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We All Want To Be Safe And Secure

In today’s world we are all looking for security and safety. We install antivirus software on our computers to keep from being hacked. We have alarm systems in our homes to keep burglars from intruding. You probably have a list of twenty or more passwords you use to keep your accounts secure. Hopefully you run an annual credit report to […]

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Which Way Are You Swimming?

Today you will be confronted with a number of decisions. Some big, others small. When you were getting dressed you decided whether to wear brown or blue. Throughout the day you will need to decide which tasks to do today and which to postpone until another day. While those are often important decisions, they are also often done without too […]

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No Vacancy

With Christmas less than two weeks away, in the midst of holiday busyness, are you making room for Jesus. In Luke’s telling of the birth of Jesus he tells us that Joseph and Mary were turned away when they were looking for a place for Jesus to be born. In Luke 2:7 we read, “And she gave birth to her […]

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The Ever-Changing Weather

Today in eastern North Carolina it will be close to 70 degrees with rain off and on all day. Just yesterday we woke up to temperatures in the 20s and a heavy frost. Tomorrow we will only see mid-50s. The weather is often chaotic and unpredictable. Weather patterns change, sometimes almost hour by hour, and some days we like the […]

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The Scenery

Close your eyes for a minute and picture yourself walking through a beautiful garden full of spectacularly colored flowers, along a deserted beach as the waves lap at your feet, or through the rainforest in Brazil with its magnificent array of color. Maybe you’ve vacationed in the Caribbean and been captivated by the crystal clear blue water and stunning white […]

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Where To Look for Improvement

These days you do not have to look too hard to find a quick fix for whatever problem or dilemma you are facing. We typed the words “self help” in the search box at Amazon and found 928,000 products; products on Amazon’s site promising to improve your life, health, relationships, finances, parenting, golf game, lower your stress level, de-clutter your […]

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When Your Ship Sinks

For the men and women stationed at the Naval Station Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, began as a normal day. But at 7:48 a.m. Hawaiian time, all that changed. 353 Japanese fighter planes, torpedo planes and bombers surprise attacked the naval base, damaging all eight battleships with four being sunk, damaging or sinking another eight ships, destroying 188 airplanes, killing […]

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Having Coffee With God

Think about the meaningful friendships you have. Maybe right now you think of your spouse, college roommate, neighbor, teammate, that lifelong friend, or maybe someone else. Now ask yourself; did that relationship happen by accident or did it take work? The phrases “I know him like a brother” or “I know her inside and out” imply that you have spent […]

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When Your Nice Neat Plans Get Changed

Close your eyes for a minute and picture this. God has been tugging at your heart for some time. You sense Him calling you in some new direction, maybe even into ministry. You pray about it, mull it over, seek wise counsel from a friend or family member, pray about it some more, weigh all the pros and cons, and […]

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Reach Out And Touch Someone

Christmas is a wonderful time of year. A song written in 1963 by Edward Pola and George Wyle and popularized by singer Andy Williams tells us so. You know the song, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Not only does the song tell us that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, it also says “It’s […]

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