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My 2 Cents About the Upcoming Election

My Two Cents About The Upcoming Elections As November and the elections will soon be upon us I thought it might be good to say a few words about my thoughts on the ongoing Presidential race and my plans on voting in November. Now to be clear, this isn’t an article about who I’m voting […]

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My Best Christmas Present

My Best Christmas Present To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth–Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance () With Christmas now […]

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Closer Than You Think

Closer Than You Think “fear not, for I am with you” (a) Not long ago I was watching a television program where a child was being tucked into bed by his mother. The child told his mom to please leave the light on because he was scared of the dark. The mom, very wisely, responded […]

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Meditations and Observations Upon Psalm 1

Meditations and Observations Upon  In Seminary I took an expository preaching class that went over the basics of developing a sermon and studying the Bible. One of the techniques of studying the Bible was that of observing the text. The idea of this exercise was to not use any commentaries or any other study material […]

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Remember, Only God is the Greatest

Muhammad Ali will always be known as one of the greatest heavyweight boxing champions of all time. He was one who had a larger than life persona who uttered many a memorable remark during his time in the spotlight. He was flamboyant, provocative, and one who knew how to entertain in and out of the […]

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How Many Clean Feet are Around You?

How Many Clean Feet are Around You? Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into […]

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Love, the Only Way to Look Like Jesus

Love, the Only Way to Look Like Jesus A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” – (ESV) This past […]

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The Blessed Words “It is Finished!”

The Blessed Words “It is Finished!” When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. – (ESV) These are quite possibly the most remembered and recognized words of Christ’s time upon the cross. However, though these are the most well known words […]

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A Meditation Upon the Garden Prayer

A Meditation Upon the Garden Prayer And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” – (ESV) Jesus as we come to this time of Easter we remember that You […]

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What Do You Celebrate?

What Do You Celebrate? I will praise you, LORD, with all my heart and tell about the wonders you have worked. God Most High, I will rejoice; I will celebrate and sing because of you. (CEV) What do you celebrate? That is a rather simple question but when you really think about it that question […]

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Go Big For God

Youth – Go Big for God One of my favorite shows on Netflix before it was taken off was Dual Survivor. For those unfamiliar with the show it is a program that takes two wilderness survival experts and places them in various terrains where they show how you can survive in a harsh environment. In […]

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Advent Devotionals

Advent Devotionals The Story of Christ’s birth as found in is something we have heard many times. Whether it is through the sermon’s preached during advent, the Christmas Cantata narration, or our daily devotions during Christmas we will likely hear the Christmas story many times over during the holiday season. With this in mind I […]

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My Favorite Verse

“Fear Not” “fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” We’ve all had those moments in our life when we see the foundations of our world begin to shake. For one […]

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How Rest Is Essential In the Christian Life

It is interesting to notice that in the same place where God speaks about the necessity of work within the life of His people, He also tells about the necessity of rest from that work. One thing we can gather from this is that rest is vital for both a healthy physical life but also […]

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Lessons for life learned through David’s battle with Goliath

Lessons for life learned through David’s battle with Goliath David and Goliath, found in , is one of the most well known events recorded in the Bible. It is told to us as children, preached about in sermons, portrayed in videos, and sung about in song. It is an event rich in so many themes […]

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Daily Devotions In Proverbs

Daily Devotions In Proverbs — PDF Download — Plain Text Version — The book of Proverbs is a very unique book in the cannon of Scripture. It is a collection of proverbs or sayings that reveal a truth or good piece of advice. In the book of proverbs we have a collection of these principled sayings, […]

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5 Day Devotion – Unsatisfied

Download Devotional –    DOC         PDF Unsatisfied: A 5 Day Journey To Help Us To Never Be Stagnant In Our Christian Life Day 1 Moses – Unsatisfied with a Small Glimpse Text – “So Moses thought: I must go over and look at this remarkable sight. Why isn’t the bush burning up?” […]

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Change Is A Part Of Healthy Christian Living

As I look back upon my life there are many things that have changed that I am not too happy about. My eyesight is much worse now than when I received my first pair of glasses in the first grade. Our national debt is 20 times more than when I was born. Television has gone […]

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A Tribute to My Wife – A Question for All of Us

It has been said that it is the little things that make the biggest difference. With that being said I would like to brag a little bit on my wife and reveal to you a little known fact about her and at the same time pose a question to you about your life and your […]

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A Christmas Challenge – Give Like God Gave

It is odd sometimes how God works and even how He provides things for ministers to write in their church newsletters but the things that God does are truly amazing. This past Thursday I had the opportunity to have lunch with Father Thomas from Holy Family Catholic Church right down the road from Mars Hill. […]

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Ladies Day Away at the Cove: 10-2-2012

PDF of Article Dear Ladies of the Church, I wanted to write and tell you all about the “Women’s Day Away” seminar that Traci Lloyd and I attended on October 2nd at The Cove. For those of you who have never heard of The Cove it also goes by another name which is The Billy […]

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Back to Basics: Being Blessed at the Cove

PDF of Article   As many of you know I had the privilege of recently attending a pastor’s seminar at The Cove in Asheville, NC. This was the fifth or sixth time I have been and I was blessed yet again by through the teaching that was given. Our speaker this time as Dr. Alistar […]

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Halloween Costumes Are Chosen All Year Long

PDF of Article As Halloween is quickly approaching, I knew our kids’ hearts would soon be focused on two things, what they were going dress up in for Halloween, and what type of candy they were going to get when they go Trick or Treating. Now initially I thought it would be a good idea […]

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The Gospel is Offensive, those that Share it Should Not Be

PDF of Article as it is written, “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.” ( ESV) Recently, during a Wednesday night Bible study a good point was made about sharing the gospel and how many Christians […]

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Beware and Be Prepared to Face False Doctrine

Parents, Adults, and Seniors Beware and Be Prepared to Face False Doctrine “Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that, unless we love the truth, we cannot know it.” – Blaise Pascal I love books, anyone who has walked into my office knows this and that love extends to our home. […]

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