How We Got So Busy
by Matt Monyhan on December 14th, 2017
If you are like me, you move at a pace that would make your younger self cry. We run to here, then to here. Gotta do this, gotta do that. There is always something else calling for my attention. And yet, I feel like I get very little accomplished. How is that? How did we get so very busy? An even better question is, "How will we stop being so busy?" I have some ideas about both. How we got so busy AND how we can fix it. Here we go.
A Prodigal Christmas
by Matt Monyhan on November 28th, 2017
I know that Matthew 25 quotes Jesus as specifically talking about visiting prisoners. So, I guess that He has called us ALL to work with them. You see, there are no second class citizens in God's kingdom. There are children. His children. And we are all family together.
How You Know Me
by Matt Monyhan on November 13th, 2017
He tells us not to judge others, not because there is no judgment. Rather, because He doesn't need our help with it. His judgment is incredibly unfair. He cast it all upon Jesus.
A Real Family Preview
by Matt Monyhan on November 7th, 2017
We have a big weekend coming up.It's our first "official" preview service (or Open House). For the first time, we will open our doors to the public as Real Family Church to say "come check us out". It's daunting for us. We have an idea of what church can be and now we get to see what other people think about that dream. (Sure, we've started churches before, but there is never a time when it is...
Conversion versus Connection
by Matt Monyhan on November 6th, 2017
When I began attending church in my early years, I was introduced to the concept of the altar call. You may know of this practice. The pastor/preacher or whomever is up front gives a rousing sermon (one which often provokes feelings of guilt or conviction) and then invites individuals forward to seek forgiveness from God and invite Jesus into their heart.Come forward and get saved.You know what ...
When Community Rises
by Matt Monyhan on October 30th, 2017
There are more opportunities than these to help others in the La Grange area. These just happen to be the ones we are involved in over the next few weeks. Let's pray for our community and seek out ways to help other people. The challenge of semi-rural is real, but through a bit of compassion and setting aside a little time, our little community can rise to the occasion.
by Matt Monyhan on October 23rd, 2017
When I read the book of Ephesians, I read words about "selection", "predestination" and "adoption". I read about being brought into a church family that I should treasure and cherish, much as Jordan has demonstrated to me. Sure, our church family may have some weird uncles and some kids running wild, but I am privileged to be a part of it.
No More Victims
by Matt Monyhan on October 18th, 2017
The demonstration of Jesus 20 centuries ago was one of a perfect man that was victimized in every unjust way you can imagine, but did not let it become His identity. When we think of Jesus, do we picture a cross or an empty tomb? Do we celebrate Good Friday or do we celebrate Easter? Is He beaten and dead or is He alive and thriving?
by Matt Monyhan on September 14th, 2017
I was scanning through church websites. I do that these days. It only makes sense to see what other successful churches are doing, since we are starting a new work in Oldham County.I have to say...there are some pretty impressive churches out there.On one site, I noticed an area marked "Careers" which peaked my interest tremendously. I mean, that has to be a successful church if they have their...
A Burden For Oldham County
by Matt Monyhan on September 11th, 2017
I was told that I wouldn't be a good choice to plant a church in Oldham County, because OC is an "affluent" county and I have a history of doing ministry in more impoverished areas. But, I look past the shiny exteriors and see people that are chasing happiness, thinking that it can be found in the next big thing or the next weekend or the next promotion. I see a people that need the hope and contentment that can only be found in the saving mercy of Jesus Christ...