Suffering. We’ve all been there. We’ve all faced it. No one in this life is free from it. We face suffering in the loss of a loved one, the loss of a relationship, the loss of a job or the los…

I walked around outside our house looking for vines that connect themselves to brick and other surfaces. Although these plants can eventually do harm to structures if left unchecked, I do admi…

”Sometimes we're so concerned about giving our children what we never had growing up, we neglect to give them what we did have growing up.” — James Dobson

Someone read the words on my shirt which represent the theme of a church retreat I have attended for many years. They originate from the prophet Malachi, author of the last book in the Old Tes…

Today I stopped dead in my tracks and thought, I am living so many answered prayers. Thank you God for your grace and mercy. Now some of these prayers took time, years of patient waiting. Mont…

“Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own; and from morning to night, as from the cradle to the grave, it is but a succession of changes so gentle and easy that we can sc…

Unified Church of SC, 338 Pine Log Rd, Beech Island, invites visitors to worship with in-person services on Sundays at 8 a.m. Temperature checks will be performed, face masks are required and …

Communication can be tricky. We can usually identify defensiveness in others, but our efforts to avoid criticism ourselves presents a difficult challenge. On one hand, while we may think we ar…

The mustard seed is one of the smallest seeds you can plant. When it grows it becomes the largest of all garden plants. With its big branches, birds can perch in its shade. The Bible says that…

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“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.” William Shakespeare’s words from this sonnet strike a chord in me regarding the days following Easter Sunday. When we focus on the eternal tru…

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”Sometimes we're so concerned about giving our children what we never had growing up, we neglect to give them what we did have growing up.” — James Dobson

If you’re like me, there are habits in your life that seem to come and go. They don’t stick around like they should. Take regular exercise, for example. I’ll get in a routine of going to the g…

The week before the first Easter began with “hosannas” and digressed to betrayal and brutality. To describe this as a week of contrasts hardly does justice to the wide range of experiences and…

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”Sometimes we're so concerned about giving our children what we never had growing up, we neglect to give them what we did have growing up.” — James Dobson

“Camera two, start your motion. Awesome! Camera two, you are live. Camera three, grab your shot. Camera three, you are live. Camera four, that's perfect. Camera four, you are now live.”

I recall overhearing a conversation in the breakfast room of a hotel. A younger man in a wheelchair and an older one at a separate table began to converse. The elder began to speak about God’s…

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As our family gathered at a restaurant, one member notified us that she would be late because of car trouble. She finally arrived and, following the meal, again confronted an uncooperative car…

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”Sometimes we're so concerned about giving our children what we never had growing up, we neglect to give them what we did have growing up.” — James Dobson

One of my greatest passions is traveling. I love adventure and discovering and experiencing a new culture and place. If I’m not traveling, I’m usually planning a party, an event or fun outing …

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I read about a ministry student who took too seriously the verse in Matthew about giving an account for every idle word on judgment day. He overly scrutinized his words and always presented a …

Hace un par de días leímos como parte del nuestro “Bible Reading Plan” en el libro de los Salmos (cap 30-31) como David se entrega de una manera diferente al poder y a la voluntad de Dios. No …

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When considering those times and places we associate with God’s presence, we often mention sanctuaries and peaceful nature settings. We may recall feeling the nearness of God in times of physi…

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”Sometimes we're so concerned about giving our children what we never had growing up, we neglect to give them what we did have growing up.” — James Dobson

Three special days seem to stand out in the short month of February: Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day. I think, however, of Feb. 24 when February comes. My father was born in …

”Sometimes we're so concerned about giving our children what we never had growing up, we neglect to give them what we did have growing up.” — James Dobson

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Have you ever struggled with feeling inadequate? Like no matter what you do you will not be enough? I know I certainly have. As I write this blog, I find myself struggling with those feelings.…

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I read a bride’s account of a beam of light having accented her wedding service. Just as the minister invited the couple to the altar, a ray of sunshine burst through the window and flooded th…

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I love ice cream. I love dogs. I love my wife. I love college football. I love Jesus. I love the beach. I love to travel. I love rock ’n roll.

When God called Moses to lead the Israelites out of bondage, Moses tried five times to convince God that he was not the right man for the job. Moses experienced many feelings, and fear led tha…

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I never get tired of hearing about the four World War II chaplains who gave up their life jackets and tried to save others after a German submarine torpedoed the USAT Dorchester on Jan. 23, 19…

I love the '90s. Full House. Home Improvement. Martin. Sister Sister. Classic Nickelodeon shows. The greatest part was you never had to miss any of these shows or live events because you could…

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Seventy-six years ago the liberation of Auschwitz, Nazi Germany’s largest concentration camp in Poland, occurred. Over a million people, mostly Jews, were killed in a barbaric attempt at exter…

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Every year I challenge myself to read the Bible all the way through from start to finish. I enjoy this challenge because I learn something new about God each time I read. I also learn a lot ab…

My mobile phone gives me regular reminders by sharing my screen time usage in comparison with previous periods. My health app counts my steps and informs me if I am keeping up with last year’s…

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”Sometimes we're so concerned about giving our children what we never had growing up, we neglect to give them what we did have growing up.” — James Dobson

Recently, my family and I traveled out of town to attend a funeral. As a pastor, it comes with the territory, but this funeral was deeply personal. In times like this I am often at a loss for …

Over the last several decades, we have heard our time period called an age of anxiety. Some say that anxiety comes largely from our inability to express our deepest emotions. It makes sense th…

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Have you ever lost hope when you saw no resolution to distressing problems? Perhaps our answers fall somewhere in the middle because we realize the necessity of hope and the pain of watching i…

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