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Do Something About One Thing: A Guest Post by Mike Ashcraft

Mike Ashcraft is senior pastor at Port City Community Church in North Carolina and co-author of “My One Word: Change Your Life with Just One Word”.  You can follow him on twitter @mikeashcraft or watch his sermons on portcitychurch.org   Do Something About One Thing In just a few weeks, once the holiday bustle is safely in the past, we will turn our attention to the hope of the new year.  Our minds will drift towards the many ways we […]

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Rethinking December

What does December represent for you? Stress. Anxiety. Busyness. Worry. Regret… Hope. Anticipation. Celebration. Generosity. Joy… As much as I’d like to admit that my list resembles the second list, there’s a little of both around our house. December provides a unique time for reflection, looking back on another year past. We revisit both tragedy and triumph, victory and defeat as we reminisce all that was. Additionally, we anticipate all that awaits. A new year promises new opportunities and new beginnings. However, as we ebb […]

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A Town Called Comfortable

Far away, on the other side of living, is a town called Comfortable. Over rivers and beyond canyons, it rests, tucked perfectly amid the mountains. It’s a beautiful town, rather common in its appearance, but enjoyable nonetheless. Honestly, most people didn’t even know it was their destination; they were simply traveling their road. Years before, their journey had begun with ambition and passion. Excitement filled their veins as they were fueled by their dreams. Hope was their guide and Faith their compass. But like […]

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Be Calm, Be Quiet, Be Content

Too often, I feel like no one can relate to my life–no one can understand where I’m coming from. In my frustration, I isolate myself on my own little island, set up camp, and throw a one-man pity party. However, I found some consolation this week from the Old Testament that gives me the strength to persevere. David knew the joy of victory. He also understood the pain of defeat. He danced with gladness, yet at times, his soul was troubled to […]

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The Great Debate Between Action and Faith

In high school, the number that adorned my baseball uniform was, forty-one. It was my number. I took possession of it and owned it. It didn’t have any significant meaning at the time, but since has taken on a life of its own. In college, I became a huge Dave Matthews Band fan, something like twelve shows in four years. Ironically, Dave Matthews has a song called #41 – creative considering it was the 41st song he had written. Through […]

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The Hardest Blog Post I’ve Ever Written

My grandfather, Mendel Ham, grew up on a farm in rural South Carolina. Although racial inequality was rampant, I’ve been told that one of his best friends was an African-American farm hand. And that pretty much sums up my grandfather. The stares and jeers of others weren’t strong enough to break his spirit. Throughout my childhood, Paw Paw, was a figure of strength in my life. He was my rock. I didn’t know him as a young man, but I try to envision him approaching my […]

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Why You Shouldn’t Be Realistic

I love NC State football. As a 2004 graduate, I bleed Red & White! Last week, we hosted the #3 Clemson Tigers.  The game was televised on ESPN’s Thursday Night Primetime and I was there with 57,000 others cheering on the Pack.  State played well, much better than most expected, and as the 3rd quarter was closing, it was only 13-7 in Clemson’s favor.  Then it happened.  State’s Brian Underwood broke a run around the end and headed down the sideline […]

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