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The elders are grateful that the church will be able to begin meeting together again on Sunday mornings. It will be a mixture of praise, joy, gratefulness, and awkwardness. We are glad to be back together, but recognize that the changes in our schedule, physical space, and safety protocols will feel unnatural and frustrating at times.

Thank you for your commitment to bearing with one another and with your leaders as we seek to honor the Lord, provide a safe environment, and encourage one another through gathering together in these strange times.


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This morning we looked at what the book of Deuteronomy had to say about caring for the most vulnerable, that "quartet of the vulnerable" (Nicholas Wolterstorff) that includes the sojourner, the widow, the orphan, and the poor. We looked into God's Word in Deut 10:16–19; 15:1–11; and 24:17–22. Then we turned to the NT to see that there was one great change (moving from OT Israel as a nation to the NT church) but that the main principles for caring for the vulnerable were largely unchanged. 

I mentioned that Deuteronomy gives us 7 principles in building a community of…


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(We had some technical issues Sunday with our sermon on Deuteronomy 5:20, so we decided to put the sermon notes into a blog post)

Introduction

If I say the name “Lance Armstrong,” what comes to mind? If I had said his name 15 years ago (2005), what would have come to mind?

Lance Armstrong a professional cyclist in the 90s and 2000s. What set him apart was that he won cycling’s most important race, the Tour-de-France, a grueling 21-day event run every July. And he won it 7 times in a row from 1999 to 2005.

But he…


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Hand of Hope has announced plans for a special walk for life event this year. This year's walk will be a virtual walk to allow for greater flexibility, but it will be coordinated with five other pregnancy centers across the state! You can find out more about the statewide event at Life Walk Carolina, and you can participate as a walker or find and donate to walkers at the Hand of Hope event page.


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(Our next mid-week video is up)

Over the last few months we’ve gone from the reality of COVID-19 to a global economic upheaval to the death of George Floyd to riots and looting in cities across America. These recent events feel unrelated and distinct, but they aren’t. They’re simply ripple effects of something that happened thousands of years ago and which shapes everything we experience in this world.

I’m talking about the fall of Adam. It's fitting that I recorded the video at Raleigh's City Cemetery in front of the grave of Elizabeth Obedience Watson who died in…


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Currently we find ourselves in the midst of a lot of change, especially when it comes to our routines. One thing that doesn’t change is God’s word and the truth contained in it. Jesus told his disciples that if we would abide in his word we would know the truth and it would set us free.  

Spiritual and Physical People

One of the things that has changed for us at least outwardly is our place of worship. Most of us are grateful for the alternative of worshipping together online as the service is streamed or as we hold small groups via…


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(Our next mid-week video is now up)

Last week in our sermon we looked at Romans 15, God’s guidance for handling disagreements between Christians. Seems like a worthwhile topic to revisit here.

COVID-19 brings with it a lot of opportunity for disagreements:

  • Should the church follow the government’s orders or practice civil disobedience?
  • Should churches add protocols for COVID or keep things as normal?
  • Who are the medical and public health voices we should listen to?

COVID-19 intensifies all these questions because the pandemic has disrupted our lives and economy so much.

These questions might be…


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(Our next mid-week video is up

Hello, everyone. I’ve got an announcement and then some background. First the announcement: This Sunday night we’re holding a worship service in the church’s backyard. It’ll be a chance to gather for live worship—and see each other. It’s also a step toward a live Sunday morning service.

It’ll feel a little different to gather while maintaining what we now call “social distance.” This 6’ of space we call “social distance” is just a tad farther than normal. It’s basically the distance of a fist bump where you don’t quite land it.

This isn’t brand…


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As of Tuesday night, May 5th, our church became a member of Trinity Fellowship Churches. Our elders signed the Partnership Agreement Friday May 1st and then Tuesday night the General Assembly of TFC voted to receive us. For this post I want to share some of the key aspects of TFC. 

No, TFC doesn't have a website yet. That's why no hyperlinks in this post. But, it's got a Book of Church Order with approved Rules of Discipline and a solid Confession of Faith. Those priorities are good ones, we think. The website is due to go live later this month. 

Getting to Know TFC

It's…


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Hello again. Our next mid-week video is now live. This is the conclusion of our interview with Phil Sasser. For this segment we ask him a number of questions about workplace evangelism, drawing on his years as a pharmacist. Phil proved gifted in being both relational and truth-ful as an evangelist in the workplace. For our interview I asked him for practical advice to help the many of you who work and interact with non-Christians. 

Here are some of the questions he addresses: 

  1. What are some tips you have for sharing the gospel…


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