richiecarter "You don't need a ticket to see some of the best baseball in the world, you just need to drive one of the players to the game". | #baseballism #tball #tballgame #kids #sports #instapic #iphone #proudDad #goRedSox 6d

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richiecarter "Dancing with the feet is one thing but dancing with the heart is another." | Congratulations on your wedding Sharetta & Steve.
#bride #groom #wedding #marriage #love #moment #dance #instawedding #weddingphotography #munaluchlbride #kiss #elegance #fun #fresh #fabulous #teamCanon #1dx #richiecarterphotography
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richiecarter "One day she will outgrow my lap, but she will never outgrow my heart." | #father #daughter #Easter #EasterSunday #happyEaster #salvation #teamCanon #1dx #richiecarterphotography 2w

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richiecarter Easter Brings Hope

Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live."
—John 11:25

Easter is not about brightly colored eggs, wearing pastels, or enjoying a big meal, although it could include these. Easter is about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

For some, Easter will be a great day, spent surrounded by family and friends. But for others, it will be a sad day, because Easter is a reminder of a loved one who has died and is now desperately missed.

Death seems so cruel, so harsh, and so final. That is what the disciples were feeling when they saw their Lord, whom they had left everything to follow, hanging on the cross. They were devastated. Death had crushed them. But if they would have gone back in their memories, they would have recalled an important event and statement Jesus had made.

They would have remembered Jesus standing at the tomb of his close friend Lazarus. They would have remembered that Jesus did something completely unexpected: He wept (see John 11:35). Jesus wept, because He knew that death was not part of God's original plan. Humanity was not meant to grow old, to suffer with disease, or to die. But because of the sin of Adam and Eve, sin entered the human race, and death followed with it. And death spread to all of us. Jesus wept, because it broke His heart.

But standing there at Lazarus' tomb, Jesus also delivered these hope-filled words: "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live" (John 11:25). Death is not the end. And the resurrection of Jesus Christ proves it.

If you have put your faith in Christ, then Easter means that you will live forever in the presence of God. Easter brings hope to the person who has been devastated by death. —Greg Laurie

#Easter #death #resurrection #Christ
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richiecarter "It's better to build boys than mend men." | Spending quality time with my son at the Tennessee Aquarium. #Chattanooga #Tennessee #aquarium #springbreak #iphone #loveThisKid #willKillForKid #love #father #son #QT #futute 4w

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richiecarter "It's not how you start, it's how you finish." | Saturday, I ran my first 5K ever! At the 1-mile mark I asked myself, "What did I sign up for?". I did finish; finishing with a 38:46.64. Didn't win anything... but I did finish.
#lifelessons #5k #leadMeToTheCross #MtZionBaptistChurch #madison #alabama
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richiecarter "You must make a choice to take a chance or your life will never change." | I could never name all of those who played a part in the American Civil Rights Movement but I can say thank you to all who made the choice to take a chance for me; and because of you, the opportunities for my life have been changed. Photo by @chrisdowdell
#thankYou #jubilee #selma #selma50 #alabama #edmundpettus #bridge #becauseofthem #moment #history #teamCanon #canon #1dx
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richiecarter "Miles to Selma from Huntsville:186.2, Time to travel 186.2 miles: 3 hours 3 minutes, Being able to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday with my father, sisters and other family members... PRICELESS" | #jubilee #selma #selma50 #alabama 1mon

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  •   richiecarter Hanging out with family; thanks @chrisdowdell for the photo! 1mon
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  •   blaqbuttafly135 Wish I could have been there 1mon
  •   richiecarter Words really can't describe this high that I'm feeling so I'll just sum it up and say that today was a great day; a day that I'll cherish for the rest of my life.
    ...when I think about it, 50 years wasn't that long ago. 1mon

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richiecarter Loving my wedding venue for tomorrow. Ready to have a Fun. Fresh. & Fabulous time! 2mon

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richiecarter Pray about It
Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart.
—Luke 18:1

Even if prayer were a difficult thing to do, which it is not, or an unpleasant thing to do, which it is not, we should pray because we are commanded in the Scriptures to do so. Prayer is God's appointed way for us to obtain things. This doesn't mean that God is like some big Santa in heaven. The fact is that the Bible tells us we should go to God with our needs. And we all have needs.

