Jesus – always turning the tables on the power-hungry

- Old Presbyterian Meeting House in Alexandria "Instead, when you receive an invitation, go and sit in the least important place. When your host approaches you, he will say, ‘Friend, move up here to a better seat.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all your fellow guests. All who lift themselves up will …

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“They have ears but cannot hear” (what I learned at the audiology office)

They have ears but cannot hear,    and mouths but cannot breathe. Psalm 135:17 Then he said, “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.” Mark 4:9 To whom can I give warning?    Who will listen when I speak?Their ears are closed,    and they cannot hear.They scorn the word of the Lord.    They don’t want to listen at all. Jeremiah 6:10 …

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You keep using that word (Christian). I do not think it means what you think it means.

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35 In this age of texts, emails, Covid, social distancing, online shopping, GrubHub, "contactless" delivery, social media, and "virtual" everything, one of …

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Another splash of new life (at hashtag “Derek & Rebekah go to church”)

Behold, I am doing a new thing;    now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?I will make a way in the wilderness    and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19 - at St. Giles this Sunday It's been a while since I last penned any updates in the "Derek & Rebekah go to Church" series. We are …

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“Life is a gift to be received with gratitude and a task to be pursued with courage”

We fall downWe lay our crownsAt the feet of Jesus The greatness ofMercy and loveAt the feet of Jesus We cry holy, holy, holyWe cry holy, holy, holyWe cry holy, holy, holyIs the lamb Christ Tomlin (Revelation 4:8-11) - responding to God's invitation First, and importantly, attending church is always good, always worthwhile, always timely, …

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Good manners can save money too $$$$

 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.Ephesians 4:29 - plumbers trenching for new water line Thursday was an interesting day with the children. Of course, they all are! I'll include some photos at …

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“Love never loses faith, is always hopeful…”

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and …

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Four Generation Photo – and Sharing the Good News

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. I came that they may have life, rich and satisfying.Galatians 5:22-23, John 10:10 - Derek, David, Mr. T., Andrew Four generations of Maul men in one photograph is a big ask. Especially when …

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Derek & Rebekah go to Church… Standing Up!!!!

“In those coming days,”    says the Lord,“the people of Israel will return home    together with the people of Judah.They will come weeping    and seeking the Lord their God.They will ask the way to Jerusalem    and will start back home again.They will bind themselves to the Lord    with an eternal covenant that will never be forgotten.Jeremiah 50:4-5 - Aleta, Rebekah, Mac Sunday morning it was …

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Prayer (at the 50-yard line or anywhere) is the language of our relationship with God

“Hear my prayer, O Lord,    and give ear to my cry;    hold not your peace at my tears!For I am a sojourner with you,    a guest, like all my fathers.Psalm 39:12 - NC writer Derek Maul I have been reading a little discussion - some heated - on prayer recently. Mostly in response to the Supremes (SCOTUS) and their decision …

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