Thoughts and Photos from a Damp Weekend

- receiving 14 new members at HMPC this weekend The Lord did not set his heart on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other nations, for you were the smallest of all nations! Rather, it was simply that the Lord loves you, and he was keeping the oath he had sworn to your ancestors. That is …

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You are Welcome! World Communion Sunday is for Everyone

If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you. Psalm 130:3-4 In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the …

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to stand under a waterfall of grace

He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 2 Timothy 1:9 - church at HMPC It's not a hard and fast rule, but Mondays I tend to find …

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Looking into today through the correct lens

- earlier this summer: eyes wide open for God's glory and goodness Be good to your servant while I live,    that I may obey your word. Open my eyes that I may see    wonderful things in your law. Psalm 119:17-18 - trying to keep my eyes open Frequent flyers in this space will know I usually post every day. …

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If we learned to listen maybe we wouldn’t judge so quickly….

 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. James 1:19-20 - North Carolina writer Derek Maul This morning's post could easily be a book. So, instead, I'm going to keep it short. I …

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“I will not let you go!” Rebekah has the opportunity to preach again.

Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” The man asked him, “What is your name?” “Jacob,” he answered. Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel,[a] because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.” Genesis 32:26-28 - Rebekah blessing the congregation The best I …

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Sunday morning preaching – and how our garden reminds me of church

I have come into my garden, my sister, my bride;    I have gathered my myrrh with my spice.I have eaten my honeycomb and my honey;    I have drunk my wine and my milk Song of Songs 5:1 Over the years the garden has been a recurring theological theme in my writing. It's kind of funny because I am …

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Reading to Learn, to Challenge Ourselves, and to Grow as Thinking Christians

The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge,    for the ears of the wise seek it out. Proverbs 18:15 Doing wickedness is like sport to a fool, And so is wisdom to a man of understanding.” Proverbs 10:23 This is a good day for one of those "What are you reading?" posts. At the moment, having endured …

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Surely Goodness and Love will Follow…

Surely your goodness and love will follow me    all the days of my life,and I will dwell in the house of the Lord    forever. Psalm 23 Two days, two worship services. They could not have been more different. They could not have been more similar. First, on Saturday, I enjoyed the blessing of being in the sanctuary at Wake …

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Change, Surprise, Life, Tragedy, and the Constant that is God’s Faithful Love

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!    How unsearchable his judgments,    and his paths beyond tracing out! Romans 11:33 When I go to visit my dad, my routine typically involves getting him up from his chair, having him use the walker to get to his room, serving him a cup of tea - …

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