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Preparing for Worship - December 4, 2022

Worship Location for December 4th: THE MARTIN CENTER 960 Heritage Way Brentwood TN 37027 This Week: We will worship in person (The Martin Center in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am this coming Sunday. Children's Sunday school and Adult Sunday schoolwill begin at 10:30am following worship. Evening worship will begin at 6pm. The following links will enable you to...

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Preparing for Worship - November 27, 2022

Worship Location for November 27th: THE MARTIN CENTER 960 Heritage Way Brentwood TN 37027 This Week: We will worship in person (The Martin Center in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am this coming Sunday. Children's Sunday school and adult Sunday schoolwill begin at 10:30am following worship. Evening worship will begin at 6pm. The following links will enable you t...

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Preparing for Worship - October 23, 2022

Worship Location for October 23rd: THE MARTIN CENTER 960 Heritage Way Brentwood TN 37027 This Week: We will worship in person (The Martin Center in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am this coming Sunday. Children's Sunday school and adult Sunday schoolwill begin at 10:30am following worship. Evening worship will begin at 6pm. The following links will enable you to...

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Preparing for Worship - October 16, 2022

Worship Location for October 16th: THE MARTIN CENTER 960 Heritage Way Brentwood TN 37027 This Week: We will worship in person (The Martin Center in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am this coming Sunday. Children's Sunday school and adult Sunday schoolwill begin at 10:30am following worship. Evening worship will begin at 6pm. The following links will enable you to...

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Preparing for Worship - October 9 , 2022

Worship Location for October 9th: THE MARTIN CENTER 960 Heritage Way Brentwood TN 37027 This Week: We will worship in person (The Martin Center in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am this coming Sunday. Children's Sunday school and adult Sunday schoolwill begin at 10:30am following worship. Evening worship will begin at 6pm. The following links will enable you to ...

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Preparing for Worship - October 2 , 2022

Worship Location for October 2nd: THE MARTIN CENTER 960 Heritage Way Brentwood TN 37027 This Week: We will worship in person (The Martin Center in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am this coming Sunday. Children's Sunday school and adult Sunday schoolwill begin at 10:30am following worship. Evening worship will begin at 6pm. The following links will enable you to ...

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Preparing for Worship - September 25, 2022

Worship Location for September 25th: THE MARTIN CENTER 960 Heritage Way Brentwood TN 37027 This Week: We will worship in person (The Martin Center in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am this coming Sunday. Children's Sunday school and adult Sunday schoolwill begin at 10:30am following worship. Evening worship will begin at 6pm. After Sunday school we will gather a...

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Preparing for Worship - September 4, 2022

Worship Location for September 4th: THE MARTIN CENTER 960 Heritage Way Brentwood TN 37027 This Week: We will worship in person (The Martin Center in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am this coming Sunday. Children's Sunday school and adult Sunday schoolwill begin at 10:30am following worship. The following links will enable you to join us for our Worship live stre...

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Preparing for Worship - August 28, 2022

Worship Location for August 28th: THE MARTIN CENTER 960 Heritage Way Brentwood TN 37027 This Week: We will worship in person (The Martin Center in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am this coming Sunday. Children's Sunday school and adult Sunday schoolwill begin at 10:30am following worship.Bring a picnic and join us after Sunday school for 'Picnic in the Park with ...

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Preparing for Worship - July 24, 2022

Worship Location for July 24th: THE MARTIN CENTER 960 Heritage Way Brentwood TN 37027 This Week: We will worship in person (The Martin Center in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am this coming Sunday. Children's Sunday school and adult Sunday schoolwill begin at 10:30am following worship. The following links will enable you to join us for our Worship live stream t...

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Preparing for Worship - July 17, 2022

Worship Location for July 17th: THE MARTIN CENTER 960 Heritage Way Brentwood TN 37027 This Week: We will worship in person (The Martin Center in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am this coming Sunday. Children's Sunday school and adult Sunday schoolwill begin at 10:30am following worship. The following links will enable you to join us for our Worship live stream t...

