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Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion – it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.

Billy Graham

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.

C. S. Lewis
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By |May 27th, 2020|

You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, LORD, do I seek.” Psalm 27:8 (ESV) The other day I posted a photo on Facebook with the words: “Show me Your

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Straining Toward The Goal

By |May 21st, 2020|

Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Philippians 3:12 (ESV) Dear Saints, Our journey is not completed on this side of the grave. The road of discipleship just gets narrower and narrower as we get closer to the goal. Early on in our walk with the Lord, we may feel and think that since we are not actively breaking any of the Ten Commandments, that we are okay. Of course, if you are stealing you should stop, and yes, that is progress, but that is just the first step along the road of sanctification. Saint Paul, writing to the Philippians about his own experience and journey of faith, encourages his readers to consider the heavenly reward that is salvation’s promise and to live here on this earth as if they were there already. I know many of you and you have very different stories to tell about how you came to the Lord and The Church of the Cross. Many different paths but the same goal, to be closer and have a more intimate relationship with Jesus. Whether you

My Heart, My Son

By |May 14th, 2020|

Our second oldest son, William, will graduate from Bluffton High School on June 6th. Of course, he’s not graduating in the traditional sense with his classmates, that has been cancelled. He will be filmed walking across a stage as a handful of us (four) wearing masks watch him receive his diploma. This will occur hundreds of times with hundreds of families across Bluffton. This is happening not just locally but throughout every high school in America. It is not what any of us hoped for, but it is a sign of the extraordinary times in which we find ourselves. Even though Lisa and I share his disappointment, we feel incredibly hopeful for his future. We have prayed for him since the day he was born. He is the most out-going, compassionate, fun-loving, and charismatic of our six children. We have often laughed that he has the personality of Tom Sawyer, the unique ability to get others to paint the fence and then pay him for it! Above all we are most proud that he has kept his faith in Jesus Christ. The scriptures teach: “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he

The Gardener

By |May 11th, 2020|

Spring has always been a time for planting seeds and preparing the soil for gardens.  Our family had a vegetable garden and each year we made sure that it was planted by Good Friday. I am not sure if that was just a tradition passed down through the family or if it was tied to the Farmer’s Almanac, but it was what we did each and every year. Gardens and their bounty form a big part of my the summer memories. Cucumber and mayonnaise sandwiches on white bread or tomato sandwiches so juicy that you had to eat them standing over the kitchen sink were a daily occurrence that marked those summer months. Recently my brother began his days of quarantine by tilling up his side yard to plant an enormous garden. Sports had ended because of Covid-19, so his favorite pastime had come to an abrupt and disappointing halt. He took this time to go back to his roots and be a gardener once again. Growing up, he was constantly outside digging in the dirt and playing with the metal John Deere tractors in our backyard. I remember once he created a mini-farm by our pump house using his toy tractors. He marked off neat rows, planted corn seeds and created an irrigation system for his miniature field. He was in his element then and now, because farming and gardening is in his DNA. Actually, gardening in all of our DNA.

Ask and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.

Matthew 7:7

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