On June 2, 2019 my dad, Ted Wilbanks, was completely healed and moved to his permanent home in heaven.
My dad was born on May 10, 1940 in Oklahoma to the late William Edwin and Opal Lacefield Wilbanks. He was an ordained minister and pastor of music ministry.
Survivors include my mom, his wife of 55 years, Kaye Thomas Wilbanks; children, Martha and Matt Fry of Garner, Gina and Ken Witcher of Baltimore, Maryland, Amie and Rod Gray of Cypress, Texas, Thomas and Niki Wilbanks of Raleigh; thirteen grandchildren, Gloria Fry, Caroline Hale and Christopher, Caleb Fry and fiance', Emily, Levi Witcher, Austin Witcher, Phelicia Whitcher, Caelan Whitcher, Chase Whitcher, Jacob Sloan, Will Wilbanks, Finley Wilbanks, Owen Gray and Olivia Gray; brother, Bobby Wilbanks of California; several nieces and nephews.
Friends and family from all over came to celebrate his life. And one theme that was spoken throughout the whole funeral was, "He loved his family." His...
Anisa Larson was our team leader and it was such an honor to watch her lead. I remember when she first came to C3, lost and searching. Now to see God using her to lead mission trips with such passion and excellence shows us the power of a transformed life. I love it!!
We are excited to now be able to sponsor a child in our village Tres Marias through World Help. If you attend C3 Church, you can stop at the info center to pick up a packet. Or you can contact Anisa Larson for more information: email@example.com
5 Benefits of Going on a Mission Trip
1. God can use a mission trip to change you.
On a mission trip, our eyes are opened to seeing God in ways we have never seen before. A mission trip is one of God’s many ways to...
This is our final blog post in our parenting series of love languages of children.
I hope that these post will help you connect with your child.
Understanding your child's love language can revolutionize your parenting and really make your child feel loved. Filling your child’s love tank allows you to teach and discipline them in a healthy manner.
How can you find out what your child's love language is?
If quality time is your child’s primary love language, you can be sure of this: Without plenty of quality time and attention, your child will feel as if you do not really love them and may even act out in an attempt to get attention from their mom or dad. To them negative attention is better than no attention at all.
How do you make a child who's love language is quality time feel truly loved? You start by giving them your undivided attention. ...
This week we are talking about the language of physical touch.
And I know every guy is like, "This is my top love language." (wink wink)
But it is talking about non-sexual physical touch.
This is towards the bottom of my love languages, so I have to be intentional to love with hugs, back rubs, a touch on the shoulder, etc. Some of you are even uncomfortable even reading about physical touch.
In a world where we can have millions of friends on Facebook but never be in close proximity to people, it is even more important to be intentional with healthy physical touch.
If you have a child whose love language is physical touch, hugs, kisses and cuddles are the most common way of speaking this love language, but there are other ways, too. For example, a dad tosses his son in the air or spins his six year old daughter round and round, and she laughs wildly or a mom that reads a story with her four year old on her lap.
When a child’s...
Last week I had the honor of preaching during The Cross Series.
Matt asked me to speak about Mary. I loved the research and what Mary taught me. I shared what I learned in my sermon. I believe one of the biggest things we can learn from Mary is humility.
James 4:6 says, "But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble."
I don't want God to oppose me, so I want to live with humility.
If you are not living with humility, then likely have pride in your heart. I listed 10 (there are many more) things to help you know the difference between pride and humility.
You can watch the sermon here.
Pride vs Humility:
A prideful person complains against or passes judgment on God. You blame God for everything bad in your life. Why don’t we blame Satan?
A humble person acknowledges who God is and trusts Him. He can even praise God...
A pack sour gummy worms may seem like a small gift, however to a child with the primary emotional touch of gifts this feels like winning the lottery! An impromptu gift can feed a hungry heart with love. It says to your child “when we were apart you were on my mind in a special way.” Not only is the gift itself important, but customizing the gift to that specific child is vital. Don’t worry, the gifts don’t have to be extravagant, it’s the thought behind the gift that resonates the most with your child.
Loving with gifts is
Ways to show your child love through gifts:
1 John 3:18 (NLT) states “Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.” John’s saying that the best way to communicate love is through the unity of TRUTH and ACTION.
One way to do this is to understand your child’s primary emotional touch point (also known as a love language). An emotional touch point a way to effectively communicate love to one another. The incredible notion is that when we understand how to love with biblical love, we are able to “walk as Jesus” or in other words “walk as LOVE.”
This week we want to look at how we can love our children with…
Words that Affirm
Verbal exchanges are fundamental to our everyday life, but how many of those words are intentionally given?
To a child with affirming words as their love language, these verbal exchanges are critical to their understanding of biblical love. Biblical words of...
It’s a tale as old as time and true as it can be….that understanding your child can be a parental rollercoaster. We all love our children, obviously, but do you know what it means to make a true love connection with your son or daughter? Today we are going to delve into the words of apostle John so we can truly understand how to strengthen the love connection with our children.
Flipping to the back of the Bible, 1 John 3:18 (NLT) states “Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.” John’s saying that the best way to communicate love is through the unity of TRUTH and ACTION. One way to do this is to understand your child’s primary emotional touch point (also known as a love language).
An emotional touch point a way to effectively communicate love to one another. The incredible notion is that when we understand how to love with biblical love, we are able to “walk as Jesus” or...
For 3 years I have been working with the Louisburg College Women's Basketball team. I have built relationships with them, ridden on the bus to games with them, talked with them, prayed with them and they have become a part of my life.
On February 14, 2019, Valentines Day, one of the players Nadia Davidson was tragically killed in a car accident.
She knew Jesus and we know one day we will see her again, so we grieve with hope.
Last night was the teams last game of the season and it was sophomore night, so we took some time to honor Nadia. I was so honored that Coach Shay Hayes asked me to speak briefly about Nadia, and I wanted to share that with you. Her life was not in vain. Jesus has been lifted up and glorified even in her death.
Tribute to Nadia Davidson
Tonight we want to take some time to remember Nadia Davidson, # 32, a first-year Hurricane and sophomore at Louisburg College, majoring in Computer Science.
The other day I was at a Q&A session and somebody asked, how can I get my teenager to read their Bible?
My response was, ”You can't!”
By the time your kids are teenagers there are some things you just can't make them do. And if you try it will probably just provoke anger and not a love for God. Ephesians 6:4 tells us "Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord."
So what do you do if you have teenage kids and you want them to have a heart for God?
First, I would say to make sure they are in church. It is important to have Christian leaders around them that they love and respect and want to follow. They need people in their lives that will teach them how to read the scripture and to live a life for God. Get them involved in a student connect group. Get them serving on...