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This is one of the things we are offering to the Lord as a church. Intercession on behalf of others is a prime responsibility as followers of Jesus, and the world will know that we are His disciples by the way that we love one another. We are sending love to the "City of Love", as we pray for peace
Deuteronomy 10:14 is such a beautiful reminder, especially on a night like this. A crescent moon graces the sky, the trees wrestle with the wind, the fragrances of fall fill the air, and the One who formed the expanse of it all still maintains ownership. Although it was created for mankind, the worl
Guitar tracks are finished! Now, recording harmonies and group vocals is all that's left. If you remember, please keep this album in your prayers. Hopefully a release date will be in order soon. Excited for these God written songs to be released! #ByYourGrace
Beauty can belong to things that change, but the greatest beauty belongs to the One who doesn't. Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever!
Richmond, VA has served as such a great host city for ICOM 2015 which began Thursday evening and will conclude tomorrow afternoon. The evidence of God's presence among us and the testimony of God's presence beyond us has raised the hope of all those who have been in attendance and participating onli
Came out of today's third and final workshop here at the International Conference On Missions in Richmond, VA, and noticed that the sun was already hidden by buildings causing the temperature to drop. I love it! Fall is in full effect and God is speaking at this conference through so many missionari
The past few days have been like this. Loving every minute of it! Bring on the rain.
Last night and today, I had the joy of leading a group of godly men from a few different Calvary Chapel congregations in worship at a Christian camp in Dayton, TN called "Fort Bluff". Again, the Lord used a mountain as the location to meet with His people and instruct us in ways of righteousness for
This afternoon and evening, I experienced my very first college football game which took place within Knoxville's own Neyland Stadium as the Tennessee Volunteers took on the Georgia Bulldogs. I had heard stories about the ranting fans who dedicate themselves to supporting college sports, but the exp
Grabbed breakfast on UT's campus with a guy who has grown up in the ministry of @calvaryknoxville. Now, he serves so generously in various capacities of worship while working hard as a full time student. This morning, the reality of Solomon's words was evident yet again: "Iron sharpens iron, and one
Cox Auditorium. A gorgeous room accommodating some incredible talent tonight as the choirs of UT exhibit what they've been working hard at this semester. Proud of all those singing, but especially those who are involved in our college ministry at @calvaryknoxville!
These last two days have felt less like fall and more like summer. Although I'm ready for colder temperatures, the return of warm weather and blue skies has made taking brakes from recording this album even more enjoyable. Trying to wrap up the acoustic guitar tracks today, but finding it hard to be
"There are times when solitude is better than society, and silence is wiser than speech. We should be better Christians if we were more alone, waiting upon God, and gathering through meditation on His Word spiritual strength for labour in his service. We ought to muse upon the things of God, because
Just finished tracking the main vocals for The Good Fight, which will be the final song on the record. I am genuinely excited to release these fresh songs, believing that Jesus has not only inspired them, but that He has scripted each one uniquely for His praise and renown. Praying that they will br
While we should be willing to reach people with the gospel of Jesus who reside beyond the city limits, we should also be willing to reach those who abide within the city limits. Every Christian should feel a conviction to respond to Christ's commission wherever they are. In Matthew 28, Jesus doesn't
Super fun afternoon spent scouting different locations on this beautiful 4th day of autumn. Here are a couple short time lapse clips that were captured with my phone as we journeyed around Knoxville. I'm falling more and more in love with this city.
Scripture describes Jesus as a shepherd more than 40 times in the Old Testament and New Testament combined. In those verses and throughout the Bible He is ascribed characteristics of compassion, love, tenderness, humility and grace, all of which He administers without condition to those who will sim
I'm reminded again today that the primary purpose of the people of God is to constantly declare the praises of God. Our reason for existing is to continually take our focus off of creation and all things that are temporary, and place our attention on the Creator and all things eternal. The glory dis
Jesus said in Mark 2:27, "The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath." By saying this phrase, I believe He desired for us to know that the Sabbath is intended as one of His gifts to us, providing us with true rest from the happenings of daily life and an opportunity for both physical
Knoxville is showing off again tonight, making it another great evening to enjoy the city life. Loved getting to see this old Catholic church up close as we ventured down a side street.
Louisville, you were a beautiful city to visit. I loved learning a little bit about your history, while enjoying your coffee and college town personality. I hope to be back!
It's extremely rare, but on some days I enjoy reenacting "George of the Jungle", AKA: Tarzan. Here's a short clip that summarizes the fun that was had during yesterday's time at Go Ape. Loved it!
A little bridge action from earlier this morning during our time at Go Ape. 5 different rope courses involving 40 different crossings. Hope to be back again.
For the last day of our trip, my Dad and I visited Go Ape, a local zip line / high ropes course in Louisville, KY. I have been terrified of heights from early childhood, but throughout the years, I have slowly overcome my fear with the help of the Lord. Today was memorable as I got to participate in
What do you do when you're in the company of wonderful people on a colder evening? You build a fire. A memory was formed tonight in Corinth, KY as stories were shared around open flames. These type of moments will always be significant.
