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"So It Begins"...

by: Rich Vaughan

11/30/2020

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Those who are a fan of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy will recognize these words. They were uttered by King Theoden just before the “Battle of Helm’s Deep” in the second movie of the series, “The Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers”. He says these words as the battle begins.  

Why am I sharing that phrase from a popular movie to begin my Rich’s Rittings today? Well, Advent has started and “so it begins”. Wha...


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Thanksgiving 2020

by: Rich Vaughan

11/25/2020

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This is my last devotional for the week, so I hope all of you have a wonderful, blessed, and Happy Thanksgiving.

As we gather, this year 2020 may seem to be a difficult year to offer thanksgiving; but it should not be. No, this hasn’t been the best of years with all that has occurred and continues to occur. But in spite of everything there is so much we can be thankful for this year. In my sermon this past Sunday, I reminded all of us about the reality behin...


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Superstitions

by: Rich Vaughan

11/24/2020

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The first time I realized a preacher could get in trouble for a sermon was when I was in Seminary. I was serving as a Youth/Associate Pastor at a large church in Columbus, Ohio.  It was a good church with a lot of wonderful people. It was a church of 1300 members, a lot like Holland’s UMC since we are closing in on 1500 members. But even though this church in Ohio had a lot of wonderful members, the Senior Pastor preached a sermon about horoscopes and the occ...


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I Have Good News and Bad News

by: Rich Vaughan

11/23/2020

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We all know how that phrase goes, don’t we? Well, the good news is that our youngest grandchild has made his appearance. Allen Caden Vaughan was born on Saturday morning, November 21st. Mom & Caden (that’s what he will be called) seem to be doing fine.  

So, what’s the bad news?  Debbie and I are not as young as we use to be! While Mommy and Daddy are at the hospital with Caden, Debbie and I have been in Sanford, NC babys...


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The Lord's Most Unusual Miracle

by: Rich Vaughan

11/20/2020

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If you were asked what you considered the Lord’s most unusual miracle would you go back into the Old Testament and say it was Creation? Would you say it was the Flood and Noah’s Ark? The Exodus is a pretty powerful miracle and parting a sea is hard to beat! What about knocking down the walls of Jericho without a battering ram, but just marching around it and blowing trumpets? That is a pretty impressive miracle as well. How about the Christmas Story or turni...


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A Cross, A Song, A Savior

by: Rich Vaughan

11/19/2020

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There is a wonderful story found in a book called, “MEGATRUTH, The Church in the Age of Information”. It is by David McKenna and he shares a moment from the early moment of Methodism.

The year is 1739 and “a young man with the sophisticated bearing of an Oxford don climbed the steps of a stone monument called the ‘Market Cross’. It was located in the industrial ghetto of Liverpool, England. Leaning against the cross and looking out ov...


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Posts, Politics, & Pressure

by: Rich Vaughan

11/18/2020

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In the early years, when our young nation was being born a moment happened in Connecticut that speaks to us today. Connecticut was not yet a state and the colonial legislature was in session when a thick darkness blotted out the sunlight. Cries were heard, “It is the day of Judgement! Let us go home and get ready!” But one member of the legislature, an old church deacon, stood up and said, “Brethren, it may the day of Judgement-I do not know. The Lord ...


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Observations Of A Church Pastor

by: Rich Vaughan

11/17/2020

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Near the end of my active ministry I sometimes get reflective. Today, for your edification, I thought I would share with you (with some humor added) some of the things I have noticed over the years. Now enjoy!

(1) People are kind, polite, and sweet-spirited until you try to sit in their pew or you take their favorite church parking spot!

(2) Everyone wants to serve God, but most want to serve Him as advisors.

(3) It is easier to preach 10 sermons than ...


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Pastor's Log Year 2020

by: Rich Vaughan

11/16/2020

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For Star Trek fans, I just made their day (and probably only Star Trek fans understood the above line)! This is a day of reflection as the battle over the election continues, as COVID continues to be in the news and our world, and as life continues with its joys and setbacks.

As you walk through this day let me ask you something: “Is it well with your soul?” (That is the question John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, use to ask to begin their meetings...


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Fears, Faith, and Fridays

by: Rich Vaughan

11/13/2020

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Today is Friday the 13th.  Social Media will mention that fact and share some interesting stories, but truthfully, why is Friday the 13th considered unlucky?

The answers are vague for the most part. There is a Biblical tradition that 13 quests (Jesus and the 12 disciples including Judas who would betray him) attended the Last Supper which is thought to have been on a Thursday night and of course the next day (Friday) Jesus was crucified....


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Gopher Wood, Noah's Ark, and Monsoons

by: Rich Vaughan

11/12/2020

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The last two days here in Raleigh, NC you would think we lived in an area of monsoons. I mean when was the last time you heard of school being canceled because of heavy rain and flooding? I don’t ever remember that occurring! But it has been pouring rain over the last 2 days. I dropped a son’s car off to be serviced today and there was a small “creek” (not a real one) in the parking lot that I had to wade through to get into the building. Thank t...


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Veterans Day - Today's

by: Rich Vaughan

11/11/2020

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As World War I drew to a close, the guns were finally silenced on November 11, (1918) at 11:00AM.  So on the 11th month, on the 11th day, at the 11th hour WWI ended. That is how Veterans Day came to be on November 11th of every year for us. With many of our younger generation including college kids having no idea of the history of this day, it might do well if you reminded those in your family what today is all about. It ...


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Are You Happy?

by: Rich Vaughan

11/10/2020

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What does it take to make you happy? Is it money? Ask most wealthy people and they will tell you that money rarely buys happiness. Is it your health? It could be, but often times we don’t even consider our health until we are not healthy. Is it our sports teams being successful? Perhaps, but that can be a very temporary happiness and can change from game to game and year to year. So what can make us happy?  

Well, recently I ran across an article and I ...


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Pinocchio, God, & Noses

by: Rich Vaughan

11/09/2020

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Almost everyone knows the story of the fictional wooden toy puppet, Pinocchio, who turns into a “real boy”. It is a Walt Disney classic. In the story, Pinocchio also has a major problem (besides wanting to be a real boy). Every time Pinocchio tells a lie, his nose grows! Aren’t you glad you and I don’t have that same issue! And can you imagine if Politian’s noses grew every time they told a lie!!! ENT doctors and plastic surgeons would make...


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The Day After an Election

by: Rich Vaughan

11/04/2020

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Well…I have to admit, I didn’t realize God was going to use me yesterday as one of His prophets when I talked about the 1960 Presidential race that was razor close between Nixon and Kennedy! As I type this, both sides are claiming they will win. Perhaps the only thing this race shows is how divided our nation is in its political thinking. With all that said I am going to share something light today because I think most of America is uptight, filled with anx...


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