Virginia

The Paxton House – History Comes Alive

The Paxton House was built between 1828 and 1831 by Elisha Paxton.

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Taped at the Paxton House in Rockbridge County VA May 2016…

Taped at The Paxton House in Virginia May 2015

This is a video taken at the Original Paxton House 6 miles from Lexington, VA.
Built by Elisha Paxton, General Paxtons Father, around 1832.
We were the first to tour it upon its Opening for the May 2013 Open House.
Len and Angie Paxton Productions

A Camp with Kingdom Impact -Thomas Road Outpost

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This October we were blessed with a tour of the Thomas Road Outpost Camp. This was very excited because we live in Northern Michigan and the Camp is in Lynchburg, VA and we have been giving to this project.

Before I tell you about the camp, I want to share about my camping experience. I don’t remember how old I was, but I was old enough that it made an impact on my life. But this impact was not a Kingdom impact. I was so excited to be going on this camping trip with my friends. I had some really close friends that we did everything together and this was going to be the best time, so I thought. We were going to go canoe on the Au Sable River in Michigan.

To keep this story short I will just hit the highlights. I had a leader who didn’t look out for us, instead he brought drugs to give us. Not really understanding the impact this was going to have on me, wanting to be a part of the gang, I participated. Little did I know he also had other intentions. This was horrifying and even as I write this I can’t even think of the details, even though I have been set free from my past, I have no use in giving those events another look except to use it as a stepping stone to tell you that experience was no “Kingdom Impact”. There are many children who need to be rescued from the chance of having that same experience.

That is one reason I am passionate about this camp. My husband is the other. He had a vision many years ago about a place like Thomas Road Outpost Camp. One that would give so many a great outdoor experience and reach them for the Gospel. When we visited the camp in October we took a four wheeler to the top of the mountain. Along the way we saw the cabins that are being built, the zip line area, the place they will be having outdoor survival activities, and so much more.

Thomas Road Baptist Church has been involved in camping programs for over fifty years. In March 2014 they were given 500-acre parcel of land in the midst of the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Peaks of Otter Region. It was donated to be repurposed as a youth camp with the emphasis of reaching at-rist youth from Virginia and the surrounding areas.  They also will be having Marriage seminars and other events.

Their focus is to reach thousand of children each year through Christ-centered camping experience in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. This is a place that children can leave the pressures and distractions of modern life behind and just be kids. They will experience camp life, have fun, but will be given hope and love. TRO encourages campers toward a life changing relationship with Jesus Christ.

Each year they receive thousands of requests from the area but are unable to house them due to the limited space. They have the potential to reach so many with The Gospel of Jesus, bringing hope and healing to them. So that is why I am writing this post. I am reaching out to whoever reads this to please consider giving to this worth while project. Help TRO make that “Kingdom Impact” to as many as possible. You can help change a life.

Check out their website: Click Here

 

 

FREE FREE CONCERT Aug. 24, 2014 – CHARLES BILLINGSLEY

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More Than Music

Lynchburg, VA – 08/22/2012
For Immediate Release- August 22, 2012 This Week at Thomas Road

TRBC Worship Pastor Charles Billingsley presents his 3,000th concert this weekend. He chose Thomas Road’s Worship Center as the place where he wanted to host it. It’s free and starts at 6:00 PM Sunday. With the 20-year anniversary of Charles Billingsley’s national ministry, this is a good time to feature his journey.

Despite being called to full-time Christian ministry in the 7th grade, Charles’ career in music began in an unlikely way, when a high school friend dared him to sing a solo in Sunday School. Though the solo was his first involvement in music, the performance impressed church leaders who later asked him to sing on various occasions. Even as a college student, Charles believed his ministry would be in the pastoral realm, but opportunities to sing continually arose. He performed his first concert the day after graduating from Samford University, and in his words he “never looked back.”

Charles’ diverse career includes performing with countless popular Christian artists. He has performed in over 1,900 churches and served as the full-time worship pastor for both Shadow Mountain Community Church and TRBC. Charles first connected with Thomas Road during the three years he was a member of NewSong, and in 2002 his family relocated to Lynchburg to join TRBC. After moving to San Diego to serve as worship pastor at Shadow Mountain, Charles returned to Thomas Road in February 2007. “It was kind of one of those God moments,” shared Charles. “When Dr. Falwell died three months later I realized why God had called me back here.”

