After 55 years as a minister, Reverend Ashley is totally retiring the first of the year 2022. He has been partially retired for some time after serving fifteen churches. The most recent service has been the birth and development of New Hope Chapel in Shelbyville, Tennessee.
Reverend Ashley and his wife, Mary Jane Collette Ashley, have three children: Luke, Collette, and Kathryn. Together they have eight grandchildren. There are no words to express his gratitude for the lives that have touched him. His ministry is simply "I Love You Lord!"
Our service at the Chapel this Sunday, February 21, 2021, is cancelled because of all the ice and snow...traveling is just too hazardous in some areas right now. Instead, Reverend Ashley brings you a short message with a devotional thought and words of encouragement in a video. Be warm and safe out there!
In this sample from our Sunday service of October 4, 2020, Reverend Ashley's sermon is taken from Matthew's gospel, chapter 21:33-46. It is Jesus' Parable of the Wicked Vinedressers. A landowner does not receive the fruit of his vineyard. His servants refuse to share the fruit of their labor. They treat the emissaries shamefully. Eventually they even kill the son who was sent to collect what was due his father. This parallels the treatment the Son of God received when he came to save us.
Joining Reverend Ashley is The Revival River band with the song "Sweet Aroma Of Praise."
September 20, 2020, was the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost. Reverend Ashley spoke from the text Matthew 20:1-16. It is The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard. The text also includes the interesting statement, "many are called, few are chosen.”
The Revival River Band provided the music with the song "God Is Here" for this excerpt from our service.
Reverend Ashley's message for August 30, 2020, is "Take Up Your Cross," from Matthew 16:21-28. It includes Jesus' correction of Peter: "Get behind Me, Satan! For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men." Joining Reverend Ashley is The Revival River Band with the song "Your Great Name."
For Sunday, August 23, 2020, Reverend Ashley's message is "You are the Christ." It was Peter's response to Jesus' question: “Who do you say that I am?” in Matthew 16:13-20. The Revival River Band joins Reverend Ashley with the song "Way Maker."
Reverend Ashley’s sermon for Sunday, July 26, 2020 is based on another parable: The Parable of the Hidden Treasure, in Matthew 13:44. The Revival River Band joins Reverend Ashley with "Holy Is The Lord."
It is the season of Parables told by Jesus in the13th chapter of Matthew. Last week was the Parable of the Sower. This week is the Parable of the Wheat and Tares. Here are the Revival River Band and Reverend Ashley, bringing us the service from Sunday, July 19, 2020.
Reverend Ashley's message for this week is "My yoke is easy and my burden is light," from Matthew 11:30. He's joined by The Revival River Band and we're meeting in the great outdoors, in the pavilion at the New Hope Chapel. We'll be meeting there for the month of July, Sunday mornings at 9:00, and we'd be delighted to see you there! For now, here's a segment from this week's service.
We're having some wonderful services in the pavilion at the New Hope Chapel! Great messages, great music, and the weather...well, the weather comes and goes as far as wonderful is concerned, but we're warm and the pavilion keeps the rain off and we're happy being together, even if we're socially distancing. Here's a sample of last Sunday's service, and we'd be delighted to have visitors come enjoy this with us...9:00 next Sunday morning!
We wish everyone could join us on Sunday mornings at the New Hope Chapel! But we know there are always things that get in the way, whether it's a rascally coronavirus, or work, or illness, or distance. But we can share with you a little of our services, and at least in this little way we can be together. So here is Reverend Mark Ashley with a segment of his message from Sunday, June 21st, wrapped up lovingly in music from the Revival River Band. We hope we can see you here soon, and we wish you health, strength, and peace.
The New Hope Chapel is now conducting services in person in our pavilion. For those unable to attend, Reverend Ashley and the Revival River Band bring you a portion of this week's message about the Great Commission from Matthew 28:18-20. Here Jesus empowers His disciples to go into all the world and teach, preach, and baptize in the name of THE FATHER, THE SON, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT. The video will remain available on our Facebook page and our website for viewing at your convenience. As always, we wish you strength, health, and peace!
The New Hope Chapel services are being held on Facebook and our website for now due to the coronavirus situation. Sunday, May 24th, 2020, is Ascension Sunday. Accompanied by the Revival River Band, Reverend Ashley has a message based on John 17:1-11. He also has thoughts on Memorial Day, Graduation, and a special message about the future of the services for New Hope Chapel. As always, we wish you strength, health, peace, and comfort. We hope to see you in person soon...we miss all our church family and friends!
Our service this week, Sunday, May 17th, is through video on Facebook and our website as we all stay safe at home for the time being. Reverend Ashley's message is from the Scripture of John 14:15-18, and he also brings thoughts about the touch of the Master’s hand. We’ll be together in spirit as we await the chance to be together in person again at the New Hope Chapel. As always, we’re wishing all of our church family and friends health, strength, and peace.
Our service for Mother’s Day, May 10, 2020, is again on video and is posted on our website and on Facebook. Reverend Ashley’s message is “Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled” from John 14:1-12. He has thoughts on Mother’s Day and touches upon Paul’s messages to the Ephesians, and the Revival River Band has music for us, as always. We still look forward to the day we can all be together in church again, and until then, please stay safe and healthy!
