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Calm-fidence by Bob Thompson

August 2nd, 2015

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He took some bread and gave thanks to God. Then he broke it and began to eat. Acts 27 Surprised by calm It was October 13, 2014. A group of 25 pilgrims from Hickory was excitedly boarding a commuter plane in Charlotte. We’d have a short jaunt to Newark, NJ, an eight-hour layover, then a […]

Ready by Bob Thompson

July 26th, 2015

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Before a crossroads will often come a season in the wilderness; use it to get ready. Acts 26:19-32 A different Paul When we left Paul last week, he was standing in front of the Sanhedrin and tensions were high. The high-strung chief priest Ananias ordered Paul to be smacked in the face. Paul shot right […]

En-courage-ment by Bob Thompson

July 19th, 2015

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Every part of the Bible is given for our instruction. Acts 23:1-11 In need of encouragement Pause for a moment and think about a time in your life when you most needed encouragement. Maybe it’s now. Pastors sometimes need encouragement. Years ago I heard a story about a poor pastor serving a small rural congregation. […]

The Power of Your Story by Bob Thompson

July 12th, 2015

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The power of your story lies in the hashtags. Acts 22:1-22 #firstworldproblems What hashtags would you place on the Apostle Paul’s story? Some of you need a brief introduction to hashtags. They are themes on social media posts, like Twitter. When you want to connect various posts or search for others commenting on the same […]

Who Has My Back? by Bob Thompson

July 5th, 2015

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What’s the worst that can happen to me? What then? Acts 21:27-36 Landmark ruling This is at least an interesting, and for some an unsettling, weekend to celebrate America. Nine days ago the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) gave same gender couples equal access to the legal right to marry, a decision that […]