Looks Can Deceive

LightGrams October 20, 2016 Volume 20, Number 33 A week in a cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee was just what my wife and I needed.  Making the opportunity even better was that much of our family would be able to join us for some or all of the time, including our five…

Moving To Higher Ground

LightGrams October 6, 2016 Volume 20, Number 32 As I write this, evacuations are continuing along the coastal areas of the Southeastern U.S.  Hurricane Matthew is projected to make landfall later this evening, and it is a powerful storm.  The potential for destruction and loss of life is great. Orders issued by governors of three…

Rescued By Olive Oil

LightGrams September 29, 2016 Volume 20, Number 31 On Saturday, September 17, 2016, a 31-year-old man found himself in a potentially life-threatening situation.  He and a friend had walked out onto a jetty in Narragansett, Rhode Island.  He bent down to retrieve a dropped cell phone, and became stuck between two large rocks from his…

The Five-Second Rule

LightGrams September 15, 2016 Volume 20, Number 30 You know right away what I’m referring to, don’t you?  It’s an almost universal maxim that children follow (their parents often do, too).  If you accidentally drop a chicken nugget onto the floor, do you eat it?  “Five-second rule!” is the usual reply, meaning that if you…

2016 Men’s Fellowship

Our First Men’s Day – A Great Success! When plans were begun for a men’s day in late January of 2016, we weren’t sure what to expect.  Even the week before the event, we still had no idea. August 27, 2016 brought abundant evidence that the day was needed and appreciated.  178 men from around…

2016 Men’s Day

Our first-ever Mountain Empire Men’s Fellowship, held August 27, 2016, was a tremendous success.  179 Christian men from throughout the region gathered for a day of fellowship, singing, prayers, and challenging lessons from the word of God.  You can look over the topics and guest speakers below, and listen to recordings of each of these…

Standing On His Shoulders

A Tribute to Ron Whitson, (1956-2016) Ron Whitson was a dedicated and active servant of the Lord. For the last few years of his life he served as a deacon for the Central Church of Christ. Before his appointment as a deacon, he demonstrated initiative and self-drive in various areas of service. This web site,…

Unseen, But Real

LightGrams September 1, 2016 Volume 20, Number 29 An old adage says, “I have to see it to believe it.”  Often that is a true principle.  A friend once told me there was a nest of cottonmouth snakes near his house.  Wildlife biologists, however, contend that this area is outside of their natural habitat.  That…

Aging Olympians

LightGrams August 25, 2016 Volume 20, Number 28 The last medals have been awarded, and the crowds have dispersed.  The 2016 Olympic Games are now history.  Scores of athletes who made the trek to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with high hopes are now back home with feelings of “If only …”  A few returned home…

Treasures Inside A Rock

LightGrams August 18, 2016 Volume 20, Number 27 Some in the nation of Bolivia are convinced they know the secret to having whatever material goods they desire.  According to a story carried by Reuters on August 16, 2016, an annual festival is held in mid-August.  Those who have items they wish to possess are handed…