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Memorial Day 2017

Posted on May 28, 2017 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Every year we have the privilege of celebrating Memorial Day. Now I realize that the word ‘privilege’ may be a rather strange choice of words, but hear me out and perhaps you will agree with what I have to say.

First, let’s talk about what this holiday is all about. Originally known as Decoration Day, its roots go all the way back to the Civil War as a day when the graves of the fallen Civil War Soldiers were deco...

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Worship (part 6) Where do you worship?(part 2)

Posted on May 21, 2017 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Well, it has been a couple of weeks since we were on our series about worship, so today I would like to once again return to that subject. The last time we were dealing with this subject we were talking about where you worship. As I hope you remember, we talked about the fact that many people talk about going to the mountains, beach or other places in nature to worship. We talked about the fact that all of God’s creation calls us to worship and in fact it all points to Hi...

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Mothers (What I know about Mothers)

Posted on May 14, 2017 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

I, like you, was born. Now I know that’s not too shocking to most of you, but I have on occasion been looked at as if I was from another planet or something. Anyway, the point is I had a Mother, but not only that, I was blessed to have a Mother and also to have had the privilege of having been raised by her and my Dad. Because of this, I know what it was like to have a Mother comfort me when I was sick, or hurt. I know what it was like to have the assurance and the c...

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Worship (Part 5): Where do you Worship?

Posted on May 7, 2017 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Today I would like to once again return to our topic of worship. So far we have asked 3 questions. What is worship? Do you worship? and, What do you worship? Today we would like to ask another question: Where do you worship? Now obviously this is not the first time this question has been asked. The Bible gives us the story about the woman at the well. She asked Jesus: ‘do we worship this mountain or do we worship at Jerusalem?’

 

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It is the Resurrection that makes the difference!

Posted on April 23, 2017 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

In the world we live in there are many religions. In fact, according to Google there are an estimated 4200 different religions in the world today. If you were to count all the religions in the world and include all the people groups who have ever lived, no matter how remote, nor how primitive, I would suspect that there would not only be thousands, but tens of thousands. The simple truth is we have no way of knowing just how many people went into the forest and found a piece of...

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It is the Resurrection that makes the difference!

Posted on April 16, 2017 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (2)

In the world we live in there are many religions. In fact, according to Google there are an estimated 4200 different religions in the world today. If you were to count all the religions in the world and include all the people groups who have ever lived, no matter how remote, nor how primitive, I would suspect that there would not only be thousands, but tens of thousands. The simple truth is we have no way of knowing just how many people went into the forest and found a piece of...

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Worship (Part 4): What do you Worship?

Posted on April 2, 2017 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Last week in our series on Worship we asked the question: “ Do you Worship?” Well, this past week an event took place here in North Carolina that I believe pretty well illustrates my point. In fact, I considered changing my topic this week and writing an article which I would have called “For the Love of Money”. You see, this past week the NC Legislature passed a Bill that, it appears, almost no body likes. Yet it passed, as once again the eyes of the n...

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Worship (Part 3): Do You Worship?

Posted on March 26, 2017 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Well, last week in Worship (part 2) we talked about what worship is, and a little bit about what it is not. Today we want to ask the question: Do you worship? Now I know that most of the people that are reading this are “Good church going people” who attend church regularly. They attend Sunday morning worship services. They may even attend Sunday night and Wednesday night services. Some sing in the choir and even perform solos for the church. Others are part of Bibl...

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Worship (Part 2): What Is Worship?

Posted on March 19, 2017 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

A couple of weeks ago we began this series on worship. We began with the definition. Simply put, it is the acknowledgment of someone’s, or something’s worth or value. It is our expression of, and acknowledgement of the value of that person or thing. This can be done in many different ways. For example, back in the days when people were ruled by kings and queens, it was very common for a person to bow, or bend the knee when they came into their presence. There was a ...

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A Little Poison Never Hurt Anyone?

Posted on March 12, 2017 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Now I realize that last weeks’ Pastor's Pen may have been a bit controversial. After all, aren't we all exposed to poison of one kind or another every day? In our homes we are exposed to all kinds of chemicals and chemical compounds. We even introduce poisons into our homes on purpose. (Have you ever sprayed for bugs?) There is even poison in some of the foods that we eat. Have you ever eaten an apple seed? There was poison in it. A potato that had started turning green? ...

