Christ Centered

Jesus is the fullness of grace and truth. Christianity is founded, not on a principle, but on the person of Jesus Christ; it’s His presence dwelling in us. When we give our lives to the One who gave His life for us, we discover who we are meant to be. In Christ, we know who we are because our identity is grounded in Him.

Grace Oriented

In His grace, Jesus doesn’t take away our rights (to justice) under the law. Instead, He asks us to release our rights so that we can participate in His grace. With our gratitude for His grace, we’re able to suffer injustice for others just as Jesus suffered injustice at our hands for us. As we share His grace, we feel His love flow through us, flooding us with joy.  In Him, we are complete.

Sabbath Celebrating

When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we’re released from the penalty under the law because Jesus paid the price for us. The Sabbath is a day of rest to celebrate our Creator, yet for the Christian it has additional meaning. It becomes our rest in Christ. Jesus is our salvation and we rest in Him. We celebrate our Creator and our Redeemer on the day He sanctified and blessed.

Grace Oriented

Growing In His Giving Nature

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, But christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh i live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

– Galatians 2:20 NKJV

Transformation Stories

Tom Winchell

FROM WAR TO PEACE: A transformation story. Tom and Esther Winchell.

Broken by the past and war, Vietnam veteran Tom Winchell tells how he found the healing peace of Christ through the patient compassion of a young woman, who would become his wife. Listen to the details of their renewal by God’s grace.

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Recent Posts in the CoG7 Network

Sitting in the Dark

When the first bell rings, teenagers shuffle into my classroom with their pants and self-confidence sagging low. They sink into their seats. As I look into those eyes so desperate for hope, I don’t always know what to say. It would be nice to tell them about Jesus, but the reality is, [...]

Working Toward Harmony

Are you concerned about harmony within the church? Many of us are. How then can we be reconciled with our brothers and sisters in our congregations? What is the ministry of reconciliation that 2 Corinthians 5:18b talks about: “Christ . . . gave us the ministry of [...]

Gracie’s Garden

As the world moved into quarantine to curb the spread of COVID-19 earlier this year, more families planted gardens than ever before. Parents, many looking for worthwhile activities for their little ones home from school, found a unique educational experience as they planted seeds in soil [...]

The Life of Christ: a Testimony of Beautiful Lives

The Life of Christ in the Lives of True Disciples Greetings in the name of Jesus, faithful disciples of the Lord. Some of you may wonder why I am always writing positive things, even when times are difficult. First, it is a commandment recorded by the Apostle Paul under the inspiration of the [...]

Christian Peacemaking

Despite the best effort of some, we live in a world fractured along ethnic, religious, political, and racial lines. Peace seems to elude the human race. Many of us believe that under certain conditions, peace would be attainable. If only we all had the same religious or political beliefs, or if [...]

What is the Mission of the Church?

Does the church have a mission to fulfill in this increasingly chaotic time? Can and should we make a difference in the world today? Yes, yes, and yes! Then what is the mission of the church? 4 purposes that make up the mission of the church: to worship God (John 4:23-24; Rom. 14:11; Rev. [...]

My View From Your Pew

Six months ago, my husband and I began searching for a new church home. As we visited other congregations, I joked that we would join the first church where someone invited us to lunch. Six months and seven congregations later, we’re still waiting for that invitation. In our former church [...]

Why Sabbath is Meant to Be Simple

I’ll never forget my family’s first Sabbath gathering back with our church after thirteen weeks of covid-related cancellations. My four daughters could barely contain their excitement. They had dressed and prepared breakfast for themselves before I even crawled out of bed. At their [...]

Thelma Willhelm

1929 – 2020   Thelma Dell Willhelm (90) of Campbellsville, Kentucky, was born October 17, 1929, in Bloomer, Wisconsin, to Louis and Cleone (Allmon) Harris. She departed this life on June 28, 2020, at the Grandview Nursing and Rehab Center in Campbellsville. Thelma had made a [...]

Found Faithful

After many years of faithful service, the ambassador to a major country was fired. The problem occurred when a dispute arose between his home country and the one he served in. At a press conference, when he was required to speak on behalf of his own government concerning a major disagreement [...]

Talk the Walk

As I’m writing, the COVID-19 pandemic is sweeping the globe, impacting daily life for billions of people. If the past few months have taught us anything, it’s that we cannot predict the future. I can’t imagine what the world may be like by the time this article is published. [...]

Why Does God Allow Suffering

Image by rottonara from Pixabay What roles do natural disasters, tragic accidents, plagues like COVID-19, and other human sufferings play in God’s will or plan?    Scripture offers no single, simple solution to this question. Consider these oft-heard answers, open your Bible, [...]

Peace

Image by RÜŞTÜ BOZKUŞ from Pixabay Peace Where is the peace the angels proclaimed? The earth still swirls with sin and pain. Only humble hearts swept clean Contain the Holy Gift. Believe, trust, bow low. Wise men still seek Him to know. Our true Peace.   “Peace I [...]

Faithful Ambassadors

We are called to be ambassadors for Christ. We know that. But what might it mean in this season of COVID and change? Make no mistake, we are living in the end. If not The End, an end. Hinges in history — turning points — are tumultuous, but they are also generative. God brings new [...]

A Kingdom of Peace: Warfare and Christians

Image by Jeff Jacobs from Pixabay The Lord Jesus Christ, known as the Prince of Peace, made some fairly disturbing statements to His first disciples concerning the violent prognosis of His followers during their lifetime, and for His future followers. He told them that they should not be [...]

Billie N. Veyro

1938 – 2020 Billie N. Veyro (82) passed away on June 21 in Dallas, Texas. She was born Billie Nell Parmer in Slaton, Texas, on May 31, 1938, the daughter of Ruby Summers (nee Rudd) and Bill Parmer. She was preceded in death by her husband, Florencio Veyro, who served as pastor of the [...]

Thirty Days

Image by tigerlily713 from Pixabay Father, I need a miracle. For years, I’d been praying for God to intervene in my marriage. Six years ago, I prayed even more earnestly for God to give our marriage new life. I got up from my prayer time and knew without a doubt that God had heard my […]

Is Salvation Free?

Is salvation free? This was completely unimaginable to the first century AD world. It is in this backdrop that the apostle Paul wrote his letters. He preaches the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the fruit of salvation and a new life for believers. Salvation and the new life in Christ [...]

A Picture’s Worth

“A picture is worth a thousand words.” We know this from experience. In fact, just reading this saying brings images to mind. For some it is a newborn baby, for others the Twin Towers on 9/11. For me, a picture comes to mind from a courtroom. In 1995 former professional football [...]