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CONNECT: Nancy Roach

Nancy Roach is our newest sister in Christ at Holly Hill. She was baptized on July 1 while attending Western Kentucky Youth Camp. In today’s CONNECT blog, we get to know Nancy a little better.

Nancy is the daughter of one of our elders, Robert Roach, and his wife, Carol. She also has three brothers that attend Holly Hill: David, Daniel and Andrew. She is a lifelong resident of Frankfort and attends Lexington Christian Academy in Lexington.

What do you most enjoy about Holly Hill church of Christ (or about being a Christian)? That there is a lot of things for the Youth to do together

What are your hobbies? Drawing and riding bikes

What special skills or talents do you have (personal or professional)? To cook and bake

What book (outside the Bible) have you read that will stick with you forever? Why? Soul Surfer because it is really inspirational for me and really anybody that you should never give up

What quality do you most appreciate in another person?Friendly

What man or woman has had the greatest influence on your life (and why)? My Aunt Linda because she likes some of the things I do and she is a very strong Christian woman that I can look up to!

Who are your favorite entertainers (musicians, actors, etc.)? My favorite musicians are mainly most country singers and some pop and Christian singers.

A perfect day for me would be: Lots of sleep and laying out at the pool and swimming and shopping at TJMaxx and Jcpenney 

What items are on your “bucket list”?

• Being a Personal Trainer
• A Nutritionist
• Be a Trainer on The Biggest Loser
• Go West
• See my Aunt Deediee in Texas


Thoughts on Unity

Unity is critical to the health and growth of each of us as individual believers and to the health and growth of our congregation.  The Bible is clear on this point.  David writes in Psalm 133:1,

“how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.”

Paul writes to the church at Corinth – a church that is wracked by division – and gives them a clear message of unity that “ye be perfectly joined (perfected) in the same mind and in the same judgment”.  We see how the restoration movement has been splintered and how even in our own community there have been splits.  Splits can be justified, but most division is caused over matters of opinion and brethren not having a heart filled with the love of Christ.  To avoid this we must strive to be peacemakers, practice the second greatest commandment, and pray.

It is essential to strive to be a peacemaker and this quality helps create an atmosphere that promotes unity.  Remember Christ’s words in the beatitudes “Blessed are the peacemakers”.   Too often we sow trouble and contention through our actions and our words.  God challenges us to embrace meekness, longsuffering, and forbearance.  Yet we often are arrogant, have a short fuse, and seem to delight in not extending mercy and kindness.  We must follow Christ, not Satan.

On a similar note we must practice the second greatest command:

“Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”

We have said it so much that it has lost its meaning.  If we treat brethren harshly, contemptuously, and gracelessly how can we expect to have a unified body?  Look in the mirror!  Examine yourself!  Are you not a sinner as well?  Remember this in your interactions with others.

We need to pray for unity.  We need to pray that we can better exemplify the qualities of a member of the kingdom of God .  Pray for yourself and for your brethren to have hearts and minds like Christ.  A unified body at the Holly Hill church of Christ will allow us to do even more work to glorify God.

Thoughts on Power

Christians constantly underestimate what we can do for the kingdom.  We forget who we serve.  We forget the words of Paul in Ephesians 3:20-21:

“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever.  Amen.” (ESV)

Consider what God is doing at Holly Hill.  He has blessed us with unity despite a merger, the leaving of a strongly supported minister, and a major construction project.  We have a beautiful facility that can be used in a variety of ways for the kingdom.  There is a strong community spirit and sincere desire to reach the lost for Christ.

I challenge you to use the spirit of Christ that is at work within you to do even greater things for the kingdom.  Attend Bible class, read your Bible, teach, discuss, be a person of the book.  Tell people what Christ has done for you.  Do not be afraid to spread the Good News.  Give with a cheerful heart; do not underestimate what you can give to the Lord.  Go out on a limb; get outside your comfort zone.  Remember that we serve a mighty God and that Christ lives within you.  This should give you the confidence to attempt and do things for the Lord that you cannot do on your own.  Imagine what we could accomplish as a congregation that got out of their comfort zone and allowed Christ to use them to turn the world upside down!

– Robert Roach

Thursday Thought

Today’s thoughts are from Robert Roach, one of the elders at Holly Hill.

Have you ever noticed how desperate people appear?  How alienated?  How unhappy?  And how many of these people are Christians?  Why is this?  One reason is that people do not have peace.  The peace that is the total well-being, prosperity, and security associated with God’s presence among His people.  It is fuller and more complete than what man could achieve under the best circumstances by his own efforts.  In the Old Testament peace was God’s gift that could be achieved by the Israelites if they kept the covenant. This state of peace was what God desired for man and Israel could achieve this desired state by keeping the covenant and it was lost due to Israel’s disobedience and unrighteousness.  In the New Testament peace is identified with Christ and is experienced by faith and there is complete peace with the second coming of Christ.  Individuals do not have peace in their life because they are separated from God and/or not taking advantage of this precious gift.

Christ brought another chance for man to know peace – a peace for his inner self and in man’s relationship with God.  Jesus’ gift of peace is the new covenant of His blood which reconciles God to man and forms the basis of subsequent reconciliation of men under Christ.  It is time for Christians to share this message of peace.  Share the message through telling people about the Christ.  Share the message by living lives that are not marked by desperation, not alienation, and not unhappiness.  Let people see the abundant life that we have in Christ.

“Therefore since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” – Romans 5:1 (ESV)