2017 Artist:  Exonerated

2017 Artist: Exonerated

Replenish Festival welcomes Exonerated back to the Replenish Festival stage on Saturday, July 8th, 2017!  The band joined us at our inaugural festival in  2015 and we are excited to have them back again.  🙂

In a time when so many acts sound the same, the band Exonerated, from the backwoods of Southwest Virginia, is changing the way that people view Christian Music. 

Coming on to the scene in 2009, they learned quickly that they needed to find a sound that was all their own but working on capturing a brand new sound would mean trying times, switching band members, and revisiting the band’s direction. Now that the band has a solid foundation,they have developed a sound that is turning heads everywhere! 

“We never want to loose focus on why we are in the Music Ministry, we have been called to share the gospel through our music and that is Exonerated’s main focus, always has been and it always will be,” states founding member, Frank Overfelt.

Listening to Exonerated you will hear influences from a variety of genres that have been skillfully meshed together to form a distinctive sound, such as heavy guitar rifts with strong southern over tones, solid drums, and clear smooth vocals all blended to give you an experience that will leave you wanting more.

Find out more about Exonerated by visiting the following links:

Website:  https://www.exoneratedmusic.com/

How to Deal with a Child Who Lies

How to Deal with a Child Who Lies

shared from iMom.com, written by contributor, Cyndi Barber

“It can be frustrating to have a sweet cherubic child lie right to your face. When my daughter was twelve, she would lie to me on a regular basis. While I was upset about the behavior, I was more disappointed by the lack of trust between us. I found myself being suspicious of everything she said. I didn’t like being the interrogator when I suspected she was being untruthful. When she was telling me the truth it was hard to believe her without corroborating evidence. I also saw the distance this dynamic was causing to our relationship.

“After getting advice from many sources and mentors on how to stop lying, I decided to try some pretty radical tactics to turn her around and help her become a trustworthy person. It took a lot of patience and tenacity on my part, but eventually, she did turn around and we became deeply connected in the process. I also wanted her to experience real life consequences of lying as an adult. Here’s what worked for me and my daughter.”

Pillow Talk:  Ask your kids, “Why do you think people lie?”

 
Relationships

Relationships

Guest Post by Richard Rogers.  Richard writes daily posts via his Facebook page.  Follow him on Facebook here.

Life is all about relationships, the ways in which we connect with each other or how we behave toward or deal with other people. We, as human beings, are social creatures. We need each other! We all require love, encouragement, support, fellowship, and the myriad of other benefits that are possible because of relationships. In fact, our relationships with others help to mold and shape how we view ourselves in relation to the world around us. Attesting to the importance of relationships is an abundance of evidence that when people are isolated from social interaction for extended periods—such as enduring the punishment of solitary confinement—they can suffer detrimental emotional and psychological effects. Our relationships help to define who we are as individuals who are social by nature. The conglomeration of these relationships or human associations and the conventions, institutions, and patterns of thinking and behaving resulting from them is what we call society! Human relationships date back to the Garden of Eden when God said: “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” (Genesis 2:18) Life is all about relationships with other people, and everlasting life is all about a relationship with one man—the only One who has ever walked on earth as both God and man—the Lord Jesus Christ!!!.

Just as positive associations with other people are essential to our physical and emotional health, we all desperately need to enter into a relationship with Jesus, our Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer, through whom we have the exclusive opportunity for communion and fellowship with the heavenly Father. Of all the bonds that we will ever develop, emphatically, the most important one by far is a relationship with the Savior of mankind, the Son of the living God, Jesus Christ! It is absolutely essential that each of us has, not just a knowledge of, but a personal relationship with Christ. Not our good works, not our service to others, nothing else can do it—the development of this one relationship or the failure to do so alone will determine whether we spend eternity in God’s presence in an unimaginably glorious paradise called heaven or eternally separated from Him in an equally real place of everlasting punishment called hell. In this earthly life it is essential that we choose and develop our relationships carefully. Likewise, our eternal security hinges on wisely choosing to open our hearts to receive Christ who longs to come inside and fellowship forever with you and me. Jesus, who died that we might have life, extends to all this invitation: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. (Revelation 3:20) Faith opens the door to an outpouring of God’s grace and an everlasting relationship with Christ Jesus!

3 Benefits of God’s Waiting Room

3 Benefits of God’s Waiting Room

We as human beings are likely one of the most impatient creatures of all.  As Americans in our culture we are continually being taught that we don’t need to wait.  Everything is becoming faster and more instantaneous.  Remember film cameras?  It’s a lot of fun developing black and white film, watching and waiting as that image comes to life on paper.  I remember several years ago, before I acquired my own digital camera, I was at a festival and taking pictures.  There was a very cute little boy that had spiked-up hair and I asked to take his picture.  After getting permission and clicking the shot, he immediately asked, “Can I see?” to which I had to explain that this was an “old fashioned” camera and I had to wait to develop my film.  

As women, we find ourselves waiting lots, also.  We ask and wait for a loving man to be our partner for life.  We ask and wait for a baby… remember how long Sarah and Abraham waited?  Then we do have children, we find ourselves waiting in the middle of the night for the fever to come down… waiting for that day when they are finally out of diapers… waiting for when they can finally do a few more things for themselves… and then waiting for them to get back home from their first driving experience alone… and when they grow up and move out… waiting for them to call or come by.

Christians will often find themselves having to wait.  And it’s not always a pleasant experience. Waiting for God to direct you has got to be one of the hardest disciplines to master, and I’m not sure that any of us will ever master it.  Today’s blog share comes from Lifeway.com and reminds just some of the benefits of waiting on God.

From the blog:

“Waiting is a common activity for those who passionately follow God. When we face unpleasant, fear-inducing circumstances, we must face them with faith in the God who’s watching over our lives.”  

Read the full blog post on the 3 Benefits of God’s Waiting Room by Pete Wilson here: http://lfwy.co/2oD8iy5

Public Opinion

Public Opinion

Guest Post by Ray Kingrea of  Tree of Life Ministries
Pastor Kingrea writes “The Journey” posts daily via his Facebook page.  Follow him on Facebook here.

The JOURNEY:  Public Opinion

James 2:1 MSG — My dear friends, don’t let public opinion influence how you live out our glorious, Christ-oriented faith.

There it was, sticking out like a sore thumb. The very words of the scripture were flashing like a neon sign. There will always be some scripture that stands alone in its direction and force for our lives. I think this could be one of those scriptures.

James doesn’t even beat around the bush. He does let you know that you’re a “dear” friend, but after that he gets straight to the point, “don’t let public opinion influence how you live out”…your faith.  

Our “glorious Christ-centered faith is really all we have that makes us complete, whole, holy, steadfast, immovable, trustworthy, solid, and eternally safe in the end. Without our faith we shift with “public opinion”.  Public opinion can change at the drop of a hat. It can alter views and beliefs of the absolute authority of the Word. Public opinion can shift values and morality based on the Word.

James wants us keep our faith Christ-centered not public opinion driven. Think of it like this; Christ was never moved by public opinion and neither should we. He was a friend to anyone and everyone who would receive Him, but He always sought to move them to a faith centered around Him. That should be our goal, to help change the opinion of culture about Christ and move them to a life centered around Him. Don’t let the shifting winds of public opinion move you. Develop a strong “glorious, Christ-centered faith” and stay with it. It will keep you and it save you!