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There's More Than Meets The Eye

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Dear Faith Family, "O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see," 2 Kings 6:17. A couple of weeks ago I decided to plant some fall crops. The two rows of squash in the garden had long since passed their prime. So, out came the little tiller and pronto, the soil was ready to plant. Six broccoli plants and six collard plants lit up the garden with color again. This wee...

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Remember, Repent, Return

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Dear Faith Family, I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name's sake, and you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first," Revelation 2:3-4. "If you've forgotten to replace the fuel cap at the gas station, you could do worse. A German man was driving back from his honeymoon in France. He pulled...

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Worth The Wait

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Dear Faith Family, Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! (Psalm 27:14). Once upon a time General Foods made a product called Great Shakes. I would tell you that the product came out in the 1960's. But how would I know that?! The box contained a two-tone chocolate brown plastic cup and four packets of milkshake mix. Just empty t...

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Seek the Lord

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Dear Faith Family,Seek the Lord while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near, (Isaiah 55:6).If you had wandered into the Fellowship Hall this past Sunday night, you would have discovered your pastor digging through the trash can in the kitchen. Hey, don't judge me. All I know is that when I arrived on the church campus on Sunday morning, I had my keys. And, when I...

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Dive In

Dive In

Dear Faith Family, My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the ...

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Despised

Despised

Dear Faith Family, Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank and rose and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright, (Genesis 25:34). On my way home from the office I risked life and limb to be the hunter, gatherer for my bride. I suited up and entered the jungle otherwise known as Walmart. It was a successful harvest. I arrived home with six...

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The Power of His Word

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Dear Faith Family, Then the Lord said to me, "You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it, (Jeremiah 1:12). Growing up the son of a pastor had its privileges. Like, access to the pickle jar in the refrigerator in the basement of the church building. But there were some drawbacks, for sure. Like if I misbehaved in church, I was in trouble with both ...

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One Called Out

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Dear Faith Family, Even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him, (Ephesians 4:1). It was 35 years ago! Really?! Can't be! It was. There in front of God and His people, she said it! There in a church sanctuary in a quiet little town in southern Arkansas, she said it! What did she say? She said, "I do"! She ...

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In His Image

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Dear Faith Family, So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them, (Genesis 1:27). I still remember one of my teenaged sons fresh home from a haircut. He stepped into the half bathroom downstairs in our house. There the reflection in the mirror overwhelmed him. I was just around the corner in the kitchen when I he...

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Don't Forget

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Dear Faith Family, He who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming soon." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! (Romans 10:1). Sitting at my desk, I'm looking at a cup that I meant to take home from the office on Monday. Tuesday morning it was still here at the office greeting me with a smile. You forgot! So, yesterday I moved it from the desk to the floor where I would b...

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Heart's Desire

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Dear Faith Family, Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved, (Romans 10:1). When I arrived at Faith I inherited the "Rally Monkey". He was a medium sized monkey that kept showing up in odd places. He even traveled incognito with the youth group on a trip to Florida. Here's the thing, wherever the monkey went, he was just there. Tha...

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Pray With Your Eyes Open

Pray with your eyes open

Dear Faith Family, Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving, (Colossians 4:2). Let's flip through the photo album of God's Word. Can I point out three pictures in the album? Picture number one: And the two became one. And then there were four. The four became six. And then there were three! Elimelech and Naomi married. They had two sons, M...

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God Works In You

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For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure, (Philippians 2:13)...

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Have This Mind

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Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, Philippians 2:5....

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Abide

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I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in Me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing, (John 15:5)....

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A Teapot in a Tempest

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Dear Faith Family, "Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God," (James 1:19-20) I'm a little teapot, Short and stout, Here is my handle Here is my spout When I get all steamed up, Hear me shout, Tip me over and pour me out! Are you starting to feel like ...

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Knock Knock

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Dear Faith Family, But Peter continued knocking, and when they opened, they saw him and were amazed, (Acts 12:16). All of us have experienced the surreal, right? Jimmy lived out a long dirt road between Ridgeway and Winnsboro. He missed the school bus one morning. So he asked if I would give him a ride to school. After I picked him up I asked if he ever saw any turke...

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The Heavens Declare the Glory of God!

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Dear Faith Family, The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork, (Psalm 19:1). "So I didn't realize this was happening" were the words that I received in a text from my wife today. It was preceded by a map of Tropical Storm Bertha even as she pounded the coast of Charleston this morning. How did I miss that?! Isn't it interest...

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High Pressure Produce

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Dear Faith Family, Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us, (Romans 5:3-5). Last Friday began with a changing of the guard ...

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Why Me?

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Why me?...

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Reset

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Keep Loving One Another

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The Foot Book

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Good Medicine

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The Beginning of Wisdom

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The Beginning of Wisdom...

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Refreshment To Your Bones

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Dear Faith Family, Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones, Proverbs 3:7-8. Not too long ago my wife gave me a bird feeder that is squirrel proof. When a squirrel puts his/her weight on the feeder, it begins to rotate. I'm not sure if she bought it for the entertainment value or ...

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Be Strong in the Lord

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Show and Tell

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Dear Faith Family,But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth,(Acts 1:8).Years ago a friend of mine, Alan, and I were traveling in his car when another car pulled out in front of us and took off down the road. Alan decided to pursue the other car to se...

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Thanking God For You

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Dear Faith Family,I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus,(1 Corinthians 1:4).Faith Church, can I just say that I am thankful for you?! What a melting pot of the grace of our God. You guys are such an array of personalities, talents and gifts.For the body does not consist of one member but of many,(1 Corinthians...

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We Never Saw Anything Like This!

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That All The Earth May Know

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That all the earth may know...

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Peace Be With You

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Peace Be with You...

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No Jesus No Power, Know Jesus Know Power

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No Jesus No Power, Know Jesus Know Power...

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Love One Another

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Love One Another...

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Love the Lord Your God

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Faith Family,It's Tuesday, the passion week of Jesus. He was traveling back and forth from Jerusalem to Bethany just under 2 miles each way. Jesus was preparing the world's greatest stage. It was almost time for history's greatest act. Boldness. Confrontation. Escalation. One group after another fired their best shots at Jesus. The chief priests and the elders. The Pharise...

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Proclaim the Lord's Death

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Pray For One Another

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Pray For One Another...

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He Got Down on His Knees

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He Got Down on His Knees...

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And He Rejoiced

And He Rejoiced

Faith Family, About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, (Acts 16:25). What a great story in Acts 16! Paul and Silas were thrown into prison for freeing a slave girl from demon possession. So, they were forced into social distancing! Now, while fastened by stocks in the inner prison, an earthqua...

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Stir Up One Another

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Stir Up One Another...

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Fear Not

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Fear Not...

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Love Samaritan Style

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Connecting to Others...

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A Sure and Steadfast Anchor

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Connecting to God...

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Take Heart

Take Heart

Connecting to the Body...

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