Imagine the following scenario. Grandma and Grandpa own a 100-acre farm. In addition to productive fields, pastures, or forestland, there’s the homestead, old oak tree and countless memories of picking sweet corn and playing in the crick. But let’s suppose that, when Grandma and Grandpa pass, the land gets divided into pieces among three children who have moved to far off cities.
As we honor our Veterans this weekend, I am reminded of something my husband, a retired master gunnery sergeant, once told me about peace.
While many Americans are aware of the nation's health crisis, changing the family and community environment is challenging. Now, churches in Granville and Vance counties have an ally for doing just that. As its inaugural effort, the Granville-Vance Faith Initiative for Community Action (GVFICA) is addressing this issue through its Keys to Healthy Living Program implemented in participating churches.
Some people have the wrong idea that they have to discover God’s will for their lives, as if He has hidden it somewhere. Others have the false idea that if they submit to God’s will, then He might lead them to a miserable life—they may have to live in abject poverty or be forced to go on the mission field to some God-forsaken place. Nothing is further from the truth!
For as long as I remember, I’ve enjoyed time amongst the trees of the forest. There were the family camping trips of childhood, the Boy Scout backpacking trips in my youth and countless trips over the decades to our treasured State Parks. Now my wife and I own a small patch of timber that provides entry into the woodland realm at a moments notice.
This time of year brings on a feeling of joy and sadness for many of us who have lost loved ones recently and over the year. I'd like to encourage the hearts of those who have recently lost loved one with these comforting words that assisted me in my healing process.
Lemons are high in vitamin C, have an anti-bacterial effect and are thought to possess antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic properties. The juice consists of about 5% acid, which also makes them useful for a variety of household purposes. Lemons and lemon juice are a popular addition in environmentally friendly cleaning applications.
While serving the family of God as a pastor, I have been invited and welcomed into many family reunions. I did not understand the true significance of this annual pilgrimage until this past weekend, when I traveled to the Outer Banks for my family’s first reunion. I spent three days immersed in family craziness. It was wonderful.
Is there enough bull power on the farm? Maybe that sounds like a dumb question, but it is one that all cattle farmers should ask themselves each year.
September 26 started just like any other day. The sun came up, and all of our family got dressed and went to work or school. Our son and I were to meet for lunch when he got out of class. I figured that I could get in a few hours of work before then, so I headed to my office at church. Lunch time came. We met, we ate and we headed home. That was when life changed for us.