Take 5

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

Take 5 (Jan 30 – Feb 3, 2017)

Robert Ballard • Pastor of Worship Ministries Standing on God’s Promises! In 1886 Russell Kelso Carter wrote the now famous hymn Standing on the Promises of God. Carter had written the hymn a couple of years prior to a major health crisis in his life. The hymn became real to Carter as he endure … [Read more...]

Take 5 (January 23-27, 2017)

Matt Garrison • Pastor of Family Ministries Lessons from the Life of Peter This week, we will look at the life of Peter, a follower of Jesus and a prominent leader of the early church, and learn some life lessons that can apply to our lives.  MONDAY: The Comeback Kid Mark 14:27-31; John 21:15 … [Read more...]

Take 5 (January 16-20, 2017)

Michelle Thompson • Early Childhood Director This week, I would like us to take a look at the book of 2 Timothy as we consider Christ’s command to make disciples. As we read, we see Paul mentoring young Timothy in the faith. None of us would claim to be Paul, but what does sharing our faith look l … [Read more...]

Take 5 (January 9-13, 2017)

Chad Cowan • Pastor of Care Ministries Meditations on Parenting Comedian Martin Mull once mused that, “Having children is like having a bowling alley installed in your brain.” This week we’ll take a look at some Scriptures about parenting, and, by God’s grace, find both encouragement and instructio … [Read more...]

Take 5 (January 2-6, 2017)

Bill Tanzey • Pastor of Community Ministries 5 Disciplines to Separate the Unimportant From the Important in 2017 MONDAY: Approval – Seek To Please God Rather Than Man Galatians 1:10 We live in an age where we can be trapped into identifying our own self-esteem by the approval of others.We … [Read more...]

Take 5 (December 26-30, 2016)

Caleb Korth • Pastor of Worship Arts MONDAY: Everlasting to Everlasting Lamentations 3:22-23 ‘Twas the day after Christmas… The food has been eaten.  The traveling is winding down.  Wrapping paper now looks like it has been run through the shredder. The anticipation of presents is over and the s … [Read more...]

Take 5 (December 19-23, 2016)

Lee Walker • Executive Pastor Lessons from the Wise Guys  (Matthew 2:1-12) MONDAY: Wise Guys Chose the Right Adventure Matthew 2:2 In our English Bibles, Matthew calls them wise men.  Turns out they really were!  They embarked upon a noble and wise adventure.  They traveled for hundreds o … [Read more...]

Take 5 (December 12-16, 2016)

Robert Ballard • Pastor of Worship Ministries Joy to the World: Finding Joy in the Midst of Circumstances One of the most famous Christmas carols is “Joy to the World.” Yes, Christmas is a time of joy for most; however, many find this time of year difficult. It is important to know that, as … [Read more...]

Take 5 (December 5-9, 2016)

Matt Garrison • Pastor of Family Ministries The Christmas Story From Different Perspectives Matthew 2:1-17, Luke 2:8-38 MONDAY: The Wise Men Matthew 2:1-12 Here we are, the Christmas season of 2016. Why does time fly as we get older? The year just started! This week’s Take 5 is going t … [Read more...]

Take 5 (Nov 28 – Dec 2, 2016)

Michelle Thompson • Early Childhood Director In honor of adoption Sunday, I am re-publishing this Take 5 that I wrote a few years ago before my husband and I legally adopted our son or daughter. The process of adoption itself is born from pain (or these precious children would not be par … [Read more...]

Take 5 (November 21-25, 2016)

Chad Cowan • Pastor of Care Ministries From Pride to Praise Author Donald McCullough asserts in his book, The Trivialization of God, that “It may well be that the worst sin of the church at the end of the twentieth century has been the trivialization of God.” It can become very easy to approac … [Read more...]

Take 5 (November 14-18, 2016)

Bill Tanzey • Pastor of Community Ministries Five Thanksgiving Reminders Thanksgiving is a uniquely American sacred holiday. This week we’ll examine 5 ways to enjoy this holiday. MONDAY: The Object of Your Thanksgiving 1 Chronicles 16:8 Thanksgiving was established by a Proclamation i … [Read more...]

Take 5 (November 7-11, 2016)

Jessica VonCrist • Communications Coordinator/IT Specialist Wise Words Words are powerful, no doubt. It’s amazing to think that God “spoke” the world into existence. Likewise, our speech can be used to accomplish and communicate great things, but it can also be destructive. This week we will lo … [Read more...]

Take 5 (Oct. 31-Nov. 4, 2016)

Michelle Thompson • Early Childhood Director MONDAY: Take Heart 1 Samuel 16:7b; Matthew 6:21 The word “heart” appears more than 750 times in the Bible. At least 370 of those are talking about a person’s deepest, inner being; their true self. The heart is where secrets are kept, pain is felt, … [Read more...]