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Preparing for Worship - July 10, 2022

Worship Location for July 10th: THE MARTIN CENTER 960 Heritage Way Brentwood TN 37027 This Week: We will worship in person (The Martin Center in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am this coming Sunday. Children's Sunday school and adult Sunday schoolwill begin at 10:30am following worship. The following links will enable you to join us for our Worship live stream t...

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Preparing for Worship - June 19, 2022

Worship Location for June 19th: THE MARTIN CENTER 960 Heritage Way Brentwood TN 37027 This Week: We will worship in person (The Martin Center in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am this coming Sunday. Children's Sunday school and adult Sunday schoolwill begin at 10:30am following worship. The following links will enable you to join us for our Worship live stream t...

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Preparing for Worship - May 1, 2022

Worship Location for May 1st: THE MARTIN CENTER 960 Heritage Way Brentwood TN 37027 This Week: We will worship in person (The Martin Center in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am this coming Sunday. Children's Sunday school and adult Sunday schoolwill begin at 10:30am following worship. The following links will enable you to join us for our Worship live stream thi...

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Preparing for Worship - April 24, 2022

Worship Location for April 24th: THE MARTIN CENTER 960 Heritage Way Brentwood TN 37027 This Week: We will worship in person (The Martin Center in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am this coming Sunday. Children's Sunday school and adult Sunday schoolwill begin at 10:30am following worship. The following links will enable you to join us for our Worship live stream ...

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Preparing for Worship - April 17, 2022

Worship Location for April 17th: THE MARTIN CENTER 960 Heritage Way Brentwood TN 37027 This Week: We will worship in person (The Martin Center in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am this coming Sunday. We will not meet for Sunday school this Sunday due to Easter. The following links will enable you to join us for our Worship live stream this Sunday if you are unab...

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Preparing for Worship - April 10, 2022

Worship Location for April 10th: THE MARTIN CENTER 960 Heritage Way Brentwood TN 37027 This Week: We will worship in person (The Martin Center in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am this coming Sunday.Children's Sunday school and adult Sunday schoolwill begin at 10:30am following worship. The following links will enable you to join us for our Worship live stream t...

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Preparing for Worship - April 3, 2022

Worship Location for April 3rd: THE MARTIN CENTER 960 Heritage Way Brentwood TN 37027 This Week: We will worship in person (The Martin Center in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am this coming Sunday.Children's Sunday school and adult Sunday schoolwill begin at 10:30am following worship. The following links will enable you to join us for our Worship live stream th...

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Preparing for Worship - February 13, 2022

Worship Location for February 13th: THE MARTIN CENTER 960 Heritage Way Brentwood TN 37027 This Week: We will worship in person (The Martin Center in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am this coming Sunday.Children's Sunday school and adult Sunday schoolwill begin at 10:30am following worship. The following links will enable you to join us for our Worship live strea...

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Preparing for Worship - February 6, 2022

Worship Location for February 6th: THE MARTIN CENTER 960 Heritage Way Brentwood TN 37027 This Week: We will worship in person (The Martin Center in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am this coming Sunday.Children's Sunday school and adult Sunday schoolwill begin at 10:30am following worship. The following links will enable you to join us for our Worship live stream...

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Preparing for Worship - January 30, 2022

Worship Location for January 30th: THE MARTIN CENTER 960 Heritage Way Brentwood TN 37027 This Week: We will worship in person (The Martin Center in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am this coming Sunday.Children's Sunday school and adult Sunday schoolwill begin at 10:30am following worship. The following links will enable you to join us for our Worship live stream...

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Preparing for Worship - January 23, 2022

Worship Location for January 23rd: THE MARTIN CENTER 960 Heritage Way Brentwood TN 37027 This Week: We will worship in person (The Martin Center in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am this coming Sunday.Children's Sunday school and adult Sunday schoolwill begin at 10:30am following worship. The following links will enable you to join us for our Worship live stream...

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Preparing for Worship - January 16, 2022

Worship Location for January 16th: THE MARTIN CENTER 960 Heritage Way Brentwood TN 37027 This Week: We will worship in person (The Martin Center in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am this coming Sunday.Children's Sunday school and adult Sunday schoolwill begin at 10:30am following worship. The following links will enable you to join us for our Worship live stream...

