Happy birthday, ASF!
The 1st Sunday in August will be our 10th anniversary of
the 1st service at ASF!
love from our community of faith…
The first thing I had to do was to get a relationship with God. A friend of mine, Mike Huckabee, once said that faithfulness to the Lord is easy when things are horrible in your life, it’s when times are good that it’s the most difficult. I’d never thought about this, but this is so true. I didn’t pray much when I was a millionaire, but after I lost everything, I said multiple prayers daily. I was looking to Him for guidance and there’s nothing wrong with that, but I had to continue to be just as faithful after I got back on my feet. This part has been easy for me. I pray multiple times daily, even when things are going great. Religion was difficult for me because I wasn’t brought up in a church environment and when I did go to church later in life, I felt horrible about myself when I left, so I didn’t go much. I know this is not the right way to think, but it was easier to just not go. Although I wasn’t going to church during this ordeal, nor did I ever think about it, I had developed an extremely close relationship with God. A couple of years later, Tina, Ricky and I walked into a church called A Simple Faith, and I never knew the impact this place would have on me. A guy named Ronnie McBrayer was preaching in an old storefront at a small strip mall. No signs. No pews. No crosses. Just a bunch of people listening to the greatest speaker I had ever heard. That sermon motivated me to do better. It also made me want to go to church for the first time in my life. He was like a regular person, not a normal preacher. The congregation didn’t seem like a normal congregation. They didn’t say much to us, but the love was overwhelming. I couldn’t wait for the next Sunday! We had found our church and the people of A Simple Faith are my family now. Sometimes, even though God has sent you a blessing, there will still be obstacles to overcome. One that I think of quite often is communion. Tina, Ricky and I walked with the congregation every week and took part in the sharing of the bread. I really didn’t know what this was about, but it felt right to do it. Usually, if I was doing something wrong, I knew it was wrong, even if I came up will 20 reasons it was right to me. Here, this felt right. Tina was telling a family member about our new church and I can still hear the excitement in her voice. When Tina got to the part about going through the communion line, she was scolded. She was told that it was against the “rules” for us to do that because we had never been baptized. Suddenly, I felt like we had broken a church code and God was going to strike us down immediately if we didn’t repent. She told Tina that we must call our pastor and apologize and ask for forgiveness. For a moment, I didn’t want to go back to this church. I was scared to call Ronnie and tell him, so I sent an email. He replied quickly, and said You All Keep Sharing In Communion! I’m still not sure if we violated a cardinal rule, and Ronnie was just being nice, but we got baptized a few weeks later to be sure. I’m also confused about praying, and I’m uncomfortable doing this in front of anyone else, but I’m not sure there is a time that I’m more comfortable and at peace than when I’m praying alone. All I know is that I feel like I’m at home when I’m at A Simple Faith and I feel closer to God when I’m there than any other time of the week. To be successful, you must find a church that’s right for you and your family. Without that fueling up of the soul, it’s nearly impossible to be what God has blueprinted out for your life. I, like Ronnie, and many others at A Simple Faith, feel like we’ve complicated “the church” so much that we’re nearly blocking the entry to everyone but the perfect, chosen few. I could talk another 5 pages regarding the church, and I’m sure I’ll be scolded by many for my view, as I am not scholarly regarding the Bible, but God is my buddy!
I came to Simple Faith when it was meeting in the store front in the Publix shopping center near 30A. It was probably the least possible place I would find the word of God, but I did. Simple Faith saved my spiritual self. I lived in Walton for about 3 years, attended Simple Faith in its various places weekly, then moved to South Florida. I have not been able to find a church like Simple Faith here. I yearn for Ronnie’s thought-provoking messages and my Simple Faith Sundays!
