Entries by David Yoder

Conquerors: Celebrating the FCC Story

We serve a speaking God. Jesus speaks to his church and reveals his will. Apart from this specific revelation of Christ, we would surely be lost. A local church in submission to Christ can surely expect to hear from him if she so desires. We did. We heard. The specificity with which we heard is […]


There is a European horse trainer that I really enjoy. His name is Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling. He is able to calm and train horses using body language and what he calls “authentic communication.” I grew up around horses and it is fascinating to see him work. In my life experience, I’ve never seen anyone do […]

Doing Good Work

Ephesians 6:5-8 Pauls tells us “Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling…” Say what?  Immediately questions come to our mind.  Should we not focus on doing away with slavery?  What if I’m asked to do something immoral?  What if the boss is a ‘jerk’?  What about human rights? At the core of these […]

Speaking the Gospel

Peter writes to a group of believers who are dealing with persecution.  He is very concerned that they have a clear path to responding rightly to their persecutors.  He details the way Jesus entrusted himself to the Father in the midst of persecution (1 Peter 2:23).  So believers, when persecuted are to render their trust […]

Discipling our Children

This message is designed to do two things:  1) call our parents to attention and 2) give vision and direction to continued parenting. I’ve enjoyed many conversations with friends in Williamson County.  Being a pastor I naturally take a pastoral interest in the parenting philosophies of our culture.  Parents are deeply concerned for their children. […]

Discipleship at FCC

In working through our Corporate Covenant, we come to that portion focused on discipleship.  What I would like to do is share some personal history, develop some definitions, and point the way forward for us as a people of God. As to personal history, here we go.  From the time I was born, I have […]

Healing the Heart

Jesus loves the church. There is no question but that Jesus loves the church, he died for her. So what does it look like when Jesus visits the church? The pic above was done by Warner Sallman, admittedly the art is a little dated. Many of us grew up with pictures of Jesus that characterized […]

Kept in Perfect Peace

You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you. Isaiah 7-8 records an amazing word which YWH gives to Isaiah and the faithful.  Two nations were preparing for war against Judah.  They were coming.  Fear was in the air, doubt, and distress were rampant.  This coming catastrophe highlighted the sources of salvation, […]

2016 Election

At least once a year our family travels from Nashville, TN to Mansfield, OH. We take I-65 to Louisville and then pick up I-71 which we take the rest of the way to Mansfield. When we get to Cincinnati I-71 joins I-75 south of the city (in KY) and then north of the city (in […]