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I Don’t Know

On Tuesday, February 5, while many were voting in the Super Tuesday primaries, a series of killer tornadoes ripped through the south, killing at least 59 and wounding hundreds more.  In rural Macon County, Tennessee, 14 people were killed and many more left homeless. Rev. Michael Welch, pastor of the Lafayette United Methodist Church mobilized his congregation to serve, opening the church as a family crisis...

Getting It Right

All of my life, folks have asked me if I could predict the future – at least in terms of the weather – because today, February 2, Groundhog Day, is my birthday. Groundhog Day dates back to an early 1700s celebration called Candlemas Day, which fell halfway between Winter and Spring, usually around February 2.  Superstition held that if the weather on Candlemas Day was fair, the rest of Winter would be...

What’s Your Dream?

Do you have a dream?  What is it that motivates you to do what you do? In 1867, D.L. Moody took a trip to England.  During that trip, Moody sat in a park talking with an evangelist named Henry Varley.  Varley looked at Moody and said, “The world has yet to see what God will do with and for and through and in and by the man who is fully consecrated to Him.” Those words ignited a fire in Moody’s...

The Treasures of the Snow

In the metro Atlanta area where I live, snow is a very rare event.  Having grown up here, I remember several times that the area was blanketed by snow and it was beautiful.  But usually we get ice storms.  In some ways, this part of the south is known for it’s ice storms.  Ice can be kind of pretty as it surrounds the needles of a pine tree like a clear plastic case.  Unfortunately, ice storms are the number...

Christmas Eve Gift

My family on my father’s side had an unusual tradition.  Many years at Christmas we would travel to my grandparent’s house in Alabama on December 23.  We would be there for Christmas Eve day and then head back home that night.  My father was the oldest of seven children, so I had a LOT of uncles, aunts and cousins on that side of the family, most of whom lived nearby.  On December 24, whenever one of...

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