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As many Christians as there are, there are nearly an equal number of amazing testimonies – incredible stories of what led individuals to a relationship with Jesus Christ and the start of their faith walk. For those of you that have known me (or gotten to know me a little bit through this col…

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The repeated sounds of guns firing off over the hill behind our cottage interrupts the otherwise-peaceful quiet of this sunny Friday morning.

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Romans 8:28 says something that has always sort of boggled my mind. It says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” I suppose that boggles my mind because God works in mysterious ways. It is hard to unders…

I read this column last week that was written by Rev. Matthew Ricks. He wrote about how his faith guides him through mental health concerns. This is a topic of interest to me. If you have read what I have shared previously, you know that I have struggled with such issues for much of my adult… Read more

In February, I traveled to Northern Virginia to visit my mom. She’s been receiving treatment and care at an inpatient physical rehabilitation facility. In September 2018, a day or two shy of her 81st birthday, my mom had two back operations. During this visit, my mom had stood without assist… Read more

Ten years ago, I had a breakthrough. My breakthrough came through forgiveness. After suffering for 30 years, not wanting to be alive, just hating life and myself, I chose to move in forgiveness. At the time of this breakthrough, I was being treated through an outpatient, day program offered … Read more

In Paul’s second letter to the Church of Corinth, he reminds the people that God doesn’t want us to give with a closed fist and clenched teeth. 2 Corinthians 9:7 (KJV) reads, “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or under compulsion, for God love… Read more

This coming Sunday begins Advent. It is hard to believe, but the Christmas season is practically here. That means decorating, Christmas music, parties, family get-togethers and other seasonal activities. I know a lot of people who love this time of year. However, I know plenty of others who … Read more

Just over three years ago, I returned to church. I showed up at a church in Bassett on Nov. 8, 2015. Why did I go to that church on that day? The story is a compelling one, but the very simple answer is, because I was asked. A transformation has continued within my life that did not exist pr… Read more

One of my fondest memories of Thanksgiving has little to do with giving thanks. At the time, I was a teenager and I was at my grandparents’ house to celebrate the holiday with my family. That meant my cousin, Ralph, was there. Also in attendance was my older brother. As I recall the event, m… Read more

I am proud to be an American. That is not to say that I am proud of everything that is going on in our country these days. These first two weeks of November have a particularly patriotic feel to them. It is reported that a record number of registered voters turned out for the midterm electio… Read more

Webster’s dictionary defines revival as an improvement in the condition of something. Or, an instance of something becoming important again. The verb form of the word, revive is defined as to restore to life, regain consciousness, give new energy to, restore interest in or improve the condition of. Read more

Several years ago, I received a piece of advice from someone and it has stuck with me: every now and then do something completely new to you. The person told me why he thought this was such a great thing to do. It would broaden my horizons, make me a more well-rounded person, and even help m… Read more

This coming Sunday is a special day in the lives of churches across the world. Many people will be recognizing World Communion Sunday on Oct. 7. This is a day for churches of all types and denominations to celebrate communion on the same day. That is an ambitious, but important goal. Also, t… Read more

As a dad, I’ve watched my kids pursue their own interests and fields of study. One is months away from being a doctor of pharmacy. One’s training to be a computer engineer. The youngest is still trying to figure it out, but maybe architecture. I remember struggling with those choices myself. Read more

Here in Franklin County, it is back-to-school time. I am sure that will elicit many boos, “wohoo”s and “meh”s. Between parents, students, teachers and other school employees, I hear a whole range of feelings about school starting back. As a kid, I was clearly in the “boo” camp. Read more