From his acknowledgement that he’s more into sports than music and doesn’t think music ministry is vital to the life of the church at all, Charles defies stereotyping. “Music is not vital, but worship is vital. My job more than anything is to bring the people of God into the presence of God,” stated Charles. “The true function of the church is to love God and to draw others to Him, so the way we function as a worship department here is to try to do that—which means we want to do it with excellence and in such a way that it draws attention to the King of Kings and not to us. My one goal each Sunday morning is to open the door so people sense the presence of God enough in that room that it gives them a hunger the rest of the week to experience that in their personal lives.”

In 2009, Charles’ future in music ministry was threatened by surgery, an operation necessary to remove a polyp on his vocal cord. Though it was a difficult season in his life, Charles says he now values the experience highly. “Every once in a while God brings a bend in the road in which we have to refocus, retool and remember,” Charles said. “That was a good time for me to do that. I had to learn that my voice, my family, even my church are not my source of strength. I had to learn what it is to worship God without a song, a note, a voice. It took me to the bare bones of what worship is, which is why today I think I’m so adamant about our congregation recognizing that worship is not just music.”

Charles’ anniversary concert will feature music from his new album Never Forsaken and celebrate his work from the past 20 years. To learn more about his national ministry, visit http://charlesbillingsley.com, and be sure to join us on, this Sunday, August 26th at 6:00 PM!

FOR MORE INFORMATION: CLICK HERE

On The Road With Len & Angie – The Civil War

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Soon we will be going back to Gettysburg, PA., Lexington, VA, & other Civil War Sites. These are places we love to visit. Just to see all the things that the soldiers went through as they fought this civil war & the history of this country is very special.

Part of what we do is to bring spiritual lessons and leadership lessons together. We show that leaders prayed before battles, pray for direction, prayed for each other and their family. They took time to seek God for matters of their daily life and the war.

Leaders not only looked to God for themselves they also shared their faith with their fellow soldiers.

The Civil war was a time of unrest, division, and pain. As Christians we sometimes experience this today. So it’s good for us to look back and learn lessons from those who knew how to seek God.

When you look at the average age of the soldiers they were very young. Many were a long way from home and from their family. This was a very challenging time for everybody. Loneliness, hunger , discouragement, and so many other challenges is what they faced each day.

They learned that trusting God was the only way that they were going to get through the war. As today we need to fight the good fight of faith and make it to the end.

We need to encourage one another. We need to pick one another up when we see them fall. Out of all the documentaries that I have watch throughout the years this was one of the things that I seen the most, men and women helping each other through the pains of life.

Here are some quotes from 2 Generals in the Civil War…

General Robert E. Lee –
What a cruel thing is war: to separate and destroy families and friends, and mar the purest joys and happiness God has granted us in this world; to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors, and to devastate the fair face of this beautiful world.

In all my perplexities and distresses, the Bible has never failed to give me light and strength.

Robert E. Lee

I tremble for my country when I hear of confidence expressed in me. I know too well my weakness, that our only hope is in God.

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My chief concern is to try to be an humble, earnest Christian.
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“Captain, my religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me.” He added, after a pause, looking me full in the face: “That is the way all men should live, and then all would be equally brave – Stonewall Jackson”

You may be whatever you resolve to be (From Jackson’s Personal Journal)

Our God was my shield. His protecting care is an additional cause for gratitude. I see from the number of physicians that you think my condition dangerous, but I thank God, if it is His will, that I am ready to go. (General Jackson on his Death Bed)

Let us cross over the river, and rest under the shade of the trees . . .
(The General’s Last Words)

Stonewall Jackson – “You may be whatever you resolve to be.” This statement was backed up by his faith in God alone. He recognized that God was the reason for any success he had. He was humble and had unshakable faith. He had pertinence and determination to overcome all of life’s obstacles through his faith in God.

As Christians we all experience challenges & difficulties, however we need to remember the promises of God which reminds us that it will be worth it all in the end.

Let us remember all those who have went before us and how they trusted God and lived by this scripture, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens
me” (Philippians 4:13).

Check out this website for Gettysburg, PA info: Click Here

Info about The Battle of Chancellorsville (May 1-3, 1863)
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This video contains photos from the Prayer Tour in VA. (“A Civil War” by Rush of Fools)

Reenactor interview at the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Chancelorsville in Virginia. Taped May 2013 at the reenactment.

An interview with Robert E. Lee taped at the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Chancellorsville in Virginia… May 2013

Selfless Love: by Pastor Len Paxton May 2013 – Taped on our Battlefield Prayer Tour in Virginia. May 2013