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Preparing for Worship - January 9, 2022

Worship Location for January 9th THE MARTIN CENTER 960 Heritage Way Brentwood TN 37027 IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: We will worship in person (The Martin Center in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am this coming Sunday.Children's Sunday school and adult Sunday schoolwill begin at 10:30am following worship. The following links will enable you to join us for our Worsh...

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Preparing for Worship - January 2, 2022

Worship Location for January 2nd THE MARTIN CENTER 960 Heritage Way Brentwood TN 37027 IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: We will worship in person (The Martin Center in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am this coming Sunday. We will not have Sunday school, but we will have childcare for this Sunday, 1/02. The following links will enable you to join us for our Worship liv...

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Preparing for Worship - November 28, 2021

Worship Location for November 28th THE MARTIN CENTER 960 Heritage Way Brentwood TN 37027 IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: We will worship in person (The Martin Center in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am this coming Sunday. Children's Sunday school and adult Sunday schoolwill begin at 10:30am following worship. The following links will enable you to join us for our Wo...

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Preparing for Worship - November 21, 2021

Worship Location for November 21st THE MARTIN CENTER 960 Heritage Way Brentwood TN 37027 IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: We will worship in person (The Martin Center in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am this coming Sunday. Children's Sunday school and adult Sunday schoolwill begin at 10:30am following worship. The following links will enable you to join us for our Wo...

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Preparing for Worship - November 14, 2021

Worship Location for November 14th THE MARTIN CENTER 960 Heritage Way Brentwood TN 37027 IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: We will worship in person (The Martin Center in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am this coming Sunday. Children's Sunday school and adult Sunday schoolwill begin at 10:30am following worship. The following links will enable you to join us for our Wo...

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Preparing for Worship - November 7, 2021

Worship Location for November 7th THE MARTIN CENTER 960 Heritage Way Brentwood TN 37027 IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: We will worship in person (The Martin Center in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am this coming Sunday. Children's Sunday school and adult Sunday schoolwill begin at 10:30am following worship. The following links will enable you to join us for our Wor...

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Preparing for Worship - October 31, 2021

Worship Location for October 31st THE MARTIN CENTER 960 Heritage Way Brentwood TN 37027 IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: We will worship in person (The Martin Center in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am this coming Sunday. Children's Sunday school and adult Sunday schoolwill begin at 10:30am following worship. The following links will enable you to join us for our Wor...

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Preparing for Worship - October 24, 2021

Worship Location for October 24th THE MARTIN CENTER 960 Heritage Way Brentwood TN 37027 IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: We will worship in person (The Martin Center in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am this coming Sunday. Children's Sunday school and adult Sunday schoolwill begin at 10:30am following worship. **As of Sunday, August 15, 2021, the Session of ASPC, cons...

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Preparing for Worship - September 5, 2021

Worship Location for September 5th THE MARTIN CENTER 960 Heritage Way Brentwood TN 37027 IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: We will worship in person (The Martin Center in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am this coming Sunday. Adult Sunday schoolwill begin at 10:30am following worship. **As of Sunday, August 15, 2021, the Session of ASPC, consistent with CDC guidelines, ...

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Preparing for Worship - August 29, 2021

Worship Location for August 29th THE MARTIN CENTER 960 Heritage Way Brentwood TN 37027 IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: We will worship in person (The Martin Center in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am this coming Sunday. Adult Sunday schoolwill begin at 10:30am following worship. **As of Sunday, August 15, 2021, the Session of ASPC, consistent with CDC guidelines, is...

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Preparing for Worship - August 22, 2021

Worship Location for August 22nd THE MARTIN CENTER 960 Heritage Way Brentwood TN 37027 IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: We will worship in person (The Martin Center in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am this coming Sunday. Adult Sunday schoolwill begin at 10:30am following worship. **As of Sunday, August 15, 2021, the Session of ASPC, consistent with CDC guidelines, is...

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Preparing for Worship - July 11, 2021

Worship Location for July 11th THE MARTIN CENTER 960 Heritage Way Brentwood TN 37027 IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: We will worship in person (The Martin Center in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am. Children's Sunday school and adult Sunday schoolwill begin at 10:30am following worship. The following links will enable you to join us for our Worship live stream this ...

