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Overcoming Giants In Your Life

A number of years ago when we lived in New Albany, Ohio, I coached our oldest daughter’s middle school rec soccer team. One Saturday we traveled to a nearby community to play a team that was undefeated. When we got to the field the outcome of the game was already decided in my girls minds. The opposing team had girls […]

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The Strawberry and Spinach Salad

In a few days millions of Americans will be traveling during the 4th of July holiday. Many of those who are traveling will be going to cookouts and picnics, celebrating the holiday with family or friends. You might be one of those, maybe traveling to a friend’s beach house or simply walking down the street to a neighborhood gathering. The […]

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Calm Before the Storm

Picture yourself sitting on your back porch on a nice summer evening enjoying a glass of wine while listening to the birds sing and the breeze gently whistling through the leaves. It is a lovely and relaxing moment. Suddenly everything goes quiet. The birds stop singing and the leaves are no longer rustling. It gets eerily calm and silent. Soon […]

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Adding the Proper Ingredients

Today we want to compare and contrast relationships and cooking, specifically baking a cake. To bake a cake you need the basics – flour, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, butter, milk, and a small amount of another key ingredient, baking powder. Without the baking powder to act as a leavening agent, the cake will not rise and become the delicious cake […]

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What Is Your Weather Forecast?

One thing is for sure today – the sun will rise in the east, make a slow journey across the sky, and then set in the west. Every other aspect of the weather is changeable and often unpredictable. Today in eastern North Carolina it is forecasted to be very hot and humid, with the heat index pushing close to 100 […]

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The Color of Hydrangeas

You’ve probably heard the saying, “garbage in, garbage out.” We all are products of our environments, and it is true that what goes in also eventually also comes out. A real good illustration of that truth is the hydrangea flowering plant. As with all plants, hydrangeas need the proper soil conditions along with the right balance of sunlight, shade, and […]

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A New Season

Today at 6:34 PM is the astronomical beginning of summer. Today is the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. The astronomical calendar determines the seasons due to the 23.5 degree tilt of the Earth’s rotational axis in relation to its orbit around the sun. (The meteorological summer season runs from June 1 to August 31; each of […]

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A New Pair of Jeans

Think for a minute about the last time you went to your favorite clothing store to buy some new clothes. Let’s say you were looking for some new jeans. You picked out a few from the racks and headed to the dressing room. What was the first thing you did once you got into the dressing room? You put on […]

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Fretting Subtracts, It Never Adds

We think you will agree that in these present days we have much to cause us worry and fear. Just last weekend in the early hours of June 12, a gunman entered an Orlando nightclub and killed 49 people, injuring countless others. A few days later, also in Florida, a 2-year old boy was dragged into a lagoon near Walt […]

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Where Did the Name Vineyard Come From?

Have you ever wondered how we got the name Vineyard? The Movement’s first leader, Kenn Gullicksen, believed that God instructed him to give the name “Vineyard” to this new association of churches – “Sing about a fruitful vineyard: I, the Lord, watch over it; I water it continually. I guard it day and night so that no one may harm […]

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