The time is now

This is what the Lord Almighty says: “These people say, ‘The time has not yet come for the Lord’s house to be built.’ ”  Then the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai: “Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?”

Great day for a snow day

I was up early yesterday, making phone calls and cancelling meetings and appointments. No drive to a morning meeting in Raleigh. No rush back to the office for afternoon appointments. Really, no rushing at all. I stayed home, drank coffee, watched every detail of the inauguration and enjoyed the visits of my kids (who provided snow

Honoring the King on YouTube

If you weren't able to attend the worship service this past Monday evening celebrating Martin Luther King Day, then we've given you a couple of links to get a taste of how the evening went. My daughter-in-law, Caroline, was thoughtful enough to take a couple of short videos from her seat in the congregation. We've

An opportunity to honor the King

“Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10 KJV). This past Monday night, on the occasion of the national holiday celebrating Martin Luther King Day, I was privileged to be the featured speaker at the NAACP’s worship service and celebration. Several weeks ago, when the Rev. Alonzo

A gracious farewell by another George

“The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to

Focusing on one thing

“… this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14 KJV). The apostle Paul said, “This one thing I do.” He didn’t say, “These 100

Coming down from 35,000 feet

I just finished reading a book entitled, Innovative Planning: Your Church in 4-D, written by my good friend, Bud Wrenn. Bud is the founding pastor of Integrity Community Church, the Director of the Innovative Church Community and a former corporate executive. His book reflects the wealth of experience that he has gained in all those positions.