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Gallatin’s Lake Baptisms

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The Long Hollow Gallatin campus celebrated life-change once again at the annual Lake Baptism service in Old Hickory Lake on Highway 109 South.  Nine people, ranging from second grade to 43 years-old, were baptized with a huge crowd of supporters looking on. Three of those baptized were a mom, dad and daughter. An entire family stepped out in obedience to go public with their faith. In fact, adding the 9 people baptized at the lake to the 6 folks who were baptized on the Gallatin campus earlier in the morning, that day became LH Gallatin’s largest baptism day in the 10 year history. Praise the Lord for it all!! 

July 14, 2015

Whatever it Takes

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This is LH Kids volunteer, Charlie. On Sunday, September 14 he walked 2 miles from the Titans game in order to avoid traffic so his wife Hilary could quickly pick him up on the side of the road; all so they could make it to church in time to serve together during the Team PM 4:30 service. That’s the kind of folks who are committed to seeing our kids loved at Long Hollow! C’MON! 

September 16, 2014

Adopted: Into Heaven & on Earth

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We celebrated numerous baptisms on our campuses yesterday (Sunday, September 7), praise the Lord! We were especially touched for young Dillon to be baptized by his dad, Charlie in Gallatin.

See, not long ago, Dillon and his two brothers were in an environment that would have made it very difficult for them to learn about Jesus, much less accept Him into their hearts. But then, God prompted Charlie and his wife, Kinsley, to join with Jonah’s Journey and welcome all three boys into their home. We celebrate with the Smith family now, because these brothers have recently been legally adopted into this Jesus-loving family!

Can we even believe we get to witness, much less take part in God’s incredible Redemption Story, Church? Incredible!

September 8, 2014

Living Water Spilling Out

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This is the story of how a young girl named Olivia heard about Jesus here at Long Hollow. Olivia’s story begins with a lady who she had never met before, named Terri:

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Several months ago, Terri was struggling to find peace where she was in life. She really didn’t feel like going to church; and yet, God led her to give Long Hollow a try. Once she did, she was amazed at the amount of peace she found by being here. In fact, each week, she couldn’t wait to get back to church. It had become her weekly time to refuel. She said, “My time at Long Hollow – between the message, worship, and friendliness of people – has allowed me and my family one hour of peace and rest. I can put aside all my worries when I am here.”

After attending for a while, she heard Pastor David’s call for 400 people to start volunteering. Inside, she felt Satan whispering to her “No, you can’t do this. You are too busy. You have too much going on.” And all she could picture was Jonah trying to run away from God’s call. And she also felt like God was asking “Will you teach my children? Will you teach my children?” And finally she answered, “Yes”

Terri was so glad that she decided to serve. We have a quote of her saying, “I feel like the kids bless me more than I could ever bless them.” It also gave her an inside look into the kid’s ministry – which was important, because it made her feel confident to invite others to church, especially her friends with kids.

So, at this point in the story, Olivia is still nowhere to be seen. But Terri is attending Long Hollow and she’s plugged in serving with the children’s ministry. At this point, Terri invites one of her former coworkers, whose name is Nadalie:

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They had not talked in a while, so Terri decided to text Nadalie and check in on her to see how things were going AND to invite her to church for Easter. Nadalie was a little hesitant at first. She replied to Terri, “We have given up on church because the girls were so anxious about going into class. It’s just not worth the battle.”

Terri understood the hesitation, but didn’t give up because she already knew how good the children’s ministry was at Long Hollow. So, she told Nadalie, “If you will give church one more try, I promise you’ll find that there is no better place than Long Hollow to bring your kids. I am confident because I am a part of serving in the ministry and I know your girls will love it.

Terri’s text messages were a tipping point for Nadalie and her family to get back in church again. In fact, Nadalie and her husband got so excited about it, that they decided to start coming the week BEFORE Easter! They showed up on Palm Sunday with their daughter, Kerra, who originally had a lot of anxiety about attending church:

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After the first service was over, Kerra came running out of the Children’s service and said, “Mom! Can this please be our church?” She had absolutely LOVED it!

The second time they came was for the first Easter service in Hendersonville on Friday night. This time when Nadalie went to pick Kerra up from Children’s service, Kerra shared that she had asked Jesus into her heart that day! Nadalie was blown away. This confirmed to her why God had been calling her family back to church again.

So now, each week, Kerra loves coming to Long Hollow. She’s hearing the story of God’s love, she’s singing songs of worship to Him, and she’s discovering the value of her life. She loves coming so much that she eventually invited one of her neighborhood friends to church – another young girl named Olivia.

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And that… is how Olivia heard about Jesus at Long Hollow.

This story carries with it the same beauty of the Samaritan woman’s story in John 4: Terri experienced God’s peace firsthand, and was bold enough to tell others about it. And because she did, they came and experienced it themselves.

You see…
God has poured out His living water at Long Hollow,
so that the living water could get to Terri.

And He gave this living water to Terri,
so that He could also give it to Nadalie.

And He gave this living water to Nadalie,
so that He could also give it to Kerra.

And He gave this living water to Kerra,
so that He could also give it to Olivia.

And He gave this living water to Olivia,
so that right now, as you hear this story,
He could give this living water to you.

That’s the length that our God will go to reach us.

Jesus is saying to us what He said to that Samaritan woman: “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

June 4, 2014

Well Worth the Time

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Long Hollow member and Special Needs volunteer Casey S. shares her weekly experience in this touching story:

It is an absolute treat to get to hang out with the kids in the lhkidz Special Needs classroom every week. Each little person is uniquely wired to somehow make your day a million times brighter than when you first walked in the doors. Whether it’s a big, bright smile with an excited greeting, a bear hug, or getting to see them worship in their own way with true reckless abandon while visiting “big church for live music”, the whole experience is guaranteed to be a spirit-lifter.

Over the past two years these kids have taught me so much about what it looks like to freely love others like Jesus does. My buddies are incredibly special and will forever have a piece of my heart. I’m beyond grateful for them, their sweet families, and this incredible ministry! I would highly encourage anyone who has the slightest curiosity about serving in this ministry to stop in to meet the kids and volunteers, ask questions, & join in on the fun! It’s well worth your time and energy!

March 27, 2014

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