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Hope for the Prodigal

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I recently came across a book by Pastor Jim Putnam called Hope for the Prodigal. I think it could be an encouraging read for those who have a “prodigal” living at home or who has moved away. Putnam asks the question, “What does an ideal home, one that is hard to leave but easy...

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Taking Celebrate Recovery to Thailand

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Several years before joining the Chapel Hill pastoral team, I remember having a growing desire to contribute in some way to the church in the two-thirds world. I didn’t sense a call to become a full-time missionary abroad, but I did want to help Jesus Christ’s Church in...

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Fight Night

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I remember years ago when Jenny and I were having a “tiff;” at least I considered it more of a “tiff” than a “fight.” I don’t even remember the issue, but I do remember her saying to me several times throughout the conversation, “You’re not...

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Fearless Q - Write Back 'Atcha On the Church

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There were a number of questions submitted about the Church that I did not address in my message this past weekend. Here are a few responses: 1.    Are Catholics Christians? We can ask the same question of Presbyterians, Lutherans, Methodists, Anglicans etc. Anyone who believes...

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Fearless Q - Write Back 'Atcha on Healing

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Here are some of the questions that congregation members asked after the sermon this past Sunday on whether God heals today.  One person asks how we are to understand Jesus’ words that we will receive what we ask in faith, in light of unanswered prayer. For instance,  when...

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