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I was born in Birmingham, Alabama, but lived in Chelsea from the time I was 5 years old until we moved to North Carolina when I was 25. My parents still live in Chelsea. Mel’s parents live only 20 minutes away. We both have siblings that live there. Our middle son just moved to Chelsea. He h…

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When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them.…

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“Give ear, all you inhabitants of the land! Has anything like this happened in your days, or even in the days of your fathers?” Joel 1:2

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LINCOLN, Neb. — Michael James Bailey of Creedmoor was among 3,512 graduates who received degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln during commencement exercises May 7 and 8.

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WARRENTON — Warren County’s Gamma Chi Chapter of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International recently presented awards to outstanding women who are pursuing degrees in education.

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Sunday’s Gospel reading in John 15 includes this verse: “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” Jesus is offering his final words to his disciples before he is arrested, tried and executed. The next words are, “You are my friends if you do what I comman…

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“As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” 1 Peter 4:10

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I wrote two years ago about the approaching reality of an empty nest for me and Melanie. Since then, our nest became empty, and then it wasn’t, and now it almost is again. I don’t have to tell you that such a roller coaster ride would bring with it exhilarating climbs and breath-taking drops…

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Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. — Acts 4:32

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“The world is changing!” “Every day it is something else.” “Will we ever go back to normal?” “How did we come to this?” Almost every day I hear some form of those statements or questions. Most certainly, the world is changing, and more is on the way. To quote the overused line from the movie…

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Sunday begins Holy Week with palms waving and Hosannas singing. Some churches even have live donkeys. Then there is this sharp left turn to the violence of the cross. Jesus’ story doesn’t end at the cross. Resurrection Sunday we celebrate His victory over death.

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“While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” Genesis 8:22

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I don’t think I have met anyone who said, “Pastor, I think my prayer life is as good as it could possibly be.” In fact, most people I have talked to about prayer have said something more like, “I just struggle in praying” or “I feel so weak in my praying.” I have felt, and sometimes still fe…

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“Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.” — Mark 8:31

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On Jan. 24, 2021, my father’s faith became sight. He was a loving husband to my mom for over 55 years, a dedicated father to his three children, and the pastor of his only church for almost 60 years.

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In 1997, the movie Men in Black featured an alien bug dressed in an “Edgar” suit. The bug had killed Edgar and then inhabited his flesh as if it were a suit. Isn’t this what we do with Jesus sometimes, think that God’s taking on flesh is God putting on a “Jesus” suit?

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“Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready. And it was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.” Revelation 19:7&8

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I am passionate about a lot of things in my life — even if to varying degrees. I am passionate about my wife and kids. So much of my life includes and is enriched by them. I am passionate about my calling. I am blessed to love and seek to lead God’s people that are Central Baptist Church. I …

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“Know that I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” — Genesis 28:15

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With all the turmoil and uncertainty facing our nation today, people regardless of their political affiliation are asking: “What is the future of our nation?” “Where is God in all this?” and “What is the church supposed to do?”

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In my faith tradition, Sunday is Epiphany Sunday. We celebrate the gifts of the Magi found in Matthew 2:1-12; 3:13-17. The actual date for Epiphany is Jan. 6, often called Little Christmas or Old Christmas. For some this date is the date of gift exchange rather than Christmas Day. Epiphany i…

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“Do not be anxious…” — Matthew 6:31