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Love Overcomes Loneliness

By Carol Ann Hoard Tuesday, thirteen members of our FBC Youth Group and I, along with our Student Ministry intern, Holly Strother, set out for a Mission/Service Day. We planned to cut flowers from the community garden, bake some cookies, make greeting cards, and take them to five people. We divided our preparation time into three groups: flower cutting and arranging, cookie baking, and card making. The flower group had many, many flowers and only […]

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Joyful Spirits Linger from VBS 2017

by Tony Tench We have had a terrific week at Vacation Bible Study during which we have celebrated the Scripture’s teaching of God’s creativity at work in our lives.  As is our tradition, our youth are trained to be helpers during VBS and they serve well with the children.  Then, after VBS is over each night, there’s a youth fellowship of some kind — make your own pizza and games,  pool party, movie night in […]

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CPR — Missional Lifeline for the Kingdom of God

By Eduardo Steibel I am a “CPR”. Yes, I am a “Cooperative Program Recipient.” Born in Brazil of Latvian and German descent,  I was blessed since my early days by the generosity of thousands of small churches that came together to send missionaries and carry the work of the kingdom of God all over the world. When I left home to attend the South Brazil Baptist Theological Seminary in Rio de Janeiro, it was  Dan […]

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A Big Salt Shaker

By Tina B. Still Tonight our Sunday school class volunteered to serve dinner at the men’s homeless shelter in Shelby. This simple experience is a humbling and especially rewarding mission.  Over the past five weeks, author, Max Lucado has led our class through the first five verses of the 23rd Psalm.  How appropriate that our lesson today focused on Psalm 23:5—“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.”  We discussed at length what […]

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BABY GRACE AND GOD’S AMAZING GRACE

By Jim McSwain The following encounter is of an experience I had with a patient in the hospital.  This encounter was a significant personal moment in my ministry as a chaplain at CHS-Cleveland. I was paged to the maternity ward and as I entered the room I saw that the patient was a young mother.  Her husband was sitting next to her on her bed.  The mother was holding to her chest, underneath a white cover, […]

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For All the Twists of Life’s Journey…

By Sue Smith Don and I had both just retired.  We were settling well into God’s intention for service from a “retirement point of view.” I had always held fast to the challenge from scripture, “This is the day the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24), and God was giving us reason to rejoice in each new day. Don was enjoying regular golf outings and serving the Lord through […]

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High Hopes, 92 Years and Counting!

By J.A. West I was born and reared in Wilmington, NC, but when I was 18 years old, the US Navy changed all of that.  I was about to be drafted into the army, but I chose to join the Navy instead.  The Navy took us 19-year-olds and spent a year training us and hoping we would soon look like men, instead of boys.  I spent a year in the Navy V-12 program at Duke […]

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Called to a Song of Unity: A Faith Story

By Justin Harper God grows on you. Or for some…God grows IN you. Sure, we can grow in God, but have you ever thought of it like this: What if when God calls YOU out, it is at just the RIGHT time and at just the RIGHT place? HE searches for YOU…everyday.  It took me a few years to learn that. I always had a desire to help people and wanted to do good things, […]

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Black Swan Event — Have You Had One?

By John Crosland I am currently reading a book titled The Black Swan by Nassim Taleb. Mr. Taleb was previously a “quant,” an individual who created algorithms for high speed trading for investment banks on Wall Street. His real interests and strengths were in ascertaining the risks that were unforeseen. (This is not unlike being aware that the real dangers are in the things you do not know exist as opposed to the dangers you […]

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