watch this cartoon with my son, Micah and he loves it just like his dad.  Watching this cartoon with my son makes watching this cartoon even more special.

This month at Long’s Chapel Christian Church we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ!  The Bible says the following in Luke 2: “Rejoice I bring you good news of great joy for everyone.  The Savior yes, the Messiah, the Lord has been born tonight in Bethlehem, the city of David!”  What took place that night in Bethlehem is the greatest event in human history! The Messiah had been born! For ages the Jews had waited for this birth to take place and it finally occurred, and the announcement came to humble shepherds while there were working in the fields.  The good news about Jesus is that he comes to anyone who has a humble heart and who is earnestly seeking him.  He offers to everyone the gift of salvation and if you accepted Him it will be the greatest gift you will ever receive. 

During the month of December we will be taking a break from our current sermon series, “The Sermon on the Mount” from Matthew Chapter five, Jesus’ first sermon. We will resume this series in January.  In the month of December, I will be preaching on the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ at both services (8:30 &11:00 a.m.). I hope you and your family will be able to join us as we celebrate the birth of our Savior!   

We have so many wonderful things coming up in the month of December at Long’s Chapel: Family Movie Night on Saturday, December 3rd we will be showing the Christian Movie, “God’s Not Dead 2” at 7:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary and at 7:00 p.m., popcorn and drinks will be served in the Fellowship Hall. On December 11th please join us for our, “Family Christmas Breakfast” at 9:15 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  On December 18, we will have our Children’s Christmas program in the sanctuary starting at 6 p.m. and afterwards, refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Hall. The kids have been working very hard on this program and I would encourage you to come and watch them perform.  You will be glad you did.  This is just a few of the great events that we will be having in December please refer to the church bulletin, church Facebook page and church website for all upcoming activities that I did not list.  I promise you don’t want to miss these wonderful events coming up. 

If you have no church home we would love for you and come and join us on Sunday mornings at Long’s Chapel Christian Church for worship.  We are proud to offer two services to choose from: 8:30 a.m. (contemporary) or 11:00 a.m. (traditional). We look forward you worshipping our Lord with us! 

 

Blessings,

RJ

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