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The Fine Art of Grafting People

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The healthy incorporation of new life into the existing life of a church is essential to the survival and fruitfulness of both the new life and the existing life. The apostle Paul used the analogy of grafting to illustrate how God pruned the unbelieving branches of Israel and in doing so...

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Surviving a Flood

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June was a record month here in Adams County. But it was not the kind of record month anyone would want to experience again. As you drive around our region, you can’t help but feel a sense of the devastation that the historic rainfall total has brought to our area. Floods come in lots of...

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Where Do We Go from Here?

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Throughout our history as a nation we have experienced moments that represent the culmination of cultural shifts that have often been occurring for generations. The recent decision of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) regarding same sex marriage is one such...

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We Can't Do What Jesus Couldn't Do

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Jesus said he couldn't do it. He couldn't do anything by himself. Everything he did came out of his relationship with the Father (John 5:19). If this is true, if the Son of God admitted straight up that he was unable to do anything of lasting value that didn't flow out of his relationship with...

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Soul Food

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I have a friend, Tyrone, who jokingly refers to me as his, "brother from another mother." Tyrone is good natured, loves God passionately, is an amazing cabinet maker, and is crazy about soul food. In fact, Tyrone is the one who introduced me to soul food. Grits, greens, black-eyed peas, ham...

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Rediscovering Prayer

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I wish I could tell you I have led a life of faithful prayer, but I haven't. I wish I could tell you I have always been excited about the idea of opening my heart to God in conversation, but I would be less than truthful. I wish I could tell you that I have always been quick to tap into the...

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What Do You See?

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Have you taken a close look at your town lately? I don't mean have you buzzed through it on your way to or from somewhere. I mean, have you walked up and down the streets and alleys and taken a long, slow, up close and personal look at your town?  As I drive, walk, and ride the streets of...

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Tags: prayer, compassion, brokenness, reach

"Heart to Heart"

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When I was a boy, my dad would often take me out to the garage to our little workshop, light a fire in the cast iron potbelly stove, and have what he would call, "a heart to heart." He would say, "Don, you and I need to have a heart to heart talk." Then, he would proceed to instruct my life in...

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Tags: heart, journey, friends

Do Small Things

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We seem so often to be enamored with greatness. Big places. Large crowds. Rock star personalities. Unbelievable acts of generosity. An unintended consequence of our constant celebration of greatness is that we miss the power of small things. Through the years, I have seen all too often in my...

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