Where Would We Be Without Elvis?

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“I am the Lord, the God of mankind.  Is anything too hard for me?”                                                                                                 Jeremiah 32:27  O.K., I admit it;  I am a sucker for the old Elvis movies.  With their bad-acting and predictability, they still capture my attention every time.  Elvis has always interested me. Why, you might ask? First, he was a Southern boy, coming from an ordinary family, who never left his Southern roots.  His was truly a … [Read more...]

It’s Time For A Praise Break

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My topic comes from Psalm 117:1-2. It says, " Praise the Lord all you nations.  Extol him, all you peoples.  for great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever." This chapter of Psalm is another reason to praise the Lord. In this life, everyone is busy doing this and that, but sometimes, we need to stop, step back, and give God a praise!  When I take a moment and think back on my life, I can sincerely say, "God I thank you." I thank you for being you, and I … [Read more...]

Common Ground: The Road Less Traveled

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The Presence of God. Ruth and Naomi found themselves in very trying circumstances after each suffered the loss of a husband and the inescapable grief that accompanies death. Scripture gives us a snapshot into their lives and we get a glimpse of the strong bond of friendship that took place between Ruth and Naomi. Was it the deep sense of grief that brought these two women together in a way they had never experienced before? Perhaps these women were drawn to each other because they knew they were … [Read more...]

Uncharted Territory

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Happy New Year! These are the words ringing from every direction today.  Last night we kissed 2014 goodbye and said hello to a fresh new year.  Some people were happy to see it go.  Some were hoping the same good fortune of 2014 would follow them to the next. But whatever way we said goodbye to the old and hello to the new, what we all have in common is that this New Year is uncharted territory.  Not one of us knows the twists and turns that may occur this year.  Not one of us can plan for … [Read more...]

Go Be Love

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A friend of mine, Abby Pound, has recently started to paint. The pictures she paints are simple yet powerful. I bought a simple painting from her that had three words on it, “Go Be Love”. I look at these words and I could easily glance over them. But if we take a deeper look, we will find a beautiful challenge. LOVE:  First what does love mean? Is it the absence of fear? Is it the absence of hate? Many times in scripture Jesus challenges us to love. But why should we “Go Be Love”? Before I … [Read more...]

I Call Him Daddy

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The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are CHILDREN of God...Romans 8:16 How do you see your father? There is nothing quite like a father and son/daughter relationship. We probably all were attached to our mother growing up because she is the main nurturer, but the father is the provider and the protector of the family. Any mother can have a child but the family unit is not complete if the father is not apart of it. I was blessed to be raised by both a mother and a … [Read more...]

Bad News Made Good

My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back,  let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins. James 5:19-20 Bad news can be hard to hear but good to know. Consider Paul in Acts 23. He is being held by the Romans because they were looking for evidence to prove the accusations made by the Jewish leadership against him. While imprisoned forty Jewish leaders made an oath … [Read more...]

5 Things My Mother Did Right

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This morning I was talking to a young Mom who made a statement about wishing that her mother had been more pro-active in teaching her how to clean. I recalled for her how my mother did it for me and how I regret that I did not follow suit with my own children. It wasn’t the only thing she taught me well. Here were some great lessons from my Mom: 1. Chores before fun: Mom worked full time and Saturday was the day to clean. We had chores to do that could not be put off – we went nowhere until … [Read more...]

If But One

I want to save the world.  I wish I could gather every person who hurts into my arms and love on them.  I want to open up the chests of hurting people and pour Jesus's love directly into their hearts.  I know what it's like to hurt, feel rejection, suffer from insecurities, and feel worthless. Jesus saved me from those pains and now I want to put on a pink cape, fly around the world, and inflict every single person with His love. There are times that I get so frustrated and feel like I am not … [Read more...]

Joy > Jealousy

By Andy Vaughn Last week I had the pleasure of holding a sleeping seven pound ball of potential. Two of my dear friends, Dan and Sydney, recently  had their first child. His name is Oliver, and you can see the features of his family tree from his nose right down to his toes. I met Dan and Sydney when I started volunteering in their youth group. They're only 19 and 20 years old now, although I still think of them as the kids I met just a few years ago. They're young, in love, and already have … [Read more...]