Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me?”

Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”Philip said, “Lord, …

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If not now, when? Harsh realities beg hard questions

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.    And what does the Lord require of you?To act justly and to love mercy    and to walk humbly with your God.Micah 6:8 - victims of politicians' inaction Over the past few days I have heard from people I know and people I don't know; readers who tend to agree with me and …

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My parents’ request: “Honor us by living in kindness and grace.”

- Grace and David Maul celebrating 70 years! For this photograph to make any sense, you have to go back to yesterday's post - "Happy Anniversary, Mum and Dad!" - and get an idea of what the past 70 years has looked like for these two. The statistics say that less than one in a …

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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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“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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God’s Power in our weakness (Rebekah’s two broken feet)!

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.2 Corinthians 12:9 Exactly one year ago, Rebekah preached the second of her "Top Ten Bible Verses" series at WFPC, focusing on …

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“Above all else, guard your heart” (the problem with my progressive lenses)

Above all else, guard your heart,    for everything you do flows from it.Proverbs 4:23 - Derek Maul Sometimes, watching this world through the windows of various media, news outlets, magazine pages etcetera, digital, video, audio, print and more, I try to remind myself that I am not so much an observer of actual life as a consumer …

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Getting the message right (btw, the message is “welcome home”)

Take hold of the life that is truly life!1 Tim 6:19 Sunday morning Rebekah and I enjoyed one of those deeply meaningful worship experiences that reaffirm everything positive about church and make us so incredibly thankful to be part of the Body of Christ. - Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church We needed to arrive early, as Rebekah …

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beyond time and distance and even death, communion brings us together

- Communion, our last Sunday at WFPC When we drink the cup of blessing, aren’t we taking into ourselves the blood, the very life, of Christ? And isn’t it the same with the loaf of bread we break and eat? Don’t we take into ourselves the body, the very life, of Christ? Because there is …

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