“In God We Trust” 

Psalm 14                   7.2.17

From the beginning, our nation has at least given an official nod to God, acknowledging that there is a divine being greater than us.  The men who signed the declaration of independence 241 years ago on Tuesday affixed their names to the document which concluded:  “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”

They committed to working together for an independent nation, trusting in the protection of Divine Providence—understanding that God was present and active as they began their new life as a free nation.  Continue reading

“Fruit of the Spirit: Love and Happiness”


Delivered by Ruling Elder James Parks,

June 25, 2017

Text: Galatians 5:16-26

When I was growing up in the mountains of western North Carolina I loved to go exploring in the woods near our house. I particularly enjoyed picking and eating wild strawberries, wild blueberries and blackberries and honeysuckle that I found as I walked. Those were the days when you could eat fruit off the tree or vine without worrying about pesticides and pollutants in the food.

I still love those fruits, but what you buy in the stores these days does not taste nearly as good as what I picked as a boy. So whenever Laurice and I are traveling down a rural road we like to stop and get fresh-picked fruit from the farmers’ stands along the way. There’s just nothing like the real thing. Continue reading