Take 5

A weekly publication with a brief daily challenge from God's Word: 5 minutes / 5 days.

Take 5 (Aug 28 – Sept 1, 2017)

Caleb Korth • Pastor of Worship Arts MONDAY: Promoting God 1 Timothy 1:1-7  Controversies are all around us, and sometimes we get pulled—or even pushed—into them. Controversies do not promote the paramount quality exemplified by Christ: love! As believers in Jesus, we are to be promoters … [Read more...]

Take 5 (August 21-25, 2017)

Chad Cowan • Pastor of Care Ministries Courage Through Crisis In case you haven’t figured it out yet, it takes courage to live the Christian life. Repeatedly, individuals are told, FEAR NOT! This week, we’re going to take a closer look at how we can courageously face our Christian life. … [Read more...]

Take 5 (August 14-18, 2017)

Ted Tanzey • Pastor of Counseling Ministries I am... in Christ MONDAY: I Am Loved John 3:16 Can you remember the first time you heard John 3:16? What is it about John 3:16 that you really cherish? God loves us so much that He gave Jesus to be sacrificed in our place and pay the penalty of our … [Read more...]

Take 5 (August 7-11, 2017)

Josh Willetts • Middle School Pastor Wise Speech–Proverbs I love Proverbs because the writers give us wisdom in simple terms. They like to get to the point with short phrases, but the eternal truth is jam-packed in those few words. Words are such an important part of everyone’s life that i … [Read more...]

Take 5 (July 31 – August 4, 2017)

Robert Ballard • Pastor of Worship Ministries How is Your Garden Growing?  I’m always amazed at how you can put a seed in the ground, add a little water, and then it begins to sprout up and grow into delicious vegetables, or how a springtime bloom on a tree transforms into a juicy apple! Le … [Read more...]

Take 5 (July 24-28, 2017)

Matt Garrison • Pastor of Family Ministries Fear Not! Monday: Taking Action on Your Fears Psalm 34:4; Psalm 56:3-4 Have you ever been afraid of the dark? I think most of us have at some point in our lives. Wouldn’t it be great if, as we grew up, all of our fears disappeared also? We may not … [Read more...]

Take 5 (July 17-21, 2017)

Michelle Thompson • Early Childhood Director Choices – You Have the Freedom My grown kiddos will tell you that there is something I have said to them hundreds, if not thousands of times (I have a lot of children!). As they were (and are) leaving the house, I am famous for saying, “Make wise cho … [Read more...]

Take 5 (July 10-14, 2017)

Chad Cowan • Pastor of Care Ministries Handle it Carefully! As Robert Plummer states in his book, 40 Questions About Interpreting the Bible, “Appealing to the same Bible, Christians, Mormons, and Jehovah’s Witnesses can reach amazingly divergent conclusions…” For this reason, how we interpret t … [Read more...]

Take 5 (July 3-7, 2017)

Caleb Korth • Pastor of Worship Arts Timeless Lessons From Psalm 36 MONDAY: Sin Corrupts Psalm 36:1; James 1:13-15 When was the last time you whispered? What did you whisper? To whom did you whisper? In today’s verse, we learn that sin speaks into the lives of the wicked. Sin can come like … [Read more...]

Take 5 (June 26-30, 2017)

Matt Garrison • Pastor of Family Ministries Starting Line MONDAY: Start Your Engines Jn. 3:16-17; 2 Cor. 5:17; Phil. 1:6 Have you ever been in a race? What was the point of the race? I believe most of us would say the point of any race is to win. The Christian life has been described as a r … [Read more...]

Take 5 (June 19-23, 2017)

Robert Ballard • Pastor of Worship Ministry I Want to Be More Like My Father! I would love to tell you about my Heavenly Father. He is loving, patient, kind, slow to anger, rich in love, saving, caring, full of grace and truth, powerful, wise, holy, righteous, and all-knowing. Wow…what a Fathe … [Read more...]

Take 5 (June 12-16, 2017)

Lee Walker • Executive Pastor Forgiven! – 1 John 1:8-10 MONDAY: No Hiding 1 John 1:8-10 Three Bible verses for this week: 1 John 1:8-10. Read them each day. Memorize verse 9 if you have not already. All of us will need it many times in our lives. It is a wonderful promise from God about f … [Read more...]

Take 5 (June 5-9, 2017)

Michelle Thompson • Early Childhood Director I like to win. And if we are honest, I think most of us do. In our modern society we have the “win at all cost” individuals, and some who would say we should just all participate and take the competition out of everything. But, I want us to shift ou … [Read more...]

Take 5 (May 29 – June 2, 2017)

Chad Cowan • Pastor of Care & Discipleship The Way of the Disciple In his book The Cost of Discipleship, Dietrich Bonhoeffer describes discipleship this way, “When Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die.” This week, we’ll be looking at various passages in the Book of Mark, which dis … [Read more...]

Take 5 (May 22-26, 2017)

Caleb Korth • Pastor of Worship Arts MONDAY: Ephesians 4:17-20  Have you ever failed to pay attention to a traffic sign? Maybe you turned the wrong way on a one-way street or you ignored the speed limit sign only to find red and blue lights in the rear view mirror moments later. Observing and … [Read more...]

