June 28th Outdoor Service.

Join us for an outdoor service June 28th as we begin the “Ideas Have Consequences” sermon series. We’ll explore life at the intersection of biblical worldview and practical philosophy. In these times, let’s think about how we think. 10:30 on the lawn at Mt. Hope

Practical Christian Philosophy

Song Sheets for June 21st Outside Worship Service.


Follow the links below for song sheets for tomorrow’s worship service on the lawn. You can bring them on your personal device or tablet with these .PDF’s. I’ll also have some printed one’s clipped to the fence for you to take if you’d like. Many Blessings! 



See you tomorrow!

Pastor Chris

Happy Father’s Day weekend!

I published this in the Suffolk News Herald 7 years ago. Happy Father’s Day Weekend! #pilgrimpath #fathersday

A Father’s Day Letter to my Sons

Suffolk News Herald
June 13, 2013
By Chris Surber

My youngest sons are growing up in a culture filled with mixed messages about manhood and how to make their way in the world. I tremble for them. I want to make their decisions for them and protect them. However, the best protection is preparation on manhood from their father. Here is a letter to my sons and to other young men who may be, like I was, lacking a man to give them direction.

Pick the right friends. In His life on earth, Jesus had 12 close friends. It turned out that one betrayed him; one denied Him, and the other 10 temporarily left His cause the minute things got rough. In my life I have had only a few very good friends, though I have known a lot of people.

You’ll be known by your friends, and they will help shape your character. “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” (Proverbs 27:17 NLT) This works in both directions. Rusty, corrupt, good-for-nothing friends will dull your character.

Some will betray you. Some will deny you. Some will disappear when things get rough. Jesus redeemed His friends, but we aren’t Jesus. Pick your friends carefully.

Pick the right wife. Women are fascinating and wonderful creatures, like panthers moving gracefully and sleekly. But they have big claws. Choose the wrong one, and you’ll get scratched. Prayerfully seek a woman for her mind, not her charm. Warm up to a warm, loving lady, don’t chase after a cold heart.

Look for a woman who ignites your soul’s imagination, not merely your fleshly desires. A man enslaved to lust can be shackled by any pretty girl. A woman of character is the greatest jewel any man can have in his life. Find a woman who knows her worth and yours. She will challenge you to become more than you are.

Pick the right fights. There will be battles to fight. Pick good ones. Walk away from bad ones. Fight when you must, but make sure your battle is just and necessary. There are a lot of smoldering fires that produce more smoke than heat.


Bark! Bark! Bark!

Have you ever had a friend like this?

No matter how hard you’re trying not to try too hard, they can’t stop barking. In these chaotic times, where truth is difficult to sort out, be careful about listening to so much barking. Cut through the fog and apply the only corretive to false thinking – truth.

Bark! Bark! Bark!

Be quick to listen and slow to speak. Let’s not fall victim to the temptation too talk to fast, too much, or too loudly. A lot of folks are falling of off cliffs of ideology extremism, acting apart from godly consideration and wisdom.

There is a time for action. Godly action. There is a time for speaking. The Word of God is the guide for the words of Christians. Stop barking. Stop listening to barking. There is a better way. God’s way!

  • “It is foolish to belittle one’s neighbor; a sensible person keeps quiet.”(Proverbs 11:12 NLT)
  • “Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing.” (Proverbs 12:18 NLT)
  • “The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.” (Proverbs 18:21 NLT)
  • “Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut, and you will stay out of trouble.” (Proverbs 21:23 NLT)

pilgrimpath #wastedwords #looselips

What is Your Compass in life?

Have you ever loved something you wouldn’t recommend to others? I have and love but don’t recommend Basset hounds. Two Basset hounds on a tandem leash is incredibly cute. It is also a nearly impossible situation. They are nearly impossible to walk!They are in a near constant tug-of-war with one another.

Cupcake and Pickles the Basset Hounds.

They go in different directions at the same time, much like the Scarecrow’s advice to Dorothy. Their antics usually results in various kinds of entanglements with lost footing and leashes wrapped around both of both of their back legs!

God promises protection to His people. However, that isn’t a blanket endorsement of our choices. Psalm 1:1-2 says, “Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night.” (NLT)

Joy awaits the faithful if they’ll press into God and live the with-God life. Truth awaits us in God’s Word. On the pilgrimage, we’ll find our way if our road map is the Bible.

– Pastor Chris #pilgrimpath#bible

Simple Christianity…

It was a real privilege to open the Word of God among those gathered, the ekklesia, on the lawn on a beautiful day yesterday.

Mt. Hope on the lawn June 14th

In difficult days, double down on godly principles.

There is only one race of men on this planet. They are only divisible in two categories. Believers. They are the beloved of God, called by grace through faith in Jesus. Unbelievers. They too are the beloved of God, being called by the preaching, proclamation, and presenting of the Gospel to receive grace through faith in Jesus.

Our divisions are the consequence of sin. Our path forward is “life on life” as each one of us builds authentic friendship and relationship with whomever God places along our path. We change the world one honest action at a time. Each word. Each choice. Each decision. They are pebbles in an ocean creating ripples that eventually create waves that reshape beaches, nations, and continents. God uses us in relationship.

Make eye contact and share encouragement with your waitress, the woman who held the door for you on your way into the Dollar Tree, the man who stood next to you at Walmart for several seconds while you both hunted for the last box of banana pudding mix.

I’m doubling down on simple Christianity. Seeking the Lord. Sharing the Lord. Loving God. Loving people. Trusting God with the results.

#pilgrimpath #simpleway #mthope #supplyandmultiply