I’ve got to be honest with you—I used to cringe any time the church I was attending started a sermon series that focused on children. As a young single adult in the Church, I just felt like I was falling behind or was some kind of failure because that wasn’t the season I was in when others my age were in that season. So, when those Sundays rolled around I made it a point to not show up or fake a stomach ache when the sermon started. However, about five years ago that mindset changed. And I want to tell you why.Read More
Looking back over my life of 42 years, I can see my faith as it has ebbed and flowed. I think when I volunteered to write about faith God had a little chuckle. Here’s why: We are a family of 6. As we are trying our best to raise our 4 kids, my husband is going through a job transition that can make life tough. On this particular day, the hottest day of the summer so far, our dryer has broken, the pool pump is out of commission, my husband’s car has to be put in the shop for some overheating issues, and our air conditioner went out. While I realize all of those things are material, and not life or death, they are all things that must be repaired—and sooner rather than later!Read More
Today we are excited to announce Nick Perret as our new Generations Director of Vintage Church. Nick is born and raised in New Orleans, and in fact spent the majority of his childhood only a few blocks from our church ministry facility. Nick and his family have been at Vintage for many years and has served in various capacities at Vintage and other churches in New Orleans over the years. Since the Lord first drew Nick’s heart toward ministry, his passion has been to reach the young people of this beautiful city for His Kingdom. He believes they are the future.Read More
I have struggled to find my identity in each new stage of life—from childhood to motherhood. I felt this struggle most acutely through my connection with others, identifying myself as a good friend only by how much quality time and thought I put into each friendship.Read More
I tried so hard to stay “strong” and hold my emotions together, especially when visitors were present. I felt helpless and foolish when the tears flowed so unexpectedly. I was all over the place mentally and my thoughts raced non-stop. I felt broken and was experiencing exhaustion. It was difficult to even identify what I needed when friends would ask how they could help. I was at an all-time low.
Then stepped in community.Read More
In Vintage Church’s series, “Dependent,” we recently discussed the power of habits and even how to intentionally develop healthy habits. If you missed the kick off to this series—Redefine Yourself—visit vcnola.com/dependent to find that sermon as well as all other series resources. In Atomic Habits, James Clear outlines the “Habit Loop,” the process by which you and I develop habits.Read More
Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about habits. This direction began with a podcast—The Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast. On his podcast, Pastor Craig Groeschel interviewed James Clear, author of Atomic Habits. Originally I listened to the podcast simply as a way to grow in my leadership. However, that podcast has taken me on a journey researching and investigating the power of habit.
After listening to this podcast, I picked up Clear’s book and quickly read it. I then picked up another book, Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit and now I’m reading one more—Drew Dyck’s Your Future Self Will Thank You. After engaging all of these resources, my thinking shifted from leadership to spiritual growth. This shift in thinking led me to even adjust Vintage Church’s summer preaching series. Why this shift?Read More
Recently I was reading through the F260 Bible Reading Plan, and I came across a passage I had read before but that struck me in a unique way. I was reading 1 Corinthians 8 where Paul discusses the very foreign idea of eating food sacrificed to idols. But what struck me was what Paul said first:
“Now concerning food offered to idols: we know that ‘all of us possess knowledge.’ This ‘knowledge’ puffs up, but love builds up. If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know. But if anyone loves God, he is known by God” (1 Corinthians 8:1–3).Read More