Happy 70th Wedding Anniversary, Mum and Dad!

The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!Galatians 5:22-23 Many, many years ago - threescore and ten to be precise - 23-year-old David Maul and 20-year-old Grace Kemp joined hands at the front of Rayleigh …

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This is the real story. Let this story be told. Talk about this story instead!

- Rev Bob Inskeep shares inspiration and enthusiasm at Rocky Mount Today, splashed - sadly - all over the headlines, another deeply damaging abuse scandal has further tarnished the image of The Church in the national consciousness, once again featuring misogyny, manipulation, and cover-up. How sad. Especially sad since the truth about the Gospel of …

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The best photos (and memories) that didn’t make this week’s posts

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.    The world and all its people belong to him. For he laid the earth’s foundation on the seas    and built it on the ocean depths.Psalm 24 - writer Derek Maul Typically, my weekly "Photo Review" comes every Friday. But of course there has been nothing typical about anything these last …

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“You have one job!”

 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in …

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so filled with light and love that it spills over

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see …

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“I just want things to go back to the way they were” The great sigh of our times

“Forget the former things;    do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?I am making a way in the wilderness    and streams in the wasteland.Isaiah 43:18-19 - writer Derek Maul Monday evening, watching an intense drama on television, one of the characters uttered what I would …

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Truth, “retirement”, leaves, Kierkegaard, and run-on sentences

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.1 john 4:16 - gleaning truth in the garden I have noticed an interesting corollary to this life's current craziness, and that is abundant raw material for writing! People (and that …

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Hope and promise and belief hold more truth than fear….

I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.Ephesians 1:18 - Geoffrey!! It's already a little late in the day for my Monday post, so I'm going to rely on …

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Early Light, and frustrated but thankful hearts

The faithful love of the Lord never ends!    His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness;    his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance;    therefore, I will hope in him!”Lamentations 3:22-24 - morning coffee on the deck Rebekah and I are more than a little bummed this morning not to be over in Wilson. We are thankful …

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knowledge both cosmic and microscopic, temporal and eternal, knowable and unknowable.

But how could God possibly live on earth with people? If heaven, even the highest heaven, can’t contain you, how can this temple that I have built contain you? Lord, my God, listen to your servant’s prayer and request, and hear the cry and prayer that I your servant pray to you.2 Chronicles 6:18-19 Late Friday …

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