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In many ways Ruth Swadley was a paradox.  She was a “working Mom” in the days before that was common.  She came from a large family and had a small one.  She was known for her smile but at times battled depression.  And then there were the churches. Sometimes people ask me why there are […]

Love as Humility by bob

June 10th, 2012

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Love slices through the heart to discern pride from humility. 1 Corinthians 13 June 10, 2012 What love is Can it really be almost twenty years (1994) since Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump gave us some of our generation’s most memorable quotes? ·       “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re […]

This devotional is part two of some early excerpts from a book I’m writing on humility.  My goal is to identify simple phrases that express a humble mind.  Last week we began with, “I don’t know.”    “Help me understand” is another humble phrase.  The Apostle James says,  “Everyone should be quick to listen and […]

The Highest Honor by bob

June 3rd, 2012

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The highest honor is to have others ask why your response to evil is counterintuitive. 1 Peter 3:8-17 June 3, 2012 Most outstanding Seated in front of me is a row of graduates – high school, college, and graduate school.  While I wouldn’t want to take anything away from what you have achieved, you have […]

What is Humility? by bob

June 2nd, 2012

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(This devotional was submitted to the Hickory Daily Record 6/2/12.) This summer I’m working on a book on humility. People should write books about their expertise, but I’m not an expert on anything.  As a pastor, I am a generalist.  Most of what I do professionally reminds me of my home projects.  Whether it’s building […]