Take time…

to experience God…

Psalm 143:8 says,

Let me experience your faithful love in the morning, for I trust You. Reveal to me the way I should go because I long for You.

This Psalm of David is a cry, a plea, for God to pull him out of the darkness that his lukewarm faith had plunged him into headlong. This got me thinking. How often do we take time to really EXPERIENCE our Heavenly Father? How does this happen? I think it is simple; we take ourselves out of the forefront of our lives and put God where He belongs. At IMPACT Camp, Linden has almost 0% cell service. We didn’t have a camp of students who walked around checking timelines, news feeds, Instagram pics, or Twitter feeds. Instead of drama, we had devotion. Instead of work, we had worship. Instead of posts, we had praise. The students took time to experience God. This wasn’t just a student thing either. On Thursday, we had a color war (similar to the color me rad races) where hundreds of pounds of colored powder was mixed and then thrown at each other in organized chaos. Before the students ever got to the field to play, adult sponsors were there mixing and preparing the powder. The adults began to throw powder at each other. They laughed, they ran, and they played like 5 year olds on Christmas day. They too were experiencing the awesome presence and fellowship that God desires for us. No emails were being sent, no offices were being called, and no text messages were being answered. They experienced, and for a brief moment in time–worry, stress, and doubt melted away for even the adults.

What is stopping you from taking time to EXPERIENCE God each day? Do we jump up first thing in the morning to open social media feeds instead of opening God’s Word and feeding ourselves? Have we allowed our schedule and our world to come before being in church AND serving? Have we taken the time to have a conversation with our creator? I am aware that life is short. That is why I urge you to invest in your eternity and your relationship with God the father. It is time well spent, and you just might find yourself a little less stressed, a little less worried, and a little less doubtful when we take time to experience His faithful love.

In Christ Alone,


Upcoming Events

  • Sunday, July 12 – Food of Passion, Box Lunches
  • Thursday, July 16 – YAH to Green Tomato Grill
  • Saturday, July 18-25 – Iowa Mission Trip
  • Sunday, July 19 – Lord’s Supper (a.m.)
  • Wednesday, July 22 – Quarterly Business Meeting
  • Saturday, July 25 – Cincinnati Mission Trip
  • Wednesday, July 29 – Operation Christmas Child Kick-off
  • Friday, July 31 – Last day for Box Lunches (special lunch)

On our Pastor’s heart

The Path Forward

Last Friday, June 26, was a sad day in our country. The Supreme Court issued decided 5-4 that same-sex marriage is protected under the Constitution. (Note: Only 2 years ago when deciding against the Defense of Marriage Act, these same five judges ruled that the issue of marriage was a State decision, not a Federal decision. Here all along, I thought it was God’s decision.)

We, as Christians, have been rocked by all the events of the last 5 years leading to this. We are caught off balance and a bit disoriented. We want to know how we should proceed.

The truth is that we must love people as Jesus did. We must love people and teach them regardless of their confusion and choices. Below are three ways Randy Davis, Executive Secretary of the TBC, recommends for us to proceed1:


We must commit ourselves to pray. Pray for God’s intervention on behalf of our nation and that He will grant repentance to our leaders (and to us). Pray for revival in our country. Pray that God will save lost people. Pray that God will grant us grace as we engage and share with those confused by the issue of homosexuality, with those who are tempted by same sex attraction and with those who have committed to a lifestyle of sin. Pray for our families, our churches, and our pastors to stand boldly in the face of cultural pressure. We need God’s protection.


We need to expect that the momentum of these horrendous decisions to continue, especially after this frontal assault against marriages has occurred.


Now is not the time to shrink back from proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ. Now is the time to move boldly and graciously into our communities to let Tennesseans know that they were created to worship God and are to be in fellowship with Him. We must continue to be both salt and light, sharing the love of Jesus through words of hope.

1Randy Davis, http://www.tnbaptist.org/BRARticle.asp?ID=5573.

On our Pastor’s heart

It may not seem practical!

