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Not for the Squeamish: How to Kill a Person II Samuel Style By Mark Woods.  Published in “Christianity Today” Magazine August 6, 2015   The Bible is not for the squeamish, and particularly some of the more eventful books of the Old Testament. One of these is 2 Samuel, which tells the story of the …Read the full blog…

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You Have Been So Good

You Have Been So Good Sung by Sandi Patty   When I think of where I’ve been,You take me back time and again.I’m forgiven.All the heartache that I keep,Still You hold me when I weep.The grace that I receive,Because You love me. You have been so good;You are ever faithful to me.Such blessings in my …Read the full blog…

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Church Is Hard by Arianna Freelen I sat in a meeting. The discussion was heated. The conversation heavy. Hearts were burdened. Chests were puffed. Sorrow, pain, arrogance, curiosity, humility, fear, courage, and forgiveness sat together in a single room. As I looked around the church, I just kept thinking—Church is hard. Church is hard for …Read the full blog…

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 We Shall Behold Him Jay Plank     It’s been awhile since I’ve written in this (or any) blog.  Sometimes the words come; sometimes they are miles away from my keyboard.  Today, however, I got on YouTube and listened to Sandi Patty sing the song I’ve reprinted below.  I haven’t much to say in addition to …Read the full blog…

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That “Great Cloud of Witnesses”

That “Great Cloud of Witnesses” Sometimes, in my more melancholy moments, I wonder why it is that the world seems to be running increasingly toward chaos and destruction. I then wonder why those of us who believe we have been given the charge by Jesus Christ to be salt and light seem to increasingly find …Read the full blog…

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The New Year

The New Year This being the first day of a new year, it is only fitting that those of us who write regularly say something about either the year gone by or the year to come. I’ve done that before, but somehow I don’t feel up to doing that today. I have other things on …Read the full blog…

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A Guest Post

A Guest Post I normally don’t do this, and you need to know that I don’t always agree with conservative columnist Cal Thomas. However, I read his columns even though I many times don’t see eye-to-eye with him. However, his column on Christmas Day was right on point. I am posting his column below. Please …Read the full blog…

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What If?

What If? In a recent session with a couple other staff members where we were talking about RiverWalk and the future of the congregation, the following two thoughts were brought out of the conversation. They deserve to be expanded and considered. 1. What if we as a congregation were content with who we are instead …Read the full blog…

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Who Are We?

Who Are We? In a recent session with a couple other staff members where we were talking about RiverWalk and the future of the congregation, the following two thoughts were brought out of the conversation. They deserve to be expanded and considered. 1. What if we as a congregation were content with who we are …Read the full blog…

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For a Reason

For a Reason Some days at work are more interesting than other days. But each day brings its own issues and also its own praises. Let me tell you about just a couple of things we’ve done today. The past couple of days, a couple has been sleeping outside near the building. That’s not unusual. …Read the full blog…

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