Pastor’s Letters

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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On Groundhogs and Candlelight

The month of February is perhaps the most enigmatic of all the months of the year.  It only has 28 days except for once every four years when we add a 29th day and call it “Leap Year”.  We do that because we lose about a quarter of a day (by the solar calendar) each

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Comfort and Joy

   Can you believe it is 2020?! Back when I was in elementary school one of my teachers asked us to figure out how old we would be in the year 2000.  It seemed like such a long time off.  I remember wondering what my life would be like in the year 2000.  I would

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