Why You Should Go on a Mission

Nathanael CurtisCommunity, Ministries, Missions0 Comments

There are things that I have learned by going on mission trips — things that I don’t know if I could have learned any other way. And, I don’t just mean trips to Africa — I mean trips across the street and here in the U.S. The word “mission” is an incredible word. It sparks thoughts of a highly trained SEAL … Read More

You Gotta Get Dirty

Nathanael CurtisCommunity, Life0 Comments

For most of my career, I was part of a small office. We were an odd assortment of individuals, to say the least. When we did hire someone new, they would quickly integrate into the work, but not so much the team. They were outsiders … the new kid in the neighborhood who wanted to fit in, but didn’t. And … Read More

You’re a Beast!

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I guess I am just truly human because I was encouraged, felt energized, puffed up a bit, and really felt – just – good about myself when Greg said to me, “You’re a beast!” Let me set the stage a bit. It was mid-week on the Cherokee Reservation where we had gone to do a “God sized” build for a … Read More

Dead to the World!

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Go Greg! Dead to the world on the 16 hour return bus trip. The world is passing by. The bus is stopping. People moving around. Greg is dead to the world (we also had a picture of our friend Kim dead to the world but we were afraid to use it!) I am actually very envious of Greg because I … Read More

Ever Felt Like This?

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Amber and I picked up this wacky birdhouse at the Blue Ridge Arts Festival. I really like it. He’s a wacky little guy, creative, and I think perhaps I identify with his art. I wonder if he will scare off the very birds that he is supposed to support. I can’t tell you how many times I feel inside like … Read More

Dating an Architect

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The church is growing, the daycare is expanding, Christian Fellowship Theater is doing great, and we have no space left. So we have been dating some architects. How do you find that perfect firm? Are they a match? Do they like what you like? Is their style the same? Do they have the same philosophy? Are they cute? It is a … Read More

It’s Okay to Be Human

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Years ago I was teaching a men’s retreat and I asked the question, “Why do we sin? Why do we struggle?” A first timer, David, answered, “Because we are human.” Without thinking and without a filter on, I fired back, “No. We aren’t human. We are Christians. We are human plus the Spirit of God.” Now what I said was … Read More

Sitting to Serve

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Bob’s Incredible Story – Man, Do I Miss that Old Man About 13 years ago, we lost a tribe of older couples and it made no sense. All of them had been doing missions, building, showing up, hauling — these guys and gals were core involved people. With, seemingly, lame excuses, they headed out the door. At their new churches, … Read More

My Dad Said, “Don’t Sell to Friends”

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14He Was Right – A Three Taverns Cultural Reminder Have you ever been approached to buy something and you just didn’t know how to say no? Have you gone to that party, bought that thing, or sponsored a walk just because you don’t like conflict? It’s even worse when you don’t really have the money! Have you been at that church where people … Read More