Reason to smile, cause to reflect, and an invitation to pause

- This is one happy grandmama with three beautiful grandchildren Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 2 Corinthians …

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planting resurrection trees for Easter morning

 "So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!" - 2 Corinthians 5:17 Blessed Resurrection Morning! Rebekah and I have a tradition over the Easter weekend. We started this back in Pensacola, and we've found it's a beautiful way to deal with the …

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live oaks, solid churches, resurrection, and life!

Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?” “Yes, Lord,” she told him. “I have always believed you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one …

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Florida family – worth the drive in the rain…

Rebekah and I drove down to Central Florida Friday, having visited with cousin Zandra in Greensboro, Georgia, and then dropping off a television in Athens for Alicia's twin sister, Stephanie (who is at the University of Georgia, working on her PhD in clinical psychology). My Golf TDi was equal to the task, squeezing well over …

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the grace of a great story: “goodbye” to Myrt Hubbard Alexander

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have died. - 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 …

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they follow him because they know his voice…

"He walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice." - John 10:4 This week I've been in conversation with a friend who asked me to suggest an appropriate reading for a family graveside service. Her brother is dying, she said; he's a believer, but hasn't been much involved in church. …

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the Bible is 100% true

This morning the North Carolina air was cool enough that I had to grab a pair of jeans and put on a light jacket for my walk with Scoutie. Nice. Really nice. Then it was "hands in pockets," and that's when I found a piece of paper (actually, an "Extending the Foundation" card from FPC-Brandon) …

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military honors, “taps,” and the gift of perspective

Some days, when I'm not sure what to post in my "Life-Charged Life" blog, I look to see if I've taken any potentially inspirational photographs over the past 24 hours. Hence the Rebekah and Scout image. Wednesday morning, heading out to work, Rebekah paused for a little "garden meditation time," and Scout decided the bench …

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“For now we see through a glass, darkly…” – death as a semi-colon;

(Note: due to an WordPress anomaly, this may be the second time "For Now we see through a glass, darkly...." has popped up. This commentary was originally written December 11. My December 12 column will post later this morning - DEREK) For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see …

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