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2015 NC FEW Conference | Part 3

Posted by The Neely Team

Mar

31

Music – what a blessing to see so many young ones using their gifts for the glory of God!

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Meals – the joy of fellowshipping together around delicious food!

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2015 NC FEW Conference | Part 2

Posted by The Neely Team

Mar

31

Sessions – a time to hear from the LORD through the preaching and teaching of His Word

“Living in Jesus’ Name”

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“The Journey of Love” (Ladies’ session)

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Young People’s Testimonies – “An Attitude of Gratitude”

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Children’s Session – “In EVERYTHING Give Thanks!”

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Chalk Talk – “Eagles and Expectations”

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2015 NC FEW Conference | Part 1

Posted by The Neely Team

Mar

30

We are often asked, “What is a Family Encouragement Weekend?”

In our culture today, many families feel alone in the walk of life to which the LORD has called them.

Many feel discouraged about a lack of likeminded fellowship.

Many wonder if following the commands, principles, and patterns of Scripture for home and family life is really worth the sacrifice it involves.

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In short, a Family Encouragement Weekend (FEW Conference) it is a weekend conference organized with the simple goal of encouraging families who are seeking to follow a Biblical pattern of family life.

Because… we all need encouragement. We all need strengthening in the race we call the Christian life. We all need reminders that Christ, Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling (2 Tim. 1:9), is indeed faithful and has promised to bring to completion the good work that He has begun (Phil. 1:6).

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And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. Colossians 3:17

What a true joy it was to participate in the NC FEW Conference earlier this month! The LORD’s hand of blessing was abundantly evident, and for that our hearts are filled with gratitude.

Throughout the course of the weekend, whether in teaching from the Word, family prayer times, character-building activities, or fellowship together, a spirit of oneness in Christ was beautifully seen.

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In the forthcoming series of posts, we hope to give you a little glimpse of the joyous time the LORD granted us together. May He receive all glory and praise, because He alone is worthy!

 

For information regarding the WV FEW Conference coming up this summer, please contact us.



Gen2 Conference

Posted by The Neely Team

Feb

21

What a blessing it was to journey northward a few weeks ago to take part in the Gen2 Conference! Hosted by Generations with Vision (taking place at the Creation Museum), this conference focused on the millennial generation and why a large percentage of it is walking away from the faith.

Sweet fellowship with many dear friends —

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The sessions, presented by Kevin Swanson, Daniel Craig, Ken Ham, Rick Boyer, Norm Wakefield, Brian Ray, Woody Robertson, Israel Wayne, and many others, left us challenged and encouraged. May we each, in the coming days, not only reject the apostasy that is sweeping our culture, but continue pressing onward in the strength of the LORD, seeking His grace, and pursuing lives of godliness for His glory and the expansion of His Kingdom.

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An added joy was that Matthew & Amanda were able to join us for the weekend! We treasured the opportunity to minister in song a couple of times throughout the conference, and having them there to participate with us again blessed us immensely.

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Special thanks to Sarah Bryant for the use of her photos!



Watchword for 2015

Posted by Kathryn

Jan

11

Dad found the following message (given by Charles Spurgeon in 1875) a few weeks before the Christmas season this year, and shared it with us at dinner one evening. Realizing that it would correspond nicely with the music program we were planning to present in several churches throughout the holidays, we added it to the plan. (As a result, we had the privilege of hearing him read it numerous times.) Throughout the days since then, the LORD has used these thoughts to encourage and bless me repeatedly.

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God With Us

“They shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” Matthew 1:23

If Jesus Christ be “God with us,” let us come to God without any question or hesitancy. Whoever you may be, you need no priest or intercessor to introduce you to God, for God has introduced Himself to you.

Are you children? Then come to God in the child Jesus, Who slept in Bethlehem’s manger. Oh, ye grey heads, ye need not keep back, but like Simeon come and take Him in your arms, and say, “Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation” (Luke 2:29)… Oh man, God comes to you as one like yourself. Do not be afraid to come to the gentle Jesus. Do not imagine that you need to be prepared for an audience with Him, or that you [lack] the intercession of a saint or the intervention of priest or minister. Anyone could have come to the babe in Bethlehem. The horned oxen, I think, ate of the hay on which He slept and feared not. Jesus is the friend of each one of us, sinful and unworthy though we be. You, poor ones, you need not fear to come, for, see, in a stable He is born, and in a manger He is cradled. You have not worse accommodation than His; you are not poorer than He is. Come and welcome to the poor man’s Prince, to the peasants’ Savior. Stay not back through fear of your unfitness; the shepherds came to Him in all their dishabille. I read not that they tarried to put on their best garments; but in the clothes in which they wrapped themselves that cold midnight, they hastened just as they were to the young child’s presence. God looks not a garments, but at hearts, and accepts men when they come to Him with willing spirits, whether they are rich or poor. Come, then! Come, and welcome, for God indeed is “God with us”…

Now, my brethren, to you is the last word: let us be with God since God is with us. I give you for a watchword through the year to come: “Emmanuel, God with us.” You, the saints redeemed by blood, have a right to this in its fullest sense, drink into it and be filled with courage. Do not say, “We can do nothing.” Who are ye that can do nothing? God is with you. Do not say, “The church is feeble and fallen upon evil times” – nay, “God is with us!” Whatever is possible or whatever is impossible, Christians can do at God’s command, for God is with us. Do you not see that the word, “God with us,” puts impossibility out of all existence? Hearts that never could else be broken will be broken if God be with us. Errors that never else could be [proven false] can be overthrown by “God with us.” Things impossible with men are possible with God… Let us live with it upon our hearts: “The best of all, is God with us.”

