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“Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6). With Summer right around the corner, many people are making vacation plans.  A necessary evil of a vacation is travel — either by car, plane, boat, bus.  Each […]

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“This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast”  ~ Hebrews 6:19 Having grown up close to the ocean, boats were part of the landscape.  Most of my boating experience, however, was on the many nearby ponds, streams and rivers.  Along with my brothers and friends, I would navigate the […]

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But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me… ~ II Timothy 4:17 ~      There are times when we feel utterly alone in the world.  One such time sticks in my mind:  It was the Winter of 1987, Sharon & I had just moved to Greenville, SC, leaving  our home, our families, our jobs […]

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“You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ” ~ II Timothy 2:3      Ever since I was  a teenager, I have been intrigued by the American Civil War.  I’m not alone:  every year millions of people visit Civil War battlefields, including thousands of foreign tourists.  Over the past couple of […]

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So Here We Go… When we were redesigning our church website, the site designer included a page for a “blog.”  I didn’t give it much thought until I realized the idea was that as the pastor, I would be be expected to fill that page with occasional writings — this didn’t appeal to me at […]

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