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Tony Tench

Whose Voice is It, Anyway?

By Carol Ann Forgas God gives every single one of us a very specific talent – one that, I believe, should be used to return praises to Him – so that all may hear and learn of Him.  I have said many times that my voice is just a voice on loan. I wish I could say I have always understood this but it was only when studying the Bible – specifically Colossians 3:16 — […]

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Pastor’s Log, Stardate 1-10-2017: Destination Peace

Perhaps you can remember the television show Star Trek from the late 1960’s. The show was a science fiction adventure into the vast reaches of the universe and week after week the voice-over of Captain Kirk from the bridge of the Starship Enterprise would begin, “Captain’s log, Stardate 41239. Our destination is ……,” and the episode, duly identified, would be underway. Though “stardate” was a time-record made up by the show’s creators to keep people from guessing how far […]

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Yes, Jesus Knows Me!

By Lauren Wortman I must admit, I used to think of Jesus as an alien.  Come on, Jesus does some weird things. Like that time he killed the fig tree to make a point about having faith, or when he cried at the death of a friend only to turn around and bring him back to life. I heard these stories about Jesus, and it seemed to me that he was trying his best to […]

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Striking Appearance: An Epiphany Sunday Sermon

Missing Our Worship Together Today (Jan. 8, 17)! Stay Warm and Safe. Here’s a synopsis of what would have been today’s sermon! “Striking Appearance” 2 Timothy 1:6-10 Today is Epiphany Sunday on the Christian Calendar. The Gospel of Matthew records the scenes of the Magi’s journey following the star that “appeared” (that’s what “epiphany” means) to lead them to the newborn Jesus. ● The “appearing” of the star, which led the Wise Men to witness […]

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My ‘God-Moment’

by Marie Hendrick In November,  June Yarboro shared the opportunity for our JOY Sunday school classmates to join her on a mission trip to assist Hurricane Matthew flood victims in Lumberton, NC. We were to work with the NC Baptist Men in recovery operations.  God spoke to our hearts and cleared our calendars and Susan Beam, Susan Grose and I agreed we wanted to go with June.  I prayed that we would be a witness to […]

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Carry Your Candle!

One week ago on Christmas Eve and standing at the door to wish folks a “Merry Christmas” upon their departure from our service, I noticed several members of Fred and Joan Flowers’ family departing the service still holding their candles from the candlelighting and the flames on the candles were still aglow! Joan made a comment as she walked by that made me wonder about what they were up to.  So, I asked her about […]

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Hovering Above 2017

Holy Spirit     With your wind, stir my soul     With your words, order my day     With your wings, gather me in And I will be grateful I will be glad Amen — Jack Levison, 40 Days with the Holy Spirit As the New Year 2017 is about to dawn, I hope you have identified a Bible reading and reflection plan that will encourage your steps into the new year.  One […]

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Come to the Light, Jesus!

by Tony Tench I look forward to worship on Christmas Eve! For all of the fun and excitement that comes with the shopping and games and gift giving and joyful reunions and celebrations, it is not until I get to worship on Christmas Eve that I know I have been face to face with the the “why” of it all.  At the heart of the joyful family traditions and the thrill of opening gifts around […]

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Spud-tacular Service to the Glory of God!

By Tommy Young So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. -1 Corinthians 10:31 Just think, three years ago, I didn’t know one thing about potatoes. For all I knew, they grew in little strips in the pantry at McDonald’s. But, after only a few years of patient instruction from Doug Sharp and Bill Horn, I now think of myself as one of the most knowledgeable […]

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My Christmas Wish List has grown into a JUNGLE!

By Sara Greene Mark and I have a tradition at Christmas that started in the gym at First Baptist a few years back.  The World Craft Fair sets up in the gym one Wednesday night in November each year.  That first year there were some things that I really liked, but I have a hard time buying things for myself that close to Christmas.  On the other hand World Craft is a great ministry that helps […]

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