Week in the Word: Letting Go of What Has a Hold On You


hanks chapel easterThis is the message I preached on Sunday, June 24,  at Hanks Chapel United Church of Christ in Pittsboro, NC, for our Homecoming Service.   I hope it blesses you!  If you find yourself in or near Pittsboro, please join us!   Hanks Chapel has Sunday school at 9 AM, with worship beginning at 10 AM, and is located at 190 Hanks Chapel Loop, Pittsboro

“Letting Go of What Has a Hold On You”

Mark 1:12-13

12 And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13 He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.

Psalm 46

1 God is our refuge and strength,

a very present help in trouble.

2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,

though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;

3 though its waters…

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Respecting difference: Autistic people aren’t ‘speaking neurotypical’


In the course of a presentation today I did something I have never done before – I spoke to a former ABA therapist. MY heart sank as she eagerly said ‘What do you think about ABA?’ For anyone who hasn’t come across it before, ABA or Applied Behaviour Analysis is an intervention used on autistic kids. It is essentially premised on making children ‘less autistic’ and uses a system of rewards and in many cases punishments to promote compliance. Almost every autistic advocate you will meet will say how damaging ABA is, doing things like forcing kids to make eye contact and coming from the premise that autistic reality is ‘wrong’ and in need of fixing. There is growing evidence as autistics who were subjected to ABA as kids grow older, that it causes trauma. ABA pretty much stands against everything I believe in and strive for. So being confronted…

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Fireworks and PTSD


We are heading into the weekend before the 4th of July.  The holiday lands on a Wednesday this year. The firework store billboards are now up, looming huge on the side of the road, and the fireworks-stands seem to pop up out of nowhere in the parking lot of strip malls. Business must be pretty good, because already many, many people are shooting off fireworks and firecrackers at all hours of the day and night.

I understand the fun and enjoyment some people may have from setting off fireworks. Although there are many legal fireworks for sale in the state where I live, there is a never-ending supply of both legal and illegal varieties lying in wait for the excited revelers to buy just across our state-line. There you can purchase the big ones, the percussion of which shakes the houses in the neighborhood.

We have become accustomed to many…

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Living Life One Pause at a Time *NEW POST*

Living Life One Pause at a Time *NEW POST*

Dr. Eric Perry

By Dr. Perry, PhD

“There is only one world, the world pressing against you at this minute. There is only one minute in which you are alive, this minute here and now. The only way to live is by accepting each minute as an unrepeatable miracle.” ~Anonymous

What if all we are is a fleeting and fragile physical manifestation of our thoughts; unconnected floating ideas that bind together to form the physical representation of your self and the world you live in?

The moment of complete awareness of the self is a sacred one that should not be wasted in anguish and confusion. Every moment is an opportunity to be fully aware and reconnect with your living force. One can create these moments of reconnection by pausing for any amount of time during the day and fully engaging in your self. Rushing through your days in a caffeinated trance will…

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Style at Perfection

My Joyous Feature

Stylish takes on a personal beauty. Contributing to that joy of confidence. Feeling a loving life in a styling moment. Bring a perfect figure to cherish a unique form of life. Like living beyond every open arms in a stylish manner.

There’s no style of nature, if it weren’t from that spirit of joyousness. Find a way to make it work. Leading a trail of style to its unique situation. Trending is the key of style. Letting it get through that greatest moment of all.

Life in a perfect style shall carry through so many ways that can be more than ever. A style can be an impression when it comes to walking in a fashion show or looking inside a magazine. Finding that enjoyment to express that inner light when it comes to style. Calling for it upon the extreme level. Discovering the different aspects of it.

Style guides…

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A Different Outrageous Life

My Joyous Feature

Outrageous through a simplest moment to intensify into a cleaver figure. Taking that knowledge to infer it through that simple pleasure. It’s like a rousing moment came from. Knowing the exact point for an outrageous moment of all. Needing a pure detail to bring it all the way.

An outrageous style will cherish the lead. Thinking of an expression to just stand out. Noticing a clever personality to shine all around. Letting it overcomes classical movement. In the meantime, it will never get stuck in so many ways.

The most outrageous behavior can carry it through. Discovering a more lunatic falling. Blending into a different twist can reflect so many things related to it. Nothing beyond that genuine power can take an outrageous behavior to the adjacent level. Having a fringe to take upon it.

No injustice can power that outrageous feature. Looking at it as if a person can…

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