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Here We Go Again!

Here we go again! The months of preparation are complete, the team has assembled and we are headed back to West Africa. Our first overseas ministry project of 2012 is underway.  I am sitting in the airport in Charlotte with colleagues Rev. Jeff Andler and Dr. David Ney as we wait to board our flight to Washington where we will then connect for an overnight flight to Accra, Ghana Our two other team members, Dr. James McLean and Mr. Andy Poe are en route from Raleigh to Atlanta, then from Atlanta to Amsterdam where they will connect to their flight...

Forgiveness

A Zulu chief savagely beat his wife because she attended a gospel meeting where she heard and responded to the call of Jesus. The man left the woman for dead, but upon returning to the place where he had left her he discovered her alive, yet severely wounded.  The chief leered at his wife and asked, “What can your Jesus do for you now?”  Gently she replied, “He helps me to forgive you!” The most fundamental need of humanity is forgiveness.  Forgiveness is needed because of our frailty.  It is needed because of our nature.  It is achieved, not through...

Casting Our Cares Upon Him – He is All We Need

For the past couple of weeks my family has been dealing with sick grandchildren.  Both our grandsons are suffering.  The youngest, Gavin (16 months) was diagnosed with viral pneumonia and RSV and spent a couple of days in the hospital.  Jayden, our oldest grandson (he’ll be 4 in March), has had a persistent cough for a month or so and one day last week had a fever of 105.  The doctor ordered some blood work and is yet to determine what is causing an elevated number in some of the blood work. Needless to say, Pop-pop and Maw-maw are concerned,...

Dodging the Demon of Depression

Depression is a terrible thing.  Some statistics reveal that as many as 2 in 10 people in the USA are taking medication for depression.  While that number seems high, it is no secret that much of society walks around with the marks of depression on them. In today's devotional thought from My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers wrote: "Dejection springs from one of two sources – I have either satisfied a lust or I have not. Lust means – I must have it at once. Spiritual lust makes me demand an answer from God, instead of seeking God Who...

Emotional Baggage

There seems to be a certain common denominator in all of our lives.  If you have children there has probably been the occasion for you to hear words like this:  "Daddy (or mommy), will you lay down with me?  I'm afraid!"  Maybe it is the fear of a thunderstorm, or a lightening show.  Maybe it's that always hidden "monster" in the closet.  Even though as the parent you know there is nothing for them to fear, the fact remains that the fear is real to them. Fear is but one of the several emotions that have the potential of bring...

The Routine of Routine

Now, 10 days into the New Year, most have finally returned to some form of normality.  The hustle of the holidays has passed as we are forced to live within some sort of routine.  While some people see routine as boring and laborious, this view is not necessarily correct. There are some areas of our life that benefit greatly from routine.  Think about it.  We groom ourselves with routine.  From the brushing of the teeth to the combing of the hair, these routines have (hopefully) become the regular habit of your life.  You know the result of these routines has...