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Do you want to be right or be loved?

I have always struggled with the phrase, “do you want to be right, or do you want to ...

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Discerning God’s plans

 I’m often asked how we figure out what God’s plans are. Our first stop should always be God’s ...

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What is our identity in Christ?

As I write this, I have already preached my final sermon at the First Baptist Church of Dillwyn. ...

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Music of the Latter-day Saints meeting

I have been asked about music in services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The ...

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Take time out before you burn out

Burn out. I’ve heard those words so many times. Friends, coworkers, supervisors, spouses, parents, students, these and many ...

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Transitioning into a ‘new normal’

One of Moses’ last acts on earth was to individually bless the tribes of Israel. It was one ...

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Leave a legacy of your walk with Christ

Many folks tend to think about their legacy, what they are leaving behind when they leave this world. ...

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Life in the midst of death

“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked …” Ephesians 2:1-2.  It ...

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It’s time to take off the mask

Are you still going to wear a mask? That’s not a question regarding COVID protocol or the relaxing ...

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Finding true unity is a messy process

In the scriptures we find many calls for unity. From the Psalms: “How pleasant it is for brethren ...

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Finding true unity is a messy process

In the scriptures we find many calls for unity. From the Psalms: “How pleasant it is for brethren ...

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God loves us in all our varieties

I believe that God likes variety. I also believe that God likes to “paint.” Look around the world ...

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In Jesus, we find true rest

I treasure rest. When I was at the Naval Academy, I learned the value of rest. We worked ...

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Avoiding those darned mosquitoes

Two of my high school friends by the names of Jim Lewis and Garner Clark always humored me ...

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Finding faith to move mountains

With sunny skies and warmer temperatures, we have had many opportunities to get outside and enjoy the beautiful ...

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Give forgiveness, even when it is not warranted

We are called to reconciliation. We are called to ask for forgiveness when we are wrong and to ...

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There is a time for everything.

There is a time for everything. The Bible records this wisdom of Solomon in Ecclesiastes 3, and perhaps ...

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Jesus’ Passover is our Passover

More than 540,000 have died from COVID-19. Most of us know someone who has died. For 12 months, ...

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Prayer and scripture study can strengthen faith

Like many of you, I took advantage of warmer temperatures last week to enjoy a long walk on ...

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Share life’s burden with Jesus

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my ...

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Praise the Lord who provides refuge from storms

This past week, much of central Virginia was without power, heat and water. We were forced to persevere ...

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The Word — Mercy is greater than death

Ash Wednesday is right around the corner. In the Christian tradition it is the beginning of the great ...

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Lessons learned on snowy days

The snow and ice from the previous weeks have made many churches “self-quarantine” due to the weather. The ...

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Inviting the Savior into our lives

For Christmas, I gave my wife a reproduction of the Minerva Teichert painting, “Christ in His Red Robe.” ...

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Christ often took chances on the longshot

I don’t believe Christ was a gambler, but I do know He often bet on the longshots. Granted, ...

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Peace prevails in the midst of disaster

When my submarine was at sea we ran drills. We practiced what we would do if someone fell ...

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Thanks to WFLO for giving local churches a voice

Radio is a powerful medium for communication. In the U.S. alone there are more than 550 million radios ...

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