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21 Days of Prayer Devo – Day 3 – Perspective

  Today's thought: When we pray, God gives us more perspective on our life. There are prayer services today in Warrenton (Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room), Manassas, and Winchester at 6:00-7:00am. Plus, we have Saturday prayer every weekend at 9:00-10:00am in...

21 Days of Prayer Devo – Day 2 – Expectation

  Today's thought: Prayer can lead to a life that exceeds every earthly expectation. There are prayer services today in Warrenton (Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room), Manassas, and Winchester at 6:00-7:00am. Plus, we have Saturday prayer every weekend at 9:00-10:00am in...

21 Days of Prayer Devo – Day 1 – There is More

   Welcome to 21 Days of Prayer! Our theme this August is There Is More. There are prayer services tomorrow in Warrenton (Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room), Manassas, and Winchester at 6:00-7:00am. Plus, we have Saturday prayer every weekend at 9:00-10:00am in...

Colossians 3 Commitment Prayer

  In Colossians 3, Paul shows us how we can be a picture of Jesus to the people around us by living with mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, and above all, love. It starts with making a commitment. Here is a prayer written for this week's message:  ...

Let’s Talk About… Depression

It was 5:30pm about two days after my son was born.  It was exactly as Brooke Shields described, “Down Came the Rain.”  My husband had gone home to take a shower and I had purposely hidden in the bathroom of my hospital room to have a knee buckling cry. Sadly, at...

Let’s Talk About… Racism

One of my favorite color combinations is black and white. The reason I love it is because of the stark and peculiar contrast. When either color is surrounded by the other it becomes more vibrant and its particular color qualities are more prevalent. To an artist,...

Let’s Talk About… Health

As Christians, we strive to do everything in our lives with purpose, God's purpose.  We parent our children with purpose.  We care for our spouses with purpose.  We do our jobs with purpose.  We look for opportunities to witness on purpose. Yet when it comes to our...

Let’s Talk About… Grief

Grief is consuming. It’s a tough reality to grasp—a reality I’m almost nervous to write about. But we have a hope in our grief, and I want to expose that hope. In order to do that, though, I have to explain grief the only way I know how: my personal experience. In...

Let’s Talk About… Anxiety

In my experience, one of the “hot button” issues least talked about in church is the idea of mental illness. I mean, you probably just read that word and already have a preconceived idea about what it is. There is absolutely a stigma surrounding anxiety in depression...

The Hope Of The World

I grew up the daughter of a preacher in Southern Alabama, and from the time I was in the womb, I was attending every Sunday morning, every Wednesday night, and was in the church with my family every moment the doors were open. I went from growing up in church straight...

Come Home

Naturally, most people that read this blog are already Christians who feel comfortable in the church environment. However, many of us have friends and family who don't feel comfortable in church, and my hope is that this blog will encourage you to get a fresh...

Go & Tell

If you’ve been to church either of the past two weeks you have heard messages on “The Invitation,” with an emphasis on the importance of inviting people to church. If you’re anything like me, these pushes for inviting people around Easter, Christmas Eve, or any time...

You Are Invited

It’s exciting to receive an invitation to a party, a wedding, or some other special event. Girls will be thinking about what to wear and what to bring... and guys, well, they might think about that, too. But one thing's for sure: being included makes you feel a...

Building Patience The Annoying Way

  I hate exercising. I know what you’re thinking: “Dieter! How on earth can you hate exercise when you keep such an amazing figure!” But I’ll tell you the same thing I tell my ego: “Stop making stupid jokes.” I remember seeing a commercial once starring a rich guy,...

Keep Love: Interview with Kim & Ed Burnell

As part of our current series titled How To Love, we're interviewing different staff pastors and their spouses. This week, we have Pastor Kim and Ed Burnell from our Manassas campus talking about how to keep love God's way.   ED: One of the biggest misconceptions...

Make Love: Interview with Josh & Brittney Baird

As part of our current series titled How To Love, we’re interviewing different campus pastors and their spouses. This week, we have Pastor Josh and Brittney Baird from our Warrenton campus talking about how to make love God’s way.

Find Love: Interview with Shawn & Jenny Baird

As part of our current series titled How To Love, we’re interviewing different campus pastors and their spouses. This week, we have Pastor Shawn and Jenny Baird from our Winchester campus talking about how to find love God’s way.

Why We Have Worship In Church

I love that our church loves to worship with such passion. It makes being part of the worship team such a joy. From time to time, I like to think about the things we do and the reasons we do them. All my life I've worked every weekend as a musician, even after I had...