Wednesday, April 10, 2013

New Addition For LFF

There have been many changes at Living Free Fellowship over the past few months.  One of those changes is the dedication of our new building addition in February 2013.  The new addition hosts a welcome center, lounge, men and women's bathrooms, and carport.  How blessed we are to add this new space to our church.  We give God thanks for His many blessings.

Monday, March 11, 2013

A Great Weekend

What a great weekend!

The Tennessee Fine Arts Festival was tremendous.  Kudos to Jeremy Austill and the TN Youth Department for putting on a great festival.  We are proud to announce that our puppet team from Living Free Fellowship has received an invitation to the national festival along with a couple of art pieces, and a poem that received first place on the district level.  Congrats to Steven Meyer for his win.  I am very proud of all of our students and what they have accomplished this weekend.

Sunday was a beautiful day.  Our praise team did a great job leading us into the presence of the Lord.  I am thankful for those who give to this ministry every week without fail.  I preached a message on Sunday entitled, 'Make Ready The Light'!  We are stewards of God to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  May our lives demonstrate that we are Christ-followers daily and may that demonstration compel others to know Him (Luke 12:35).  It was amazing to see people fill the altars as we solidified our commitment to be bearers of the Light!  May God use us as we have entered our Monday morning world and may God draw people to Himself because of the Light that is found in our lives.

Enjoy your Monday and may God richly bless your week!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Fine Arts Festival is Here!

I am looking forward to tonight's Fine Arts Festival at Trevecca Nazarene University.  I have two daughters who will be participating.  I am amazed as they grow and develop and become what God wants them to be... so proud of them and very thankful to God.

All the students at Living Free Fellowship are doing a phenomenal job.  They have worked hard over the past couple of months preparing for this year's festival.  If you happen to be around Trevecca this evening... stop in and check out our Tennessee kids... their ministry will truly speak to your faith.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

LFF Homecoming 2012

This past Sunday, Living Free Fellowship celebrated 35 years in its present location. LFF opened their doors at 233 Riggs Avenue in February 1977. Since that day, the Gospel of Jesus has continued to be preached at that location.

Sunday was a great day. Rev. Paul Wright, our guest speaker and former pastor of LFF, preached that morning. He did a phenomenal job. At the end of the message, we had a young man (19) come down and give his heart to the Lord. It was that moment that made the day worth it all. We celebrate this young man's new life with Christ.

After service, we celebrated by having lunch on the grounds. A tent was erected on the front lawn and over a 100 people gathered to eat and fellowship (It was a big tent). The conversations were rich as we witnessed people from years gone by visiting with people who attend today... Story after story about LFF and what this church has meant to them in their walk with God.

We are blessed. Not because of a rich heritage. Not because of a certain pastor or a certain group of people. We are blessed because of Jesus and what He has done over these past 35 years in Portland, Tennessee. I am so thankful to be a part of what He has done and what He is doing today!

To God be the glory!

Enjoying Life

It's amazing how quickly time can get away from you. I haven't posted in over three months and over that course of time, so much has happened.

We celebrated Christmas. We welcomed a New Year! LFF has celebrated salvations, baptisms and babies born. We have purchased a new building and discussed a new addition to the existing one. Things change rapidly, but as they do, don't forget to breathe!

Jesus said in John 10:10 that He came to give us life and life abundantly! Life is a precious gift. Let me encourage you to not take it for granted. It is easy to busy ourselves with so many things, but take the time to stop (or at least, slow down) and enjoy it along the way. Take time to walk with God in the cool of the day. Take time to play with your kids. Take time to enjoy the company of your spouse. Enjoy a meal. Go window shopping with no intentions to buy. Play a round of golf. Take the moment to enjoy a cup of coffee. Sit on the porch swing. Read a good book. We all need those moments. When we make a conscience choice to enjoy what God has given us, it only fuels us for the tasks and responsibilities that are uniquely ours. It energizes us to press on.

Enjoy your life today! Jesus would want you too!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Three Years And Counting!

Yesterday, me and my family celebrated three years at Living Free Fellowship. I can't believe how time passes. It just seems like yesterday that we walked in the door of LFF and began to set up the office. Looking back... so many things have taken place! All I can say is... God has been faithful to me, my family, and to LFF! I can not thank Him enough for how far He has brought us, but more than looking back... we are excited about the future. God has done amazing things among the people at LFF and we only look forward to what tomorrow can bring. It is a continual reminder to me and to you of God's faithfulness to His people! Keep looking up!

Monday Thoughts!

Yesterday was a great day at Living Free Fellowship. I am so proud of our Praise Team and their ministry. I also had the privilege of baptizing a young man at the beginning of service. It is always exciting to watch and be a part of what God is doing in the life of an individual. We also had a young man give his heart to the Lord. God never ceases to amaze. The greatest miracle of all is when God takes an old heart and makes it new! To God be the glory!

Looking forward to this coming Sunday, December 11th. Our kids will be performing a Christmas production called... A Christmas Chat! Drama and Music! It will be an exciting day... it always is when the kids are on the platform. Don't miss it! Bring someone with you next week.

Today, we are celebrating a beautiful Monday! There may be rain in the forecast, but the Son is always shining! So thankful to God and the privilege I have (and you have) to serve Him daily! I encourage you to keep looking to Jesus... He is your Source! He will not disappoint!


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Sunday in Review

Wow... can I simply say... God is amazing! I guess I can... I just did! What an amazing work that God did this past Sunday. We had three people walk the aisle for salvation and a host of folks respond to His Word. I love to see people realize their help comes from the Lord and then take it a step further by responding to Him for help. The message Sunday was about God's overcoming peace. How many times do we choose to live in chaotic situations instead of living in peace? Jesus is our peace (John 16:33). Don't allow the world to take your peace. Keep your focus directly upon your Savior... Jehovah Shalom!

This coming Sunday (November 20th) will be our attempt as a church to celebrate Thanksgiving. There will be a luncheon following the morning service in the fellowship hall. If you have not made plans to attend, we hope you will stay and eat and fellowship with one another.

Walk in peace this week... walk with Jesus!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Week in Reveiw

The Midweek has arrived. I am looking forward to being in service tonight at LFF! Joel Mullins will be wrapping up his study on PRAYER. He has done a fabulous job over the past few weeks. If you are local to Portland... come and see us tonight at 7 PM!

This past Sunday (November 6) was a great day. Our Youth Pastor, Tim Medrano preached a message entitled, RELENTLESS... leaving the 99 and going after the one! He did a great job. I am proud of him and how the Lord is using him in ministry. Our worship team took us into the presence of God. I am thankful for a team of people who desire His presence and goes after His presence every week. The church is blessed!

I am blessed to serve such an amazing church under an Amazing God! Let me encourage you to continue to focus on Him and let Him direct your steps. He will take us all to places we never dreamed imaginable.

Thank you Lord for your faithfulness to us!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Sunday, October 23 in Review

This weekend was incredible. Our praise team did an amazing job at taking us into the presence of the Lord and the church walked through the door. Missionary Kelly Robinette and his wife, Cyndi came and ministered in the morning service. These folks are veteran missionaries. The have been on the field for the past 24 years and doing an incredible job. Kelly spoke to us about leaving a heritage for all to see. There was a great response from our people. God is to be praised.

Couple of announcements to remember:

This Friday night is our Annual Hayride and Bonfire and on Monday is our Light the Night Harvest Festival! Plug in... you will be glad you did.