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Faith, Doubt, & Conviction

by: Rich Vaughan

09/25/2020

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In a world that challenges our very core of faith I would like for us to ponder where we find ourselves in our own spiritual journey between faith, doubt, and conviction.

Faith is a major part of our spiritual journey for a Christian. It always has been; it always will be. Faith is also, more often than not, the stumbling block for those who chose not to believe in Jesus, who are agnostic or atheists. The truth is that people’s belief systems often puzzle me...


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Faith, Fire, & Fulfillment

by: Rich Vaughan

09/24/2020

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He was five years old and he was in a lot of trouble. His house was on fire and in the panic and rush for the entire family to get out he had been overlooked. How could a parent do that you wonder? When you consider he was one of 19 children it helps to explain how he got overlooked! The parents had successfully gotten 18 of their children out of the burning parsonage/manse. The year was 1708 and the little boy was John Wesley who later would become the founder of Metho...


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Lawn Mowers, Love, and Lessons

by: Rich Vaughan

09/23/2020

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What our world needs today is a lot more Alvin Straights. Who is Alvin Straight? He was the subject of a 1999 movie called, “The Straight Story”. The movie depicts the TRUE STORY of Alvin Straight’s 1994 journey across Iowa and Wisconsin on a lawn mower! A World War II vet, Alvin’s health was not the greatest anymore. His legs and eyes were too impaired for him to have a driver’s license, so he hitches a trailer to his THIRTY YEAR OLD John ...


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The Forgotten Disciple

by: Rich Vaughan

09/22/2020

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A while ago I was reading a devotion that told the story of a child who had asked her mother, “Mom, who took Judas’s place?”. How would you have answered your child or anyone else who had asked you that question? Do you remember who replaced Judas?  His name was Matthias. His story is found in Acts 1:23-26, but very little is known about him. In fact, he is truly the unknown/forgotten disciple.  He is not mentioned anywhere else in the New Te...


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ZOOM, ZOOM, ZOOM

by: Rich Vaughan

09/21/2020

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On Thursday of last week, I had three Zoom meetings. From 10-12 I was part of the Clergy’s Executive Session along with every other ordained pastor in our conference. In the afternoon I had a zoom meeting for a staff evaluation, and I finished my day with a zoom worship service for Higher Ground where I “preached” from my office (the music came from other locations as did the worshipers). It is funny, I didn’t even know what the word “Zoom&...


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A Tiny Seed, A Tiny Deed

by: Rich Vaughan

09/18/2020

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It always amazes me when we Christians do not think we can be used by the Lord because we are not big enough, old enough, smart enough, passionate enough, clever enough, etc. The fact is the Lord will use each of us based on our spiritual gifts and our faith.  I mean think about the Lord’s track record. He took a non-sailor drunkard, who was not a good carpenter, and has him build an ark on dry land. Scientists will tell you today that when they create a repl...


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Fear, Failure, & Faith

by: Rich Vaughan

09/17/2020

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Years ago, there was a book written by Donald McGavran & W.C. Arn entitled, “Ten Steps to Church Growth”. In that book, W.C. Arn tells the true story of a short Christian film he was producing to help his church grow. It was called “CIRCUS”. During the filming, one of the youth in his cast pointed to the high trapeze and said, “why don’t you try it?” The other performers heard the challenge and joined in the growing chorus. ...


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Sweets, Satan, & Salvation

by: Rich Vaughan

09/16/2020

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Anyone who knows me knows I love my sweets! I am a “sweetaholic”! (I don’t think that is an actual word since my spell check went crazy on me, but you get the gist!) The following is a true story.

 

I was serving as the Senior Pastor at Raeford UMC, in Raeford, NC. At Christmas time both Debbie and I often bought our staffs the chocolate covered almonds in a large jar from Sam’s. Everyone seemed to love them and I found that I RE...


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God Sightings & God Moments

by: Rich Vaughan

09/15/2020

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We restarted our Men’s Bible Study group this past Monday. We meet every Monday from 7-8 in the morning, but this was our first time to meet since the COVID 19 mess all began. Now we meet either physically with social distancing or by Zoom for those who would prefer that style. Currently we are wrapping up a book entitled “Seven Men” by Eric Metaxas. The last chapter deals with the life of Charles Colson who died in 2012. His name is remembered for two...


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Preachers Are Perfect! Reflections On A Monday

by: Rich Vaughan

09/14/2020

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Everyone would like a perfect preacher. So what makes a perfect preacher (PP)? Male or female, what are the right ingredients for the perfect preacher?  Well here they are; enjoy!   

 The PP preaches exactly 20 minutes and sits down. The PP condemns sin but never steps on anybody’s toes. The PP works from 8 in the morning to 10 at night doing everything from preparing sermons to reading up to date theology...
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9/11 Memories & Lessons

by: Rich Vaughan

09/11/2020

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For my parents’ generation (the “Greatest Generation”) the date was December 7th, 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and the USA entered in WWII. For my generation the date will always be September 11th, 2001. It is hard to believe that it was 19 years ago today. It is hard to believe that kids in college have no memory of this event. It is ancient history for them.  In fact, for anyone under the age of 30 that is a...


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Bumps in the Road & Blessings in Life

by: Rich Vaughan

09/10/2020

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Years ago, after my father’s death, I was traveling by car from North Carolina to Ohio to be with my mother for a hospital procedure that she had to have done. On the way I stopped for a cup of coffee. No, let me restate that, I stopped for a very large cup of hot steaming coffee to make the 11 ½ hour journey a little easier.  About 5-7 miles after getting my cup of coffee I was getting a little frustrated with myself. Every time I took a sip of coffee...


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Who Me? Not Me! Must Be Some Other Me!

by: Rich Vaughan

09/09/2020

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In the United Methodist Church this is Charge Conference time. What that means is a lot of reports and nominating and electing new church leaders for the coming year, 2021. The committee that has the responsibility of finding church members to take leadership positions every year is the Nominating/Lay Leadership Committee. It is an interesting job, a frustrating job, and a rewarding job. We really do try to put “spiritual gifts and graces” of church members ...


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A Tuesday That Feels Like a Monday & Miracles

by: Rich Vaughan

09/08/2020

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When there is a holiday that falls on a Monday, Tuesday always feels like Monday to me. I was feeling like I was supposed to preach today as I got ready to come to church this morning. Most of our staff had moments this morning that felt like a “Monday event” and it even felt strange holding our Staff meeting today, even though we meet every Tuesday! This even feels like a Monday Devotional even though I know it is the second one this week!

So, let&rsq...


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A Quiz, Some Humor, and a Point

by: Rich Vaughan

09/07/2020

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If, for some reason, you don’t know it’s a federal holiday today – well, it is. It is Labor Day. Created by the labor movement in our nation in the late 1800’s, it became a federal holiday in 1894 and is a day set aside to honor the achievements of American workers. The church office is closed today but I thought it might be fun to share a quiz with true but crazy answers, some religious humor, and finally leave you with a God thought for today. ...


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