Mexico – Mayan ruins and real people today

That's right, two posts in one day! I simply have to get on with the balance of the cruise posts, or the "moment" will have passed. MEXICO: Today's writing task is hard. It covers our brief exposure to Mexico, and I'm not finding it easy to process the stark contrast between our time of luxurious leisure on …

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shifting my point of view – Tampa (cruise III)

 The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:17 It’s interesting how you can live somewhere 17 years, move away, and then see the old place in a way you never have before, all because of a visit of just a few hours. Tampa has always been an …

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Holy Hay Day, and creating a “Kingdom Culture”

Among the many positive attributes of our faith community here in Wake Forest is the fact that this church is just a fun place to be. Sunday proved to be one more outstanding example. How good and pleasant it is     when God’s people live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the …

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expectations – rather than, “meet then exceed,” Jesus turns them upside down

One day as he saw the crowds gathering, Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples gathered around him,  and he began to teach them:  - Matthew 5 Mondays, for the next few weeks, I'd like to invite you to journey with my Sunday morning class as we make our way through the …

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“your loyalty is divided between God and the world” (James)

But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord God my refuge, to tell of all your works. - Psalm 73:28 Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the …

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proud to be part of a church that’s not afraid to struggle honestly

I love my flawed but beautiful church! What can I say, I’m a Presbyterian! Say what you like, but we’re not a denomination that tends to duck difficult issues. We don't always get things right, but we are willing to engage. In consequence, sometimes we lose people who evidently wish we weren’t quite so Presbyterian …

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surface attractiveness versus dangerous beauty

Today's post is designed to shamelessly exploit the spectacular cuteness of our amazing grandchildren! With a photograph like this I could easily say nothing at all and still score 1,000 or more hits by the end of the day. But you're not going to get off that easily. If you have clicked on this page …

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Take Hold: fighting the good fight

But you, man of God... pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. (1 Timothy 6:11-12) Yesterday in church my Everyday Christianity class talked about First Timothy. It was the latest book …

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on thriving babies, and why it matters to you

Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come. It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble. So watch yourselves. Today's post will read more …

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