I have often heard people say, “Love is a strange thing” I guess they say that because people have a weird way of expressing their love. I still can’t figure out why my mom tore my behind up for misbehaving and then said it was done because she loved me, Lol. It was however, that kind of lov…

In Luke 10:30-37, a certain lawyer approaches Jesus with a spiritual question: “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” How fitting that a legal expert would ask Jesus about a subject he was trained to understand. Jesus points this man and the rest of us to the law of heaven, “Whoever love…

If we do not learn from our trials, then our distress has been a missed opportunity. Crisis situations are occasions to put our faith and patience to work and may we always remember that we cannot be defeated as God is for us and is constantly working on our behalf. There are times when we w…

Supporters of a proposed stretch of interstate connecting I-95 to Myrtle Beach recently got a couple of pieces of welcome, long-awaited news. A judge dismissed a lawsuit that had been holding up the project, and Gov. Henry McMaster proposed using $300 million from the state's revenue surplus…

Last time we offered another overview of the importance of being an effective parent. From the moment a child comes to us, the job of being present for the child’s attachment with our loving and caring selves starts that life-long relationship. The sooner the better, the better, the best.

A client once wrote a company for information about their product. In the letter, he specifically stated that he did not want a salesman to call on him.

Everyone wants a Savior especially if it’s free. The Biblical concept of crucifying our carnal nature and becoming a living sacrifice for Christ has never been popular. The martyrs and everyone who faces persecution for Christ understand there is a cost to loving God with all our heart, soul…

The idea of not being spiritually prepared to trust Christ because of a lack of interest is like being told that you have been scheduled to box a champion fighter this coming Friday night, even though you have no boxing experience and are in terrible physical condition. It’s too late to star…

Before the use of drones, the military used specialized aircrafts to deceive radars. Stealth aircraft were designed to avoid detection using a variety of technologies that reduce reflection/emission of radar, infrared, visible light, radio frequency spectrum, and audio (wikipedia.org/wiki/St…

I can’t remember how many times while raising my three daughters upon hearing the sound of a sudden heavy “thunk” I called out to my daughter’s to ask them, “What was that?” In variably their reply would not bring calmness but rather a cold anticipation of something, which was not quite righ…

If you ever plan to travel out of a country legally, you need to possess a passport. This document connects the holder with his or her country authorizing travel to foreign countries and authenticating the bearer's identity, citizenship, right to protection while abroad, and right to reenter…

Soon after Jesus had resurrected, we find a beautiful passage found in John chapter 20 that is a wonderful example of how much God loves us and wants to encourage us. The friends and family of Christ were gathered together after his horrific crucifixion and were still grieving over his death…

Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and he desires to spend quiet time with us. Our heavenly Father beckons us to draw near to him as he longs to be with His children. As we go about our busy day, many times we do not realize his presence but nevertheless, he is there. May we listen with our ear…

We humans often react to the very things that are on our minds. Often times, the motive associated with a crime is deemed premeditated. This means that the person invested a lot of thought into the process before he or she committed the crime. The persons thought pattern then over powered re…

We acknowledge God’s blessings in our own life as well as those around us. Of course, we have our share of problems and struggles, but for the most part, the Lord has provided for our basic needs, and to be honest, he has also given us a lot of luxuries. Our seasons of difficulty might be wi…

In the past months we have taken some serious looks at the role of parent, how important it is and how we can be most effective when we choose a parenting style with more positives than negatives. This month, I would like to add to our knowledge more of what will help us grow our children we…

Each week I spend a portion of my days writing and preparing messages. I pray and seek the Lord’s voice as I strain my spiritual ear to hear the direction he is leading me. We know that thousands of men and women write and speak for audiences regularly and they enjoy it. However, when it com…

Growing up in the North Santee Community of Georgetown, South Carolina, my mother would tell us to be home before dark when we were much younger. As we got a little older, we had a certain time to check in after dark. On the way to our house, my grandparents had a huge pine tree in the front…

