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A New Thing: A Story of Baptism

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God’s prompting is one of the greatest mysteries to embrace that leads to life change. Here is a story from our week of spontaneous baptisms told by Wendy Taylor:

One afternoon I was kneeling at my bedside praying. I wanted to be in the center of where God was at work. While I was praying, there was a knock at the door.  

My son Zac, said, ”Mom, there is a lady at the door.”  In my head I thought, “Who could it be and how am I going to explain why my eyes are red and puffy?”.   She said, “My name is Sheree.”  

“I have been watching your family and noticed how you all enjoyed each other.” Sheree explained that the Holy Spirit had directed her to come knock on my door. Sheree proceeded to tell me she just wanted to be in community– in a small group.  Little did she know that God had already been at work in my heart about starting a small group in our apartment.

I shared with Sheree that I had been praying to be a part of what God was doing and that Sheree was the answer to that prayer. Only God can bring someone to your door, whom you have never met before, that asks to be in small group with you.

We began Discovery Bible Study on Thursday nights at 6:00.  We meet every week.  Sheree even began to use the comprehension part of DBS in her English classes at school. The students ate it up. She then started a DBS group at her school. She began to tell everyone about small group. Then, Sheree decided to start attending Long Hollow.  When Pastor Robby began preaching on baptism, the Holy Spirit prompted her, and when Pastor Robby asked if anyone wanted to come forward, Sheree knew it was God calling her to be baptized.  

God is doing a new thing in Sheree’s life.  She is standing in the legitimacy, authority, and position of a covenant daughter of Christ.  She is a princess of The King, and she has a love relationship with Jesus that infiltrates every aspect of her life.

November 23, 2015

Serving is the Real Gift

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At Long Hollow, we want our single moms to know how much they’re admired and appreciated. It’s a pleasure to offer The Gift again this year to help with that!

Saturday, December 5 Nashville-area single moms are invited to join us for breakfast and lunch, unique sessions created especially for single moms, quality programming for your children (6 weeks old-5th grade), giveaways, and more. Jackie McDonald has served at the Gift in years past, and cannot wait to be a part of it again. She tells us more about serving at the Gift below:

The first time I was able to serve at The Gift was two years ago. I had heard what a great event it was and what a blessing it is to so many single moms, but I had no idea the impact it would make on my life. It TOTALLY WRECKED me and broke my heart as I heard so many stories from these ladies. I have met ladies from all walks of life, all ages, and in all different situations. Some have shared how this event helped them get gifts for their children, connect with other single moms, gave them a day out with childcare, and one even continued to come to church and was baptized!

It opened my eyes to what God is calling us all to do. 

You see, for me, it didn’t just end with serving at The Gift. I felt compelled to do more.  On the way home, I kept thinking of the verse where Jesus said,”From everyone who has been given much much will be demanded; and the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” (Luke 12:48) The more resources, talents, and understanding we have, the more we are responsible to use them effectively. This does not necessarily mean financially, although it could.

As I prayed, I felt so overwhelmed and said, “But Lord we can’t help everybody.” I felt him say,” NO, but we can help just ONE.” And I was reminded of the story of the ONE sheep, the ONE coin, and the ONE son. This has been my prayer each year as I meet ladies at The Gift. Lord, just send ONE who needs to see YOU in some way. 

The Gift is one of the best ministries we have here at Long Hollow, and I can testify just from the two years I have been involved that I have seen the impact it has made on so many single moms lives. But it also has had a tremendous impact on my life. 

Being able to serve these ladies who are being both mom and dad is not a duty, but an honor I GET to do. I look forward to each year. 

You can sign-up to serve at The Gift this year at longhollow.com/thegift.

November 10, 2015

Liz’s Story: Steps of Obedience

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Our Sunday night outreach team at the Hillcrest Campus has been hitting the streets, bringing food and building relationships with their neighbors. Among these neighbors was a woman named Liz, who had just been in a car wreck that left her bedridden along with a husband who recently was diagnosed with cancer.  This family was in desperate need of hope. Knowing that Liz couldn’t physically make it to church, a group from Hillcrest decided to take church to Liz. Through prayer, worship, and an encouraging message, the Hillcrest team surrounded Liz’s family with the love of Christ.

Women then began meeting with her to do Discovery Bible Study. She began to dive into the Word of God like never before.  She started coming to church at our Hillcrest campus and recently got baptized surrounded by her newfound sisters in Christ.  In the midst of heartbreaking circumstances, Liz found hope and life in Jesus Christ and a community of believers who will walk alongside her on the road ahead. We celebrate with Liz as she stepped out in obedience to be baptized!

Praise the Lord for opening the hearts and homes of our Hillcrest neighbors! God is working in incredible ways in this community!

September 14, 2015

Divine Appointment: One Piece of a Bigger Puzzle

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God uses people in unexpected and mind-blowing ways. People all over Long Hollow are experiencing stories like this, where God puts together all the pieces to prepare the way for something bigger than ourselves.

“Some friends and I decided to try and get together for lunch.

We all have crazy lives and it’s difficult to get together. It had been about a year since we were all able to see each other.  

Everything worked out for us to get together one day. While getting ready, I felt like there was something different about this time. Experiencing God says to look for where God is at work and join him there…

I kept feeling like God was saying this was a divine appointment.

We met and while we were talking Africa came up. My friend said that God was giving her a vision for a new ministry in Africa. She said that she had not planned on talking about this just yet, but every time God brought this vision to her, Gene and I always came to her mind.

She said that there are many women and children dying daily in Africa because of the way the women give birth today due to lack of medical care. She said that ultrasound was the key.

So I took all this in and shared with Gene. He said, “You know I don’t want to go to Africa again right??” I didn’t want to go back either. 

I suggested he needed to call a guy that offered to buy our business 3 years ago that had the smartphone ultrasound devices. Gene said, “I am not calling him. I haven’t talked to him in three years, and he still owes me money. That would be awkward, and who knows what he did with them or if he still has them.”  That was  on a Sunday night.

On Monday morning, Gene text me and said, “You are not going to believe this, but the guy called me asking about respiratory therapist and was about to hang up when I asked him what he ever did with those devices.”

Well he said that they were up in his attic collecting dust. Gene told him that there was a possible new ministry about to begin in Africa that needed ultrasound. And he said absolutely! He had two grandchildren adopted from Africa and that he would be happy to help anyway he could. 

So he brought Gene the device, and Gene asked him for how much he would sell the machine. He said that he would donate all 10 if we needed them! That’s between $80,000-100,000!

We are expected God to do something huge next!”

-Gene and Stacey Spain

July 28, 2015

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

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

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