The powerful still build castles; then they defend them with lies

- Andrew, Alicia, and Mr. T. enjoying Bodiam When the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so everyone charged straight in, and they took the city. They devoted the city to the Lord... Joshua 6 This morning I have been processing my "full camera" …

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200 men, on their feet, shouting!

“Do not give a war cry, do not raise your voices, do not say a word until the day I tell you to shout. Then shout!” - Joshua 6:10When the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout... the wall collapsed; so everyone charged …

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Life is a Great Adventure!

Sometimes the life story is a drama; often it can be comedy; on rare occasions the best descriptor has been tragedy; then there has also been a lot of poetry, much inspiration, some mystery, barely any science-fiction, and absolutely no true crime! But always, as a consistent undercurrent, this life is a Great Adventure.

as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord (worship seems the only reasonable response…)

"So fear the Lord and serve him wholeheartedly. Put away forever the idols... Serve the Lord alone. But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served...? Or will it be the gods of the land where you now live? But as …

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“Shout! For the Lord has given us the city.”

And at the seventh time, when the priests had blown the trumpets, Joshua said to the people, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the city." - Joshua 6:16 Well, that was fun! Saturday evening our church youth hosted the first ever Wake Forest Presbyterian Church rock concert. And, no kidding, the CLC rocked on its foundations. There …

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“Strong and Courageous” – from church member to disciple

This weekend - Friday-Saturday - I was privileged to help lead a Men's retreat with a group of faithful disciples from First Presbyterian Church of Lakeland. We talked extensively about what it means to make the shift from being "church members" to "Followers of The Way of Jesus." Every time I'm involved with this kind …

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V.O.T.E. (Value, Order, Trust, Evaluate)

BIG DAY: It's a big day today. Heavy schedule. Lots going on. Plus an election. Consequently, I have no time to write so I'll simply post this possibly helpful acronym, "V.O.T.E." V - Value freedom enough to make the effort to participate via casting your ballot. I can't stress enough how important this is. O …

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Adding our own charge to life

Sunday morning I got a great lesson in the connection between what we choose to do and how we feel in general. In fact, I got two. The first was the improvisational rock prelude I did with the Praise Band before 8:30 worship. I already wrote about this in advance (Friday's post, "Rock-'n-roll, baby..."), but …

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