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Tony Tench

September 22, 2017

Day 20:  Pastor Tony  “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,  to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21 Not long ago, during a casual trip up to Asheville, I walked into one of my favorite coffee houses up that way — the French Broad Chocolate Lounge. […]

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September 21, 2017

Day 19: Young Adults God is calling!  “Come. Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters…”  (Isaiah 55:1 ESV). The call to “come” in Isaiah happened 45 years after the Babylonians took the Israelites into exile.  At the outset, it seems clear that this verse is describing the importance of coming into a relationship with God as primary over the physical needs and nourishment of a person.  However, the physical/material and spiritual dimensions of the Jewish […]

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September 20, 2017

Day 18: Adults  Washing our hearts  “Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me and I will be whiter than snow” (Psalm 51:7 NIV). While shopping recently I, for some unknown reason, paid close attention to all the various varieties of laundry detergents and stain removers.  Then, I moved on to the body soaps in different shapes, some round, others rectangular.  Next were all kinds of liquid body cleansers in various colors […]

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September 19, 2017

Day 17: Adults Abound in Optimism “Submit it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse” (Philippians 4:8 MSG). One day a schoolboy brought home his report card. It was heavy with poor grades. “What have you to say about this?” asked his father. “One […]

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September 18, 2017

Day 16: Adults Keeping It Joyful “God’s kingdom isn’t a matter of what you put in your stomach, for goodness’ sake. It’s what God does with your life as he sets it right, puts it together, and completes it with joy” (Romans 14:17-18 MSG). A question that we often ask is, “How do we maintain our joy – particularly in a world that is challenging and brimming with problems?” That question can lead to an […]

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Deeply Rooted

By Carol Ann Hoard Life comes at you fast sometimes – things where you have no control like hurricanes, floods, and …. cancer. During our recent encounter with life, I have learned so much.   Joel and I have walked through a storm of life, when just recently he was diagnosed with leukemia.   We were taken back because Joel is so healthy.  However, we knew whatever the outcome of this storm, we were going to be […]

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September 15, 2017

Day 15: Adults Return to God “I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD.  They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart” (Jeremiah 24:7  NIV). A favorite book of the Bible for many believers is the book of Jeremiah.  Within its pages we frequent (counting carefully, 112) admonitions to return to God.  The representation of God […]

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September 14, 2017

Day 14: Children An adult-child search “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3 NRSV). My children were always excited to go up front for children’s church. One Sunday Warren answered a question, the congregation laughed, and I saw Warren’s face fall because he had answered seriously from his unhindered innocent relationship with God and the world. So, why do we laugh […]

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September 13, 2017

Day 13: Adults Opportunities to serve “What good is it my brother, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well, keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, […]

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September 12, 2017

Day 12: Adults A courage to jump! “Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. ‘For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it’” (Matthew 16:24-25 NIV). Today we are at the beach celebrating my mother-in-law’s 80th birthday. For the last few years she has been […]

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