A Long Train of Thought
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A Long Train of Thought

Lives on both sides of my family have been influenced a lot by the railroad. Specifically, Santa Fe Railroad. Three uncles worked and retired from Santa Fe. My Mom was a Harvey Girl and the Harvey Houses were strategically located along the line. Rail passenger service is not nearly as popular as it once was.  Better highways,...

Grass On The Path
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Grass On The Path

Do you have grass on your path? Psalms 62:8 “Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah” Early African believers were earnest and regular in private devotions. Each one reportedly had a separate spot in the thicket where he would pour out...

“Re-“Time
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“Re-“Time

Yes!  It’s summer!  I’m leaving in a few days to get away.  I’m praying, planning, and hoping that this is a “Re-“ time.  Let me share some words with you that will explain.  Ready? Re-connect, Renew, Recharge, Refresh, Recreate, Reflect, Redirect.  I could go on.  We all need to do and experience these things.  When...

Encouragement From Peter
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Encouragement From Peter

Last Sunday I began a series of messages from Peter’s first letter to the church.  It is a letter of a pastor who cared deeply for the Christians in scattered churches in areas now known as western Turkey.  Roman Emperor, Nero, had begun bringing severe persecution upon Christians using them as a scapegoat for the...

What Do You Worship?
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What Do You Worship?

Since people first scratched out petroglyphs or used charcoal on cave walls, they have attempted to convey some message through their art.  Looking back, we can see great works of art from folk, like Michelangelo’s statue of the ancient Jewish king, David, or the masterpiece of the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling.  Later, in the 1660’s, Rembrandt...

Life Hacks
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Life Hacks

Maybe you’ve seen the Facebook posts where some individual has come up with a new, simple way to complete a task or perform a work-around to some problem, obstacle, or the like.  In recent years, these have become known as “hacks”.  I think it derives from software technology where fixes or a patch to software...

The Real Easter
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The Real Easter

Easter.  Retail stores of many kinds are advertising their select goods that are somehow going to play a part in the holiday.  From “Easter eggs” to bunnies, both live and edible, to ducklings, flowers, and bright-colored clothing – all are marketed to help us step into the new life found in spring.  Yes, Easter is...

Parkland Sorrow
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Parkland Sorrow

My heart grieves for the lives recently taken in the Parkland, Florida school shooting. Arguments are being waged on surface issues. But I want to share that such an incident is merely symptomatic of what’s going on in our culture to create the dynamics of such a tragedy. What I list here is not comprehensive,...

God Showed Up
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God Showed Up

I have been in awe all week.  We took another major step this past Sunday, and I believe God was honored and we were blessed.  We launched RiverStone Church with a great spirit, great worship and great crowd.  Excitement was everywhere present as people came together in our Gathering Area for fellowship and then into...