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Hope is Not Giving Up

Posted onDecember 3, 2017 | by: Seth Carter | 0 comments

The word “Hope” means a lot to me. It’s my daughter’s middle name for a reason. December 22, 2008 Cameron Hope Carter was born prematurely at 25 weeks and weighed less than 2 pounds. She spent the first 129 days of her life in intensive care at Duke Hospital. During that time she had three surgeries, and her state of life was fragile to say the least. Since Cameron was in Durham and we lived in Holly Springs my wife and I did a lot of commuting back and forth to feed, visit, and hold her. On those cold wintery days I would drive to Duke and play the song Hope (by Remedy Drive) loud in my car to keep me awake…and encouraged....Keep Reading

Jaki and a Toothbrush - A Shoebox Story

Posted onNovember 19, 2017 | by: Seth Carter | 0 comments

A shoebox recipient’s account of how a simple gift made an eternal impact. I’ve never met my birth mother. People at the orphanage told me that she brought me there when I was a few months old. At the orphanage in Guatemala, the caretakers provided for our basic needs. They taught us, fed us, and clothed us, but their lim-ited resources meant that we ate a steady diet of rice and beans and wore whatever clothes were available, no matter what the size. I don’t remember us having any combs or brushes. We did have a toothbrush...Keep Reading

Striving Side By Side

Posted onNovember 13, 2017 | by: Dave Brown | 0 comments

It is a beautiful thing when you see a group of people striving side by side for a worthy cause that is far bigger than the individuals who make up the group. One example in the sports world is that of an offensive or defensive line on a football team. They come out of the huddle with a unified plan. They are of one mind, literally side by side, with the goal of gaining a first down or scoring a touch-down....Keep Reading

The Impact of God’s Nature on Us

Posted onNovember 5, 2017 | by: Seth Carter | 0 comments

You live in a world where you are forced to make countless decisions. And there will be consequences for those decisions. And thus, our lives are full of regrets and celebrations....Keep Reading

October 31 - Reformation Day

Posted onOctober 29, 2017 | 0 comments

October 31, 2017 will be the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Though it is disputed as to the exact date when Mar-tin Luther nailed his theses to the door, Robert Morgan gives some helpful background to the events that led to that memorable day we call Reformation Day....Keep Reading

We’re Not As Different As You Think

Posted onOctober 24, 2017 | by: Seth Carter | 0 comments

I visited a website where a network of young people were posting prayer support for things such as their struggle for purity, a divorce at home, their youth group's mission trip, car trouble, how to spend their money wisely, and overcoming spiritual dehydration just to name a few. We must realize that our teenagers live in a world broader that what we realize, and are going through an array of different emotions, changes, and situations that are extremely serious to them....Keep Reading

“The Protestant Reformation and Singing”

Posted onOctober 16, 2017 | by: Dave Brown | 0 comments

This month will mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. There were many individuals that God used during that time of spiritual awakening. One of the best known individuals is Martin Luther. He was a reformer, a preacher, a theologian, a political leader, and a Bible translator. But many may not know that he was also a musician....Keep Reading

Why Do You Share?

Posted onOctober 8, 2017 | by: Seth Carter | 0 comments

Everyone has different reasons. Some reasons are more rousing than others. But when it comes to you, what is your motivation to share the gospel with others?...Keep Reading

Prayer - A Privilege or a Responsibility?

Posted onSeptember 24, 2017 | by: Dave Brown | 0 comments

The answer is yes. Prayer is both a privilege and a responsibility and more. When I think of prayer as a privilege I think of Philippians 4:6-7 where we read, “do not be anxious about anything, but in every-thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”...Keep Reading