Chinese Food

It’s spring break this week, and the majority of our youth ministry students are out on vacation. So I sent a Facebook message to a LeTourneau University student that I’ve been meaning to connect with: “Hey dude, I’m Brent Stafford the youth minister at LCC, want to grab lunch this week?  I’ll eat anything, what…

Riding off into the Sunset —– NOT!

Well, this is probably old news to many of you reading this. I announced to everyone at the congregational meeting Sunday evening that I will retire from full-time ministry at the end of 2016. Evidently, posting this makes it official. I told the elders this last fall about my plans. We decided the best venue…

Does a clay pot argue with its maker? by Bob Sieh

  Somewhere in this block of 1X1X3.5 inch wood there is a caricature rabbit. As a hobbyist woodcarver, I have to let it out.  Both my son, Jeff, and I started carving last year. Quite a challenge. You have to think in 3D. It is a slow process for me but I love it. Jeff…

The Real Fixer Upper

The Real Fixer-Upper “Do you have the guts to take on a fixer-upper?” If this line sounds familiar to you, it’s most likely because you have seen the popular HGTV show, “Fixer-Upper”. It is one of my favorite shows to sit down and watch in the evening. After all, who wouldn’t enjoy looking at 3…

Second Wind by Brent Stafford

When you serve in youth ministry, it can take a toll on your body.  Over the past few months I’ve started to have serious back pain, so I went to see a Chiropractor.  He asked me if I had any serious injuries over the past 3 or 4 years and I mentally tabulated all of…

Where’s The Kaboom? – by: Troy Bayne

Where’s The Kaboom? When I was a kid I loved watching Bugs Bunny cartoons!  In fact, I still laugh when I remember some of the scenes from those classics.  One such memory involves a strange little character from Mars named “Marvin the Martian.”  This little guy had great aspirations of destroying the earth with his…

Opportunity Knocks – by: Bob Sieh

I often stand in the hall of our community building and look east through the glass doors toward the old building. In the morning especially, one can look through the doors of both buildings and see clear through to the parking lot. The old building hall is long, the floor really shines, doors line both…

Celebrating 25 Years – by: Bob Sieh

In just a few weeks Longview Christian Church will celebrate her twenty-fifth anniversary. Why? What’s the big deal? Okay guys, try saying that to your wife about a wedding anniversary. It is important to celebrate wedding anniversaries because they represent our love for each other. It’s your love that makes it possible to navigate through…

Gifted & Given – by: Diana Bayne

Babies.  Aren’t they sweet?  We have several of these new sweet family members that have been born recently and we are having a dedication service.  What is a dedication service and why do we do it? “For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me the petition that I made to Him.  So…

Exploding Vans by: Brent Stafford

Exploding Vans My first trip as a full time youth minister (years before I came to LCC) was to take a van full of kids to a minor league baseball game.  At that time, I thought that I was no rookie, I had several years of youth ministry under my belt as a youth sponsor,…