Archive - August 2021

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ALL FOR LOVE
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THE NEW WAY
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YES AND YES!
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THE PURPLE BEAR
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THE ULTIMATE CURE-ALL
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OUR HIGHEST HONOR
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JUST A REMINDER
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NEVER UNLUCKY IN LOVE
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MORE THAN A SONG
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RECALL

ALL FOR LOVE

“They did not conquer the land with their swords; it was not their own strong arm that gave them victory. It was your right hand and strong arm and the blinding light from your face that helped them, for you loved them.” Psalm 44:3 Have you ever wondered why God would pick a “non-people group”, the Israelites, and make them into the most highly feared, highly respected group of people in the known world? Why would He go to all the trouble of bringing them out of Egypt, providing for and sustaining them in the wilderness, bringing them across the Jordan[…]

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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 of the[…]

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YES AND YES!

For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory. 2 Corinthians 1:20 AMP In the book of Judges, we see that over and over the Children of Israel continually disobeyed the Lord. Every time, God would deliver them from one enemy and before you knew it, they were right back into their idol worship, forsaking the God who had brought them out of Egypt’s slavery and blessed them with the Promised Land. But each time, as they would cry out in[…]

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THE PURPLE BEAR

Lord, don’t hold back your tender mercies from me. Let your unfailing love and faithfulness always protect me. Psalm 40:11 As news became public about little 3-year-old Casey Hathaway, folks throughout Eastern North Carolina and beyond began to pray. He had wandered away from the backyard and headed into the deeply wooded area of Ernul, a rural/farming community in northwestern Craven County. A massive search party formed, and as nighttime temperatures plunged into the twenties, everyone was worried that Casey may not survive the night. By day two and after a torrential rainfall and wind, most people were thinking that[…]

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THE ULTIMATE CURE-ALL

“May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.” 1 Corinthians 16:23  In the days before modern medicine, “cure-alls” were the rage. In particular, during the late 1800’s and the early 1900’s there were all kinds of brands of “cure-alls.” From “Drakes Universal Pill” to “Doctor Thackery’s Miraculous Cure-All,” these potions promised results for healing from every ailment imaginable. To this day, despite the horrible taste, Castor Oil is still used by many as a cure-all for various health issues. I still remember hearing old-timers talk about getting a dose of Castor Oil on a regular basis, and especially[…]

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OUR HIGHEST HONOR

“Now you [collectively] are Christ’s body, and individually [you are] members of it [each with his own special purpose and function].”            1 Corinthians 12:27 There was an interesting concept I learned as a young Marine that has stuck with me through the years. It was the idea that just to earn the title of Marine was your greatest accomplishment as a Marine. Yes, just like in every branch of the military, there are various jobs and specifications of duty. One may serve as a cook while another serves as military police, aircraft mechanic, or admin[…]

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JUST A REMINDER

“Let me now remind you, dear brothers and sisters, of the Good News I preached to you before. You welcomed it then, and you still stand firm in it.” 1 Corinthians 15:1 If you’re like most folks, you need a lot of reminders. In fact, as I’ve been sitting here reading and writing this post, I’ve received two reminders from my phone about an upcoming appointment. My “catchall reminder” is my wife. I’ll often end a text sharing some info with her and saying to her “don’t let me forget…”. Just recently she responded to me with, “I don’t know that[…]

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NEVER UNLUCKY IN LOVE

“Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.”  1 Corinthians 13:13 The online dating site, eHarmony, has a set of ten rules for those feeling “unlucky in love.” One of these rules states the following: “If men aren’t interested in you, it probably isn’t because you aren’t a supermodel, it is probably because they can see how you feel about yourself.” Think about how people are drawn to someone with confidence. A person with confidence seems to love life. … If you don’t feel confident, fake it until you do.” I’m not so sure about the[…]

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MORE THAN A SONG

“Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,     your faithfulness to the skies.” Psalm 36:5  It was just a regular afternoon at the Powell home when, suddenly, Aimee began to complain about a severe headache that continued to worsen. As the excruciating pain became more than she could bear, her husband, Mac, dialed 911 for help. Aimee was rushed to the hospital where doctors discovered she was having a brain aneurysm and they began to take immediate steps to stop the bleeding by putting two coils in her brain. All Mac knew to do was to cry out to the Lord in prayer[…]

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RECALL

“Your unfailing love, O Lord, is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.” Psalm 35:5 My wife and I were having dinner with her parents some time and my mother-in law asked me a question, which I really can’t even remember, and 45 minutes later I wrapped up the answer. LOL! Somewhat apologetically, and feeling a little embarrassed, I told them I was sorry for going into such a long story, to which they were very kind and said they really enjoyed hearing every detail. It all left me feeling unsure of who may have gotten more out[…]

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