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“For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” (James 4:14)

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Socialism has been the big word in the news and politics this year and those espousing the concept of making America a socialist nation have gone so far as to posit that God is a socialist and that the Bible endorses socialism. Nothing could be further from the truth.

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­ “One day at a time with its failures and fears, with its hurts and mistakes, with its weakness and tears; with its portion of pain and its burden of care, one day at a time we must meet and must bear.

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“One day at a time with its failures and fears, with its hurts and mistakes, with its weakness and tears; with its portion of pain and its burden of care, one day at a time we must meet and must bear.

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When I was growing up, my parents had rules of conduct for home and outside the home, and they expected them to be obeyed.

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When I was growing up, my parents had rules of conduct for home and outside the home, and they expected them to be obeyed. In fact, in those days, most parents had rules for children to follow. And if the rules were broken, of course there were natural consequences. But there were also paren…

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The nerve! How dare he? Can you believe that the Governor of South Carolina actually stood by, with head reverently bowed, while a man prayed prior to news conferences relative to Hurricane Dorian? I mean, really! What was he thinking?

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Most, if not all of us, tend to be “big picture” people. We focus more on the big, the extravagant, the expensive and the humongous. News coverage is much quicker and more involved for big events, crimes and tragedies. Not long ago, a well-known writer/speaker got in trouble for his correct …

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If you want to stifle conversation at a lively party, bring up the subject of death. Few people like to talk about it even though it is a daily part of life. People die every day, people in our world, people in our state, people in our community, people in our family.

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If you want to stifle conversation at a lively party, bring up the subject of death. Few people like to talk about it even though it is a daily part of life. That’s why the funeral home and newspaper obituaries are new daily, because people die every day, people in our world, people in our s…

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Hurricane Dorian is now history and we prepare for the next storm. But Dorian is still very much in the minds of many who lost loved ones, were injured, lost homes or had significant damage. Now the cleanup begins.

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As I write this week’s Church Talk, Hurricane Dorian is monopolizing the news. The storm is churning across the Caribbean toward the United States and the “cone of uncertainty” has everyone from Florida to North Carolina (and maybe even farther north) concerned.

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It’s confession time. When I’m in the car, and I’m out and about often during the week, I almost always listen to the radio.

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School starts this week! Wow! It seems only a few days ago we were celebrating the end of the school year and graduation. Time really does fly as one gets older!

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Someone I know was given the Wonder Bible. This battery-operated device reads God’s word to you; or at least it’s supposed to. This one however had a problem; something in the battery charging portion didn’t work so the device did not read to you. That Bible don’t work no more.

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Someone I know was given the “Wonder Bible” (As Seen On TV). This battery-operated device reads God’s Word to you; or at least it’s supposed to. This one however had a problem; something in the battery-charging portion didn’t work, so try as you might, the device did not read to you. That Bi…

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July 4 marks the 243rd anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, one of the greatest documents ever written by man. Fifty-six patriots signed that document, pledging their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor.

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Thursday July 4 marks the 243rd anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, one of the greatest documents ever written by man.

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Johnny and his family moved to Conway in the middle of the school year and it was a hard time for him. Getting settled into a new town, a new school, wow!

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What do/did you call him? Father (very formal)? Dad? Daddy? Old Man (Never; that’s disrespect)? I called mine “Pop” and it was a very respectful “Pop”. I can say that both my father and my father-in-law — though not perfect — were two of the best male role models” I have ever had, and I woul…

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What do/did you call him? Father (very formal); Dad; Daddy, the Old Man (never! That’s disrespect). I called mine “Pop” and it was a very respectful “Pop”. I can say that both my father and my father-in-law, while neither was perfect, were two of the best “male role models” of my life, and I…

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“Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! And whatever else you do, develop good judgment.” (Proverbs 4:7 NLT)

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I would hope that all members of the faith community would make it a priority to be well informed on national and international events. We are called to be in the world and to be salt and light. We cannot do that if we have no idea what’s going on.

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I would hope that all members of the “faith community” would make it a priority to be well informed on national and international events.

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“When my life work is ended and I cross the swelling tide, when the bright and glorious morning I shall see; I shall know my Redeemer when I reach the other side, and His smile will be the first to welcome me.

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Thursday is the annual National Day of Prayer and special times of prayer will be held throughout America.

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“On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross, the emblem of suffering and shame; and I love that old cross, where the dearest and best for a world of lost sinners was slain.

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While Easter and Passover are often in close proximity, I always rejoice when they fall on the same weekend as they do this year. The similarities are amazing!

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“On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross, the emblem of suffering and shame; and I love that old cross, where the dearest and best for a world of lost sinners was slain.

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For the past month or so, I’ve been spending a lot of time in Revelation chapters 2 and 3 preparing for ministry in our church. In these chapters, Jesus addressed seven churches in Asia Minor and, by extension, His church in seven different ages since its inception.

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“For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are Your works and that my soul knows very well.

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This past Sunday we were reminded by one of our men of something that happens daily at a place I consider one of our nation’s most patriotically sacred shrines, the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.

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“O Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder consider all the worlds Thy hands have made, I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

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“What the world needs now is love, sweet love, that’s the thing that there’s just too little of. What the world needs now is love, sweet love; no, not just for some, but for everyone,” as recorded in 1965 by Jackie De Shannon.

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“What the world needs now is love, sweet love, that’s the thing that there’s just too little of. What the world needs now is love, sweet love; no, not just for some, but for everyone.” (recorded in 1965 by Jackie De Shannon)

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There is a story told of a lone sailor, shipwrecked and marooned on a small island. Years passed and finally, by chance, a passing ship noticed the island and sent a boat shore.

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One of my all-time favorite videos is a recording of Joni Eareckson Tada, filmed in 2008 at Shadow Mountain Community Church in San Diego.

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One of my all-time favorite videos is a recording of Joni Eareckson Tada, filmed in 2008 at Shadow Mountain Community Church in San Diego.

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This past weekend our church hosted its annual Couples’ Retreat down at the beach.