Archive - 2019

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A TRUE STANDOUT
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ORDER AND GRACE
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WHAT RIGHTEOUS ANGER REVEALS
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COMMENDATION THAT COUNTS
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YOUR GIVING STORY
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BEST CALL YOU’LL EVER TAKE
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THE ROCK THAT REMEMBERS
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SIX SCOOPS
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A PLACE CALLED HOME
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THE NEW WAY

A TRUE STANDOUT

“’Let’s go across to the outpost of those pagans,’ Jonathan said to his armor bearer. ‘Perhaps the Lord will help us, for nothing can hinder the Lord. He can win a battle whether he has many warriors or only a few’!” 1 Samuel 14:6 Dictionary.com defines the word “standout” as someone remarkably superior to others. We often hear this term, “standout,” in reference to a baseball player or other athlete who seems to have the athletic edge and pulls away from the crowd of competitors.   In 1 Samuel 14, Jonathan was certainly a “standout.” Israel needed a breakthrough as they had found themselves at a stalemate against the[…]

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ORDER AND GRACE

“Each time he said, ‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 “So help me God.” It’s a phrase found in most all oaths of office taken by political leaders and anyone being sworn into public office. This simple phrase was made famous by the first one to be sworn into the office of President of The United States, George Washington, as he placed his hand upon a Bible and said those words. Those four[…]

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WHAT RIGHTEOUS ANGER REVEALS

“Then the Spirit of God came powerfully upon Saul, and he became very angry.” 1 Samuel 11:6 What makes you angry? Hopefully it takes more than getting cut off in traffic or being behind a slow driver. And yes, in this I’ve revealed a personal trigger point. Certainly not to the point of road-rage by any means, but nothing gets me more irritated than being stuck behind a slow driver driving in the fast lane while refusing to merge to the right lane. If that’s you, then please don’t get upset with me if I politely flash my lights at you,[…]

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COMMENDATION THAT COUNTS

“When people commend themselves, it doesn’t count for much. The important thing is for the Lord to commend them.” 2 Corinthians 10:18 There’s a lot of “self-commendation” going on around us these days. From sports stars bragging about a three-pointer, touchdown, or homerun; YouTubers boasting about their huge number of subscribers; to company CEO’s boasting about their latest financial report and cash on hand, self-commendation just reveals a shallowness in one’s thinking. And, to be quite honest, it’s a big turnoff for most. As Paul shared in 2 Corinthians 10, what matters most at the end of the day is the[…]

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YOUR GIVING STORY

“Praise the Lord God, the God of Israel, who alone does such wonderful things.” Psalm 72:18 Do you have a giving story? I’ve compiled a few through the years, but none more vivid than this one. I had moved from Eastern North Carolina to the Raleigh area and had gotten myself into somewhat of a financial pickle. I had bought out a small business in the area and had merged it in with my current business, and in the process of trying to grow things too fast, my overhead had gotten out of hand. Feeling the pinch, I decided to sell my home[…]

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BEST CALL YOU’LL EVER TAKE

“And the Lord came and called as before, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ And Samuel replied, ‘Speak, your servant is listening’.”  1 Samuel 3:10 Along with modern-day computer and phone technology comes a lot of unwanted phone calls. Marketers are able to “scrape list” for callers’ numbers, load them into computer programs and dial for dollars by the thousands. But, along with those same technological advances we have voice mail, caller ID and the ability to block phone numbers. Without this ability to do some screening and call blocking, we would never catch a break or be able to enjoy a nice dinner with the family,[…]

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THE ROCK THAT REMEMBERS

“No one is holy like the Lord! There is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.”  1 Samuel 2:2 It was one of those beautiful, spring nights here in Eastern North Carolina. My wife and I had just enjoyed a nice dinner at one of our favorite water view eateries and were now enjoying the sunset scenery at the riverfront park across the street. As we walked out to the end of a pier, I commented about the beautiful orange sunset colors that were dancing off the river and then I said to her, “You see that spot[…]

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SIX SCOOPS

“For God says, “At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you. Indeed, the ‘right time’ is now. Today is the day of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6:2 Sometime ago, a picture posted on Reddit showing a bowl Kellogg’s famous Raisin Bran cereal with only a sparse supply of raisins caused an uproar among some cereal lovers. In response, BusinessInsider.com set out to investigate, leaving those same cereal lovers feeling a lot better. What they discovered was that although Kellogg has never really made it clear on just exactly how big their “scoop” is, BusinessInsider.com felt that[…]

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A PLACE CALLED HOME

“Let me live forever in your sanctuary, safe beneath the shelter of your wings!” Psalm 61:4  One of, if not the most famous line from the movie, Wizard of Oz,would be, “There’s no place like home.” Dorothy definitely got that right as most would agree that, although there are many places you can be in this world, there really is no place like home.  In the Old Testament story of Ruth, Ruth made the choice to cling to a place called home, which for her was more about a person than a place. After her husband’s death, she could have easily stayed in[…]

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THE NEW WAY

“Therefore, since God in his mercy has given us this new way, we never give up.” 2 Corinthians 4:1   If you travel up and down the barrier islands of North Carolina, you’re likely to see some amazing and beautiful sights, one of which may be wild horses. It’s a common occurrence in coastal NC to see these magnificent creatures, and if you’re gentle enough, they’ll come pretty close. These horses are the ancestors of those horses that were brought to the Americas on Spanish trading ships during the 16thcentury, with more than a few of these ships finding themselves wrecked[…]

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