Jesus said, "In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread" (Matthew 6:9–;11). Jesus taught that we are to approach God with our needs.

Do you have needs right now? Pray about it. Do you need His provision? Pray about it. Do you need His healing touch? Pray about it. Go to God with your request, and your Heavenly Father, who knows you need these things, will hear you.

James 4:2 tells us, "You do not have because you do not ask." Think about that. You may wonder, Why is it that I never know what the will of God is for my life?

Answer: You do not have because you do not ask.

You might say, "Why is it that I never have the opportunity to lead people to the Lord?" Answer: You do not have because you do not ask.

I wonder how many answers to prayer would be waiting for us if we were to just pray about it, if we just said, "Lord, I've never actually brought this before You, but I'm praying about it now." The worst-case scenario is that God will say no. But what if God says yes? —Greg Laurie
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richiecarter "Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
for my unconquerable soul..." | 25 years ago today, I crossed the "burning sands" of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. #DeltaGamma #24ChosenToBeFrozen #jewels #7 jewel #AlphaPhiAlpha #AAMU #Spring90
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richiecarter Come join me tonight as I co-host Round 2 of Battle of the Sexes. 2mon

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richiecarter Enough for Today
"So don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today's trouble is enough for today."
—Matthew 6:34

Have you ever been gripped by fear? You know the feeling. Your blood goes cold. You get that shiver down your spine. Your hair stands on end. (In my case, that is singular, not plural.) Your stomach sinks. Your mouth goes dry.

Then there is the other emotion that is often coupled with fear, and that is worry. There are a lot of things people can worry about today. The state of our country. Our economy. Terrorism. The threat of a war. We are a nation filled with worry.

But there is nothing productive about it. In fact, the word worry comes from an old German word that means "to choke" or "to strangle." And that is exactly what worry does. It chokes you spiritually. It creates an emotional and mental stranglehold on your life. It doesn't ever make anything better. In fact, it makes things worse. That is why Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount, "Don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today's trouble is enough for today" (Matthew 6:34). Paul tackled this problem in Philippians 4 when he wrote, "Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done" (verse 6). Where was Paul when he wrote those words? He was incarcerated in Rome. He didn't know what was going to happen to him. So there was Paul in a difficult situation, and what did he say? "Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything." What happens with worry is that our hopes pull us in one direction while our fears pull us in another. When you worry about the future, you cripple yourself in the present. Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength. —Greg Laurie
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richiecarter "When my legs don't work like they use to before... I'll still be loving you" | Father Daughter Dance.
Photographer @richiecarter
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All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.
—1 Corinthians 10:23

I used to be one of those people who could eat whatever I wanted and never gain weight. When I was in my twenties, I would eat something called a macho combo burrito. It was the size of a sleeping bag, but I could eat it and never gain a pound. Now if I even think about a macho combo burrito, I'll put on weight. I just can't do what I once was able to do.

Hebrews 12:1 tells us, "Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us." What may be a weight to one person isn't necessarily a weight to others. Sometimes we'll see another Christian doing something, and we'll say, "Well, I'll go ahead and do that too." But what may not be a hindrance to another person can be a hindrance to you.

Sin is sin. And sin is the same for everyone. But there are certain things that some may have the freedom to do that others don't have. So we have to look at those things and not simply ask whether they are permissible. We also need to ask whether they are edifying. It is not a matter of asking, "Is this allowed?" It's a matter of asking, "Is this going to build me up?" So ask yourself that question.

The apostle Paul said, "All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify" (1 Corinthians 10:23). In other words, just because something is permissible for a Christian doesn't mean that you ought to do it. Maybe it could hurt you. Let's run as lightly as possible in the race of life. —Greg Laurie
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richiecarter "Weather Ready..." | Re-focused my lens on @freeman4eva.
Photography by @richiecarter
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