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John Moxley, Author at Farmville

THE WORD

Recovering from ‘surge capacity’ depletion

In those early COVID-19 quarantine months, I, along with most of the rest of the country, was using “surge capacity” to operate, as Ann Masten, ... Read more

by John Moxley, Friday, October 16, 2020 6:00 am

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Like Paul, we need to find comfort in our current condition

I will confess that I have had my fair share of “grumbling” since COVID-19 was thrust upon us. Like all pastors serving churches, we have ... Read more

by John Moxley, Friday, September 25, 2020 6:00 am

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Give up, give in, or go on

I am grateful for that statement from Andy Andrews. For more than the last five months, we’ve all been making lemonade out of the lemons ... Read more

by John Moxley, Friday, August 28, 2020 6:00 am

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Three things you need to ‘stay in’ this season

During our COVID “quarantine” my wife and I studied Keys to Freedom by Nancy Alcorn. I want to share with you some habits that help ... Read more

by John Moxley, Friday, July 31, 2020 6:00 am

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Thy will, not mine, be done

A delightful man in our congregation recently lost his wife suddenly. Many people had been praying for her recovery. When she departed to be with ... Read more

by John Moxley, Friday, June 5, 2020 6:00 am

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How will you come out of this time of quarantine?

Right now we are in the middle of, what feels like, if not is, a global quarantine. Countries around the world have lockdowns, and shelter-in-place ... Read more

by John Moxley, Friday, May 8, 2020 6:00 am

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A different Easter

Easter is going to be a little different this year. How could it not be? Observing our cherished Easter traditions has become all but impossible. ... Read more

by John Moxley, Saturday, April 11, 2020 6:00 am

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God’s Daylight Savings plan

I’ve discovered that time goes by fast when you realize your child is old enough to vote. I’m so proud of my daughter for exercising ... Read more

by John Moxley, Saturday, March 14, 2020 8:30 am

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Bumper Car Living

The most thrilling ride at any fair or amusement park for me as a child was the bumper cars. For a young person who never ... Read more

by John Moxley, Sunday, February 9, 2020 10:25 am

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2020 Vision

I remember when I first got glasses. I was 18 and in the United States Army. They were not attractive, they were the “Buddy Holly” ... Read more

by John Moxley, Thursday, January 9, 2020 2:33 pm

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A Christmas letter from Jesus

An unknown author wrote “A Christmas letter from Jesus.” I hope you find it helpful this Christmas: “It has come to my attention,” Jesus begins, ... Read more

by John Moxley, Friday, December 13, 2019 10:33 am

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Arise and shine, time change

I’m still not back to “normal” after daylight saving time. That might seem odd. I can understand if we had lost an hour, but even ... Read more

by John Moxley, Thursday, November 14, 2019 12:11 pm

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Of mummies and men

“Let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before ... Read more

by John Moxley, Friday, October 18, 2019 12:08 pm

Church & Community

Ringley Brothers and revivals

Each year the church I work with prepares a time for spiritual focus and renewal. Revival. And I’ve found that that’s pretty common in our ... Read more

by John Moxley, Friday, September 20, 2019 2:55 pm

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What I want on my epitaph

The Bible tells us that “God is Love” 1 John 4:8. But how can we even begin to understand what that means? There are many ... Read more

by John Moxley, Tuesday, August 27, 2019 10:02 am

Columns

THE WORD: About the ‘dash’

This past week I saw a social media app that takes a current picture of an individual and “ages” them. Perhaps that might be somewhat ... Read more

by John Moxley, Friday, July 26, 2019 5:00 am

Columns

THE WORD: The joy of the Lord is our strength

The prophet Nehemiah voiced this memorable phrase “The joy of the Lord is our strength.” What a great affirmation! Then we come to this wonderful ... Read more

by John Moxley, Thursday, June 27, 2019 9:42 am

Columns

THE WORD: Does God really only give us what we can handle?

I think about the statement many people say in times of immense suffering, “God won’t give you more can you can handle.” But those words ... Read more

by John Moxley, Thursday, May 30, 2019 10:12 am

Columns

THE WORD: Cling ons

After experiencing Easter, the Gospel of John records an interesting account of the resurrected Jesus and Mary found in John 20:17. “Do not cling on ... Read more

by John Moxley, Thursday, May 2, 2019 7:49 am

Columns

THE WORD: Today’s older brother

I believe that Jesus’ parable of the Prodigal son captures the essence of the Christian faith. It’s a story of repentance and forgiveness and grace. ... Read more

by John Moxley, Thursday, April 4, 2019 7:37 am

Columns

THE WORD: The calling to do good

I was reflecting on the idea of “the principle” behind something verses “letter of the law.” I recall sitting in traffic court several years ago ... Read more

by John Moxley, Thursday, March 21, 2019 8:56 am

Columns

THE WORD: Lent tells us Easter is not fast

Matthew 6:16-18 An armed robber held up a French priest on a dark, back street in Paris and demanded his wallet. As the priest opened ... Read more

by John Moxley, Thursday, March 7, 2019 9:53 am

Columns

THE WORD: God’s (still) not done with Jimmy Dunn

The Word article that I still get the most feedback from is one about a fellow minister by the name of Jimmy Dunn. If you ... Read more

by John Moxley, Thursday, February 7, 2019 9:35 am

Columns

When was the last time you had an ‘aha’ experience?

Do you know there is a word for those “aha” experiences? It is epiphany. When we have an epiphany, we discover something new, something exciting. ... Read more

by John Moxley, Thursday, January 10, 2019 7:43 am

Columns

THE WORD: Wisdom teeth and wise men

Matthew 2:1-12 My oldest daughter just had her wisdom teeth removed. All four of them. They call them “wisdom teeth” because they appear much later ... Read more

by John Moxley, Thursday, December 13, 2018 8:12 am

Columns

THE WORD: What about those flags in the sanctuary?

2 Timothy 2:3-4 In many churches, just like ours, there are two standards, or rather, two flags: the American Flag and the Christian Flag. I’ve ... Read more

by John Moxley, Thursday, November 15, 2018 7:59 am

Columns

THE WORD: When the unexpected storm hits

Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. Matthew 8:24 We were ... Read more

by John Moxley, Thursday, October 18, 2018 8:14 am

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