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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Charlotte Observer, April 27, 2016

While certain other Charlotte-area United Methodist churches and activities have been in the news recently, this piece on our Zoar Road Campus was in today's Charlotte Observer:   Church expansion lands in housing boom   In 2014, leaders at Good Shepherd...

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#TBT – A Scissor Kick Serve

For a variety of reasons, I haven't stepped on a court to play tennis since 2008. (Those reasons include not wanting to re-injure my back, not interfering with going to the Y, and, most of all, not wanting to be confronted with the reality of what age & disuse...

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