"Only you Lord have the words of life…"

Today marks a one year anniversary that will haunt certain folks in our county for years to come.  It marks the day that a string of tornadoes struck portions of central North Carolina, leaving destroyed homes and devastated families in their wake.  One such twister struck the north end of our county, leaving many homes ravaged and torn apart.  For Bob and Cheryl Torrence, a couple in our church, that day filled their lives with horror and loss.  Upon hearing the freight train sound that always seems to accompany the reality of an approaching tornado, they rushed to a spare bed room in the basement of their house and barricaded themselves under a mattress as the chaos ensued.  When the peace returned, they emerged free from injury but finding their home in pieces.  Now, how would you handle that?  It would be a great test to our faith to find out, I’m sure.  Bob and Cheryl have often spoken about how this event

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Reflections of Resurrection Day

The Resurrection is everything. It is the greatest validation in history of Jesus’ identity as God and Savior. It is the power in our living, preaching and faith. It is the hope on which our faith rests. In the words of Dr. Dell Tackett, “Do you really believe that what you believe is really real?” This is a question that demands an answer from actions, not words. So the question must be… Does your life point to the validity of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave? Does the way you live your life reveal the reality of the Resurrection? The truth is this: if we truly believe in the Resurrection, our lives will be lived boldly, in a fearless and relentless pursuit of obedience to the Great Commission. That pursuit will be the primary focus and drive of our lives. We have been raised to new life, transformed by the power of the Gospel, and awakened to our

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Importance of Discernment

“But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:8-9) There are so many of these such messages being promoted and taught in our society today. Whether it is Oprah and one of her spiritual gurus, or even professing evangelicals preaching to the masses on television, we must heed the warning that Paul gives here to the churches of Galatia. Wolves do not always present themselves as wolves, though, which can make discernment difficult. There are those in our world that simply denounce Christ and reject him altogether. This makes their message very easy for us to reject. The problem is that many continue to marry their brand of religion with the message

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