A January 6 Epiphany – grant us wisdom, grant us courage

When the Magi saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.Matthew 2:10-11 - NC writer Derek Maul According to Merriam-Webster, epiphany can be defined as …

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What’s the difference between my Mont Blanc pen and my dad’s new Jaguar?

Mont Blanc “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,    you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation,     which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles,    and the glory of your people Israel.”Luke 2:29-32 - writer Derek Maul Years ago, back in the days when our children …

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Why Everyone Should Have a “Boxing Day” tradition!

- Silly paper hats are a must! Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”Nehemiah 8:10 Today is not going to be an "explainer" post so much as a …

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Supernova Savior: Light that Cannot be Contained

Most of you already know that one of my favorite Christmas passages comes from Zechariah's song of praise. "(All this is) because of the tender mercy of our God,    by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness    and in the shadow of death,to guide our feet into the path …

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Portraits of Christmas (16 images that tell the story)

- My parents with Christmas gifts There is a lot I want to write about today. But most of it will have to wait. The problem with inspiration is that it is seldom convenient. The words come, then there is no time, and lo the moment is gone! Today, then, I have a series of …

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MERRY CHRISTMAS! BLESSED DAY!

David and Beks sharing light with their church family Christmas Eve A child is born to us, a son is given to us,    and authority will be on his shoulders.    He will be named    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,    Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.Isaiah 9:6 Here is a short message of greetings, love, celebration, and peace. Merry Christmas to everyone! …

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Best Ever Christmas Eve? “I Choose 2021”

candles at WFPC Silent night, holy nightAll is calm, all is brightRound yon Virgin, Mother and ChildHoly infant so tender and mildSleep in heavenly peaceSleep in heavenly peace - "Merry Christmas" CHRISTMAS EVE, 2021: One of the problems with nostalgia is its implicit suggestion that the past is more desirable than the future. Even though …

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The intrusion, the disruption, and the danger of Jesus

Then Mary said, “I am the Lord’s servant. Let it be with me just as you have said.” Then the angel left her. When Joseph woke up, he did just as an angel from God commanded and took Mary as his wife. But he didn’t have sexual relations with her until she gave birth to a son. …

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All I Want for Christmas

- David, Geoffrey, Beks So that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, in which you shine like stars in the world. It is by your holding fast to the word of life that I can boast on the day of Christ that …

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All the Feels – Christmas and emotion…

Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,“Glory to God in highest heaven,    and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”Luke 2:13-14 - Derek Maul lives, writes, (and cries sometimes) in NC So we had an interesting Sunday. Of course Rebekah and I attended …

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