The struggle between liberty and community (more north Carolina history)

This week, Rebekah and I went back to the North Carolina Museum of History to pick up the story where we left off last time. We had made it through indigenous peoples, Conquistadors, Colonists, Pirates, and Independence. The first exhibit we looked at touted North Carolina's refusal to ratify the U.S. Constitution until it included …

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Adding my tears at Cherokee: “Unto These Hills”

- The Trail of Tears I will lift up my eyes to the hills—From whence comes my help?2 My help comes from the Lord,Who made heaven and earth. - Psalm 121:1-2 - in Bryson City This time last week I found myself genuinely surprised at my emotional response when Rebekah and I attended the Unto These Hills historical drama at …

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When we put on the “armor of God” – let’s not to forget to “walk humbly”

We aren’t fighting against human enemies but against rulers, authorities, forces of cosmic darkness, and spiritual powers of evil in the heavens. Therefore, pick up the full armor of God so that you can stand your ground on the evil day and after you have done everything possible to still stand. - Ephesians 6:12-13 One of …

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our relentless rebellion against love

A few days ago I shared a collection of photographs featuring the hawk family that recently moved into our neighborhood. Today I have a few more. The stately raptors are evidently attracted by the plentiful variety of available woodland creatures. I miss the constant traffic of the other birds around our feeder, but I can hardly fault their …

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a 500 kiloton impact for good!

mall things can make a big impact. True story. Just ask the residents of Chelyabinsk, Russia, who witnessed the most incredible explosion in response to a meteor around 55 ft. in diameter. According to NASA, the explosion released nearly 500 kilotons of energy, more than 30 times the blast of the Hiroshima atomic bomb. Likewise, decisions we …

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there’s health care reform… and then there are real people

With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the …

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