Wednesday, March 26


There are two clips to finish the sermon from Sunday.  When life makes us weak, authentic followers of Jesus respond by praying!



Tuesday, March 25


Another clip from Sunday's message at Restoration…

What has happened in your life that is good?

Monday, March 24


This is a clip from yesterday's message at Restoration Christian Church.  When life is difficult, authentic followers of Jesus respond by praying.


 Questions to consider:

 1. How do I typically respond to difficult situations? 

2.  How does being an authentic follower of Christ make your life difficult?  

Monday, December 9

What do you think of this commercial?

It's 90 seconds long, but I would like to hear your thoughts on this commercial.


Monday, November 25


Really looking forward to the Christmas sermon series we will be doing at Restoration in December.  Just like socks & underwear... Jesus is the gift everyone needs, but not everyone wants. 

Here's a fun video we made as a teaser for the series...

Wednesday, October 30


I asked this question on Facebook yesterday.  I was curious after making my list who my friends would invite.  (I must say I was touched that some of my friends included me on their list.  Ha ha)  

My first draft included over 20 names, but I then narrowed it down to 5 living famous people I would enjoy having dinner with.

JEFF FOXWORTHY - You might be a redneck if you want to have dinner with Jeff Foxworthy.  If so, then I are one!   The guy is not only a comedian... he's an author, TV star, and all around good guy.  Besides being hilarious, Jeff does a lot to help others.  I loved learning the fact that Jeff teaches a Bible study on Tuesday mornings at a homeless shelter in Atlanta.   I think it would be a blast to hang out with Jeff.

GEORGE STRAIT - My favorite country singer of all time!  George is my favorite because he has proven consistent and stayed at the top of his genre for most of his career.  Most importantly, he has shown integrity in a business and time when it would have been easy for him not to.  I've always respected him since I learned while making the movie "Pure Country," George refused to kiss the actress in the movie, saying he would only kiss his wife.  That's the kind of guy I want to hang around.

JASE ROBERTSON - (actually all of the Robertson family would be great to meet!)  I enjoy the "Duck Dynasty" show on TV, but I have also enjoyed reading about this family and listening to them  share their faith and life with others.  I like how they take their faith seriously, yet they also have a lot of fun!  It's like they "get" what Jesus came to do... which was bring us life!  I respect Jase and his commitment to spend time with his family every day.  This has a huge impact on me as I'm preparing to be a dad.

DAVID CROWDER - The guy is a creative genius.  He's a talented musician and song writer.  And his stories from life in Texas are so funny, your side will hurt from laughing so hard.  If I was planning a "shindig," I would definitely want Crowder there!

WILL FERRELL - This guy is genius when it comes to comedy.  While I don't appreciate his raunchy material, "Elf" is one of my favorite movies.  And if you've never seen his 10 minute acceptance speech for the Mark Twain Award, he sets what I believe should be the standard for an acceptance speech.

Who would you invite to dinner?

Tuesday, October 15

Restoration Christian Church is 2 years old!

God has blessed us so much over the last 2 years at Restoration.  Here is a brief video we played before the sermon on Sunday...


Thursday, September 19


My mom unexpectedly passed away on Tuesday.   I'm still processing my thoughts and will share more later on the blog, but I wanted to go ahead and share her obituary with you.

Thank you all for the prayers and kindness you have shown to me and my family!

Ramona F. Allen

July 31, 1956 -- Sept. 17, 2013

HILLSBORO, Ohio — Ramona Fay Allen, 57 of Hillsboro, Ohio, formerly of Bedford, passed away at 4:19 p.m. on Tuesday at the Highland District Hospital in Hillsboro.

She was born at Dunn Hospital in Bedford on July 31, 1956, to Raymond and Fay (Brown) Pate. She graduated from Tunnelton High School in 1974, she married Kerry Allen on Aug. 2, 1974, at Mt. Pleasant Christian Church in Bedford and he survives, she was formerly employed by Ed Bousman Evangelistic Association, and assisted in the ministry at Person to Person Ministries in Hillsboro, she was a member of the Hillsboro Church of Christ.

Survivors include her husband, Kerry Allen of Hillsboro; two sons, Wade Allen and wife Amanda of French Lick and Chad Allen and wife Megan of Valparaiso; her parents, Raymond and Fay Pate of Bedford; one brother, Donnie Pate and wife Cheryl of Bedford; one sister, Sande Rech and husband Mike of Carthage; two grandsons, Malachi and Silas Allen of Valparaiso; her 3rd grandchild will be arriving in January 2014; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, great-nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Hillcrest Christian Church in Bedford. Burial will be in the Pinhook Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. on Friday at Hillcrest Christian Church in Bedford, and from 10 a.m. until the service on Saturday.

In Lieu of Flowers donations may be made to: Person to Person Ministries, P.O. Box 39, Hillsboro, Ohio 45133.  

Monday, July 29

Monday, July 22


This week is family camp week!  For as long as I can remember, my family has participated in HFC.  (Of course, now my dad is the director of the camp.)  It's a great week of fellowship, preaching and music.  I look forward to every opportunity I have to attend.  

Soon this pavilion will be filled with people...  

The camp kicks off tonight.  I'm praying for a great week!