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  (On a 45 degree day with 20-mile-per-hour winds for an outdoor wedding at Raffaldini Winery in Elkin, I greatly abbreviated the ceremony and meditation for Colton and Kimberly.  Here’s what I had planned to say!) Colton and Kimberly, on this day when you formally choose each other, I want to thank you for choosing […]

The True Treasure of the Church by Bob Thompson

October 29th, 2017

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“The true treasure of the church is the most holy gospel of grace.”  (Martin Luther) Ephesians 2:1-10   A terrorized life The story I’m about to tell is true. Some of you know it well; to others most of it will be new. It’s one of the most important stories for Christians outside the Bible. […]

The first explanation I should make is why I have the privilege of leading this service today.  My wife Linda and I have served in one congregation for almost 25 years.  Whether we try to or not, pastors tend to bond with certain individuals and families, and our family bonded with Kathie’s daughter Carol for […]

In Christ Alone by Bob Thompson

October 22nd, 2017

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Satan doesn’t mind if you believe, as long as you’re not stuck on Christ Alone. Colossians 1:15-20   Christ-plus This month, to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, we are naming the five “solas” that summarize Reformation thinking. Sola means “alone.” We have looked at Sola Scriptura (Scripture alone) and Soli Deo Gloria […]

Meditation It will not surprise anyone who knew her that almost 25 years ago, early in my pastorate, when we gave members an opportunity to write out their desires for their funeral so we could keep them on file, within a short time Shirley had submitted a detailed form for herself, her brother, and her […]