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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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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What are you reading this summer? I have a recommendation…

I often talk (write) about books that I'm in the process of reading. Currently I have four on the go: What's So Amazing About Grace by Philip Yancey, The Prisoner of Azkaban (book three of the Harry Potter series), a primer/sampler of writings by classic Christian thinkers (this week features Søren Kierkegaard), and (afternoons with …

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Friends of God

I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will …

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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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Pressed down, shaken together, running over

- Tyler Run tree trying its best... "Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that can’t be shaken, let’s continue to express our gratitude. With this gratitude, let’s serve in a way that is pleasing to God with respect and awe..."Hebrews 12:28 - NC writer Derek Maul Today I am getting a little impatient for …

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What to do with the books? And, “What a writer reads…”

- Rebekah's study at WFPC If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.James 1:5, 3:17 - author Derek …

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Gardening, Writing, and Publishing

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.Ephesians 2:10 - Derek Maul I have two distinct categories of content in today's post. The first is an update on the progress of the hydrangea; the second is an …

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“Take heart! I have overcome the world!” (82 hours on a Greyhound, and other memories)

"A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me. I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! …

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For 2021, let’s plan to do Lent right (an invitation)

- author Derek Maul in the Holy Lands Hello everyone! Believe it or not, the next big thing on the Christian calendar is Lent. That's right, February 16 is Shrove Tuesday, and February 17 will be Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. If anything, these Covid protocols that keep us separate from one-another make …

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