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Finding Rest in a Restless World

By   /  January 8, 2012  /  Doug Rea, Faith  /  Comments Off

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Tweet Doug Rea is the Pastor at Connections in Albany, GA.   Society has become a restless.  Computers and smart phones have given us the world at the click of an icon.  Consequentially, we find ourselves urgently needing to  return every text, to be notified as news breaks, and to update our every move for [...]

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Say NO to New Year’s Resolutions

By   /  December 24, 2011  /  Uncategorized  /  Comments Off

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Tweet     Doug Rea is the Pastor at Connections in Albany, GA.     Here’s a brand new way of looking at your New Year’s resolutions. Don’t make any. Do nothing different in ’12 than you did in 2011. Eat the same…Exercise the same…Spend the same…Study the same. JUST AS LONG AS you don’t mind getting [...]

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Enduring your race

By   /  December 18, 2011  /  Doug Rea, Faith  /  Comments Off

Tweet Doug Rea is the Pastor at Connections in Albany, GA.    It’s official: I am accepting my daughter’s challenge.  How hard can the training be for a ½ marathon anyway? It’s not a WHOLE marathon – that would be crazy. Plus, I plan to utilize the walk/run method to conquer the beastly 13.1 miles. [...]

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Choosing to have a Merry Christmas

By   /  December 11, 2011  /  Doug Rea, Faith  /  Comments Off

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Tweet   Soon the immortal phrase, “Merry Christmas,” will be repeatedly shared by friends, family, and acquaintances.  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 [...]

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Swear Words

By   /  December 5, 2011  /  Doug Rea  /  Comments Off

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Tweet   Comedian George Carlin made famous the, “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television.” Depending on your region of origin, you may know these as, “cuss words, curse words, or swear words.” I would suppose that their most common use is that of an adjective but I have heard them used as pronouns as well.  Although [...]

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Enduring 26.2 Miles

By   /  November 21, 2011  /  Doug Rea  /   Comments

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Tweet   My 23yr old daughter Kayla set her mind on running the 26.2 miles that make up the foot race known as the, “Soldier Marathon” held on Ft. Benning, Columbus Ga.  She began her run at 7am on a cold 32 degree morning.  5 hours later, her mother and I cheered as Kayla crossed [...]

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When it’s important to God…you will know it

By   /  November 5, 2011  /  Doug Rea  /   Comments

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Tweet In my reading through Leviticus, one consistent little phrase has been popping up since Exodus 6:1. And although the Bible conveys the same thought through other similar verbiage, it is the phrase, “The Lord said to Moses” that caused me to grin. From the book of Exodus through the book of Joshua, that exact [...]

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God’s Got Your Back

By   /  October 8, 2011  /  Uncategorized  /   Comments

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Tweet “Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture.” (Romans 8:35 – The Message Bible) [...]

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The Secret of Contentment

By   /  October 1, 2011  /  Doug Rea  /   Comments

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Tweet Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of columns on anxiety. Learning to be content may be one of the most difficult concepts for us Americans to grasp. Here in the “land of opportunity,” we are rightly taught that we can accomplish everything we put our minds and backs, too.

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Anxiety and 9/11

By   /  September 24, 2011  /  Doug Rea  /   Comments

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Tweet Growing up in the suburbs of New York City, school field trips into Manhattan were not uncommon. One such trip in the early 70s was to the twin towers of the World Trade Center. Although I can’t begin to compare my personal sense of loss to those whose family members are no longer with [...]

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