Our Church, Our Family

I’ve been thinking about a lot of things lately in relation to THE CHURCH and, of course, our church. First of all, Ashleigh, Kay and I were overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from our church family for the recent wedding shower. The living room at the parsonage

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The Great Adventure

An advertisement once appeared in a London newspaper: “Men wanted for hazardous journey! Low wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful.” The ad was placed by the noted explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleford, who was organizing another expedition to the barren land of Antarctica. So,

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Saving our Children

We are living in such scary and contentious times, and that makes me sad. Maybe you feel it, too. Everywhere we look there is division, acrimony, even hatred. The worst I can remember in my lifetime. So, yes, I am carrying a deep sadness in my heart these days. And

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Lent – A Cleaning Season

Lent is a season that is hard to fathom for many modern-day Christians. It is, after all, a penitential season, and who enjoys penitence? Indeed, the very word penitence brings to mind images of re- morseful people in sackcloth and ashes lamenting their sins. However, Lent is not all about

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The Power of Holy Habits

Most of us realize that we are creatures of habit. We settle into comfortable routines that are hard to change. Retired pastor Bill Bouknight described it this way: “A habit is just a grooved pattern of behavior. Some are good for us and some are bad, even hurtful.” Bouknight adds

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October

October is one of my favorite months. It has been, ever since I was a kid. I just love the crisp, clear days, don’t you? And I love living in these mountains and watching the leaves begin to change; what breath- taking beauty! However, as much as I love this

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What is God Doing?

Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? –Isaiah 43:19 Almighty God is speaking through the prophet Isaiah when he offers words of great hope to the people. He says: “Behold, I am doing a new thing! Can you not see it?”

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The Gift a Year Later

They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life.” — 1Timothy 6:18-19 The Apostle Paul was

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Almost a Miracle!

“Who would have ever thought it possible?” asks John Ferling, eminent historian of American history. What he was asking, of course, is who would have thought it possible that a ragtag army of citizen sol- diers could take on the greatest military power in the world—and win! Yet, on October

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