Being made new — a word from Kilby

Okay, you know that feeling when you go outside and work for a really long time. Or when you play basketball or football. The feeling when you come back sweaty, gross and greasy. If you are in a hurry, what do you do? You just put some deodorant or perfume/cologne and wait ’til later. We all know how long that lasts — not long at all!
But say you come inside, shower, wash your hair (if you have any to wash) and put on some fresh clothes. We all know this method works a million times better and lasts WAY longer. So why am I telling you this?
Well, this is how it is with our lives. Before Christ, we are a mess! We are bruised, cut up and weary. We always have a hole in ours lives. We try to fill it with worldly possessions — money, sports, school, etc. But do these things last? No, never. They are only temporary; and sometimes, they leave even bigger gaps than the before! Just like the deodorant or perfume you put on.
But once we truly, fully accept Christ, He permanently fills our gap — for good. He brings you such peace and happiness! He will cleanse you and make you new! He will remove your bruises, heal your wounds and strengthen your soul and mind. We need to grasp this and understand it. This is one of my favorite Bible teachings yet!
  – Kilby Holloway

Stay faithful — a word from Kilby

The other day, Tucker (my brother) had a football game. He was so hopeful and pumped up for the game. The only score made the entire game was from Tucker! The opposing team — Murphy — had double. But even after the game… I knew: Tucker was just happy that he was the One — the scorer (if that is a word).

And I don’t care that he lost. I know that he is happy. Tucker and me are close, and I know what that touchdown meant to him.

We are so awful at this: We say we are Christians, but when there is a trial, what do we do? What needs to happen is you love and serve Christ faithfully.
When you are in trials, or are the only one, still pursue hard after Christ! He will not “shun” you. You are His creation — He adores you. WOW! Just think, the Creator of the heavens and the earth, the Sustainer and the Satisfier loves you so much! What an amazing gift and honor. Don’t blow it!
  -Kilby Holloway

Who Wants Ice Cream?

I was riding down Main Street here in my little town of Andrews the other day. I had the kids sitting in the back of the teeny van and was feeling pretty Clark Griswold-ish, when we drove past Party Time. Now, if you don’t know about Party Time, then you have probably never been through Andrews. It is like Cold Stone, Little Caesars, and Blockbuster had a baby, then gave him steroids. It is THE destination for ice cream, pizza and movies in Andrews. But really it is all about the ice cream. I have four words for you… Extreme Moose Tracks Avalanche, baby. Oops, I think that was five words.
So as we drove by I yelled out “Who wants to go to Party Time?!”
In unison, my three kids yelled “ME!”
Duh. Did I really need to ask that question? I already knew the answer. But I just wanted to enjoy sharing the moment with them. I love to hear their hearts ‘desires. Is that not why we pray? I mean, God really already knows what we are going to ask, even before we ask. Jesus said so. But it is more about pouring out our hearts to our father. It is about intimacy. He already knows, but he wants to HEAR from you.
Go ahead. Talk to God. He wants to hear what he already knows. He loves us!