The Road South – and Deep Faith Echoes from the Past

- Maggie Valley from our Airbnb “What a funny world we live in when we won’t turn our phones off, yet we get excited to see we’ve hiked far enough to lose service.” We Dream of Travel - "Goodbye" to Maggie Valley Travel days are always a challenge. So it helps to have a couple …

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Meeting God in Worship (hint: it’s not about the preacher)

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.Hebrews 4:14-16 This story is from a long time ago, but it came into my mind when I was thinking about going to church this morning. Usually when things pop into …

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Passion is a sure sign of life (if I were teaching Sunday school this week)

First, this important PSA: Let me know if you are interested in this "If I were teaching Sunday School this weekend" segment. I skipped it last week and I'm not sure that anyone noticed! If I Were Teaching - Week #4 Let’s start with links to the first three weeks. “New Weekly Feature” – introduces …

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evangelism as a 30-second elevator speech

Today's second post goes back to this blog's ongoing commitment to discipleship: "Go make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything that I’ve commanded you. Look, I myself will be with you every day until the end." …

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hope for the future of the church…

After our grandson's "graduation" from preschool, I stayed in Richmond overnight for a couple of reasons. First, of course, the opportunity to spend a few extra hours with my awesome daughter, Naomi, her wonderful husband, Craig, and their two - how did I put it yesterday? - exuberant vessels of promise and light (aka David and …

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worship – and life together – as a celebration!

In worship we celebrate God, we celebrate what God has done and continues to do for us through Jesus, and we celebrate the fact that we are a redeemed people, called to love one-another and to stand as a collective witness to the beauty of Christian community.

soapbox words on men and church

But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect …

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God’s ongoing miracles of grace (the Pennsylvania connection)

How very good and pleasant it is     when kindred live together in unity! 2 It is like the precious oil on the head,     running down upon the beard, on the beard of Aaron,     running down over the collar of his robes. 3 It is like the dew of Hermon,     which falls on the mountains of Zion. For …

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“the right path” – children’s ministry at its best!

Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it. - Proverbs 22:6 Every weekend that we share with our faith community here in Wake Forest is positive, full of life, and encouraging. However, if my wife, Rebekah, had to choose one particular Sunday each year as her favorite, there's a good chance …

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