Sat, March 02, 2024

Faith

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Faith Friday: The Now and the Not Yet

It’s Friday afternoon and I’m sitting in my high school history class. Getting a little restless. The clock on the wall has no second hand and seems to move at a glacial speed. Clunk. Another minute passes and the minute hand moves to its new position. I glance out the second-story window and then look back to the front of the room where the teacher’s voice has taken on the persona of the teacher in the Peanuts cartoons. “Wah-Wah-Wah.” Will this class EVER end? It feels unlikely. Again, the clunk

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Faith Friday: Men of Augusta, it’s time!

“I’ve always said that if you reach the fathers, the men of the homes, you’ll reach the whole family.” That’s how my conversation began with Pastor Brad Whitt of Abilene Baptist Church in Martinez. Pastor Brad was kind enough to offer me a few minutes to talk about the Men of Augusta conference coming up next weekend March 1st and 2nd. Brad says Abilene has done a couple of men’s conferences, but years have come and gone since the last one took place. In praying about it last year, he

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Faith Friday: I Do…Recovery

When addiction invades a marriage, it affects and infects every part of the family and its dynamics. There was a time that nothing mattered to Eric Kennedy, except for the next high or drug-induced escape, even as a young boy. Eventually, he only drank to get drunk and pass out. Perhaps, drugs would then be added to the mix. There were sporadic moments of clarity…. but only very brief moments. Eric’s life is in a very different place now. Almost ten years ago, Eric and his new bride (his second

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Faith Friday: A life transformed

Frank Currie is choosing to live his days with gratitude. He is at a place in his life where he’s choosing to be a hope dealer for those who are battling drug addiction. He’s walked that painful road and seen firsthand the devastation resulting from choices he’s made and the impact and consequences of those choices. Last month, Frank celebrated eight years of sobriety. Drugs have been part of his life for a long time, and he was desperate for help. In 2011, he was sentenced to the Augusta Daily

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Faith Friday: Overflow

“Overflow was birthed out of great pain, but now is sustained by God’s strength fueling the fire of this work and by great purpose. So, I’m thankful for that. Not thankful that we lost our son or for any of that, but I am so thankful that we serve a God who can take excruciating pain and use it for his glory and our good. To be able to encourage us to continue to take steps regardless of what we’re going through.” That’s how my conversation began with Terry Lee,

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Faith Friday: Life is Hard. God is Good. Let’s Dance!

Brant Hansen is a nationally syndicated radio host. His newest book, Life is Hard. God is Good. Let’s Dance. Experiencing Real Joy in a World Gone Mad was released just days ago. I began by asking Brant if continuing to write books is part of his master plan. His response? “Yeah, my master plan – that I don’t have. I’m just trying to be faithful with whatever crosses my path today and then letting God take care of the other stuff.” Are you surprised that you have so much to

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Faith Friday: Divinely Directed

They were sitting near one another in a general psychology class at Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC. Jon says he noticed Rachel first. They began dating as sophomores, got engaged before their senior year, and were married shortly after graduation. This week, I’m having a conversation with Jon and Rachel Dawkins, owners/operators of the two Chick-fil-A restaurants in North Augusta. Jon had previously been a Chick-fil-A team member but was not working there when they met, Rachel was, started working there at the age of 15 years old. Jon

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Faith Friday: Real Life in a Digital World

It’s a normal weekly thing now. During Sunday morning worship, as a part of a greeting or announcement, a staff member at church will acknowledge and welcome those who are joining the service for worship by watching online. It wasn’t that long ago that watching a service online was a rare thing. Now, it’s a regular weekly event for many. It’s super convenient and super easy. Hey, you can even watch in your favorite jammies! When we’re out of town, Susie and I will often engage with our church worship

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Faith Friday: Simply begin again

It is the time of year when many people are focused on new things – new diets, new habits, and new goals. In the clear, crisp air of winter and sunrises illuminating morning frost, there seems to be an additional layer of hope.  It’s a great time to be alive and a great time to reflect and evaluate where you’ve been and where you’re headed. As an unknown sage has astutely observed, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there!” The year ended on a

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Faith Friday: Bring hope into the New Year

Before we look ahead, I want to look back for a moment. It’s good to remember where you’ve been before you embrace where you’re going. I grew up in the Midwest. We lived on a basic street in a blue-collar neighborhood. There was a park (it’s still there) about three blocks away where my buddies, Bruce, Brian, Bob, Ron and I would play. Right across the street was a neighborhood market. It was certainly handy when we ran low on milk! There was nothing spectacular about our house or particularly

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