Interestingly, it started with a path–both symbolically and physically. I had moved in with my aunt and her partner after my aunt’s stroke and was hungry for adventure. Point Washington was a far cry from my home in Memphis, TN, and I took to wandering (again both figuratively and literally). I’d seen the path many time as it wound its way through the Tucker Bayou woods, but never had I considered taking it until that day. Needless to say, I could not then, nor now, see the end, but the path beckoned.
It’s rather dark and heavily forested but as I neared the other end, as with the best of paths, a light shown through. There stood a simple Quonset hut, at the time, home to Nancy Gross’s Gentle Yoga class. We met. Hungry for all the class had to offer, I attended religiously.
Nancy began to tell me about her church of nomads and, having had the wanderlust my entire life, I was drawn to the story. Several weeks and a Google map adventure later, I found myself on the upstairs back row of a hideous green building on 30A, singing my heart out and tapping my toes. I was home. Where ever A Simple Faith was to lead me, I would follow. I’ve never looked back except to thank God for that crooked little path that led me back to him.
From the heart, Sherri Green Stephens
OUR NEW HOME!
new bible study beginning in late august!
Come back often to check for details! For information, or questions: email Jen at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jump Start into Positive Health – FREE!
Hi! I am Melanie Stewart, a Holistic Nutritionist and Health Coach specializing in human digestion and the importance of eating REAL foods the RIGHT WAY. I have an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science and a Master’s Degree in Holistic Nutrition. I am also an experienced educator, author, counselor/coach and public speaker and I invite you to join me for a FREE SEMINAR!
august 26 @10:00 am
A Simple Faith Church
No matter what your wellness goal(s) – healthy eating, weight loss, improved cholesterol ratios and/or triglyceride levels, reduced markers for inflammation, stabilized blood sugar levels, reduction in the need for medications, even reversal of the disease process, or maybe you just want to feel GREAT, you are sure to gain something positive from our time together!
Jump Start to Positive Health and Healing through the Power of 3
Nutrition 101 – No matter what or how much you eat, if you are not absorbing the nutrients from the food – YOU ARE AT RISK! Learn tips and techniques that will make you feel great while you maximize your health and minimize your waistline!
Understanding Digestion – No matter how serious the message, it goes down a bit easier when it’s fun! We’ll take a ride through the digestive system that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat!
Meal Planning – Many of us were taught to include every food group at every meal. This a digestive nightmare! It requires just a bit of rearranging to work with our perfectly designed system and, fortunately, it’s easy!
This presentation is a call to action!
People don’t just listen, they get emotionally connected, excited and ready to change!
“Melanie Stewart is one of the most knowledgeable and entertaining speakers l have ever had the pleasure of hearing. She explains complex digestive workings in terms that both amuse you and make you think.” – Cyndi Talty
“Melanie’s simple techniques for healthy eating combined with explaining how our bodies function is inspiring and LIFE CHANGING, even for people who are well versed in healthy eating!” – Kim Ryals
“Melanie is an engaging speaker and is able to easily communicate complex nutritional information into practical and easy action steps that you can implement into your life immediately.” – Susan Shipley
“Mel really knows her stuff and does a superb job communicating and encouraging. I deeply enjoy the group dynamic of the workshop and recommend participation by both men and women.” – Rick Wimberly
DIRECTIONS: Turn north on Blue Mountain Road, at the new traffic light on Hwy 98. Take the first left turn into Blue Mountain Beach Industrial Park. We are in the second building on the left.
“Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.” Isaiah 55:2
“The Traveling Twenties”
(AKA Random Acts of Kindness)
It started one day with an eye-opening realization. Not everyone had enough to eat or a friend or smile or heat or even a place to lay their head at night. Everyone was different. Everyone was in need and some were in need more than others. Twenties found their way into some very interesting adventures when they were put into the hands of those who cared but were unable to do. Those people then put twenties into the hands of those who saw but didn’t have twenties to give. When hearts say help and God says move, adventures are soon to follow!!!
