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  • Are we Americans, North Americans or United-Statesians?
    Are we Americans, North Americans or United-Statesians?
    We call ourselves Americans, but what does that mean? Are we more precisely North Americans or United Statesians, if that is even a word? How did we get to be called Americans when 35 other nations also inhabit this continent we call America? Or...
  • Spiritual wilderness adventure
    Spiritual wilderness adventure
    What do lent and Easter have to do with each other? Why should we fast in preparation for Easter?Small columbidae are generally called doves and larger ones are usually called pigeons. Why is the Holy Spirit pictured as descending like a dove in...
  • Teen Mom: You're Stronger Than You Think by Tricia Goyer
    Putting An Arm Around Teen Moms
    According to the National Center for Health Statistics, more than a quarter of a million babies are born to teen moms in the U.S. each year. Best-selling author Tricia Goyer has written Teen Mom: You’re Stronger than You Think (Zondervan...
  • God's Light
    Looking to Jesus
    We all run through deep waters and rough patches from time to time. Some seem to make it through while others become stuck or drown all together. Trials help build and shape us into who God desires us to be and therefore we should always see and...
  • The Book of Genesis Chapter One versus 'On the Origin of Species'
    The Book of Genesis Chapter One versus 'On the Origin of Species'
    Here we have two books, one from the Holy Bible (Word of God) versus 'On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life' (full title). The Book of Genesis is one of the 66...
  • Local Presbytery Retreat
    Pastors gather in Virginia to encourage local support and unity
    In an age of church dissension, arguments, and division, church unity appears to be a distant dream.However, in a moment of hope, dozens of church leaders (members of the Tidewater, Blue Ridge, and James River Presbyteries) spent the earlier...
  • Columbia Biblical Studies: Thursday, February 26
    Lenten meditations: Thursday, February 26
    As we continue our annual journey throughLent, Christians throughout Columbia will be sharing their own beautifully written personal meditations. Each will be accompanied by a corresponding scripture reading, and be linked to that passage in the...
  • Let God's covenant speak for itself
    God’s covenant speaks forevermore
    A Daily Word from the Word for Thursday, February 26, 2015“Then the Lord said to me, ‘Proclaim all these words in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem, saying: ‘Hear the words of this covenant and do them.”...
  • Forced to Change - A Devotion
    Forced to Change - A Devotion
    Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.As she made her way to the altar for prayer, the tall beautiful woman caught my attention....
  • A Tiny Mustard Seed
    Parables Explained Pt. 3 – The Parable of the Mustard Seed (Matthew 13:31-32)
    Parables are challenging to understand. After all, Jesus shared them a little over 2,015 years ago. It helps to put on First Century thinking caps in order to grasp their meaning. That said; let’s look at the parable about a grain of mustard...
  • Lady Gaga
    A new found appreciation for Lady Gaga
    Until now, I have never been a fan of Lady Gaga. Her music didn't appeal to me, and frankly, I couldn't tell you the name of any of her Pop albums or numbers.Her actions and clothing were also another turn off. They gave me the impression...
  • pray for D Rose
    Is Derrick Rose a victim of bad karma or bad luck
    Chicago Bulls All-Star guard Derrick Rose has suffered another serious injury, according to a February 26 article in the New York Times. The Times reported that Rose may need surgery to repair a medial meniscus tear in his right knee. It is...
  • Assembling Life
    An encouraging thought for negative Christians
    Some years ago I was at a small group meeting one Friday evening; I can’t remember the topic of discussion, but one thoughtful comment from a group member burned itself into my memory.He said he once had a professor who made the bold...
  • Columbia Biblical Studies: Wednesday, February 25
    Lenten meditations: Wednesday, February 25
    As we continue our annual journey throughLent, Christians throughout Columbia will be sharing their own beautifully written personal meditations. Each will be accompanied by a corresponding scripture reading, and be linked to that passage in the...
  • Have Mercy - A Devotion
    We Must Have Mercy - A Devotion
    Psalm 116:1-2 (NLT)I love the LORD because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!Mercy is the compassionate or kindly forbearance shown toward an offender, enemy or other...