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.

Prayer on Day 10

Charlie Whitlow  —  January 21, 2014 — Leave a comment

“I will not execute my burning anger; I will not again destroy Ephraim; for I am God and not a man, the Holy One in your midst, and I will not come in wrath.” –God (Hosea 11:9)

Comment: One of the wonderful differences between God & man is God’s absolute mastery over his emotions; especially when it comes to anger.

Prayer: Lord, you are holy. You have not nor will you burst out in fury; lashing out in in out-of-control anger. It’s not your nature.

Lord, you are patient. You are longsuffering even with those who are determined not to acknowledge you.

May my heart grow; may my compassion increase. Lord, may I be known as someone who is full of kindness, goodness & gentleness like you.

Forgive me, Lord. Forgive me. I get angry too quickly. Then I either openly give full vent to my anger or grow sulky & quiet. Regardless, it always hurts those around me. I’m sorry Lord. How ugly my impatience must look to you! How it must provoke you!

Please, continue to be merciful to me. With your faithful help I will grow. I will put off the old Charlie; my irritable self and put on the new Charlie created & sustained by you, Christ Jesus, my Lord.

May this transformation be a sign to those around me of your insatiable desire & ability to beautify all things.

You are my glory & the lifter up of my head.

 

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Lord, you have blessed me to live 40 years—to not only experience life but to enjoy many of your gifts, as well.

You have given me health & a sound mind.

I enjoy the blessings & fruit of marriage to my more than gentle & kind partner & friend in life. Thank you for Jill.

You have blessed our union with healthy & bright children. The next decade is so critical to their development. Help me, Lord to be a faithful, loving, gentle & patient father—like you! Fill me with your spirit. Drive out my irritability; my short temper. May my kids feel that I enjoy being with them. Help me to make them feel like you continually make me feel. Lord, help me to not drive Kate away from me but to draw her toward me. Help me with Charlie—my namesake. He is so precious & fragile. I am the one that needs prayer; that needs help! He is innocent. Help me, Lord. Forgive me. May I raise him up not just physically but inwardly & emotionally; to fan the flame of a strong & indomitable spirit. May Oakley be an oak of righteousness—the planting of the Lord. & may Jude’s life be a praise; a thanksgiving offering acceptable & fully pleasing to you.

Lord, thank you for my parents. Help me to love & honor them for who they are & how they raised me—for the untold sacrifices they made on my behalf.

Thank you, Lord. Amen.