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Searching For Relevance

In today’s world it is easy to get caught up in the everyday noises and distractions. This blog seeks to help you focus on the intersection between faith and life.  Enjoy, ponder, and make a difference!



Will History Repeat? I Hope Not!

Once again, I am saddened by events in the Middle East as innocent civilians have been subjected to chemical horrors beyond our imagination in what has become a violent wasteland known by the name of Syria.  It is a tragedy beyond belief — beyond human decency.  I had always believed that by this time in history, humanity would have moved beyond such disregard for human life.  The Reality is, however...

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The Extreme Center

I would like to thank everyone who participated in our “Crossing Fences” program this past month.  Over 100 people attended each of the conversational gatherings with both the Rev. Dr. Raymond Hargrove and Mr. Zai Alayan.  And judging by the feedback I, and other staff members received, attendees were:  grateful for the atmosphere in which the conversations were presented; appreciative for the listening and dialogue the evening agenda provided; as well as the new insights and understandings everyone received.

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What Will You Do?

I recently read the results of a survey that concluded most people believe they are basically . . . essentially . . . almost certainly . . . “honest”.   And yet, the survey also revealed that 70% of this same group would act . . . do . . . or take advantage of a questionable situation if it didn’t seem to “directly hurt” somebody AND no one was watching!!!!

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A Positive Response

I am writing this blog as a way of growing from the interesting events of this past Sunday’s worship which caused all of us some degree of uneasiness. My intent was to draw the distinctions between my understanding of “public and private” prayer. Nothing more! Hindsight, however, is always 20/20, and if I were to do so again, I would select a different context,

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Listen First, Love Later

In high schools across the nation students are learning about the importance of public speaking.  It is considered to be one of the most important skills a young person is to develop.  I disagree.

I think people are very good at speaking their mind and expressing their opinions. As a matter

of fact, I think we have too much of it. What we really need is for people to learn how to listen.

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Prayer Is Not So Easy

Late September of 2016 we had what we thought was a pretty good idea. Back then

we were trying to plan ahead, visualizing what our church might need after the

election. Knowing that our community is not homogenous, we had a stroke of genius.

Regardless of who would win, the country would experience the pain of division and

discontent. So, we decided to dedicate the first 100 days..

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Every Step A Prayer

I am excited to share a special event coming to Pass-a-Grille Beach Community Church,

UCC in February. Dr. Thomas Hawkins, an ordained Methodist minister and author of

over 18 books, editor and contributor to the Upper Room daily devotion, will be leading

a day retreat Feb. 17 - 18 (*see bio below). His presentation will be based on meditation

and prayer, specifically using his most recent book,“Every Step a Prayer”. If you’re one

of those who especially likes to make your daily walk a time of prayer, you’ll love this event.

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New Year Wishes

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Merry Christmas!

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Redeeming Scrooge!

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The Election is Over. Now What?

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Cubs Win and so will we!

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Almost Done!

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Good News!

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We Cook Food and Serve Love

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Come on in!

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WHAT are WE to DO...

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The Crisis Continues

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It's My Right

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They Say We Are Infidels

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Christian First...Citizen Second

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Difficult Decisions

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Prejudiced?

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What Can We Do?

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Finding Happiness

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Pray For Orlando

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How Far Have We Come?

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Efforts for Peace in the Midst of Turmoil

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Apostle

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Spreading the Love

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Gifts That Reach Around the World

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"Help!!!!"

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I Love Jesus, but I cuss a little

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A Different Kind of Church

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Our Easter Response

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A Faith that is greater than any Fear

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The Way of The Cross

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Truth or Not

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Looking in a Different Direction

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New Beginnings

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A Christmas Prayer

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A Holiday Book List

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A Thanksgiving Prayer

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Faith above Fear

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Give Thanks!

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Just Believe!

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Bad News to Good News

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GOOD NEWS and BAD NEWS

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Apple Hacked!!! Maybe our souls too...

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Who thought this was a good idea?

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Blame! Blame! Blame!

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Values, Consistency, and the Presidency

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Lack of Religion in St Petersburg?!

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The Real Tragedy of Cecil the Lion



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