This week's message from Reverend Ashley, for May 3, 2020, is "The Good Shepherd," based on John 10:1-11. The Revival River Band joins in as always, and the service is posted in video on both Facebook and our website while we must stay home for the health and safety of all. We wish everyone health, happiness, and peace in your lives, and we hope we can all be together again soon!
For Sunday, April 26, 2020, Reverend Ashley is joined by Sheila Shavers and the Revival River Band as they bring you worship music and thoughts on the Road to Emmaus and the Windows of Gold. We will bring you our services on video, on both Facebook and our website, while the coronavirus still threatens our health and safety. As always, we wish you strength, health, and peace, and we look forward to being together again soon.
Reverend Mark Ashley and the Revival River Band bring you a Sunday morning service, by video on Facebook and our website, each week while we need to stay home and stay healthy during the coronavirus pandemic. This week's service brings thoughts on peace, hope, and forgiveness. We hope to see you in person soon! Stay safe, stay healthy, and hang in there!
I wanted to send you an Easter Greeting and Blessing. May the resurrection power of God flow through you today. May you be surrounded with love. Let hope abound! Squash all the silly attempts of the evil one. Take time to share the stories of Jesus.
We will not have services at the chapel tomorrow. The cable will be open for people who would like to drive by and say their prayers. We are posting an Easter message on Facebook. We have done posts for Palm Sunday and Maundy Thursday on Facebook under New Hope Chapel.
He Is Risen!
We would like to thank you for your continued faithful support. Although we cannot gather, we have tried to communicate through Facebook. We do have a Maundy Thursday and an Easter program planned. We are still praying on Tuesday evenings at 7, although it is prayer where you are. Pray Home!
We continue to lift up the church family daily. If there are specific needs, we would love to help. Generous people are still sending their tithes and offerings. It is wonderful to hear from our friends.
God bless you,
“To the Pilgrims…Grace to you and peace be multiplied.” (1Peter 1:1&2)
“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.”
(2 Peter 1:2)
“That which we have seen and heard we declare to you….” (1 John 1:3) “Grace, mercy and peace will be with you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.” (2 John1:3)
“To those who are called, sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ; Mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.” (Jude 1:1&2)
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” (James 1:2-4)
These words are greetings from the apostles to struggling Christians during times of great persecution and unrest. Paul writes of the sufferings he endured for the gospel: “…in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often. From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep; in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness--” (2 Corinthians 11:23-27)
These difficulties experienced by the saints are vivid reminders that God rules and comforts in even the most difficult of times. I received a greeting from one of our church family saying words of comfort and encouragement we have sent out from our Facebook page brought much comfort. “In the multitude of my anxieties within me, your comforts delight my soul.” (Psalm 94:19) That is our goal during these difficult times.
Our Sunday morning services are suspended for the time being. But we had an amazingly wonderful experience in our prayer meeting on Tuesday night. My son, Luke, arranged for us to meet in teleconferencing. The people who were at the last Tuesday night prayer meeting on the hill were invited to join in a teleconferencing prayer meeting. In the midst of a tornado watch, with thunderclaps and lightning bolts, we prayed. It was surreal! The presence of the Lord was in our prayers. The storm ceased. It was like Revival River Band’s song -- we will praise you in this storm. God is so good! We prayed for you, among other things.
We have made an effort to communicate through Facebook. We will seek other avenues to stay in prayer and worship and in touch. Please let us know how you are doing. Our prayers are not hindered. Our well wishes are strong. We just miss you. We really miss being together and seeing your faces.
May the Lord bless you and keep you until we meet again.
“Till we meet… Till we meet… Till we meet at Jesus’ feet. God be with you till we meet again!”
P.S. Please like us on Facebook! We can keep up better on that venue.
P.P.S. Some have asked about their tithes and offerings. We are trying to set up a way to make an offering online. In the meanwhile, people are invited to send their offerings to New Hope Chapel, 2000 Hwy 130 E, Shelbyville, TN 37160. Thank you so much.
God bless us all!
New Hope Chapel is a House of Prayer.
Jesus quoted Isaiah 56:7 when he said, “It is written: My house shall be called a house of prayer.”
We invite you to join us in prayer on Tuesday nights at 7 o'clock. Several people join us in prayer from home. We have seen large crowds with signs and wonders. We have had quiet evenings with just a few people praying and believing.
In whatever way you can join us in prayer, you are welcome.
We have been donating breakfast items to the Good Samaritan Food Pantry here in Shelbyville for over two years now, and they appreciate your help tremendously. Items such as cereal, oatmeal, toaster pastries, granola bars, or anything else you would like to contribute are most welcome. We collect the donations on the second Sunday of each month, but any time you might feel like bringing something in is a good time. Thank you so much for all you do for those who are in need.
We and the Food Pantry are adjusting to new conditions with the corona virus affecting how they operate and how we collect food items safely. If you are uncomfortable donating items at this time, they understand. If you wish to wait and bring them in at another time, that is also okay. We wish to support our community while keeping everybody as safe as possible.
Several people struggled and read the entire plan for last year. We found it to be a blessing. It is spiritually powerful to have the Word of God read out loud in our homes daily. It is encouraging to know that others are reading the same thing at the same time. This year we are recommending a simpler plan. The Moody Church in Chicago has a plan that includes the New Testament for the entire year. It is more like one chapter a day for five days a week. We invite you to join us in The New Testament In A Year Reading Plan this year. There are copies of the plan available at the church, or you can click the button below for a downloadable PDF file.
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