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August 12, 2018 John 6.35, 41-51

  I always have a mixed reaction when I see a passage from the Gospel of John appear in the lectionary readings.  On the one hand, John has some of the most beautiful and familiar verses in the Bible.  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was […]

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August 5, 2018 – Ephesians 4.1-16

Take a look at where we are on the facilities improvements campaign.  The thermometer we’ve had in the gathering area says the goal is $117,000, and it looks like that’s going to be very close.  It’s been an interesting process, as we have worked through implementing the list of things we said we wanted to […]

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July 29, 2018 – John 6.1-14

I’ve mentioned that I love being out in the woods.  Give me some time and put me on a trail and I’m a happy guy – a happy camper, you might say.  So I like reading and seeing stories about people who have been lost in the woods or gotten into some sort of trouble […]

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July 8, 2018 – Mark 6.6b-13

Remember when there were no baggage limitations on what you could take on an airplane? Back in that day we took a youth group mission trip to Texas, and we flew from Raleigh/Durham to Houston. When we got to the RDU airport and unloaded the car, we noticed a discrepancy. We lined up Hannah Truxell’s […]

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June 24, 2018 – Mark 4.35-41

    A couple of weeks ago Emie Lou and I went to a Hillcats game.  Shortly after we got there a man came and sat beside me.  After a bit he left his seat, leaving behind a backpack which seemed rather full.  It seemed like he was gone for a long time, and I began […]

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June 17, 2018- 1 Samuel 15.34-16.13

You have to love the story of the call of Moses. Remember that it begins with Moses seeing a bush that is burning but not consumed. He’s curious so he goes to look closer. When he does, God speaks to him and says, I know that my people are suffering in slavery in Egypt, so […]

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June 10, 2018- Mark 3.20-35

    From many years of research in psychology we have learned that who we are, our particular combination of beliefs and habits and preferences and just plain quirks, is a combination of genetics and our upbringing in our family.  We know that children reared in the same family can be, and often are, very different.  […]

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May 27, 2018 – Isaiah 6.1-8

    Most evenings I take Jax, our dog, for a walk after dinner.  We’re out for just ten or fifteen minutes, usually one lap or less up and down our street.  I like these longer days, when we’re out during the daylight.  Jax loves to sniff his way up and down Ellen Drive, checking out […]

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May 13,2018- Acts 1.15-17, 21-26

    We were in Port Arthur, Texas, which is on the Gulf coast between Houston and Louisiana, on a mission trip.  Hurricane Rita had pummeled the area, and these folks were feeling a bit forgotten, because it made landfall about a month after Hurricane Katrina, and New Orleans and environs were receiving all the attention.  […]

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