Sunday, August 31, 2008


I've been reading through the book of Hebrews. This morning I came to the very inspiring Chapter 11 in which the writer explores the faith of many of the Old Testament Heroes. One caught my eye more than the rest: verses 8-9 - "It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him... He went... and when he reached the land... he lived there by faith."

These words spoke to me. I am, like many of you, living them right now. Being called by God to a new place. And when doubt, struggle, or pain come into my life - without faith - my natural inclination is to retreat. But, I try not to live by my natural inclinations... I try to live by faith through the power of God's spirit living in me. And when I live by faith and keep my eyes focused on Jesus, on whom my faith depends, I can finish strong the journey for which He has created me (Hebrews 12:2).

Beginning next Sunday (September 7th), we will officially embark on this journey together. The Net Church will turn the page and begin moving full speed toward its Grand Opening in January 2009. We are blessed to have each one of you by our sides and look forward to the days and months to come! And so...

"Since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us." (Hebrews 12:1).

God Speed,

Ryan May

Saturday, August 30, 2008


What does a pastor, already living in the town he plans to plant in, do on Sunday mornings until the church officially starts? Church hops, of course! Selina and I will be visiting as many churches as we can during the next few months. We want to "broaden our horizons" and take in some denominational services with which we may be unfamiliar.

On previous visits to the city we had attended City Church (Church of God), Rock Point (a strategic partnership church affiliated with North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, GA), and Vineyard Church. All great churches to visit.

This weekend we are headed to Metropolitan Tabernacle. The church is self-proclaimed as "a Spirit-filled, non-denominational church, characterized by dynamic worship, supernatural miracles and relevant ministry for all ages...reaching people from all walks of life." We are looking forward to it! As for next week... who knows! Got any suggestions?

Tuesday, August 26, 2008


If you are in Chattanooga traveling East on I-24, you may notice a billboard in front of Rave Motion Pictures. It's a billboard that is quickly gaining some recognition. People who are logging on to take the survey are now telling us that they are hearing about us not only from the billboard, but from friends (i.e. word of mouth - the best advertising you can ask for!). We are also seeing a bump in hits on our church website. Just under 400 hits in the past 5 days!!

As for the survey, we are getting some pretty interesting responses! And I'm happy to report, we are getting responses from Christians and non-Christians alike. Our hope is that in addition to providing people a place to voice their opinions, those who take the survey will check out the church when we launch January 18th, 2009.

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