There is a new year ahead. The days will, undoubtedly, hold uncertainty, pain, joy, difficulty, triumph, and blessing. May we walk forward with confidence in our loving Emmanuel… remembering that God is with us.

A little late... Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from the Neely and Wilkes Teams!



Nov

19

What a great joy it was to attend the 2014 Family Economics & Mentorship Conference in Hampton, VA, this past weekend! How can one summarize, in a short post, several days packed to bursting with encouragement, solid, Scriptural teaching, and precious fellowship?! Perhaps the best way to attempt this feat would be to merely touch on the highlights of the event.

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Special thanks to Matthew for loaning his darling wife and baby to us for the week while he returned home for work… having Amanda back as an active part of the Neely Team was such a joy! Matthew joined us for the last day of the conference, and what a blessing it was to be all together again.

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Sessions:

Each session, presented by Christ-centered, dynamic speakers such as Kevin Swanson, Eric Weir, Steve Riddell, Daniel Craig, Gregg Harris, Anne Miller, and Rick & Marilyn Boyer – was spiritually refreshing and highly practical. Topics included entrepreneurship, sales, godly character, marketing, mentorship, family life, and communication. We all left inspired, convicted, challenged… and ready to continue pressing onward in our various ministries, businesses, and family lives for the glory of our Savior and the advancement of His kingdom.

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Music:

What an honor it was to be able to minister through music during the conference! Special thanks to David Craig for all of his work in organizing this. His forethought and consideration allowed everything to run smoothly, and left us feeling welcomed and cared for. The music of the Craig and Roche gentlemen was also an incredible blessing to us.

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Vending/fellowship:

Participating in the vendor hall a perfect opportunity to get to know many precious families. The sweetness of the fellowship was a reminder of the eternity that awaits those who have trusted Christ – to live for endless ages sharing the common bond of His love will be unspeakably glorious! This weekend was truly a foretaste of that bliss. Friday evening, the conference team graciously hosted a pizza party for all of the attendees, allowing for even more fellowship to take place (imagine seeing a total of about 110 Domino’s pizzas piled on serving tables — quite a delicious sight! Smile).

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And, last but certainly not least, the staff at the Holiday Inn Express (where many of the conference attendees resided) also largely contributed to the joys of the weekend. Professional, accommodating, kind, and incredibly friendly, they were used of the LORD to bless many of us.

A final summary… We praise the Lord for His merciful kindness so clearly manifested this weekend on our behalf, and look forward to returning home to apply what we have heard and learned. May He remain preeminent in all of our endeavors.



2014 Family Fun Night

Posted by The Neely Team

Nov

11

Hello everyone! Yes, we’re still here… alive and well and rejoicing in the goodness of the LORD as He continues to fill our days according to His perfect plan. So sorry for the delay between posts recently.

Here are the photos from this year’s Family Fun Night (though, somehow, in the busyness of the hours, the camera was strangely neglected by all of us and we only have a few to share). Despite rain that threatened to cancel many of the activities that had been planned, 70 people still made their way to our home for the festivities and the LORD mercifully saw fit to move the rain onward just shortly after the fun began. An evening filled with precious fellowship, uproarious laughter, hilarious games, and delightful snacks followed, and we pray that everyone went away, as we did, with joy in their hearts and gratitude to our loving Heavenly Father for His goodness.

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Enjoy this lovely autumn season through which we are passing! May the blessings of the LORD rest upon you as you take note each day of His abundant mercies toward us.

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A few weekends ago, the Lord gave Jessica and me the incredible (and delightful) opportunity to participate with viola and violin in the accompanying orchestra for the Calvary Quartet 20th Anniversary concerts. Under the skilled direction of Dr. Tim Fisher, our humble and hilarious conductor, and surrounded by the hospitable kindness of the Academy of Arts staff (the concerts were held in the Logos Theatre at the Academy’s campus), we thoroughly enjoyed and greatly benefitted from these events. We pray they brought much glory to our Savior and were an encouragement to the hundreds of people that attended over the course of the two evenings.

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How grateful we are to have had this experience, as well as for our dear family’s support through the process.

Also, special thanks is due to the Kendall family, who graciously hosted our entire Team for two weekends – plus an extra day for us older ones – so that we could attend the rehearsals and then have a “home base” for the concert days.

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A special ladies afternoon on the front porch in the lovely fall weather (complete with cappuccino, zinnias, sweet fellowship, and tons of laughter):

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“O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people. For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD.” Psalm 117



Happy Independence Day!

Posted by The Neely Team

Jul

11

… a little late! More details to follow soon, Lord willing…

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“Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD.” Psalm 144:15



Spring Update #4

Posted by The Neely Team

Jun

5

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We are immensely grateful to the Lord for putting us in the incredible neighborhood in which we live! The sweet people that surround us have become increasingly special to us through the years. What a joy it is to be able to serve each other, to bless each other with spontaneous gifts, to be there for each other in times of need.

One of our neighbors is retired from serving in the police force, where he developed expertise in training dogs used in service there, and so he has been able to offer us much helpful advice in the training of our German beauty. These tips have included a few of the “more fun” techniques, including learning to jump over hurdles and through windows on command. Recently, we joined him for an evening to work together on painting a new 8-foot dog jump! Though it was a simple project, seeing the team work and the enthusiasm offered by each person was a true blessing.

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So, may you be encouraged today to reach out to those around you, investing into their lives. It may be something simple – like a loaf of fresh banana bread, a plate of warm cookies, a sympathy card – that the Lord will use to touch their hearts and draw them nearer to Himself.

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Matthew 25:40