Adventure 14: A Little Hope
Sometimes there is no story. Sometimes you go by so quickly you can’t even read the sign. Sometimes the only words exchanged are thank you. But what drew you in, what made you make a U-turn, what caused the interruption in your day was the picture your mind and heart saw. The couple sitting on the corner. Both had to be hot and worn out and her head was leaning on his shoulder. And you just had to share a little hope.
Can we talk???
If you would like to have a Chat With Cyndi Talty call 850-585-0370
and plan to meet with her.
You are invited to a Gentle Yoga Class with Nancy Gross, MS, RYT200+ Monday classes at A Simple Faith now will be at 11:15 am and Thursday at 8:30 am. Classes at 769 Eden Drive, Point Washington, Florida 32459 will be on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday at 9:00 am. Please call or email your questions and reservation. 850-797-6926 or email@example.com
calling all writers!
If you have read a book that you would like to share and which would be appropriate for our Readers’ Corner please send me the title and name of author!
If you are a writer, columnist, or author (or you simply just enjoy writing!!) and would like your work to be featured in the READERS’ CORNER, please let us know! we’d love to have you!!!
All Is Grace: A Ragamuffin Memoir by Brennan Manning
It has been over twenty years since the publication of The Ragamuffin Gospel, a book many claim as the shattering of God’s grace into their lives. Since that time, Brennan Manning has been dazzingly faithful in preaching and writing variations on that singular theme – “Yes, Abba is very fond of you!”
But today the crowds are gone and the lights are dim, the patches on his knees have faded. If he ever was a ragamuffin, truly it is now. In this his final book, Brennan roves back his past, honoring the lives of the people closest to him, family and friends who’ve known the saint and the sinner, the boy and the man. Far from some chronological timeline, these memories are witness to the truth of life by one who has lived it – All Is Grace.
Communion Servers:Contact Barbara Tape to serve communion: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesdays, The Prayer Boys meet at 8:00am. Contact Kevin Simonsen at 970-259-1748 or email@example.com
Mentor – Become a mentor to a child in South Walton County today!
Please add my good friend John Howard to the list. He is the plant manager at Butler Elementary and had a work-related accident on Friday and had to be transported to Bay Hospital. He has some serious broken bones and internal bleeding. He is in his early 60’s and was planning on retiring in Jan. I know he would appreciate all our prayers.
Please pray boldly! Philip and Linda Singleton’s son Ashley had a 4-wheeler accident yesterday afternoon. He has a blood clot on the front of his head which hopefully will dissolve. The problem is spinal fluid blood… no way to drain, no way to repair and is life threatening. Prayers please for him to survive. They don’t know how much damage to his brain was done or his spine. He will be a minimum of 6 weeks in ICU in a trauma unit in Columbus, GA. Please pray for Ashley and his new baby 7 weeks old and his precious wife Natalie.
Please pray for my father Don and mother Kate as they transition to assisted living at Grand Boulevard. My dad started rehab after a stay in the hospital July 4th weekend. Don has Parkinson’s and requires daily assistance. Kate is very active and will be looking for new activities (such as card playing) to make new friends. They have moved from St. Petersburg, where they lived very close to my brother, Kris and his girlfriend, Cindy. Please pray for all of us, as we all adjust to the new living situation for my parents.
Blessings, Kevin and Denise Simonsen
5 rounds of chemo, 4 blood transfusions, 2 platelet transfusion, 2 cryoprecipitate transfusions, 2 bone marrow biopsies, 3 spinal taps, 2 weeks in the hospital & 19 blood withdraws. Scotty is officially in FULL REMISSION!!!!!! We will now spend the next 3 1/2 years keeping this beast of a disease at bay. Thank You Sacred Heart and Nemours for all the wonderful care. WHO SAYS PRAYERS DON’T WORK? Let’s all continue encircling Scotty with prayer!
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When you order go to smile.amazon.com and put in the charity name “His Children Kevil Kentucky.” Amazon will donate 0.5% of your order total to the organization. It will help provide supplies for “His Children.”