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THE TURNAROUND
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SANDWICHED BY GRACE
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BLESS YOU
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SIMPLE RECIPE
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BETTER THAN 911
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THE PRINCIPAL THING
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SEASONED SPEAKING
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HIGHER THINKING
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BUILD ON HIM
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GROW IT

THE TURNAROUND

“The Lord was with Joseph, so he succeeded in everything he did as he served in the home of his Egyptian master.” Genesis 39:2  From the rebuke of his father, the hatred of his brothers, the false accusations from Potiphar’s wife, and prison; Joseph’s life looked like a complete mess. It was not at all like he had thought things were going to work out for him based on the dreams he had. Two dreams, back to back, led him to believe that there was greatness in his future, but instead he was experiencing the worst kind of failure. But, in spite[…]

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SANDWICHED BY GRACE

“May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.”              2 Thessalonians 3:18  Here in the South there’s nothing like a good sandwich. And here, a really good sandwich doesn’t have to be complicated, only a few basic components are necessary. Particularly in the spring and summer, you can choose pretty much any kind of filler or meat you like, but for me Dukes Mayonnaise is a must, a brand not widely seen around all parts of the country. And along with that Dukes Mayonnaise, fresh garden tomatoes this time of year[…]

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BLESS YOU

“May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.” Numbers 6:26  I had a recent conversation with Siri and here’s how it went: ME: “Siri, where does the tradition of saying “bless you” when someone sneezes come from? SIRI: “Many people have become accustomed to saying “bless you” or “gesundheit” when someone sneezes. Wishing someone well after they sneeze probably originated hundreds of years ago. The phrase “God bless you” is attributed to Pope Gregory the Great, who uttered it in the sixth century during a bubonic plague epidemic (sneezing is an obvious symptom of one form of the plague).[…]

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SIMPLE RECIPE

“We believe that we are all saved the same way, by the undeserved grace of the Lord Jesus.” Acts 15:11   Depending on where you’re from, the word “barbeque” can mean different things. To a Texan, BBQ is smoked brisket, but when a Missourian hears the word BBQ, they probably think of smoked ribs. Where I’m from in Eastern North Carolina, we’ve got our own brand of BBQ too, and some distant relatives of mine have gotten pretty famous by sticking with a simple recipe that’s been handed down for generations. In fact, they can trace the origin of their simple[…]

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BETTER THAN 911

But let us who live in the light be clearheaded, protected by the armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation.” 1 Thessalonians 5:8   In the sparcly populated county in Eastern North Carolina where I live, our 911 Call Center Telecommunicators have undergone some significant training in recent years resulted in lives saved. Not to long ago our local Telecommunicators underwent intensive training in the Emergency Medical Dispatch Interface which allows them to interact with the callers to the 911 center, by giving them medical instructions to assist victims of heart attacks, strokes, choking,[…]

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THE PRINCIPAL THING

“He called you to salvation when we told you the Good News; now you can share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  2 Thessalonians 2:14  In 1 Kings 3 and 2 Chronicles 1, Solomon begins his reign as Israel’s third king by worshiping the Lord, and it wasn’t just any kind of worship!  By offering over 1,000 animal sacrifices to the Lord, it was an extraordinary, extravagant worship. The kind of worship that invoked a response from the Lord that came in the form of a visit through a vision and included a question. The question to Solomon[…]

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SEASONED SPEAKING

“Let your speech at all times be gracious and pleasant, seasoned with salt, so that you will know how to answer each one [who questions you].”       Colossians 4:6  One morning, on a recent visit to my in-laws, I offered to cook breakfast. As I was getting things going, I jokingly asked, “Where do you keep your jar of bacon grease?” Laughter followed. After all, we were in New Jersey and not North Carolina where seasoning food is a southern necessity. Every cook in the South knows that when it comes to cooking, everything’s got to be seasoned “really good!” Your choice of[…]

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HIGHER THINKING

 “Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.” Colossians 3:1-2 Dr. Robert Schuller was known as the pastor of the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove California, a mega church before mega churches were even considered possible. Dr. Schuller cites many of his life’s accomplishments and successes to what he coined as “Possibility Thinking.” My new favorite TV show is the hit reality show, “The Profit,” with its[…]

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BUILD ON HIM

“Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:7  As it opened its doors welcoming retail tenants and shoppers in 1968, The Vernon Park Mall was the pride of the East. As the first shopping mall east of Raleigh, in the rural farming town of Kinston, North Carolina, the mall bustled with commerce as folks drove from miles around to walk the corridors, shop the stores and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere. Many a shop[…]

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GROW IT

“Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.” Colossians 1:10 Bill and Bette had no idea what the little farm they had just purchased would one day turn into. The year was 1953 and the young couple couldn’t wait to start planting sweet corn in the fertile soil of Southern New Jersey. Bill started selling that corn from the back of a wagon, and as the family grew, so did the[…]

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