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Bounty Hunter

Topic: Sin / Redemption

Author: Larry Ely (Student Ministries)

When Disney released the Mandalorian, our family was excited! The four of us crammed onto the couches in the game room, and ate dinner in front of the TV to watch each new episode as it was released. Quickly, quotes from the show like “This is the way”, …

2021-02-10T22:29:35-05:00All Articles, Redemption, Sin|


Topic: Salvation

Author: Larry Ely (Student Ministries)

Every tattoo tells a story: some good, some bad, and some funny. Some tattoos were just a big mistake, but others have profound meaning and purpose behind them. In some circles, getting a tattoo can seem rebellious or unholy, but people get tattoos for all kinds of reasons. Often times, people get a …

2021-02-10T22:28:12-05:00All Articles, Faith, Salvation|

Ski Club

Topic: Making Disciples

Author: Larry Ely (Student Ministries)

My dad taught me how to snow ski at Seven Springs ski resort in Pennsylvania when I was very young. I started on the bunny slope and progressed to the green hills. I learned how to do the snowplow (make a “pizza” shape with my ski tips pointed inward) and …


Topic: Love People

Author: Larry Ely


Hungry person after hungry person entered the community center today hoping for food. They came for free groceries. A man came alone carrying an empty box to put food in. A woman came with her kids and put food in her stroller. An older lady in a wheelchair came by and needed some …

The Zip-Line

Topic: Equipped

Author: Larry Ely


The first time I rode a zip-line, I screamed as I flew though the forest and then started to enjoy the amazing ride. As I emerged from the trees, I became nervous again as the zip-line screamed over Lake Champion and quickly descended to a stop in the water. What a rush! It was …

2019-06-20T10:49:51-04:00All Articles, Equipped|

Pets: Good vs. Evil

Topic: Devotion

Author: Larry Ely


Growing up, my favorite pet was my cat “Blacky”.  At the age of 5 or 6, my cat quickly became my best friend. He played with me, slept with me, and followed me around the house. He came in from outside when I whistled for him. He would find me and comfort …

2020-08-08T14:30:34-04:00All Articles, Devotion|

Epic Fail

Topic: Failure

Author: Larry Ely (Youth Pastor)


The Set Up:

Usually, I am pretty good at video games. I can hold my own playing Call of Duty, Halo, Destiny, Battlefront, Madden, and most racing games. On this particular day, my kids talked me into playing a new game they have been enjoying called Fortnite. It is a third …

2020-08-08T14:30:34-04:00All Articles, Failure|

Dancing for the Lord

Topic: Fear & Freedom

Author: Sydney Francis (Donelson M.S.)


Since I was three, I have been dancing. Dancing is not only my hobby, but it’s also my passion. I have enjoyed and performed many different kinds of dance including: ballet, lyrical, acro, hip-hop, jazz, contemporary, & point. My favorite type of dance is contemporary & jazz. My …

2020-08-08T14:30:34-04:00All Articles, Fear, Sports|

Football & Faith

Topic: Discipline & Honor

Author: Tyler Francis (Donelson H.S.)


I have played football since I was six years old. This upcoming season will be will be my senior year of high school football where I play Tight End and Defensive End for the DCA Wildcats. I love football because of the brotherhood, the physical freedom, and intense …

Fishing & Faith

Topic: Faith & Action

Author: Dan Ely (Biologist & Fish Whisperer)


I was so excited to go on the long awaited deep sea fishing trip to Acapulco, Mexico. I could hardly sleep as I lay in bed waiting to get up with the sun and board our charter fishing boat with my best friend from high school. The …

2020-08-08T14:30:34-04:00All Articles, Faith, Sports|

Surfing & Faith

Topic: Perseverance & Patience

Author: Dan Ely (Mentor & Friend)


When I was 10 years old my family moved from Dayton, Ohio to Redondo Beach, California. Our house was on a hill and from the living room window I could see the Pacific Ocean about a mile away. I was so excited to try out the beach …

Faith & the Force

Topic: Faith

Author: Ian Miller (Youth Leader)


In the ‘70s, American film-goers were introduced to Luke Skywalker, a teenaged moisture farmer living on a desert planet and dreaming of getting away to see the galaxy and fight the Galactic Empire. His story doesn’t go the way he expects, but he ends up getting his wish and he …

2020-08-08T14:30:34-04:00All Articles, Faith|
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