Freedom

Independence Day represents freedom. This year, we are grateful for the chance to celebrate in the community. In an effort to avoid over-crowding, some townships have spaced out or postponed their firework celebrations. While we are in fellowship, it’s important for us to remember and reflect on the history, the meaning, the depth of this holiday. Freedom isn’t free, and so many have died to give us the rights we ...

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Sudden Changes

“When the world has fallen out from under meI'll be found in you, still standing” – Brooke Fraser from the song, Shadowfeet That line from the song Shadowfeet, pretty much sums up the last 16 months, doesn’t it?  Now that Covid is behind us, what did we learn?  I think we learned that even though we say often that life can change in an instant, we don’t really believe it will, until it does! Things we ...

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Don’t Forget The Lessons…

Isn’t it fantastic that things are opening up again? There’s light at the end of the 14+ month pandemic-tunnel we have all been dealing with! Churches are welcoming back cogregations to pre-covid levels, masks are starting to come off, my wife and I went to an Atlanta United Game with 40,000 other fans and it was great!  But I wanted to encourage everyone to not forget some of the spiritual and ...

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Making All Things New

Closet cleanouts are a thing of spring, as are graduations, weddings, and yard work. Two out of those three have the social distance filter happening. This year, you may find yourself doing yard work for a sparsely attended backyard wedding or graduation party while wearing clothes you forgot you had but found during clean-out! We are a good year into Covid, and more stuff has accumulated. Life gets cluttered, even during ...

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ONE-TWO, THREE

"Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month, each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household." (Exodus 12:3 NIV) Spring-forward has brought so much beauty to our neighborhood this year! Our Sunday drive saw rows and rows of Bradford Pears, and Yoshino Cherries, Redbuds and even Dogwoods  shouting out in a symphony of blooms. We love this time of year as ...

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Remembering Compassion

A window treatment salesman showed up at my house four hours early for an appointment scheduled for 12:30 pm.  Of course, I wasn’t home. Upon receiving the call from this very perturbed person who was very challenged about my absence, I double-checked the email reminder to be sure my appointment was correct, and it was. This salesperson preceded to call me eight more times. First, he was angry that I wasn’t home, ...

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Another in the Fire

One of my favorite songs to play is Hillsong United’s “Another in the Fire.”  It takes me back to a Bible story I first heard as a child, but I missed the ultimate significance and the main miracle until just recently.  So, here’s the “Parksified” synopsis of what the song is based on - Daniel Chapter 3.   King Nebuchadnezzar(of whom I’ll refer to as King Neb from this point forward), like a lot ...

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Positive is possible

"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." - Hebrews 13:8. I hope this verse provides a sense of calm, the world is a little tossed up right now.Over the weekend I took a virtual exercise class with my friend Brooke, she lives on a farm in Virginia. I asked how her community was coping with the pandemic, she said "they're not," and that made her nervous. Yet, ...

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Rest

“I’m sorry, not sorry I’m late, I slept in today” is one of the best things I ever heard my friend Cathy say. Cathy is a well planned, uber-organized, high-level corporate assistant, and a newly divorced single mom. The arrival of this pandemic increased her workload in many departments. She now works from her new at-home office, as does her team, all while caring for her three dogs. Did I mention ...

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