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May 12, 2015

Fresh Water

Those with faith and assurance in Christ live each and every moment in the presence of God. Acts 17:28 tells us that “In Him we live, and move, and have our being”.  Through the gift of prayer, we can be in conscious contact with God at any time by turning to Him in our thoughts, and the gift of His presence […]

April 28, 2015

The Majesty and Glory of His Name

I was blessed to be able to drive in the Allegheny Highlands in Virginia, specifically the area around Clifton Forge and Covington. It’s been a very long time since I’ve seen this stretch of road beyond Clifton Forge. There is farmland nestled between the hills. Birds of prey soar in the sky while cattle and horses graze in the […]

April 14, 2015

Rain is like the blood of Christ.

It’s spring in North Carolina. Beautiful azaleas are blooming, pear trees are turning white, flowers are popping their heads out of the earth – and a layer of yellow pine pollen is EVERYWHERE. The pine pollen isn’t one of the things that tortures those of us with allergies. That honor belongs to things like grasses […]

April 7, 2015

Renewed in Christ

I came across something on the Internet that was fascinating to me. There’s a lady in Tazmania who has figured out how to recycle dolls. She calls her product “Tree Change Dolls”. She’ll go to a thrift store and purchase used dolls. There is one particular type of doll that attracts her and she usually tries to get those. Some are in generally […]

March 24, 2015

Spring is Here!

This is the time of year when I enjoy watching things come back to life. I am beginning to see splashes of yellow appear – daffodils and forsythia. Trees that were just bare sticks are covered in white blossoms. Soon there will be redbud and azaleas adding their colors to the mix. God gives us such wonderful gifts and we can expect to […]

March 17, 2015

History of St. Patrick’s Day

Today is a beautiful spring-like day in NC. Just a few weeks ago, we were struggling with bad road conditions because of snow. Today the sun is   shining and we can begin to believe that Spring is really on its way. And I happen to be writing this on St. Patrick’s Day. We typically think of St. Patrick’s Day as […]

March 10, 2015

Seasons of Transition

My takeaway from Dr. Lolley’s message this past Sunday:              God is a really big God.             His plans, His blessings, and His Word are really big.             His talent at being ‘In-Charge’ is really big.             He has never given us any of that stuff on our own terms or  timetable.             So we really ought […]

March 3, 2015

Serving God Together

I’m headed back to the Virginia Mountains in a few hours. This time I’m not trying to dodge snow storms! No matter what the forecasters say, there’s still an element of surprise surrounding winter weather. Maybe that’s why I love snow and winter so much. Watching it snow is, for me, a peaceful experience. The flakes falling from the sky remind me that […]

February 25, 2015


Snow. I wasn’t sure I’d see any this year. I was wrong. Last week I was in my hometown in Virginia and watched as 12” of cold, white                  precipitation fell from the sky. It was so beautiful. I had forgotten how lovely the snow is reflecting light at night. It’s almost as bright as daytime. Now I know what you’re […]

February 18, 2015


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, One of the hymns we sang at my farewell dinner last Sunday evening was “Great is Thy Faithfulness.” As we were singing, I was reflecting on how true the lyrics of this hymn are: Morning by morning new mercies I see; all I have needed thy hand hath provided – “Great is thy                     faithfulness,” […]

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