Take 5 (May 15-19, 2017)

Lee Walker • Executive Pastor 5 Words, 5 Days: Psalm 23:1a MONDAY: THE Lord Is My Shepherd Here’s the plan. Let’s read Psalm 23 everyday this week. And let’s focus on the first five words of the Psalm, The Lord is my Shepherd. We’ll emphasize one word each day. Okay? Some of my thoughts here … [Read more...]

Take 5 (May 8-12, 2017)

Robert Ballard • Pastor of Worship Ministries 168! – That is the number of hours you have this week. How will you spend these hours? Here are five simple truths that will make your 168 hours so much better: MONDAY: Spend Time in God’s Word  Hebrews 4:12 I love how the writer of Hebrews sa … [Read more...]

Take 5 (May 1-5, 2017)

Matt Garrison • Pastor of Family Ministries Making It Through the Minefields MONDAY: Tripping the Mine Jas. 1:13-15 The mines of temptation are all around us aren’t they? I’m sure we’ve all felt like we were walking through a minefield at times. One wrong step and… Minefields are indee … [Read more...]

Take 5 (April 24-28, 2017)

Michelle Thompson • Early Childhood Director This week, let’s take a look at what it means to be part of God’s family. MONDAY: Orphans in Need Gen. 3:6-9; 2 Cor. 4:4; Eph. 2:1-3 Orphaned – separated from our Father under devastating circumstances. This happened to us because of a choice, … [Read more...]

Take 5 (April 17-21, 2017)

Chad Cowan • Pastor of Care Ministries & Discipleship Your Work Matters to God! Do you sometimes struggle with your occupation? Do you feel as though you’re doing something that has no impact for the kingdom? This week, we’re going to look at why our work is good. MONDAY: Through work, we … [Read more...]

Take 5 (April 10-14, 2017)

Dr. Bill Tanzey • Pastor of Counseling & Community Life Are You Being Transformed By God? (An inventory to reveal if you are growing in the likeness of Christ.) MONDAY: Is Your Mind Being Transformed? Phil. 4:6 After accepting Jesus Christ, the believer faces a “Mind Game.” Where an … [Read more...]

Take 5 (April 3-7, 2017)

Caleb Korth • Pastor of Worship Arts 5 Words Used in Worship By understanding these words we can develop a greater love and appreciation for God. MONDAY: Word of the Day: Praise Psalm 150 It’s possible that many of us have become too familiar with this word. If we’re not careful, praise … [Read more...]

Take 5 (March 27-31, 2017)

Lee Walker • Executive Pastor Bible-Centered Living MONDAY: Go to Church Hebrews 10:25; 5:12-14 In the Bible, Hebrews is so revered for its doctrine and theology, especially related to the preeminence of Christ, that the practical side of this book can be slighted.  This week we will pull s … [Read more...]

Take 5 (March 20-24, 2017)

Robert Ballard • Pastor of Worship Ministries Spiritual Seasons of Life MONDAY: Spring Psalm 30:5b Today is the first day of spring! Spring is a time of new beginnings. The trees are beginning to bloom. Animals and vegetation are starting to awaken as the weather slowly gets warmer. The ref … [Read more...]

Take 5 (March 13-17, 2017)

Matt Garrison • Pastor of Family Ministries It’s Complicated… MONDAY: Relationships Genesis 1:26; John 13:34-35 How many of us have relationships with other people? I would venture to guess that 100% of us do. Why? Because God wired us that way. He is a relational God. Have your relati … [Read more...]

Take 5 (March 6-10, 2017)

Michelle Thompson • Early Childhood Director I thought this week we’d look at a small, lesser known book of the Bible. The book of Philemon is a letter the Apostle Paul sent to Philemon, a wealthy slave owner in the city of Colosse. Philemon owned a slave named Onesimus, and they must have had … [Read more...]

Take 5 (Feb 27 – Mar 3, 2017)

Chad Cowan • Pastor of Care Ministries Worry: The Christian Drug of Choice With a failing economy and the worst drug epidemic in the nation, times are tough in WV. The temptation is to take a hit from the only socially acceptable drug: worry. While the alcoholic may say, “I need another drink,” w … [Read more...]

Take 5 (February 20-24, 2017)

Bill Tanzey • Pastor of Community Life What To Do When I Feel Weak? 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 MONDAY: Our Weakness Is Far Surpassed By His Strength 1 Cor. 2:1 Famed preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon wrote of God, “When you can’t trace His hand, you can always trust God’s heart.” Those have been words … [Read more...]

Take 5 (February 13-17, 2017)

Caleb Korth • Pastor of Worship Arts Psalm 103 – As we work our way through Psalm 103, take your time. Don’t rush through the passage. Rather, meditate on the significance of the words and their meanings. Chew on the thoughts and let them trickle down into the deepest parts of your heart. Allow th … [Read more...]

Take 5 (February 6-10, 2017)

Lee Walker • Executive Pastor Can You Trust God? Proverbs 3:5-10; Malachi 3:8-11 MONDAY: It Sounds So Simple Proverbs 3:5a It sounds easy: Trust in the LORD.  But the concept raises very basic questions asked by mankind since history began.  Is God real?  What is He like? Does He care?  Can He … [Read more...]