Here’s an interesting thing. When my wife Rebekah looks into a camera she actually sees a room full of church-goers in there! Some people (even preachers) talk into a camera and you can tell by their eyes they are having a hard time connecting; but somehow with Rebekah it’s as if there are hundreds of people filling the pews. Or – when you view one of her daily devotions – just you, one-on-one, sharing a moment.
I mentioned the other day that next Sunday we will be taking an important step towards in-person worship by going live. That makes this Sunday – earlier today – hopefully the last time our worship – other than the occasional musical element – will be pre-recorded.
So Thursday afternoon I went to church with Rebekah and managed to grab these images of the recording session. You will likely notice the new plexiglass lectern on the communion table. I think the move is a great idea – neither the formality of the oversized oak pulpit nor the more casual seated approach.
The message – “Cloud of Witnesses,” well worth listening to – was simply this: “Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.”
Jesus is, always has been, and always will be, the most appropriate focus of our best intentions – especially during this hard to navigate time in our history.
If Jesus is not your North Star, then take this opportunity to fix your eyes on him. It is a decision you will never regret.
Jesus is God’s most compelling invitation. – 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.