Life: “The Lord has done it this very day!”

 How very good and pleasant it is    when God's people live together in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head,    running down upon the beard,on the beard of Aaron,    running down over the collar of his robes. It is like the dew of Hermon,    which falls on the mountains of Zion.For there the Lord ordained his blessing,    life forevermore.Psalm 133 Sunday, …

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A “first” for me: choosing and then joining a church

 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one anotherHebrews 10:22-25 - Derek at church Today, Sunday January 16, it had been …

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Everyone Counts! Why we need even the weakest among us!

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.1 Corinthians 12:4-6 These past few weeks have involved a lot of visits to eye doctors for my …

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Photo-Friday: a half-dozen images that will make you smile

- Mr. t. looking out over the water in Manama, Bahrain Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.James 1:17 Photo Friday this week offers a unique view of the past few days. More interesting than artistic, it is still a collection …

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Travel, learning, humility, isolation, and “The Asocial Network”

- so many flags, so many nations, so many people we can learn from There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God …

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Sharing the Good News Story – and how atheists are often fundamentalists too

But in all these things we win a sweeping victory through the one who loved us. I’m convinced that nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ Jesus our Lord: not death or life, not angels or rulers, not present things or future things, not powers or height or depth, or any other thing that is …

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“10-Year Challenge” – Derek and Rebekah: “a thousand years are as a single day…”

- NC writer Derek Maul I have been working on an article that is, I believe, important. It is also difficult, addressing some of the challenges we all face when it comes to appropriate communication. But I can't quite find the right tone, so I'm shelving the post until I am more comfortable with how …

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Jumping in at the deep end

Deep calls to deep    in the roar of your waterfalls;all your waves and breakers    have swept over me.Psalm 42:7 - Epiphany Sunday at Hudson I am not sure where or when it started, but recently - first at WFPC and now at Hudson Memorial - Rebekah and I have looked forward with real anticipation to the "star …

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The “why” of church: believe me, it is critically important!

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given …

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A Foodie Post and my New Format

- writer Derek Maul January is always a good time to try on new ideas - or at least tweak what's already there. So I am doing a little experimentation with format that should do a better job - visually - of interfacing with my content. Everything I write still comes out of my core …

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