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  • April 7, 2019

    “Seizing a Holy Moment”

    Year C - Fifth Sunday in Lent

    Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it […]

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  • March 31, 2019

    "The Parable of the Loving Father"

    Year C – Fourth Sunday in Lent

    “Parenting is the most difficult job I have ever had!”  With a sigh, a mother went on to describe acting out behaviors, sibling rivalry and gross immaturity.  I asked, “What is the age of your children?”  “Oh, they are adults” she replied.  Running away, temper tantrums and concerns only about me and mine, are not […]

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  • March 24, 2019

    "Don't Forget!"

    Year C – Third Sunday in Lent

    The church in Corinth was a conflicted and divided community. To offer a humous twist; “we have this treasure in earthen vessels,” (2 Corinthians 4:7) but some are cracked pots! Their conflicts and divisions included: quarrels and strife, spiritual pride, sexual immorality, prostitution; marriage and divorce, worship of idols, lawsuits between believers, dressing immodestly in […]

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  • March 17, 2019

    "Trust in the Lord!"

    Year C – Second Sunday in Lent

    The phrase “In God We Trust” appeared on US coins and currency beginning in 1855. A hundred years later on July 30, 1956, “In God We Trust” became the national motto of the United States. In recent years the motto “In God We Trust” has been challenged. The challenge was rejected by the federal courts, […]

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  • March 10, 2019

    “Our Lord knows the way through the wilderness”

    Year C - First Sunday in Lent

    So, on fire for God, Jesus returned from his baptism. Then in this spirit he was moved to go into the back woods for forty days, where the Confuser took some cracks at him. During that time, he didn’t eat anything, so he was hungry when the time was up. Then the Confuser said to […]

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  • March 3, 2019

    “A Preview of the Resurrection”

    Year C - Transfiguration Sunday (Last Sunday before Lent)

    Peak experiences form the spiritual references points of life.  Within the scripture, many peak experiences are recorded.  Some are literally associated with mountaintops.  Moses received the Law on Mount Sinai.  The Risen Christ told his disciples on a mountain in Galilee, “I am with you always.”  Another peak experience is the Transfiguration. Christian tradition places […]

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  • February 24, 2019

    “The Windshield or the Rearview Mirror”

    Year C: Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany

    People who know me know that I went to Wake Forest University.  They know that I bleed Black and Gold, pull for them win or lose (more time than not, lose, especially this basketball season!)  Stories are told how I have been known to roll my own yard after a big victory.  I am a […]

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  • February 17, 2019

    “Learning What’s Important”

    Year C: Sixth Sunday after The Epiphany

    It is an expression that every parent hears.  It is usually during homework time, or right before a test.  You hear this gigantic sigh, and then the words of absolute frustration.  “I don’t know why I have to learn this.  I am never going to need to know this.” What “this” is depends on the […]

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  • February 10, 2018

    “A Lesson in Evangelism”

    Year C – Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

    February 10, 2018 It was another spring day in my home town.  Spring was the time of the year when the baseball team began to practice with great hopes.  Cherryville, North Carolina is and always has been a baseball town.  In a town that has seen cotton mills and trucking companies move away baseball is […]

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  • February 3. 2019

    “Learning to Love”

    Year C - Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

    In our continuing move to be of service to you, we bring you this important reminder.  This is February 3.  I know that this is Super Bowl Sunday, but don’t be lulled to sleep. There are only 11 more days before Valentine’s Day.  Don’t wait till the last minute.  Get out there and get those cards […]

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