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24
Jan

From a Fallen Woman by Lorraine Montanari

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  Pastor Bearden,   As my pastor, I feel it is time that I share something with you.  I think you may be surprised but I need to unload my burden and just let it all out.   In my past, I have had several escapades, of which I am not proud, which resulted in the fact that I am a fallen woman.  In truth, I was mulling over the idea to use my pain and write a book to help other women, who have experienced what I have, and entitle the book Tales of a Fallen Woman.  Just the...
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05
Dec

Time Out by Lorraine Montanari

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  How well I remember a European vacation that my husband, David and I took to Italy, around the turn of the century in 2000.  For the past 14 years, we routinely crossed the Atlantic, toured Europe in the summer, and mainly chose those countries to tour steeped in aesthetic history.      When we arrived in Rome, our first destination was the Vatican.   Along with hundreds of other sweaty, sticky, and sardine-packed tourists, we were corralled into the Sistine Chapel.  However, before we could even catch our breath, a guard barked at all of us with a stern command of...
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30
Oct

STATUS REPORT

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90 Days of Generosity...   God says in 2 Corinthians that He "loves a cheerful giver."  We've got cheerful people all over the place as expressions of generosity abound throughout the congregation.  What a JOY!   It was over 6 months ago that we first began praying about 90 Days of Generosity.  Through the summer and into the first weeks of fall, our staff got excited about how God was working in the hearts of the "First Family" as plans were made and projects and opportunities were identified.  Already we are seeing the fruits of generosity in the joyful embrace of...
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19
Sep

MORE

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MORE   It's coming...   Over the past year, several things have emerged through various venues in our congregation:   -A group of dedicated men began wondering how we could deploy our resources and impact our community.  Meetings centered around how we could move from being primarily "inside" a building and get "outside" into our world with God's grace and good news through acts of ministry and service.   -A small team began asking questions and listening to passions within our congregation about new initiatives, needs, and dreams.  We are so blessed...but some things were "out there", things that we could...
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05
Sep

A Christian is...

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A while ago someone highlighted an easy way to know what people think about Christians.  Google it.   Google, the search engine on most desktops, helps internet searchers by giving sugggestions on topics or highlighting the predominant searches others are making.  Type in "Christians are" and then work your way through the alphabet.  In a few moments it becomes apparent that the majority of "labels" or categories of filling in the blank are predominantly negative.  Apparently we have a "PR" problem.   Add to that is the rise in the population of those who describe themselves as "none" (as in "none...
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29
Aug

Hope?

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The world's a mess.   I know...that's pretty much a "duh!" statement.    As I write this, evidence is mounting for a United States response to chemical weapons used on civilians in Syria.  Egypt is under military rule, civil war looms, Christian churches have been burned, and it's unknown how long it will take before any direction becomes evident.  Things are tense with Russia, China, almost anything having to do with the Middle East, and you would be hard-pressed to find anything positive almost anywhere.   Things "at home" are not better.  The recession may be over but it doesn't feel...
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08
Aug

God Calling

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The last weeks of August are, in Northern Virginia, transitional.  It's the last gasp of summer and, for some, it means that one last trip out of town before back to the routines of the fall and school.  For some of us, the transition is a milestone, sending a child off to school for the first time or moving into a new house, or a new community.  For many of us, fall transition is mental--a pattern fixed long ago where fall signified the opportunity of a new beginning, new habits, new friends, even a new life.    It's exciting to look ahead...
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18
Jul

Guest Blogger. Teacher Lorraine Montanari

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Needed: A Summer Wedding Lorraine Montanari As we look around what do we find but yet another round of race riots in American streets, gay marriage given more legal rights by the Supreme Court, erratic weather patterns evidenced throughout the world, the inevitable political corruption nationally and internationally—mainly all harbingers that righteousness and rationality still do not prevail in our world presently.  We would be sluggish and torpid of mind and soul if we did not reflect on the present state of affairs as it relates to the appearing of Christ, our Groom, on earth again.  Though no one knows the...
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27
Jun

Right Before Your Eyes

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A lot of the stories of the Bible come out of an agricultural environment.  Growing things was how most people survived and supported their families.  Not so much anymore...we might have a small garden or a potted plant or two, but it's a rarity that we have a direct connection to the soil for our livelihood.  Some of the Bible stories take a bit of work to find application in our highly technical world.  Some don't take any work at all.   Jesus told one of these stories about seed getting scattered all over the place.  The guy scattering the seed seemed to be...
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13
Jun

FASTER!

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Faster! Faster! Faster!   It's the mantra of our culture.  We want it fast.  We need it now.   I used to wait for the TV to warm up before a picture emerged on the screen (yep, I'm that old).  I used ot wait days for letters from Mom and Dad with news of home.  Now I channel surf and get frustrated when someone doesn't immediately respond to my texts.   Faster!  We're inventing new words to measure how fast we get it or how soon we need it.  Nanoseconds used to be fast...now it's picoseconds (because a nanosecond just wasn't...
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