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PASTOR APPRECIATION: PART ONE (PREACHER AND BESEECHER)

      The term “pastor” stems from a Latin noun meaning “shepherd.” In turn, this term is further derived from the verb pascere when means “to lead to pasture, set to grazing, cause to eat, feed” and, by extension “to tend, guard, protect.”  In this context, a pastor leads, feeds, and even bleeds for his flock in a manner uniquely similar to a shepherd who guides, grazes, and guards his sheep.    

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WALKING WITH GOD

      Perhaps you have seen verbiage on a church sign that encourages readers to “Exercise Daily: Walk with God.” Through the years, my doctor(s) have encouraged me to exercise more frequently and more intentionally. Having recently had a birthday, I am now heeding my doctor’s counsel and have begun walking nearly every day.

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WILL YOU H.E.L.P?

      Have you ever known someone who has needed help in some area of their life? I would guess that the answer to that question for nearly everyone would be “Yes” so allow me to present a follow-up question: “Would the person deemed to be in need of help allow someone else to render aid to them?” I’m guessing the answer to that question may not always be in the affirmative.    

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IMPROPER STORAGE

      During an extensive home renovation project a few years ago, we completely rebuilt the roof on our house. I don’t mean that we simply removed and replaced the shingles or that we repaired a few sections of the decking material. Rather, we took the entire roof off of the wall plate and set new rafters at a steeper pitch in order to allow for the construction of an attic room complete with dormers.

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WHEN FLOODWATERS RISE: PART 3

      Offered in the introduction to Part 1 of “When Floodwaters Rise” was the reminder that “sometimes, however, the storms and floods of life are not of the H2O variety. Floods of doubt, despair, disease, divorce, depression and even death may gush forcefully into our experience and no amount of sandbagging seems to be of any value.”

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WHEN FLOODWATERS RISE: PART 2

      Hurricane Ida made landfall recently and caused extensive damage to property and displacement of people in much of Louisiana and parts of Mississippi. Even after Ida was no longer considered a hurricane, the storm continued in a northeasterly direction causing flooding due to heavy rain.

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WHEN FLOODWATERS RISE: PART 1

      Perhaps like you, I have experienced a host of storms and floods in my lifetime. I was really too young to remember Hurricane Betsy in 1965 but I do remember Hurricane Camille in 1969.

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THE CROSS STILL STANDS

      In preparation for my daughter’s wedding celebration several months ago, I fashioned a cross from a fallen tree using my chainsaw. The cross was to serve as the focal point for the ceremony as the couple exchanged their vows at the foot of the cross. During the week leading up to the wedding, a local ministry supplied some much-needed manpower. Several of the men helped assemble and erect the cross in my front yard.   

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T ?

      Aretha Franklin, pop music icon and highly acclaimed Queen of Soul, died three years ago today. Aretha was 76 years old. This past weekend, a biographical drama hit the theaters after being delayed for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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FINANCIAL FITNESS 101: FINISHING WITHOUT HESITANCY

      I have enjoyed watching the Olympic Games in Tokyo over the past couple of weeks. I must admit, however, that my interest in the various races (swimming, running, rowing, etc.) probably surpassed my interest in fencing and rhythmic dance.

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