Author Archive for Susan

A Biblical Response to Islamic Violence and Muslims
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A Biblical Response to Islamic Violence and Muslims

By: Mark Judson and Gus Taylor (Pseudonyms used for protection) As mission leaders, we can influence the response of our fellow Christians to escalating Muslim violence and to the growing presence of Muslims among us in the United States, Canada and around the globe. Biblical responses will open up to us doors of opportunity to […]

Highlands 125th Anniversary
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Highlands 125th Anniversary

On Sunday, October 25, 2015 Highlands Presbyterian Church of Grayson, GA celebrated its 125th Anniversary. Members and former members were recognized for the length of time of their connection with Highlands Church (formerly First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church of Atlanta). Emilie Cole Wingfield, 94 years old, was recognized as the oldest lifelong member of Highland. In attendance, Emilie had four generations of […]

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First Presbytery Fall Meeting

Met in the beautiful new facility of Christ Church (Denver, NC). • Mr. Adam Bloom, retiring vice-moderator and elder from Christ Church, welcomed the court. The church members provided wonderful hospitality for the delegates. • Retiring moderator Rev. Bill Marsh led the opening service of worship including the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. An offering was taken for the Presbytery benevolence fund followed […]

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Catawba Presbytery Fall Meeting

Met on October 13, 2015 at the Edwards Memorial Church. The following is information from that meeting: • Received Blake T. Law as a Licentiate from First Presbytery effective October 13, 2015. • Ordained Blake T. Law as a Minister of the Gospel effective October 13, 2015. • Approved the call from the Calhoun Church for Blake T. Law and […]

Why Do I Do This Job?
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Why Do I Do This Job?

Many times, people make a big deal about how it takes special people to work in special needs. On the contrary, one of my favorite quotes has become, “A child with special needs will inspire you to be a special kind of person.” God molds us into a useful vessel for His service. We may […]

Wheels for the World
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Wheels for the World

Wheels for the World (WFTW) is one of the ministries of Joni and Friends. My involvement for the last 12 years includes the collection of wheelchairs in the upstate of South Carolina and western North Carolina as well as the distribution of the wheelchairs in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The Ministry includes the Chair […]

Rejection of the Old Paths
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Rejection of the Old Paths

The statistics are alarming. Research organizations such as the Barna Group report that the percentage of residents in the United States who don’t attend church has increased by 30% over the last decade. Other data only increases the concern. Studies by several groups indicate that the actual percentage of the US population worshipping in churches […]

Now is the Time to Impact the Future of the ARP
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Now is the Time to Impact the Future of the ARP

  Every agency director in the ARP tells me it makes sense to have adequate financial resources in place to sustain current program operations and open new works within the ARPC. New opportunities stretch our resources and can put current operations at risk. To that point, I had a generous donor tell me the key […]

Planned Giving for Millennials
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Planned Giving for Millennials

My wife Heather, and I find ourselves in the generation of Millennials characterized by emotional giving because it’s trendy to give if emotions are in it, or by not-giving because they do not think they can afford it, or just not want to give at all. Many Millennials have compounded college loans with debt from […]

Insight into the Sabbath Rest
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Insight into the Sabbath Rest

The theme for the ARP denomination this year is “Fresh Insight from Ancient Paths.” The theme is based on Jeremiah 6:16, “Thus says the Lord, stand in the ways and see, And ask for the old paths, where the good way is. And walk in it. Then you will find rest for your souls.” In […]

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