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Preparing for Worship - July 4, 2021

Worship Location for July 4th THE MARTIN CENTER 960 Heritage Way Brentwood TN 37027 IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: We will worship in person (The Martin Center in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am. Children's Sunday school and adult Sunday schoolwill begin at 10:30am following worship. The following links will enable you to join us for our Worship live stream this S...

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Preparing for Worship - June 27, 2021

Worship Location for June 27th THE MARTIN CENTER 960 Heritage Way Brentwood TN 37027 IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: We will worship in person (The Martin Center in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am. Children's Sunday school and adult Sunday schoolwill begin at 10:30am following worship. The following links will enable you to join us for our Worship live stream this ...

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Preparing for Worship - June 13, 2021

Worship Location for June 13th THE MARTIN CENTER 960 Heritage Way Brentwood TN 37027 IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: We will worship in person (The Martin Center in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am. Children's Sunday school and adult Sunday schoolwill begin at 10:30am following worship. The following links will enable you to join us for our Worship live stream this ...

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Preparing for Worship - June 20, 2021

Worship Location for June 20th THE MARTIN CENTER 960 Heritage Way Brentwood TN 37027 IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: We will worship in person (The Martin Center in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am. Children's Sunday school and adult Sunday schoolwill begin at 10:30am following worship. The following links will enable you to join us for our Worship live stream this ...

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Zeal for God

A misguided phrase is often shared online, which you have perhaps seen recently: "Preach the gospel. Use words if necessary." I like the impulse - love your neighbor. Show through your actions how Christ has transformed you. Give others the dignity they deserve through quiet actions and consistent love. It reflects the gospel that we hold so dear in our own lives. Francis ...

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Preparing for Worship - June 6, 2021

Worship Location for June 6th THE MARTIN CENTER 960 Heritage Way Brentwood TN 37027 IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: We will worship in person (The Martin Center in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am. Children's Sunday school and adult Sunday schoolwill begin at 10:30am following worship. The following links will enable you to join us for our Worship live stream this S...

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Preparing for Worship - May 30, 2021

Worship Location for May 30th THE MARTIN CENTER 960 Heritage Way Brentwood TN 37027 IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: We will worship in person (The Martin Center in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am. Children's Sunday school and adult Sunday schoolwill begin at 10:30am following worship. The following links will enable you to join us for our Worship live stream this S...

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Preparing for Worship - March 28, 2021

Worship Location for March 28 THE MARTIN CENTER 960 Heritage Way Brentwood TN 37027 IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: We will worship in person (The Martin Center in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am. Our Adult Sunday School Class will be meeting this Sunday at 6pm. The following links will enable you to join us for our Worship live stream this Sunday, March 28th, if y...

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Preparing for Worship - March 21, 2021

Worship Location for March 21 THE MARTIN CENTER 960 Heritage Way Brentwood TN 37027 IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: We will worship in person (the Martin Center in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am. Our Adult Sunday School Class will be meeting this Sunday at 6pm. The following links will enable you to join us for our Worship live stream this Sunday, March 21st, if y...

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Watch and Pray

We are entering that storm season that gives my children the most anxiety.Whenever it is going to rain, or a storm is forecast, my children ask the same questions over and over again.Is it going to lightning?Will trees fall down?Ruth and I have to be careful how we talk about a storm that has warned severity.It is inevitable; a storm will come, and we should be prepared. I...

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Preparing for Worship - March 14, 2021

Worship Location for March 14 THE MARTIN CENTER 960 Heritage Way Brentwood TN 37027 IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: We will worship in person (the Martin Center in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am. Our Adult Sunday School Class will be meeting this Sunday at 6pm. The following links will enable you to join us for our Worship live stream this Sunday, March 14th, if y...

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A Daily Task

As I sit in my office wondering what I should write this week for our blog, I am drawn to all the things that are upcoming.A blog can often feel like another busy thing that must be done in a week full of tasks. I feel somewhat ashamed.My calling in the ministry is no mere task or checklist. Of course, there are things that must be accomplished, and I love clearing a check...

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Preparing for Worship - March 7, 2021

Worship Location for March 7 THE MARTIN CENTER 960 Heritage Way Brentwood TN 37027 IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: We will worship in person (the Martin Center in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am. Our Adult Sunday School Class will not be meeting this Sunday. The following links will enable you to join us for our Worship live stream this Sunday, March 7th, if you ar...

