“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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some tweetable God

The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven." - Hebrews 1:3 NLT (Note, …

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Light, Logos, and God’s transforming Love

"Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light.  But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!" - Matthew 6:22-23 …

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if it’s not good news, then it’s probably not God…

For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them …

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flourishing faith and growing love

"Dear brothers and sisters, we can’t help but thank God for you, because your faith is flourishing and your love for one another is growing." 2 Thessalonians 1:3 True story: A few minutes ago I sat down at my writing desk to look up the scripture my Sunday-morning adult discipleship class talked about yesterday (1 Thessalonians chapter 5 …

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the Lord bless you and keep you…

This week Rebekah and I are here at Stetson University for the school's annual pastors' conference. I've taken the opportunity to get some serious writing done in the library, but I did join Rebekah for the opening worship service in the beautiful chapel in Elizabeth Hall. Thirty-seven years ago, when Rebekah was a senior here, …

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“manly men” – upending the false model

"And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. …

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Advent day-23: bourbon-balls, macaroons, bon-bons, and all that is good

Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works …

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DTR – Define The Relationship

So this is how my brain works: "Ooooo, It's Saturday morning; it's not even seven o'clock; it's as cold as the summit of Mt Washington outside; the dog won't even get up. I think I'll drive to the church for some Bible-study with the guys!" I know! Sounds crazy, doesn't it? But, I've got to …

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drinking from the well

Blessed is the one... whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water. When Rebekah and I lived in Florida (and it still sounds strange, talking about Florida in the past tense) it wasn't very …

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