Margin for Love

In 1966, a song came out by Jackie DeShannon entitles, “What the world Needs Now.” The words go like this:

What the world needs now is love, sweet love. It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of what the world needs now is live, sweet love. Not just for some but for everyone.

Perhaps the words to that song have never been truer than they are right now. In fact, our nation and world seem more divided and violent than ever before. Domestic violence, hatred, and racism are still plaguing our world. Angry posts and hurtful tweets are the norm when it comes to social media and politics . . . well . . . .

Even though the free love of Jackie DeShannon’s day is not the answer, there is a love that our world desperately needs. It is the love of Jesus expressed through His people.

“And walk in love, as Christ had so loved us and given Himself for us, and offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling aroma.” Ephesians 5:2

Would you be willing to make room in your life for real LOVE? It truly is what the world needs NOW.


This message is from Steve Carpenter is from our Atoka Campus.  If you missed the message or want to hear it again, listen on-line or tune in to our podcast.



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Margin

A margin is something that creates room around the edge or border of something. We see this in a sheet of notebook paper. It simply denotes “space” that is open or clear.

One of the great challenge in life is to create open and clear space in our lives for the most important things. Our daily lives get cluttered and busy and the most important spiritual things get crowded out.

As we start out the new year, what better time than now to create some margin in our lives; some clear open space for the things God desires most.

Don’t think this will be easy. It is the enemy’s greatest desire to keep us busy, even with good things, so that we miss the best things. There are some things that we will have to set aside to create margin in our lives; even things that we may like a lot! We will have to do things differently, and we will have to make hard choices as to how we will spend our time. Are you ready to create some margin in your life?

The rewards are out of sight! Creating margin for the things of God always results in drawing closer to Him and finding deeper purpose in the life He’s given us. Even Jesus has to create margin to walk with the Father. Do you have the same need?

What a great goal for 2019!


This message is from Steve Carpenter is from our Atoka Campus.  If you missed the message or want to hear it again, listen on-line or tune in to our podcast.


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Advent 2018: Manger

Jesus could have come to us as an emperor with riches and fame. He could have come as conquering warrior. Yet He chose the path of a peasant, helpless and humble. It seems we often we find ourselves seeking for prestige and drowning in comparison. Ask the Father to show you how you can be Christ-like in humility this Christmas.

“And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:12


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Advent 2018: Refuge

Jesus was born in a Bethlehem barn because the occupying nation forced his parents to make the journey to be counted for a census. Later, the little family fled to Egypt as refugees. Today there are poor and marginalized people in our community and around the world who need your prayers. Ask God how He would have you serve them in their oppression.

An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy Him.”
Matthew 2:13


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Advent 2018: Gather

The church is not so much a building as it is
a group of people gathering for worship. Perhaps the Magi bowing down before a baby could be described as the first gathering of Christians? It was probably just like churches today: messy, but celebrating Jesus. Christmas is coming! How will gathering with
God’s people help you celebrate?

“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” Matthew 18:20


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