“I give you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, so you also must love each other. This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples, when you love each other.” – John 13:34-35
I understand this isn’t the first time I’ve written something like this… but yesterday was a wonderful day with the disciples who worship at Wake Forest Presbyterian Church.
I share these stories to be an encouragement. There is so much negativity floating around the Internet, with so many ready to pour scorn and criticism on other people (and churches) – so I’m always going be the guy who reminds everyone how much good news there is to share.
Rebekah preached about light (Here, I’ll link the message for you: ( “Light Even in Darkness“ – she starts speaking around the 9:30 mark), children’s church was full at both services; both the praise band and the sanctuary choir were inspirational, love and worship filled the space, and I had my largest crowd of the year in my discipleship class.
Then – and I always enjoy the opportunity to do this – a couple of the guys from my Saturday morning men’s group joined me for what turned out to be a fairly tuneful rendition of “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” in the early service (you can listen to that right after the sermon in the video).
But the highlight of the morning for me was the baptism at 11:15. There were two girls, part of a family that recently joined the church; love, emotion, and spiritual gravitas literally filled up the sanctuary.
So my Monday morning post today is a word of simple encouragement. We are called to be God’s light and love in this often dark and broken world. Our ministry is not criticism, or judgment – but reconciliation, healing, and grace.
Enjoy these images from Sunday. Then take a few minutes to listen to Rebekah’s message. Be inspired, be blessed, and be the presence of Christ in this world – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there's always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor's degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men's Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.