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Brett Hardaway shares his story of God’s redemption in his life over drugs, alcohol and other wordily things.  Watch now to hear a powerful story of grace and power in one of out college student’s lives!

May 18, 2016

Unlikely: Equipped to Spread the Word

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Shy and intimidated. Unequipped, unqualified, and unlikely.

Christy felt just like most of us when it came to sharing God’s Word to those around her. She took a leap of faith, stepped out in obedience, and did something she never thought she would. Through the method of Discovery Bible Study, which takes the role of the teacher out and asks questions that make the participants discover what is says for themselves, she felt equipped, capable, and inspired to do what she felt she was called to do. She believed “the Spirit of God illuminating the Word of God is enough to produce the people of God.” She asked a few of her coworkers to do the study with her, and by the end of one study, they are planning to meet again as soon as possible in a bigger room. All of them were asking questions and completely bought into it what God was doing through their Bible study in their workplace.

Jennifer found herself in a similar position. She is a professor who teaches on Tuesdays at a local university. After going through our Engage class, she started to begin her class with an oral DBS. She asks questions like, “What does this passage say about God, Man, and Obedience?” and allows the class to call out answers as a whole. She’s taking her beliefs seriously, and having the courage to share the Good News when it might not be the norm.

Both women have extreme belief and courage, and are examples of how God equips the unlikely to spread His Word. 

July 16, 2015

LHBC in NYC: Mobilizing Ministry

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God is at work in New York City, and Long Hollow members are joining in.

Butch and Maribeth, a part of the Long Hollow family, are with the North American Mission Board in New York City and serving this summer as the City Coach to 53 NAMB GenSend college interns, of which our very own, Ashton Redden, is one.

Gordon Baines, a Long Hollow member and NextGen director of Final Command Ministries, a strategic missions partner of Long Hollow, along with Long Hollow missions intern, Ryan O’Neal, had the opportunity to visit Butch and Maribeth Burns this past week in Brooklyn, NY. Gordon and Ryan trained these students in Discovery Bible Study and Disciple Making Movements this past Wednesday, as they prepare to canvas their areas in NYC with the gospel.

“We can’t wait to hear the stories,” said Ryan O’Neal. “These interns really caught the vision and many of them said they were incredibly thankful of learning about the DBS, and excited to use it.”

After just a couple of days, already a team of NAMB interns experienced the Discovery Bible Study as a team to practice, and others were identifying people in their community, including a single mom, that they could walk in discovering God through His Word with the DBS.

From waving at locals in the streets of Brooklyn to meeting with church planters in coffee shops to overseeing 53 NAMB GenSend interns, Butch and Maribeth are in full stride serving the Lord in New York City. God is using them tremendously in a city where only six percent of the population is evangelical Christians, which has increased over the past few years.

In addition, Cullen Hicks is in New York City with Metro New York Baptist Association (MNYBA), serving as an intern working alongside a church planter in Queens.

The Long Hollow family is incredibly grateful for Butch, Maribeth, Ashton, and Cullen’s obedience and willingness, as they are a witness to us all.

As for the NAMB summer interns that Gordon and Ryan were able to train in DBS and DMM, this is just the beginning for them as they walk with the diverse community of New York City in discovering the God of the Bible. Pray for God’s Word to speak, bring dead souls to life, and to transform this city.

If you want to read and learn more about Butch and Maribeth Burns’ ministry, as well as many other Long Hollow Baptist Church missionaries go to http://longhollow.com/mobilize/.

If you want to know more about what God is doing through Discovery Bible Study and Disciple Making Movements, consider attending the Disciple Making Movements Experience July 16-17, 2015 at our Hendersonville campus.  Visit www.dmmexperience.com for more details.

July 1, 2015

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