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Fellowship is a gift that must be enriched

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On Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 28, NASA launched its unmanned rocket Antares that was tasked with bringing supplies to the International Space Station. Six seconds after take-off, Antares suffered a “catastrophic anomaly” and exploded.

One early newscast suggested that the rocket was veering off course and that scientists on the ground destroyed it. But that report was inaccurate.

NASA doesn’t know what happened, and it may take six months to a year to find out. But when I heard that report, my mind jumped to churches that I’m aware are struggling with conflict and internal strife. Read More»

Are you a forgiving person?

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A lady became ill and checked into the hospital for tests. The results came back and the doctor walked into her room and said, “Ma’am, I’m afraid I have some bad news. You have rabies. You better make out your will as soon as possible.”

He left her and several hours later stopped by again. He saw a paper filled out with numerous names listed and said, “You must have a lot of people you want to remember in your will.”

The lady said, “Oh, I haven’t started my will. This is a list of people I’m going to bite as soon as I get out of here.” Read More»

Praying for your ministers expresses great appreciation

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Three preachers were having lunch at the local diner, when one said, “You know, I’m having a lot of trouble with bats in the church attic. I’ve tried everything, but nothing seems to scare them off.”

The second said, “We’re having trouble, too. I’ve had hundreds living in my belfry. I even had the place fumigated, but I can’t get rid of them.”

The third said, “We’ve had lots of bats, also, at our place, but I found the solution. I baptized all of mine, made them church members, and they all disappeared. I haven’t seen a one since they joined.” Read More»

Braves’ letdown reminds us of life’s reality

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Growing up, my Mom used to tell us boys, “Don’t expect too much and you won’t be disappointed.”

I guess we Braves fans expect too much. The successful run of the 1990s and early 2000s spoiled us, and now we feel the Braves let us down when they don’t make the playoffs.

This season’s September meltdown was downright disappointing, if not disastrous. Glancing at empty stands during television broadcasts in the final month, a lot of people obviously had the same feelings. Read More»

How important are people to you?

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Bubba was always bragging about people he knew. One day his boss confronted Bubba and said, “Bubba, it’s impossible for someone to know all the people you claim to know.”

Bubba said, “Well, name someone, anyone.”

The boss wanted to prove his point, so he said, “How about Tom Cruise?”

Bubba said, “Oh, yes, Tom and I know each other well.” Read More»

God’s call still clear and strong

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There’s a debate happening on some internet blogs about the two missionaries who contracted Ebola while serving in Liberia. Dr. Kent Brantly, serving through Samaritans Purse, and Nancy Writebol, a nurse serving with SIM, were airlifted home and treated at Emory Hospital.

Brantly and Writebol both survived and are recovering. However, a third American missionary doctor has been diagnosed with the virus. Read More»

Slow pokes, round-abouts, and good ol’ kindness

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I don’t know about this new law that went into effect July 1. The “Slow Poke” law, House Bill 459, is designed to reduce tailgating, road rage and traffic congestion. If you’re driving in the left lane of a Georgia highway or expressway and some motorist speeds up behind you, quickly move over and let him pass or you could be ticketed. Read More»

Looking at the lighter side of life

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One of the things that I miss most about this stage of life is sitting around the dinner table as a family and talking about our day, especially this time of year. The kids would tell stories about their day at school.

At our recent brothers’ reunion, my sister-in-law was telling me that they were sitting around the dinner table, and my brother Mark was telling his story about his day. Read More»

Back to school, back to church

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Oh, the sweet days of summer. Watermelon, fresh vegetables, red tomatoes, Fourth of July, beach vacation, Vacation Bible Schools, youth camp, peaches, homemade ice cream, plenty of Braves games!

I’d love a few more months of summer, but that’s not how the calendar works. Summer break is winding down and families are getting in “back to school” mode.

Pastors like back to school mode because members who have been on vacation hopefully will settle back into regular church attendance and participation. Read More»

Can your church count on you?

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The community orchestra had been preparing for their annual fall concert for nearly five months. At the final dress rehearsal, the conductor took time during a break to thank everyone who had helped over the past months. He thanked the sponsors, the press, the ladies who had helped with the costumes, and everyone else he could think of.

Finally, he said, “I want to pay special tribute to one member who hasn’t missed a single rehearsal. Everyone else has missed at least one night except Joe, our first violinist. I’d like him to stand and be recognized. Read More»

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