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Poison Comes From Unlikely Places.

Posted on March 5, 2017 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

As I debated the title of today’s Pastor’s Pen, I considered “How much poison does it take to kill a person?”, and even “How much Arsenic does it take to make a really Good Banana Pudding?”

 

Perhaps these titles are a bit odd, but I was hoping to grab attention and make a point. Many of you will remember the name, Blanche Taylor Moore. She was a preacher’s daughter, a preacher’s wife, and ye...

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Worship: Part 1 - Definition

Posted on February 26, 2017 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

This past Sunday, I began preaching a series on ‘Worship Through Giving’. Well today, I would like to begin a series of Pastor’s Pens about Worship. We will discuss topics like: What is worship? What do we worship? When do we worship? Why do we worship? Where do we worship?

 

Now this is a pretty big subject so we will begin with the definition of the word and what do we mean when we talk about it. Often I hear peopl...

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Blood Sacrifices

Posted on February 19, 2017 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

     One of the complaints that you sometimes hear about Christianity is that it is a “Bloody Religion”. There is, of course, some truth to what they are saying. After all, beginning in the Old Testament and leading all the way into the New Testament there is a trail of Blood. In the Old Testament, the Bible tells us that God required animal sacrifices. In fact, throughout all of what we would refer to as the “Old Testament Time Period” t...

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Winning the Argument Doesn't Make You Right

Posted on February 12, 2017 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

     Have you ever heard the expression: “Might makes right”? Is that really true? Another expression that you may have heard is: “The winning side gets to write the history books”. Perhaps there is a bit more truth in the second statement. The simple truth is that sometimes the ‘Bad Guys” win. But what about arguments - do we argue simply to win, to prove that we are right?

     The f...

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This is the Real Super Bowl

Posted on February 5, 2017 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

     Every year an event takes place that seemingly captivates the attention of the whole world. Yes, this event is so important that it is literally broadcast around the world, and yes, in millions of homes all around the world people will gather to watch this event, it’s called the Super Bowl. Not only do people watch this event in their homes, but many invite friends and family to join them for a Super Bowl Party, where together with their friends they c...

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What? Another Protest?

Posted on January 29, 2017 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

     Well, one week ago this past Friday we had President Trump’s Inauguration. This was followed the next day by the Women’s March which drew out hundreds of thousands of women in support of “Women's Causes” around the world. Sadly, this march was soiled by the vulgarities which certain women felt the need to express, both verbally and with the use of signs. Further, some have suggested that the march was more about being anti-Trump than ...

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What's Next?

Posted on January 22, 2017 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

     This past Friday we all witnessed a historic event, the changing of the US President. You may say, ‘Historic? What was the big deal?’ It was not unlike any other inauguration that I have ever seen. Well, that may be true, but that is also the point. We just changed presidents and there was no war, no military coup. We voted and elected a new president and he was sworn into office. Now I realize that not everybody is happy, but that is how it alwa...

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The Romans' Road

Posted on January 19, 2017 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

One of the great tools of evangelism is referred to as the Romans Road. The reason for the name is simple: it gives God’s simple plan of salvation through a series of Bible verses, all found in the book of Romans. It tells us: Who needs Salvation, Why we Need salvation. and How we Get salvation.

Now I realize that for many of you this is nothing new, but there may be others who perhaps have never heard of it, forgotten it, or hav...

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Yes, We Need His Mercy

Posted on January 8, 2017 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (2)

This morning I awoke to a world covered with white beautiful snow and I was reminded of the way God covers us each day with His grace, mercy and love.

 

It has been said that the old Jewish Rabbis explained the LORD’s love for us like this: “He loves us, because He loves us”. Yep, that pretty much sums it up! God simply loves us because He chooses to. There is simply no other explication. Take a look at mankind, there rea...

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New Year's Revolution?

Posted on January 1, 2017 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)

As we begin a new year it is customary for people to make New Year’s resolutions. They resolve that In the New Year they will ______________. (You fill in the blank.) To be honest, a lot of people who make such a resolution know that they are probably not going to keep it, but figure that it can’t hurt, and besides there is always room for miracles. On the other hand, there are those who make a willing decision to go against the grain and simply refuse to make such ...

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