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Life… Just Beyond the Tipping Point

I love old Looney Toons cartoons. Kids these days don't know what they are missing. My favorite moments were when Wyle E. Coyote would have a big flat rock ready to tip off the cliff when Road Runner tripped the trap. Inevitably, the rock would not tip, Wyle E. would go down to check, and Road Runner would step out on the rock, tipping it on over on the poor Coyote, who was really the victim in every episode, you know! Sometimes life is like that boulder. It's at the …

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The Rush of Summer

Isn't summer supposed to be our vacation from the busyness of life? This summer, for the Cox family, is flying right by in a whirlwind of activity. We've traveled to see family in three different states (Missouri and Georgia for Angie, Kentucky for me). We're getting ready to spend a week at church camp. And then, it will be time for Angie to return to work, for me to get busy with a new church year, and for Ella to begin Kindergarten. In the midst of being busy in these …

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Going Back to (Vacation Bible) School

I love VBS week! I love to watch kids having fun. I love to see the people of God in action, doing their thing to accomplish ministry to families. More than anything, I love seeing little ones embrace the story of Jesus as their own. It's awesome! This year's VBS has been a blessing to my heart for quite a few reasons. One is that we've started out with about twenty more kids involved than last year. Two is our Associate Pastor, Cory McCaig has done an absolutely awesome job …

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Remembering the Fallen

Yesterday was a very special day at Bethel. Though we had a lot of folks out on vacation for the holiday weekend, we who remained celebrated God's greatness in raising up heroes throughout the centuries. From Hebrews 11, we recounted the lives and deaths of some of God's greatest servants. Many in the chapter remain unnamed, but their works and martyrdom are mentioned. My favorite line in the passage says, "Of whom the world was not worthy!" Those words reflect my feelings …

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Life… In All Its Complexity

The blog has been put on hold for a couple of weeks now, primarily because of all that my wife and I have been experiencing in our personal lives. Here's a recounting of it... On Monday evening, October 30, Angie left her ladies' Connection Cafe meeting feeling well, but by the time we drove from the church to our house (just a couple of minutes) she was in terrible pain. We decided to go to the emergency room. Our beloved friends, Cory and Lachelle McCaig, came to sit from …

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Sweet Exhaustion

Have you ever experienced sweet exhaustion? Less than an hour ago we capped off our final night of Vacation Bible School by singing some lively songs which included jumping, clapping, and shouting (in church nonetheless!), dining on tacos and nachos, and sliming the Pastor and Worship Leader. Tonight was merely the finale of a week of getting to know our backward friends, Pete and Repeat, learning spanish with an odd assortment of costumed characters, and learning that Jesus …

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The Crystal Sea

“And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal:… The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”—Rev. 4:6, 10-11 I was alone on the shore of Eastern Lake, praising God in my own quiet and …

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Paradise Lost

"And unto Adam [God] said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hasteaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is theground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns andthistles shall it bring forth to thee;." -Genesis 3:17-18a Seagrove Beach, where our family recently vacationed, is an ideal place for those needing to getaway. There are no fast food or motel chains …

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The Storms God Sends

"And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away." -Acts 27:20 If you're not familiar with the story of Paul's shipwreck in Acts 27, I'd recommend reading it before proceeding. It's the fascinating account of a ship tossed in a terrible storm for fourteen consecutive days. Those must have been terrible days. Luke even says that the men on Paul's ship did not eat during those two …

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