The time has come!

God has been at work here at the Church in the Falls in regards to an instrumental worship service for some time now. After many years of conversation, it was nearly a decade ago that Rod and several others in our church family came up with the idea of the...

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Cannnoooonbballll

A few week ago, we were on vacation in the Outer Banks with our entire family. The grandkids had a great time in the swimming pool. They are not good swimmers, so one adult needed to be with each child. One day, I was supervising Deiken. He wanted to jump...

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Becoming a Prayer Like Jesus

Some Questions: •  How often do you pray? •  What do you pray for when you pray? •  What motivates you to pray for what you pray for? •  Do you have a prayer strategy? •  Do you use a journal (for remembering)? •  Do you have a prayer spot,...

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Compassion We Don’t Deserve

The tragedy in Charleston is very difficult to understand. A lot of questions are being asked, but it is amazing how people are responding. Love, mercy and compassion are being expressed by those in Charleston. Rubel Shelly wrote an article in the Fax of Life in 2005 in which compassion...

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Let’s Build the Church Together

VBS week is upon us!!!! I came across this parable a few weeks ago from a mentor of mine. This parable is a further reminder of the purpose of the church. May we be willing to go and do likewise. “It was the closing night of a summer VBS. The...

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Let Go of the Lie

by Ann Voskamp They say you gotta live free. But when my Uncle Paul started chasing me through the house with that snake when I was four? I found out you could live mostly with eyes just bugging out of your head, the lying fears strangling you right there at...

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As You Go, Preach

“And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ ” By James Ryle The message has not changed. John the Baptizer said it first, as the forerunner for the Lord Jesus. Then Jesus Himself debuted His own ministry with the same declaration. And now He authorizes...

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Thank you for stopping, but I’m OK

I am writing this as I sit on the patio behind the Sandbar at Pepperdine. What a fantastic setting! The sun is rising, mountains to my left, the ocean to my right and the plushness of the campus. What beauty! If heaven is better than this, we are in for...

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Mother’s Day Prayer

My Mom, I love her And that’s why I pray Not just today on this Mother’s Day But with each remembrance Of the love she’s expressed My thankfulness to the Lord I’ve professed For my life began In a warm and safe place Then grew more secure in Mom’s tender...

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A Reflection on the Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who is in heaven Long time ago, now, when dark and light were still not separated, you stepped out and made a world, beautiful and bold and sometimes fearful, a first birth of wonder and surprise. Hallowed be your name Powerful enough for six days of unfolding and...

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