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Not What I Would Choose

May 20, 2015 | by: Kat Prentice |0 Comments

In the past 12 calendar months, my life has seen quite a drastic change. This year is the first I haven’t taught since I graduated college nine years ago. This time last year my dream of adopting came to a screeching halt when I realized my husband and I weren't on the same page; I had already resigned my job to take care of our anticipated adopted baby. Two weeks after we decided to put adoption on hold we found out that my father had a terminal ill... Keep Reading

The Christian Worship Service and Liberty of Conscience

May 13, 2015 | by: Rick Hawkes |0 Comments

Editor’s note: This article is longer than usual, but we encourage you to give it a thoughtful read. Some church services put on quite a show with lights, multimedia, and a wall of sound. They are glorious. Other church services are very awe-inspiring with people in robes, elevated language, sacred artwork, candles, and mysterious things happening. They seem quite holy. The worship service at Christ Community is pretty basic, consisting of what we c... Keep Reading

“Eyeglasses for Everything”

May 7, 2015 | by: Pastor Greg Norfleet |0 Comments

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” C.S. Lewis Does the Bible speak to the issue of obsessive-compulsive disorder? Of procrastination? Of run-of-the-mill stress? Of parenting teenagers? Of addiction? Of fits of anger? Of bouts with depression? Of marital turmoil? Of rising tides of anxiety? Of binge shopping? Of mid-life crisis? Of human suffering?... Keep Reading

At the Intersection of Rock and Hard Place

April 30, 2015 | by: Pastor Byron Peters |0 Comments

“A good lead for me is someone between a rock and a hard place.” So began my 45 second “elevator speech” today at the Chapel Hill Leads group, a business referral and networking group I’ve been attending for several years now. I continued, “I was reading Psalm 107 this morning, which is a litany of rocks and hard places. The gloomy misery of aimless wandering, the bitter slavery brought on by our rebellion, the countle... Keep Reading

Children's Ministry: Did You Know?

April 22, 2015 | by: Kathryn Eriksen |0 Comments

Did you know that there are over 50 kids receiving instruction, prayer, and encouragement in the Children’s Ministry every Sunday? Did you know that over the course of 2 services it takes 25 adult volunteers EVERY Sunday to make the Children’s Ministry a safe and informative place for children to be? Did you know that children who complete the Sunday School curriculum in the 3rd-5th grade class will have studied every book in the Bible and me... Keep Reading

Read Any Good Books Lately?

April 16, 2015 | by: Rik Gervais |0 Comments

Most of us are so busy that we don’t have time to read ANY books, other than those assigned for course work, or maybe a “how-to” thing on parenting or home repair. And, of course, there is always THE “good book” which, if you are like me, you don’t spend nearly as much time in as you would like. In other words, most of what we read we choose because it’s something we need to make it through the next big “thin... Keep Reading

Loving Long

April 9, 2015 | by: Pastor Byron Peters |0 Comments

A couple of years into my first pastoral position, I was dealing with a sensitive situation within my own family. My instinct was to draw a line in the sand, make it an “all-or-nothing” encounter. But was that the right course? Was this worth exploding the relationship? Maybe you can relate. “My friend of 30 years still isn’t a Christian—I’m fed up. My friend of 10 years seemed to have been a Christian and now says he&r... Keep Reading

Easter Reflections

April 1, 2015 | by: Rick Hawkes |0 Comments

A part of me is embarrassed by the resurrection. The cross is a clean and simple, though gracious, transaction. We love talking about how Jesus died for us. The resurrection is tougher. Now that I am forgiven, what does the resurrection have to do with anything? I feel pretty good about telling people that Jesus died to save sinners. Even if the details are a little foggy to them, they get the idea of sacrificial love. In our naturalistic society, the idea... Keep Reading

Clock Watching

March 26, 2015 | by: Brian Ellison |0 Comments

Trouble, it seems, is all around. Illness. Layoffs. Death. Breakups. Tragedies. Terrorism. The list goes on and on. Trouble is a very real presence in my life these days. A few weeks ago, I learned that my job had been eliminated during a corporate restructuring. As I confront this new situation, it seems like life is moving in the wrong direction. I’ve asked questions:· “Why is this happening?”· “What’s the ... Keep Reading

Youth Ministry and Prairie Home Companion

March 19, 2015 | by: Martin McCorkle |0 Comments

I often feel like I serve in Lake Woebegone. You know, that fictitious Minnesota town made famous by Prairie Home Companion filled with great stories. You may also recall that all the kids were “above average.” It’s easy to forget how amazing this group of kids is. After all, we see them all the time. They are our children. But they are quite exceptional. As the following stores do tell. The names have been changed just because I thought... Keep Reading

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