Productive Joy

"In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity." - 2 Corinthians 8:2 Dave Williamson shared in our staff chapel yesterday an interesting conversation he had with some Haitians...

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Raise the Roof!

"I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plant them so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed."     2 Samuel 7:10 There doesn't seem to be clear consensus on where the expression "raise...

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Missing Man Table

"There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends."  John 15:13 Forgive the plug for Chick-fil-A, but this story was sent to me the other day and though it is about Veterans' Day, I found it a great Memorial Day...

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God and Dog

As I mentioned above, my birthday this week was a unique experience. Bella, a St. Bernard/Bernese Mtn. Dog mix, was a very special dog to my daughter, Julie. Julie rescued her seven years ago within hours of being put down. She had been abused...

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Need a Fresh Breakthrough?

"At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him."  Matthew 3:16   Do you know what happened this day 90 years ago? (And I'm not thinking about anyone's birthday in case you...

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The Reminder of Cold Grits

"As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you."                                                     ...

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Who Are Your Heroes?

My connecting flight to Birmingham, AL last evening went through Charlotte, NC. I was waiting to board when I heard them call for First Class passengers. I looked up and saw Jeff Gordon checking in. The gate attendant couldn't...

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Time for Spring Cleaning

Today is Earth Day. Let's start with some statistics: the Earth orbits the sun at a speed of 18.5 miles per second. That's fast. It makes a complete revolution every 365.25 days (explaining why we had a Leap Year this year). The...

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How'd I Get Here?

"Act wisely toward outsiders, making the most of every opportunity." Colossians 4:5 Two key words we are emphasizing this year are INVITE and INCLUDE. Getting plugged in and involved in church are essential to a positive...

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The Importance of Nouns and Adverbs

A school system in a large city had a program to help children maintain schoolwork while hospitalized for extended periods. One day a teacher was sent to help a boy who had been severely burned. She got his name and room number and talked with...

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