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Preparing for Worship - January 17, 2021

Worship Location for January 17 LIPSCOMB ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 8011 Concord Road Brentwood TN 37027 IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: We will worship in person (Lipscomb Elementary School in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am. Our Adult Sunday School Class will meet on Zoom at 6pm. The following links will enable you to join us for our Worship live stream this Sunday, Janua...

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Preparing for Worship - January 10, 2021

Worship Location Change for January 10 CHRIST COMMUNITY CHURCH 1215 Hillsboro Road Franklin TN 37069 IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: We will worship in person (temporarily at Christ Comnmunity Church in Franklin) and via live stream at 9am. Our Adult Sunday School Class will meet on Zoom at 6pm. The following links will enable you to join us for our Worship live stream t...

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Preparing for Worship - January 3, 2021

We have resumed worship at Lipscomb Elementary School. Lipscomb Elementary School 8011 Concord Road Brentwood TN 37027 IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: We will worship in person (temporarily at Lipscomb Elementary School in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am. Our Adult Sunday School Class will meet on Zoom at 6pm. The following links will enable you to join us for our ...

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Preparing for Worship - December 27, 2020

Take note that we have resumed worship at Lipscomb Elementary School! Lipscomb Elementary School 8011 Concord Road Brentwood TN 37027 IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: We will worship in person (temporarily at Lipscomb Elementary School in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am. Our Adult Sunday School Class will meet on Zoom at 6pm. The following links will enable you to j...

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Things My Kids Say, Part 2

It wasn't that long ago that a powerful wind came through in a matter of minutes; as a result of that wind, we lost four trees in our yard!I thought it was quite exciting to see the power of the wind as I stood at the front stoop with the door open.I yelled out with excitementand was astonishment at the power, but I didn't know that behind me, Mackie and Jonah were absorbi...

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Things My Kids Say

Children tend to say exactly what they are feeling.Sometimes this means they say something in public that embarrasses you.Sometimes it is a little too personal.But I find it to almost always be genuine, especially when it comes to their fears.It is often in those moments that there is an opportunity to draw out a spiritual lesson.And more often than not, it is an exercise ...

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Preparing for Worship - November 15, 2020

IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: We will worship in person (temporarily at Christ Community Church in Franklin) and via live stream at 9am. Our Adult Sunday School Class will meet on Zoom at 6pm. Please click here for important details, including a campus map of Christ Community Church. The following links will enable you to join us for our Worship live stream this Sunday, Nov...

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Preparing for Worship - November 8, 2020

IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: We will worship in person (temporarily at Christ Community Church in Franklin) and via live stream at 9am. Our Adult Sunday School Class will meet on Zoom at 6pm. Please click here for important details, including a campus map of Christ Community Church. The following links will enable you to join us for our Worship live stream this Sunday, Nov...

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Preparing for Worship - November 1, 2020

Daylight Savings Ends This Sunday @ 2AM: We want to remind you to "fall back" as you may need to set your clocks 1 hour earlier prior to going to sleep Saturday night. This will ensure you enjoy that extra bit of rejuvinating rest before you join us on time for worship! IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: We will worship in person (temporarily at Christ Community Church in Frankli...

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Preparing for Worship - October 25, 2020

IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: We will worship in person (temporarily at Christ Community Church in Franklin) and via live stream at 9am. Our Adult Sunday School Class will meet on Zoom at 6pm. Please click here for important details, including a campus map of Christ Community Church. The following links will enable you to join us for our Worship live stream this Sunday, Oct...

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Preparing for Worship - July 12, 2020

IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: We will worship in person (temporarily at Christ Community Church in Franklin) and via live stream at 9am. IMPORTANT NOTE: Our Adult Sunday School Class will not meet this week. Please click here for important details, including a campus map of Christ Community Church. The following links will enable you to join us for our Worship live stream t...

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Christian Meditation - Psalm 1

I just opened Facebook on my phone. Another building on fire. Another minister talking about the need for a new denomination. Another murderous slaughter of Christians in Nigeria. Another plague sweeping Africa. Another marchin another cityhijacked by looters. Another Supreme Court ruling. And another storm coming tomorrow. Another rant from friends concerning masks on bot...