Take 5 (October 24-28, 2016)

Lee Walker • Executive Pastor Just as one person plays many roles in life, e.g. child, parent, sibling, citizen, employee, etc., so our relationship with God has many facets. Let’s think about a few this week. To God we are: A Child, An Heir, A Debtor, A Servant, and An Ambassador. MONDAY: A … [Read more...]

Take 5 (October 17-21, 2016)

Caleb Korth • Pastor of Worship Arts Monday: Romans 12:1-2 Our spiritual act of worship before a holy God is to offer our entire body as a living sacrifice that is holy and acceptable. Note that this is our “reasonable act of worship.” It’s not a ridiculous or absurd request based on Paul’s ear … [Read more...]

Take 5 (October 10-14, 2016)

Matt Garrison • Pastor of Family Ministries Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. MONDAY: "And whatever you do in word or deed…” Paul has been encouraging these earlier believers in t … [Read more...]

Take 5 (October 3-7, 2016)

Chad Cowan • Pastor of Care & Discipleship Practical Lessons from the Book of James MONDAY: Shut It! James 1:19-27 One of my favorite presidential quotes of all time is from Calvin Coolidge: “I have noticed, that nothing I never said ever did me any harm.” I wish I had known this be … [Read more...]

Take 5 (September 26-29, 2016)

Robert Ballard • Pastor of Worship Ministries It is truly an amazing time when we as believers meet on Sunday to worship corporately. Our time of corporate worship on Sunday mornings should be an overflow of our individual worship throughout the week. The apostle Paul urges us to be a refl … [Read more...]

Take 5 (September 19-23, 2016)

Bill Tanzey • Pastor of Community Ministries 5 Questions from Jesus that Demand an Answer MONDAY: “What are you seeking?” John 1:38 This question, asked of the future disciples Andrew and Peter, still echoes through the centuries. On the previous day, John the Baptist pointed out Jesus as … [Read more...]

Take 5 (September 12-16, 2016)

Michelle Thompson • Early Childhood Director I am an adoptive mom. I love this role and my two adoptive children are living miracles. It was with them in mind that I started thinking about Bible heroes whose lives also started in non-traditional ways. Please join me this week as we look at som … [Read more...]

Take 5 (September 5-9, 2016)

Lee Walker • Executive Pastor Guarding our Riches: Luke 12:13-34 MONDAY: What Should We Guard? Luke 12:13-34 How secure is your home when you are not there?  We make an effort to guard our possessions.  After all, thieves could take our stuff, vandals could damage our stuff, and nature coul … [Read more...]

Take 5 (Aug 29 – Sep 2, 2016)

Robert Ballard • Pastor of Worship Ministries A Christian Perspective on Fall A Christian Perspective on Fall Despite the warm  temperatures outside, we are just three weeks  away from my favorite season of the year… fall! The season of fall in West Virginia is one that is marked by cooler … [Read more...]

Take 5 (August 22-26, 2016)

Matt Garrison • Pastor of Student Ministries What Makes You Happy? MONDAY: What Makes You Happy? Matt. 22:36-39 What makes you happy? Hobbies? Movies? Food? Vacation? What if we think those things, along with others, will make us happy because we don’t know what will actually make us happy? How … [Read more...]

Take 5 (August 15-19, 2016)

Caleb Korth • Pastor of Worship Arts Monday - Healthy Habit #1: Pray Luke 5:16 Today’s reading is very short, but very important. When we look at the life of Jesus, we see that He did amazing miracles, cared for and developed disciples to carry on His ministry, spent countless hours ministering … [Read more...]

Take 5 (August 8-12, 2016)

Chad Cowan • Pastor of Care Ministries The Abundant Life  In the second half of John 10:10, Christ makes a strong assertion: “I have come so that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.” Do you ever wonder where this abundant life is? In the midst of life’s heartaches, it can be diffic … [Read more...]

Take 5 (August 1-5, 2016)

Can joy co-exist with what is going on in our lives and around the world? By finding fulfillment in our positions as children of God and continually trusting and abiding in Him, we can find that spark of joy again. (Ps. 94:18-19; Hab. 3:17-18; Jn. 15:4-11) Monday: Joy in the Journey Psalm 1 … [Read more...]

Take 5 (July 25-29, 2016)

Bill Tanzey • Associate Pastor of Community Ministries 5 Approaches for Living the Good News This week, we’ll look at how we can be witnesses for Christ. Monday: Through Our Attitudes Galatians 2:20 Augustine said that we are to preach a sermon every day, using words if necessary. Everyone’s st … [Read more...]

Take 5 (July 18-22, 2016)

Lee Walker • Executive Pastor Richly Dwell Colossians 3:16 - Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Monday: Let the word of Christ dwell in you rich … [Read more...]

Take 5 (July 11-15, 2016)

Michelle Thompson • Early Childhood Director Have you ever heard someone say, “Once I get myself together I will become a Christian,” or, “God wouldn’t want me yet, but I am trying to get better”? This week I would like us to look at a few people who were surprised by what God saw in them. We will … [Read more...]