#TBT — Mt. Carmel UMC, 1992

Here's our little family when our children were little people -- in the year of our Lord 1992.     The scene is Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church in Monroe, NC. Note the pulpit, the banner, and the ever-present "scoreboard" -- the display board listing the...

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Addiction Reflection

I am blessed. That might be an odd first sentence for a post with the title “Addiction Reflection” but it’s true. It’s true because people trust me with some of the most serious areas of their lives. That’s quite an honor. And the thing that keeps coming into my...

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“Sneak Peek” Coming Sunday!

It's incredible how close this video dream is to becoming three dimensional reality: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LJiypZal2g   That's why we are so excited about the "Sneak Peek" of our new Living Room space that will be part of our morning celebration on May...

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An Opportunity To Let God “Show Off”

A couple of weeks ago, my message "Shining Light" had this bottom line: God never shows up.  But sometimes he shows off. Well, with this weekend's First Serve, we want to give you an opportunity to allow God to do just that.  Through you.   First Serve is our...

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When Blood Speaks

I was so blessed to begin today in Hebrews 12: 18 You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm; 19 to a trumpet blast or to such a voice speaking words that those who heard it begged that no further...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Books Of Sermon Illustrations

Oh Lord, I admit it. I have books of sermon illustrations. And sometimes I use them. Not as much as in the old days, mind you, but I still pull them out.  And every once in awhile, I'll locate just the right anecdote or analogy to bring a message to life. There.  I...

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What The Creed SAYS By What It DOESN’T SAY

I love the last line of the Apostles’ Creed: [. . . I believe] in the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Amen. While the Creed may not have the same level of authority as inspired Scripture, it nevertheless represents the best of the collective wisdom...

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