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Not Wasting the Crisis - Part 2

Last week, we considered the biblical understanding we are to have when faced with trials of any kind. In his sovereignty, God allows his people to experience suffering, and he intends it for our good. He is like a master at the potter's wheel who shapes and works the clay until it is formed according to his intended purpose. He removes the debris that weakens the vessel a...

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Not Wasting the Crisis - Part 1

In the midst of a crisis, myfirst inclination is probably not far from yours"God, when will this be over so that I can return to my normal routine?" Discomfort is not the norm for the American church. We are quite unfamiliar with prolonged suffering. It is in times like these that the Spirit begins to stretch us as believers. During times where the rubber meets the road, w...

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Remembering God's Faithfulness - Part 4

It hangs above my mantle. I see it every time I leave my house or enter my living room. I need to see it. I need to be reminded. The word is seared into the old barn woodtetelestai.The full reality of this Greek word can't be expressed in the English language. What Christ announced in his final breaths has everlasting implications for mankind. We read it in the English, "i...

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Remembering God's Faithfulness - Part 3

My father is a repetitive man. He owns the dad jokes. He loves to tell the same jokes over and over, and his enthusiasm does not wane with each repetition. He laughs at each joke as if it's the first time it has ever been told. He has other repetitive statements that we love to poke fun at him for. "Son, be careful on this road, it is a speed trap." This particular stateme...

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Remembering God's Faithfulness - Part 2

Those who know me wellknow that my memory is a fickle thing.Ask my wife what transpires in the secondsprior to placing our order at a drive through.All the orders of the family are clearly stated in the car, and as soonas I arrive at the the squawk box to place the order, all I can manage is a blank stare. In one moment, I forget every orderand can barely remember what it ...

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Remembering God's Faithfulness

I remember well the morning of February 5, 2010. The nurse practitioner came in around 6:30and woke my wife up. She walked us through a list I will never forget. She told us that Jonah, born the day before, had a high bilirubin count and would need to remain in the NICU. She went on to say that he had an irregularity that would need minor surgery in a couple of months. Her...

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PCA Membership Vows, Part 6

The fifth membership vow asks, "Do you submit yourselves to the government and discipline of the Church, and promise to study its purity and peace?" There is no doubt thatsubmissionanddisciplinehave negative connotations in our current culture. Two images pop into my mind when I hear those words. One is of a bully holding your arm behind your back and demanding submission ...

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PCA Membership Vows, Part 5

We arrive at the fourth vow having gone through a series of building blocks. Each vow reveals basic tenants of the Gospel. We covered the sinfulness of man in the first vow, and it is in our sinfulness that we are made aware of our own inability to save ourselves. We should despair if it weren't for sovereign mercy that takes us from sinfulness to salvation. The second vow...

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PCA Membership Vows, Part 4

In the year 1776, the United States was changed forever. We would no longer be a group of colonies, for in the stroke of signatures at the gathering of the 2ndContinental Congress, a nation was born. What began as insurrection in 1775, was codified by declaration in 1776. Men were called to arms, and in doing so, soldiers had to take an oath swearing "to be true to the Uni...

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PCA Membership Vows, Part 3

The first vow leaves us in a state of extreme vulnerability as sinners who justly deserve God's wrath and who are without hope save in his sovereign mercy. Jonathan Edwards knew this perilous position of sinners when he penned these words in his famous sermon,Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, "There is nothing that keeps wicked men at any one moment, out of Hell, but t...

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PCA Membership Vows, Part 2

The Church is made up of all kinds of people. There are those who have been Christians their entire lives and those who are brand new to the faith. There are those who feel as if they are barely hanging on and those with vibrant faith, who are in a season of deep growth. In any given congregation, all of these people live together in community. It is God's design for his C...

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PCA Membership Vows, Part 1

I once had the privilege of waiting at the airport with a group of friends for the arrival of three special people. Two had left for China, but three were on the return flight. And their friends and family members stood around in anticipation of greeting the newest family member who had been recently adopted. Not only did this family grow in number, but a new member would ...

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