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i go a fishing

By   /  February 10, 2013  /  Doug Rea  /  Comments Off

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Tweet     The title for this post comes from what I find to be one of the most humorous yet promising statements in all of scripture.  I ripped it off from Peter.  It was statement he made in John 21:3 (King James Version).  Peter made the declaration after a visit from Jesus…after He (Jesus) [...]

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Our need for community

By   /  January 27, 2013  /  Doug Rea  /   Comments

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Tweet Here in Albany, we have at least four coffee shops that I know of and a new one getting ready to open. Personally, I spend about 10 hours a week in these places doing emailing and writing. Where do you think the idea, “With Your Latte” was born? I do some of my work [...]

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Choosing a Merry Christmas

By   /  November 25, 2012  /  Doug Rea  /   Comments

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Tweet Very soon friends, family, and acquaintances will share in the immortal phrase, “Merry Christmas.”  The closer the big day approaches the more frequent it will become.  But what does it actually mean to wish someone, “Merry Christmas?”  Is it simply the expected salutation of the season? Do we think of offering someone a  “Merry [...]

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What’s God’s Will For Me?

By   /  August 5, 2012  /  Doug Rea  /  Comments Off

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Tweet “I’m afraid I am going to miss God on a career choice!” Those words cane from a young lady just after I finished teaching on discerning the wisdom that God gives over that of our own. She is not alone. Many Christians believe, as do I, that God has a plan for the lives [...]

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Shut your mouth

By   /  July 21, 2012  /  Doug Rea  /  Comments Off

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Tweet According to the bible, there is a time to speak and a time to keep your mouth shut. (Ecclesiastes 3:7) Joseph had a dream that his family would bow down to him. But what made young Joe think that sharing this story with his already jealous brothers was a good idea? Sometimes it is [...]

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The Freedom to Serve

By   /  July 14, 2012  /  Doug Rea  /  Comments Off

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Tweet “Freedom” – we Americans love this word and rightly so. Last week on the 4th of July, we Americans celebrated our independence. Newspapers, blog sites, and social networks were lit up with posts about this freedom we so enjoy. Written were articles on freedom from tyranny, our lack of freedom, the challenges to freedom, [...]

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Getting Past Your Past

By   /  June 30, 2012  /  Doug Rea, Faith  /  Comments Off

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Tweet     In his 1994 Oscar-winning performance, Tom Hanks played the role of the seemingly simple-minded yet complex character of Forrest Gump. Throughout his life, Forrest was intertwined by two other characters.

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Just Do It

By   /  June 23, 2012  /  Doug Rea, Faith  /  Comments Off

Tweet     My cheesy and ripped-off title comes from a thought I had while reading in the book of Numbers. “Eleazar son of Aaron the priest will be responsible for the oil of the lampstand, the fragrant incense, the daily grain offering, and the anointing oil. In fact, Eleazar will be responsible for the [...]

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Doing things at your convenience

By   /  June 16, 2012  /  Doug Rea, Faith  /  Comments Off

Tweet       This is what I call my number one leadership principle.  To being with, let’s first make certain that we understand one another.  By leadership I mean, “A person of influence.”  The leader may be of his own making – a business owner for example.  Or, a leader might have been hired into a position [...]

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Faith Misunderstood

By   /  June 9, 2012  /  Doug Rea, Faith  /  Comments Off

Tweet     On Wednesday nights we have been studying through the book of James.  We are just now getting to the place in chapter 2 where James speaks of a demonstrative faith.  From the beginning of his letter, James has encouraged the people to act in a matter that is portrayal of the Kingdom [...]

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