Pastor’s Letters

Thank You, Lord

November 2020 – George Herbert, Welsh-born English poet, penned the following lines which were published in 1633, the year of his death. Thou hast given so much to me, give one thing more, – a grateful heart;   …not thankful when it pleaseth me, as if Thy blessings had spare days, but such a heart whose

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School Prayers

September 2020 – Proverbs 4:13 says, “Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.”  As students, teachers and parents navigate the new reality of the School Year 2020-2021, there is untold pressure on each group.  Students are trying to manage virtual learning without direct contact and

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The Veruca Attitude

August 2020 — How many of you remember the 1971 movie, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory?  I know there was also the remake by Tim Burton in 2005 with Johnny Dep as Willie Wonka, but the original version with Gene Wilder will always be my favorite.  It is the story of a poor boy,

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Hope in the Wilderness

July 2020 — Throughout the scriptures, there are stories and examples of God’s people going through “wilderness time”.   Wilderness time can be defined as any extended period when the believer endures discomfort and trials.  The good things in life are unable to be enjoyed or may be altogether absent.  One may feel a bit lost

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No Justice, No Peace

June 2020 — Greetings to you in the name of the Prince of Peace.  I offer this greeting in a time when it seems there is no peace to be found.  The news feed is oscillating between Coronavirus updates and the civil unrest after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.  We are still reeling

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Sinful Social Distancing

May 2020 — Zaine Abd Al-Qays (a pseudonym used for his protection) was raised as a devout Muslim in the Arabian Gulf.  His family was very intentional and focused in their faith.  He grew up rising at 5:00 a.m. to spend time in prayer with his father.  He read the Qu’ran daily and memorized chapter

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Noli Timere!

April 2020 — I hope you are all doing well and maintaining your sanity!  As I write this, we are facing new restrictions due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  We are now under a stay-at-home order issued by NC Governor Roy Cooper.  That means new roles and routines for us all.  Many are working from home

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Spirit Wind

As I sit in my office and type this article, the wind outside is whipping across the window sill and making a low, moaning sound.  As we walk through the month of March, if the old adage is true, we can expect it to “come in like a Lion and go out like a Lamb”. 

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