Here’s my yearly list of local fall festivals around Mt. Juliet:

October 27th

Victory Baptist Church, 1777 Tate Lane, Mt. Juliet  Festival is from 3:30-7:30

Cloyds Cumberland Presbyterian, 595 West Division, Mt Juliet, Trunk or Treat, 5:00-7:00

Cooks United Methodist Church, 7919 Lebanon Rd., Mt. Juliet  Trunk or Treat starts at 5:30

October 28th

Hermitage Hills Baptist Church, 3475 Lebanon Rd., Hermitage, TN  Festival starts at 3:00

Fellowship at Two Rivers, 2800 McGavock Pike, Nashville, TN  Festival is from 5:00-7:00

October 31

Green Hill Church, 13251 Lebanon Rd., Mt. Juliet, TN Festival starts at 6:30

New Hope Baptist Church, 6010 S. New Hope, Hermitage, TN Trunk or Treat is from 6:00-8:00

First Baptist-Donelson, 2526 Lebanon Rd., Nashville, TN 6:00-8:00

First Baptist Church-Mt. Juliet, 735 N Mt Juliet Rd., Mt Juliet, TN Trunk or Treat from 5:30-7:30

The River Church, 224 Stewarts Ferry Pike, Nashville, TN Trunk or Treat starts at 6:30 p.m.

Tulip Grove Baptist Church, 563 Shute Lane, Old Hickory  Trunk or Treat from 6:00-8:00

If you know of others in the area close to Mt. Juliet, let us know!

My 2.5 year old son has learned to say, “I’m sorry Daddy.”  He says it so sweet that my heart melts when he says it.  It seems that he almost has the new idea that the “I’m sorry” words are magical and it erases the thing that he did wrong.  It’s like it’s ok to do something as long as you say, “I’m sorry” after doing it.

If he dumps out the dog food and says, “I’m sorry,” he thinks there are no consequences.  That worked for about a day, but I’m starting to think that he’s taking the transgressions a little lightly now.  I’m thinking that he believes by saying “I’m sorry” he can do the deed again in ten minutes.  I’m on to him now so I’ll encourage the “I’m sorry” words but I’ll also be taking steps to curb the behavior too.   (It would be easier if he wasn’t so cute, btw!)

I think we’re like that with our heavenly Father.   We think all we have to do is say, “Sorry God” and then go about our business without making any changes.

God’s grace and forgiveness is free but it isn’t cheap.

Our sin caused the murder of the Son of God.  Murder.  He paid the ultimate price for OUR transgressions.

An attitude of repentance is what God wants from us when we sin.  He wants us to turn from our sin.  Repentance is like a U-Turn.  You’re going one way, then you turn and go the opposite direction.

It seems that Satan has notes on every believer and he knows where we are weak.  Satan knows where we will fail and that’s where he attacks us.  Many believers are stuck in a pattern of sin and fall to the SAME sins just about every day.  They issue a “Sorry God” and continue the same path.  I admit it.  I’ve been guilty of taking sin too lightly at times too.

If we continue doing the same things today that we did yesterday, the results will be the same and the sin will remain.  If we ever want to grow in Christ and be used in a greater way by Him in His mission, WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH OUR SIN.

Get brutal.

  • If it’s a relationship that brings you down, break it off!
  • If you can’t seem to stop watching shows you shouldn’t watch, cancel cable.
  • If your marriage is in trouble, be relentless in making things right.  Get counseling.  Commit to a date night.  Whatever it takes.
  • If there is a secret sin that you’ve had for years, TELL SOMEBODY you trust and deal with it TODAY!

Don’t waste another day.  Be brutal with getting rid of your sin.  We aren’t expected to be perfect but we are called to be holy because He is holy.  He will help us but he won’t force us to love Him enough to obey Him.  If we love God, we will obey what He says.  That doesn’t mean we get to pick and choose.  Sure God offers grace, but He’s serious about that holiness thing.

Every parent wants the best for their kids.  One challenge is that even if you’ve raised other children, all of them are different and NONE come with an owner’s manual.  Sometimes we don’t even know what to pray.

I don’t know much but one thing that I have learned is that I can depend upon the Bible for advice and guidance in every situation, including raising my children.  God’s Word does not come back void!

Though I love it that God always hears my heart when I pray, sometimes we can pray things that aren’t really God’s will.  We think it’s the best thing but only God sometimes knows best unless He shows us.

When we pray Scripture for our children, we can rest assured that we are praying in line with God’s will.  My favorite passage to pray for my children over the years has been Philippians 1:9-11  It’s a passage that the Apostle Paul prayed for some people that he loved in the Philippian church.

You can pray it for your kids like this:

And this is my prayer: that (Insert Your Child’s Name)’s love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that (HE or SHE) may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ

How do you pray for your children?