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    "...the people who know their God shall be strong and carry out great exploits." Daniel 11:32b (NKJV)

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    "Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!" - Psalm 95:1

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  • Motivator

    “Great is His faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” - Lamentations 3:23

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Today's Bible Verse
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. — 1 Peter 5:8-9 (NIV)
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A Most Unforgettable Weekend
They came from many cities around the country. There was a friend from Champaign, IL and several surprise guests from Dallas,TX. Members from the church I pastored in Pittsburgh, PA in the 1980s were there. A private plane came in, bearing three, from Maryland.  My mother was in from New York City. My beloved son […]
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Caught With the Wrong Woman
In his book, Growing Deep in the Christian Life, Chuck Swindoll tells of a man who bought some fried chicken dinners for himself and his date, late one afternoon. The attendant at the fast food joint inadvertently gave the customer a bucket of the day’s cash. After the couple drove to their picnic site, the […]
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The Missing Piece
I took a few minutes in my office today (Monday) to re-read Shel Silverstein’s classic children’s book, The Missing Piece.   It is the story of a circle that is missing a wedge-shaped piece. As it rolls along, it sings, stops to smell flowers, talks to worms and enjoys nature. When it finds its missing […]
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The Empty Month of August
Here we are in the motnh of August already. Where has the time gone? It seems that only yesterday we were ringing in the New Year. This former Texan was making preparation to fly to Atlanta, to take up this post.   Seven months have flown by.   This is the month in which no […]
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Wild Eyes and Red Hair
Two years ago this month, on July 20, 2012, James Eagan Holmes walked into a movie theater in Aurora, CO and shot multiple rounds of ammunition off, killing 12 people and injuring 70. The victims were simply trying to enjoy a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises. It was a dark night indeed. What […]
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Family Reunion and Thomas Jefferson
Recently, I drove home to Atlanta, from Hampton, VA where my wife’s side of the family held a reunion. I love my in-laws. Thirty-three years ago I married into this great, godly clan. They are women and men of faith, many of whom are involved in significant ministry. By now, we do not care whether […]
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The Mighty, Rising Mississippi
Late last month I took my annual trip to the town of Cassville, WI. My friends, Ron and Linda Hulst, have owned the Eagles Roost Resort for 37 years and I have been going there for 22. The resort is right on the Mississippi River. This year, the residents of the central and northern Plains […]
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On Money and Inverted Logic
“The finances of Christians who tithe are generally healthier than the finances of those who do not, according to a new report that takes a close look at the financial, spiritual and giving practices of people who give 10 percent or more of their income away to churches and charities each year. Researchers compared tithers […]
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Moving Day
On the web site, census.gov, I read the following excerpt of a report:   “The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 35.9 million U.S. residents, or 11.7 percent of all Americans, moved between 2012 and 2013. The nation’s mover rate is down from 12.0 percent in 2012. The decline in the nation’s overall mover rate follows […]
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Driving a Tesla and other conservation moves
A friend of mine recently bought a Tesla electric car. Custom-made for each buyer, the car is elegant and  impressive on every level. As we sat at lunch, my friend took out his phone, opened an app and turned the car’s air conditioning on, so we could enter a cool car when we finished our […]

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MEET RICHARD ALLEN FARMER

musicianDr. Richard Allen Farmer is known and admired around the world as a vibrant communicator, concert-level pianist, eloquent theologian and impassioned man of God.

A native New Yorker, Dr. Farmer began piano studies in New York City at the age of 11 and accepted Christ into his life a year later. As his faith and musicianship grew, the two became blended. Dr. Farmer now uses his music as a unique vehicle to inspire, motivate and entertain diverse audiences everywhere.

A graduate of Nyack College in Nyack, NY, where he received his Bachelor of Music degree, and Princeton Theological Seminary where he earned a Master of Divinity degree, Rev. Farmer has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by Gordon College (Wenham, Mass.) in 1986 and an honorary Doctor of Sacred Theology degree from Houghton College (Houghton, NY) in 1999.

An accomplished pastor and college chaplain, Rev. Farmer accepted a call in December 2013 to be the Senior Pastor of Crossroads Presbyterian Church in Stone Mountain, Ga. Previously he has served as Senior Pastor of Bethany Baptist Church in Pittsburgh (1980-88) and as Dean of the Chapel at both Gordon College and Taylor University (Upland, Ind., 1999-2002).

Away from the pulpit and the keyboard, Dr. Farmer is an instrument-rated pilot, certified scuba diver, motorcyclist, Segway rider and vintage automobile enthusiast. He also is a devoted animal lover, having owned six monkeys, a chimpanzee, a ferret and a colony of 26 hamsters.

Committed to being a citizen of the world, Dr. Farmer has spoken, lectured or performed concerts in Great Britain, Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, Australia, Mali, Burkina Faso, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Chile, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Canada, the Philippines and most states of the United States. Dr. Farmer has spoken to thousands of people in conference, campus and religious settings: in 2013, more than 100 different groups benefited from his wit, wisdom, Biblical insights and musical gifts.

Dr. Farmer and his wife, Rosemary, now divide their time between suburban Atlanta and their longtime home in Dallas, near their son, Timothy, a college student in south Texas.
 
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  • Pastor

    "...the people who know their God shall be strong and carry out great exploits." Daniel 11:32b (NKJV)

    pastor
  • Musician

    "Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!" - Psalm 95:1

    musician
  • Motivator

    “Great is His faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” - Lamentations 3:23

    motivator