let love be genuine. Be the best at showing honor to one another. Shine.

Love should be shown without pretending. Hate evil, and hold on to what is good. Love each other like the members of your family. Be the best at showing honor to each other. Don’t hesitate to be enthusiastic—be on fire in the Spirit as you serve the Lord! Be happy in your hope, stand your ground when you’re in trouble, and devote yourselves to prayer. Contribute to the needs of God’s people, and welcome strangers into your home. – Romans 12:9-13

This weekend I’ve had a brand new experience, and certainly not one I would have sought. Somehow I ended up pinch-hitting at a friend’s wedding as photographer. Not, to be clear, a wedding photographer, but a guy taking pictures as a wedding.

I don’t have time to write much this morning or to post any images, but I can tell you this: the tone of the wedding is perfectly illustrated in the choice of scripture Rebekah used for the homily. “Let love be genuine,” reads one translation, “be the best at showing honor to one another.”

me and my friend Woody

This is also a great word for the church on another Sunday morning. So I will let the scripture stand as my short post for today.

Be enthusiastic representatives of Jesus in the way that we live, and in the way that we love. Shine an authentic light.

Much happiness to Greg and Susan. Much love and light to us all – DEREK

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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.

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