A Question of Commitment

Written by Jeremy Pate. Posted in Blog.


Every good coach demands commitment from his/her players. Every good band director, club leader, teacher, etc. places a high priority on commitment from those who are participating in those activities.

Why is this so important?


Written by Pam Newman. Posted in Blog.

SOPA16We are about halfway through the summer and if I have learned one thing about the youth group, it is that they will never cease to blow me away. They are hardworking, loving, and have an endless source of enthusiasm and energy. But these characteristics themselves, as awesome as they are, aren’t the most impressive thing. What is truly mind-boggling is how they use them.

We had a group of around forty teenagers get up and arrive at the building every morning so they could go out to the Peachtree Village trailer park and put on a VBS for the families there. When we got there, the BYG kids would set up awnings and tables, so when the children came they would have shade to do their crafts under. And that shade was needed because the average temperature for the week was in the high nineties. But that didn’t stop these amazing kids from having a positive attitude and carrying on with the work. After we had set up the awnings, the BYG kids would go out in two groups of ten to knock doors. Every day, they knocked every door in the trailer park to tell them about the VBS we were hosting, the Buford church of Christ along with Buford Iglesia de Cristo, and the different ministries here.

Being a Daughter of the King

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Since we have been baptized into Christ then we are God’s children (“But to all who have received him--those who believe in his name--he has given the right to become God's children …” – John 1:12). Think about that. The King of kings is OUR Father! We are Daughters of the King. This makes us princesses. I don’t know about y’all but ever since Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast, being a princess has been my number one career choice, but being a Daughter of the King carries much more meaning than just claiming yourself as a princess. I don’t know what your relationship with your earthly parents is like, but I do know how God expects us to treat our moms and dads: “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right” – Ephesians 6:1. If we are called to obey our parents here on earth how much more obedient should we be to our God? His commands are not simply suggestions or requests but rather a call to be set apart as His children.

            My mom is my role model in most everyway. I look and act just like her. We have the same obnoxious laugh, same taste in clothes, and we both will talk your ear off about any and everything. When I was younger I would get frustrated whenever people told me I reminded them of her but now I take any comparison to my mom as a compliment. I live in way that reflects my mom’s characteristics. Likewise, we should be living in a way that reflects God’s characteristics. When others look at us there should be no doubt that He is our Father. We should love, forgive, and even rebuke like our Heavenly Father.

Real Power

Written by Jeremy Pate. Posted in Blog.


When you see a bulldozer or a jackhammer in action, do you ever think about where their power really comes from? What good would those pieces of equipment be if they didn’t have a power source? Would they be able to do any of the things that they do without power? Does the source of their power get enough credit for what it does, or have we elevated the equipment to a status that it might not deserve?

The Lunchable Gospel

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As you may know, Brooke and I have three daughters, and the oldest two (Ava and Greta) attend the Sonflower Preschool here at the church building. They absolutely love it! They love their teachers, their friends, the playground, and all of the special things that they get to do at the school. One of their favorite things is when we allow them to buy/bring a Lunchable to school for their lunch.

Skin In The Game?

Written by Jeremy Pate. Posted in Blog.


We often refer to those who are invested in something as having “skin in the game.” This phrase means that these people have put themselves in a risky position, either monetarily or otherwise, and that they now have something to gain/lose. They are not simply spectators, observers, or even “fans;” they have a vested interest, and they will be affected by the outcome, one way or the other.

I Am Resolved

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The dictionary defines “resolved” as: “firm in purpose or intent; determined.”


We regularly sing a song during our worship to God in which we say the words, “I am resolved…”


Do we mean it?

Comfort Food - Pt. 3

Written by Jeremy Pate. Posted in Blog.


As we conclude our study on the “comfort food” of God’s Word, let’s take a look at several different passages and how they comfort us, as God’s people.

Comfort Food - Pt. 2

Written by Jeremy Pate. Posted in Blog.


As we begin our study on spiritual “comfort food,” let’s go to one of the most (if not THE most) well-known verses in all of Scripture: John 3:16.

The Inevitable Consequence

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In Genesis 34, we read the account of Dinah, the daughter of Jacob. As far as we know, in a family of twelve sons, Dinah was Jacob’s only daughter. One day, she went out to spend some time with the other women of the land and a man named Shechem, “the prince of the land” took her and seemingly forced himself upon her, sexually. (vs. 2)

God Is Good

Written by Jeremy Pate. Posted in Blog.


“Good morning.”

“Merry Christmas.”

“Have a nice day.”

“God is good.”

These phrases, and others like them, fall into a category that I would label, “At Risk.” Why? Because many of us use them constantly, sometimes without even thinking about their meaning; this means that these phrases are in danger of losing their meaning if we aren’t careful.

Surprise Ending?

Written by Jeremy Pate. Posted in Blog.


“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and cast out demons in Your name, and do many mighty works in Your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness.” – Mt. 7:21-23


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