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Facing Fear with Faith

Matthew 1:18-25, “Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way.  When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.  And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce […]

Giving Thanks

I’ve spent most of today preparing for my message on Sunday on ‘Thankfulness.’  During my study I came across ‘The General Thanksgiving’ from the Book of Common Prayer.  I hope it will be as much an encouragement to you as it has been to me. “Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we thine unworthy servants […]

“Slow Down, You Move Too Fast”

You may recognize these words to the Simon and Garfunkel song “Feeling Groovy.” There are times when I enjoy the mellowness of their music, but I wouldn’t say that I’m a fan.  This post however isn’t about Simon and Garfunkel or their music.  It’s about a walk I just took with my four year old […]

When the Church Disappoints

I’ve been thinking alot about Paul’s final words to Timothy.  Writing from prison in Rome he said, “Do your best to come to me soon.  For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica.  Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.  Luke alone is with me.  Get Mark […]

“Do Christians just pick and choose what they want to believe about the Bible?”

I was reading some articles tonight on the Gospel Coalition website and ran across this article by Tim Keller entitled, “Old Testament Law and the Charge of Inconsistency“.  In the article Keller wisely articulates why Christians aren’t being inconsistent when they distinguish between the moral law (including sexual ethics) that trancends both the Old and New Testaments, and […]

A Beautiful Picture of Commitment

I was incredibly moved by this story and hope that you will too. To God be the glory.

Thoughts on the North Carolina Marriage Amendment

On May 8, 2012, voters in North Carolina will cast their vote either “for” or “against” the proposed amendment to the constitution of North Carolina that defines marriage between a man and woman.  If approved, the proposed measure would amend the constitution by adding the following words: “Marriage between one man and one woman is […]