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7/13/23 Devotional from Ed

July 13, 2023

Text: Psalm 13: How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? 2 How long must I bear pain in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all day long? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me? 3 Consider and answer me, O Lord my God! Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death, 4 and my enemy will say, “I have prevailed”; my foes will rejoice because I am shaken. 5 But I trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. 6 I will…

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A Message from Ellen 7-5-23

July 5, 2023

Dear Friends, I received a text from a community member who, while not a member of FLPC, knows this congregation well. And the text began this way: “I continue to be amazed at all the great things coming out of FLPC.” To that I say, AMEN! I am so grateful to be a part of a faith family that is really trying hard to hold to what Christ commands and that works to be faithful even when we may not agree on what that looks like. In fact, I believe that a good part of the fruits of the spirit…

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7/5/23 Devotional from Ed

July 5, 2023

Text: Isaiah 55:8-9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Devotional: Pastor, author, missionary, and mother (to our own Adele Wyatt) Sara Covin Juengst knows what it means to change, pivot, and follow God’s call. It’s ironic that I’m reading one of her books, The Road Home: Images for the Spiritual Journey, while we continue to talk during worship for the past several weeks about Abram and Sarai’s call. Abram and Sarai uprooted…

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6/26/23 Devotional from Ed

June 26, 2023

Text: Galatians 5:22-26 (CEB Version) 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against things like this. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the self with its passions and its desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let’s follow the Spirit. 26 Let’s not become arrogant, make each other angry, or be jealous of each other. Devotional: This particular text above was the one we used in worship at Camp Fellowship last night. During worship, I played a “social barometer” game, which included asking each of the campers to go…

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6/22/23 Devotional from Ed

June 22, 2023

Scripture: Matthew 5:1-12 When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: 3“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 6“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. 7“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. 8“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 9“Blessed are…

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A Message from Ellen 6-21-23

June 21, 2023

Dear Friends, Thursday, June 22nd at 10am, Serve and Connect and Richland School District 2 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (a MOU) to formalize a new partnership between these two important organizations. Serve and Connect and RSD2 have outlined common goals like safety for families in our community, and the creation of specific programs aimed at helping students and staff thrive in our schools. There was a press conference held in the RNE Auditorium to announce this partnership, but you know that bad news travels much faster and farther than good news. So, I want to elevate the good news…

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6/15/23 Devotional from Ed

June 15, 2023

Text: Isaiah 43:1-2 But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. Devotional: There must be others like me during childhood, maybe even now – those who heard John Calvin’s name at church, maybe even mentioned by a preacher,…

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6/8/23 Devotional from Ed

June 8, 2023

Text: Deuteronomy 16:18-20 18 You shall appoint judges and officials throughout your tribes, in all your towns that the LORD your God is giving you, and they shall render just decisions for the people. 19 You must not distort justice; you must not show partiality; and you must not accept bribes, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and subverts the cause of those who are in the right. 20 Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue, so that you may live and occupy the land that the LORD your God is giving you. Devotional: In these words from God through Moses, we see two…

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A Message from Ellen 6-7-23

June 7, 2023

Dear Friends, The good news at FLPC is coming in thick and fast. Let me spread some around! First, our very own Katie Pittman began working with FLPC on Monday as our summer intern! Katie grew up at FLPC (daughter of David and Kathy Pittman and granddaughter of Joe and Kathryn Hall), and just finished her junior year at Queens College in Charlotte, NC! At Queens, Katie is pursuing a degree in Art History and Art Leadership and Administration, and she is working on a minor in Interfaith Studies. At Queens, Katie worked with Dr. Adrian Bird – the campus…

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5/30/23 Devotional from Ed

May 30, 2023

Text: Matthew 28:18-20 (CEB version) 18 Jesus came near and spoke to them, “I’ve received all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to obey everything that I’ve commanded you. Look, I myself will be with you every day until the end of this present age.” Devotional: Long before an arena bore his name, long before the wins piled up, Dean Smith was a little-known assistant coach in Chapel Hill, NC, an understudy of the charismatic Frank McGuire.…

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5/25/23 Devotional from Ed

May 25, 2023

Text: Luke 10:17-20 The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!” He said to them, “I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning. See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” Devotional: At the beginning of chapter ten in Luke’s gospel, Jesus appointed 70 disciples and sent them in pairs to places…

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A Message from Ellen 5-24-23

May 24, 2023

May 24, 2023 Dear Friends, When the Holy Spirit showed up the first time (after Jesus left in a cloud – read Acts 1:6+ for the story of the Ascension), Jesus’ followers were set on fire! They were completely transformed from cautious, careful, fearful followers of a dead rabbi, into bold, willing, and passionate followers of a living God. What the Pentecost story (Luke 2) describes as the coming of the Holy Spirit was the creation of a movement and a way of being in the world. Pentecost gets celebrated once a year, and that celebration happens to be this…

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5/15/23 Devotional from Ed

May 15, 2023

Text: James 1:1-15 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings. My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you. But ask in faith, never doubting, for the one who…

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A Message From Ellen 5-10-23

May 10, 2023

Dear Friends, Because of the faithful planning and stewardship of many in this congregation, our congregation is able to give away $78,280.00 this year to meet needs in our own community through the FLPC Endowment Fund! Years ago, forward thinking members of our congregation formed an Endowment Fund and invited the congregation to consider funding it through their own estate planning. Many of our members have included FLPC in their estate planning, and as a result, the Endowment Fund has grown from $49,931.08 in 2001 to 1.5 million dollars in January 2023! The purpose of this fund is to “expand…

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4/25/23 Devotional from Ed

April 25, 2023

Text: Daniel 4:28-34 28All this came upon King Nebuchadnezzar. 29At the end of twelve months he was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, 30and the king said, “Is this not magnificent Babylon, which I have built as a royal capital by my mighty power and for my glorious majesty?” 31While the words were still in the king’s mouth, a voice came from heaven: “O King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is declared: The kingdom has departed from you! 32You shall be driven away from human society, and your dwelling shall be with the animals of the field. You shall be made…

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