From the perspective of those around us, living for Christ may not seem practical. As believers, we live our lives in view of eternity. We live our lives as temporary citizens of this world. We have another, better life ahead. So, we make sacrifices of time and money now to help further the Kingdom of Christ. To us, it is worth it because Jesus is worth our all. But to those around us, to those who do not know the Lord Jesus, our sacrifices and lifestyle do not make sense.

Years ago in Jerusalem, Jeremiah did something that didn’t make sense. Jeremiah preached for years, calling the people of Israel to repent and turn back to God and to trust and worship only Him. Along the way, God used Jeremiah to prophesy that King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylonia would capture Jerusalem, carry off a large portion of the people, and then destroy the city.

In Jeremiah 32, Nebuchadnezzar had already carried off many people, and still the Israelites would not repent. King Zedekiah of Judah could not stand Jeremiah’s constant preaching of doom and destruction, so he had Jeremiah throw in prison.

Now while he was in prison, God told Jeremiah to buy a piece of property. How crazy is that? In Jeremiah 32:25, Jeremiah says to God,

You have said to me O Lord God, “Buy the field for money, and take witnesses”! – yet the city has been given into the hand of the Chaldeans (Nebuchadnezzar).

Why did God want him to buy a piece of property? It was because God would one day restore the people to the land as He had promised. Buying the property would be a symbol for Israel to trust God.

Living for Jesus will not make sense to a lost world. That is why we must sanctify the Lord God in our hearts and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks us a reason for the hope that is in us with meekness and fear (1 Peter 3:15).


See the Fields and Pray

We are not called to proclaim philosophy and metaphysics, but the simple gospel. Man’s fall, his need of a new birth, forgiveness through atonement, and salvation as the result of faith, these are our battle-ax and weapons of war (Charles Spurgeon).

Free Lunch for Kids

Our church is offering free lunches to all children that attend Knox County Schools. Lunch is provided in the Fellowship Hall, Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Free lunch

Handicap and Visitor Parking


If you are able bodied and/or a member

Please be considerate and do not use the parking spots reserved for our handicapped or visitors. It’s a simple way to show that we care about them and welcome them here at City View.

On our Pastor’s heart

Great News!

As you heard in church last Sunday, our VBS was fantastic. As your pastor, I am thankful and proud. I am thankful first and for most for what God did and continues doing in lives. I believe He blessed and worked in every facet of VBS.

I love VBS. I love that our church looked like Jules Vern’s Mysterious Island. I love the way we as a church become so involved. It truly was the church at work. As best as I could tell, everyone who was in town was involved in some way. We had 90 children and youth and 20 adults learning in VBS. Then, there were another 60-65 people teaching, leading, and working in the different areas of VBS.

Even more exciting, we had several new families who have never been to our church before. Some of them told us they were looking for a church to attend.

The best news is that four children who were impacted by VBS. Three of them made professions of faith during VBS, and one gave her heart to Christ at home with her parents.

We thank you God for your extravagant love and grace.

Reports from other places!

This week, we heard from Scott and Anita in Iowa and from Leslie in Central Asia.

The Hills

wrote to say thank you to us for the love offering we collected for them. They are pinching pennies and appreciate our love, prayers, and financial support. They are looking forward to the mission team coming from our church in a few weeks. Please keep praying for them in Stuart, for hearts to be open to the Good News of Jesus.


wrote to tell us her broken ankle is healing slowly. The cast has been removed; now she is working on mobility and strength. Also, she is still trying to learn the language.

Please pray for her to continue to “have the attitude of Christ,” to “rejoice always,” and to be ready to share “the reason for the hope” she has with the ladies they are meeting.


See the Fields and Pray

I would sooner bring one sinner to Jesus Christ than unravel all the mysteries of the divine Word, for salvation is the one thing we are to live for (Charles Spurgeon).

Promotions Committee

The Nominating Committee is looking for dedicated people to join the Promotions Committee. These people will be in charge of coming up with promotions for events at City View. If you are interested in learning more about this committee please contact Lisa B.