Cincinnati, you will forever be a special place. You were the first city I ever laid eyes on as a young boy, and still the home of many of my relatives and friends. It has been refreshing to be in and around you this weekend as I reconnected with my Ohio roots. I'm excited to return to Knoxville tom
This woman is so loving and full of long suffering. She has served the Lord faithfully throughout the years, praying earnestly for the encouragement of those who have received Christ and the repentance of those who have not. She is the one who raised my Mom according to the ways of Jesus, and has in
I love the reminder that we, as followers of Jesus, are not to be conformed to the world's image but be changed into His. When held up to the backdrop of the world we are not to resemble it even slightly. God's desire is to transform us by renewing our minds, leading us in daily patterns of holiness
Jesus is our Commander, paving the way for us, but He is also our Companion, the One who goes with us. This hope brings great joy! Although He charts the path for us to follow, He walks it alongside us. "It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. D
Faithful He has been, and faithful He will be. Though the sun descends, the praise of the Lord will continue. "It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; to declare Your steadfast love in the morning, and Your faithfulness by night." (Psalm 92:1-2)
Labor Day weekend is in full swing. To kick it off, a second visit to Max Patch Mountain in Hot Springs, NC was in order. This time around, the trip was spent with college students who call Calvary Knoxville their home church, and it ended up being a blast discovering relation in a beautiful locatio
A morning mansion was a pleasant sight to see to begin the day. At one time this building served as someone's house. Now it is used as the main facility for WATE 6, a local news channel in Knoxville. I love historic Knoxville, especially the "old city" which is where this building can be found.
Another shot of downtown sundown. I love hanging in K-Town on evenings like this, when the weather's mild and the city's wild. Praying that God will continue to revive this place!
Sunsets with Knoxville's famous Sunsphere in view are always nice. Here's a shot of my cousin Jeffrey standing tall as the sun was heading down. I love living in this town.
My Pastor and his family own a cabin in the Smoky's that is available for rent throughout the year. This weekend happened to be unbooked so we took some of our college students into the mountains yesterday to spend time growing relationships and continuing to study through the book of Daniel togethe
My cousin Jeffrey decided to stop in K-Town on his way down to Georgia. So great to spend some time together catching up in a city that I've grown to love! He's walking by faith not by sight, trusting the Lord and not his own understanding. This next segment to his journey is going to be good.
The city of Knoxville is beautiful in many ways, but it is a temporary city. One day it will fall, along with the cities of the earth. While this can cause skepticism in the mind of an unbeliever and peril in the heart of a church attender, this causes great hope to spring up in the life of a follow
The Spirit of God moved in love and conviction through an obedient group of friends tonight as they led men, women and children to embrace their adoption as sons and daughters of an ever good and gracious Father. What a powerful evening of devotion to God. I love how the Lord is using Housefires.
Considering all the rain we've been receiving, the sunshine is extra special today. Who would you take with you to rise to the height of clouds? Inspiration for this shot is none other than digital artist and photographer: Robert Jahns (@nois7), and was brought together using 3 of my favorite "go to
"The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold." (Psalm 18:2)
"Let us draw near to God with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water." (Hebrews 10:22)
This photo was captured this past Monday while visiting Cumberland Gap National Park. It serves as a reminder for me that all of creation declares the splendor and majesty of God! The Lord wants us to see glimpses of His glory. He has created an incredibly beautiful and marvelously expanding univers
For the truth he consistently speaks, and for the passion he consistently shares, this shout out goes to a great friend and spiritual fighter. Although I'm a little late with this post, Happy Birthday Brenen! Your devotion to Jesus and dedication to His church inspires me. Keep running the race of f
"I will say of the Lord, 'He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.'" (Psalm 91:2)
"He is the Rock, His works are perfect, and all His ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is He." (Deuteronomy 32:4)
As we pray for others to be sent we ought to also ask if God is calling us to go. It is good to remember, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest field." (Matthew 9:37-38) But we should also recall
Stumbling upon this mossy mess was surprisingly beautiful. It served as a reminder that the light of the Lord's countenance can fall upon the most unlikely places. We don't deserve His favor, but He still shines His face on us. That's why it's called grace.
I finally decided to drive the "dragon" today! It was my first time witnessing the scenic views that grace such a monumental road. Here's a shot of my friend Nathan that was captured at one of the pull-offs.
Eagle Falls || Corbin, KY "Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls..." (Psalm 42:7) "Whatever depths there are in God, they appeal to corresponding depths in us. And whatever the depths of our sorrow, desire, or necessity, there are correspondences in God from which full supplies may be
We ventured to Cookeville, TN with our college students from Calvary Knoxville to experience Cummins Falls this afternoon. Among the top 5 watering holes in the world, it was absolutely incredible to see! Here's a shot that doesn't begin to do it justice.