False Positive – and the potential cost of losing trust

Do not fret because of those who are evil    or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither,    like green plants they will soon die away. Trust in the Lord and do good;    dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.Psalm 37 Today I am taking a detour away from the "Love and Mercy" theme this third …

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Confessions of a Worrying Gentile

"Therefore, I say to you, don’t worry about your life, what you’ll eat or what you’ll drink, or about your body, what you’ll wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothes?"...Who among you by worrying can add a single moment to your life? "...Therefore, don’t worry and say, ‘What are we going …

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Jesus settles the troubled heart, sometimes by troubling the settled life

So you say you want to experience real peace? To know the peace that passes understanding? To be free from anxiety and stress and self-doubt? Well, follow Jesus! Bust out of the narrow confines of your own carefully managed definition of comfort! Throw yourself in with the Prince of Peace, the Guide to the Great Adventure.

fall color in Wake Forest – and the armor of God

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. - Ephesians 6:13 Here in North Carolina this has been a beautiful week of emerging fall colors and "windows-wide-open" temperatures. It's also been …

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didn’t my Lord deliver Daniel? (preaching to the choir)

This is one of those blog posts that is a response to a question. And, like most such posts, I'm probably giving a bigger answer than the question begs. But I'm an over-thinker; always have been; that's just what writers do. The question came out of a hymn. Or, more properly, a spiritual. Here's the text …

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making our move into the possible

(Follow-up to yesterday's garden post) Saturday early evening, walking around the MaulHall garden in the cool evening breeze, I finally caught a vision of what might be (once we do a phenomenal amount of hard work). It's interesting how it goes. Rebekah has the ability to stand somewhere, anywhere - in an overgrown yard, in a …

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Two “must-click” links on civility and freedom

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. (Galatians 5:22-23) Today's post is going to direct you to click on two links. Please take a moment to look at them both. Because - along with the few thoughts I'll share on …

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You are a key player in “The Greatest Story Ever Told”

"Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God" (John 1:12-13). Today's Advent Character is critically important to the story as it unfolded two-thousand years …

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