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IMG_1006September of 2012, Community Church turned thirty years old. It all started when Arlie Whitlow moved his young family of four from a small country town in South Carolina to a suburb thirty minutes outside of Washington, DC. Pastor Arlie, an enthusiastic, highly relational and entrepreneurial personality, began canvassing Loudoun County, gathering people who would become a new congregation.

It was a total risk. There was no denominational backing or support from a larger church. A local businessman did promise Pastor Arlie a salary while he got the church ‘up and running.’ However, this relationship did not last long and within three months the businessman had withdrawn his financial support. Although fragile, Community had grown just enough to be self-sustaining. Continue Reading…

Today, in the message “The Advantage of Forgiveness,” I mentioned that I’d post five questions that I encourage each one of us to use to test if we’re walking in total forgiveness towards others.

Here they are:

  1. Does remembering a particular event trigger a strong emotional reaction?
  2. When you think of a particular person do you feel “okay” about them with no hint of lingering hurt, bitterness or anger? 
  3. Can the offending party be thought of with a sincere desire that good things will happen in his or her life? Can you honestly believe & pray for them to succeed & be happy? 
  4. Do you feel bad for their hurts or a subtle sense of pleasure at their misfortune?
  5. If you happened to see a particular person would you be happy for the encounter or try your best to avoid them?

If you find that, in any relationship, you’re walking in unforgiveness, don’t let it go unresolved. I challenge you this week to go to that person(s) and make things right. I want to see each of us walk in the true advantage that comes from walking in forgiveness .

IMG_2584The Community Church or “the big church on 7,” as local residents commonly refer to it is a visible landmark in Loudoun. Now, it’s not common to think of a church in terms of its economic benefit but when it is one of the county’s top employers it just makes sense to at least consider it. So, whether you’re religious or not, let’s go there for just a moment. Here’s the question. What if Community Church picked up over night and crossed the river for Maryland? One day there’s the $25 million church campus, a monument in Loudoun, abuzz with activity and the next day it’s lights out; not a sound; not even a mouse. It’s gone. What does that scenario mean for Loudoun?

  • A 129 residents are out of work.
  • VA Academy, one of the county’s leading schools is gone. Loudoun will have to absorb another 834 children into its already taxed schools. Overnight the Loudoun County Public School system loses over $10 million to its budget. Ouch!
  • No more Messiah’s Market, the church’s food assistance program that works in cooperation with Interfaith Relief. It consistently gives food assistance to over 400 families per month. Bye-bye. Continue Reading…

I Want A New FamilyIn the month Febraury, I’ll be speaking on marriage & the family again. & I’m inviting you. The series is called “I Want a New Family.” Some of the topics include:

  • The 4 Most Important Questions a Guy Will Answer
  • 8 Questions to Ask Before You Tie the Knot
  • 5 Marital Myths
  • Keys to a Marriage that’s Built to Last

So, whether you want a new marriage or new kids or you’re simply interested in experiencing a life-giving church, I promise you—you’ll experience something in church that you cannot get anywhere else.

So, consider yourself personally invited. We have 3 services on Sunday open to everyone starting at 9, 10:45, or 12:30.

To listen to this series & others click here.

720pI’m going to fight battles for you. You are in my work. I called you. Stand still. Hold your peace & see–witness my salvation; my mighty power.

Now, be strong. Square your shoulders. Lift up your head & move forward. Advance with the confidence of whom you serve & the cause for which you work. It is a noble & good work!

I hired you. I called you to do this task & will I leave you? Will I not empower you with the appropriate authority to succeed?

In my name you will purchase land. In my name you will guard my flock. In my name you will lead & strategize. In my name you will heal the sick; rebuke the wayward; cast out demons & bind powers of darkness.

My son, be strong & very courageous! Know that I am not only with you but I am for you, as well.