I remember when my cousins came down to visit us one summer when I was about ten years old. Geneva and Phyllis had lived in Maryland all of their lives. At the ripe old ages of eight and seven respectively, they had never eaten good ol’ southern grits. In fact they had never even heard of th…

There are different seasons in life and now in my retirement, I’m enjoying this opportunity where my daily schedule is not as demanding as it once was. I’m not saying there are not plenty of things to do, but I can plan my days instead of obligations controlling me. In this season where most…

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

To start with, let’s look at two words, affect and effect. Affect means to act on, produce an effect, or change. Effect means something that is produced by an agency or cause. The affects COVID produced have effected all of us in one way or another. The pandemic, COVID-19, that has been with…

As Humans, we are so independent minded. Sometimes we are just too independent minded. We are social creatures by nature, yet when it comes to completing a task, many among us struggle in our efforts to do it alone. Is it because we are fearful of asking for help? Or maybe we want everyone t…

The life of David in the Bible is one of the more popular stories in the Christian faith. Of all the individuals other than Christ, I would guess there have been more messages about him than any other character within the word of God. There is a huge difference between the way we observe and…

Last time we ended our visit with “understanding, selecting and practicing a parenting style is not easy. It’s about the parents’ values and what’s important to them and what they want to pass along. It’s almost impossible to use one style only. Styles may change a bit depending on mood, con…

There are few things in life that are universal throughout the world. One of those is a simple smile. Contrary to a smile, there are those phrases that so many people have difficulty saying. Think about it, if I had to guess, I would say that 1 out of every ten people have difficulty saying,…

Over a 12-year span at UCLA, American college basketball coach John Wooden won 10 National Championships and their total of 11 remains a record today. Wooden is regarded as one of the most successful coaches in sports history, and more importantly an even greater person. He was a man of inte…

re, by definition, is a prefix, occurring originally in loanwords from Latin, used with the meaning “again” or “again and again” to indicate repetition, or with the meaning “back” or “backward” to indicate withdrawal or backward motion.

For many years I’ve had the privilege to visit nursing homes as I truly enjoy spending time with the elderly. I sing and teach Bible studies and appreciate hearing about their former lives.

Last time we started a discussion on the critical needs of our children and how important it is for the managing parents to be observant and vigilant making sure that healthy development stays on track. The goals of effective parents are to strengthen families by providing meaningful, approp…

After the enormous exodus of enslaved people out of Egypt, the Lord of Host made a covenant with the freed people. The author of the Old Testament book Exodus captured the moment, “And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in …

At Conway Medical Center, March 17, 2020 changed everything. A patient was admitted that day, suspected of having COVID-19. Just a few days before, South Carolina had its first known case of this virus.

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A biker friend I knew from when I lived in Chicago had a birthday this past week. I was reminded of that by receiving his birthday notice on Face Book. So of course I wished him a happy birthday as I did with other friends whose birthday had popped up that same day.

I went for a quiet walk the other day, to relax and sort through my thoughts like the stacks of messages and notes on my desk. While gazing at the clear sky and breathing in the cool air, it dawned on me that it’s been almost five years since my dad passed away.

History allows us the opportunity to sneak back into the past anytime we want to. He who hates history, hates his own bloodline.

About a month ago, my workplace was hacked. And in the digital age, this presents serious complications — in the short term, it halted email communications, blocked access to historical project files and thwarted our use of business software tools.

A look at the history of Georgetown through the archives of the Georgetown Times:

"Jim, glad to see you up and about. Sorry about your hospital stay."

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When I began conducting parenting and family life classes and workshops years ago, I promoted them from a base at Coastal Carolina University. I often got the question, “what’s a parenting class?” to which I would gently respond, we just get together and talk about our children, what they ne…

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I served as a missionary to the country of Ecuador in South America through the 1980’s and the early 1990’s. I have many friends from Ecuador who have come to visit with us through the years and of course we have gone back and visited with many of them as well. While living in Ecuador I made…

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I remember as a young boy, sitting in the living room with my parents and occasionally when my grandparents would visit, we would all listen to a Billy Graham crusade on television. It was common to see my grandmother wiping her eyes with a Kleenex during the message when Cliff Barrows would…

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