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Just take a look at some of these faces. The sights and sounds are hard to describe, and pictures don’t really do justice to what we have experienced, but these pictures give you a small glimpse into rural Nicaragua. We have seen extreme poverty, malnutrition, and hunger, but in the midst of the pain, the people here are still joyful.

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I’ve had a long and incredible day. Yesterday was spent in airports and on airplanes, and it’s really hard to believe that yesterday morning I was at home. I’ve been to Roanoke, Washington D.C., San Salvador in El Salvador, Managua in Nicaragua, and I’m finally in Somotillo. It still amazes me that I’m sitting in a village in the remote

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At Cornerstone, we are constantly on the lookout for ways to minister to the community . My wife was talking with some of our youth about prom and they talked about doing a prom dress outreach.  One of our ministry friends has a similar outreach in the Johnson City/Kingsport area called Head 2 Toe, and we thought about how we

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When you trust God, plans can change very quickly. I got a call from Don Gillette at Because We Care Ministries a couple of weeks ago asking if I wanted to go back to Nicaragua and help teach pastors for a week in March.  I hadn’t planned on going this year, but it didn’t take long after praying to realize

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There is no denying that debt is a huge problem in our country. Both for individuals and our government. At Cornerstone, we deal daily with people who are struggling with their finances. Our benevolence requests have skyrocketed this year due to the local high unemployment rates combined with the rising cost of basic necessities. It’s sad when people simply cannot

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As I think through the past ten years, there are a few church services that really stand out in my mind. One was a youth service on April 1st of 2001. My wife and I were serving at a country church as part time youth leaders. We had just got back from taking over 50 teenagers to a Student Conference,

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I’ve shared before about how much I like YouVersion. It’s a Bible application that you can access for free from your mobile device or the web. They have a number of great Bible Reading Plans that help you get into a habit of reading God’s Word. Reading Scripture is an important discipline of the Christian life. It connects us to

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This week our church has a mission team in Nicaragua.  We have partnered with Because We Care Ministries to do numerous trips to Nicaragua in the past.  Each time the teams come back with incredible stories of God at work. We are able to do construction and radio ministry in the mornings, and then in the afternoon the team will

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During the message this past week at Cornerstone, we were able to take questions from the congregation via text messaging. We ended up with more questions than we had time to answer during the service, so I wanted to share my answers here on the blog.  I also asked for Jennifer’s input on these. I love having interaction during our

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Staying married in today’s society is tough. Let’s just be honest for a minute. Everything from tv and movies to the books and magazines we read tell us that we should be happy at any cost. Marriage is viewed as temporary, something that we just move on from as soon as it quits providing us the happiness we desire. Families

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At Cornerstone we have just started a marriage series called ONE, and we are looking at Ephesians 5:30-33 NLT. And we are members of his body. As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.”This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the

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