A little peace and grace to go with my Covid!

Open the gates to all who are righteous;    allow the faithful to enter. You will keep in perfect peace    all who trust in you,    all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the Lord always,    for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.Isaiah 26:2-4 So this is it for grace and peace! Not really, but Saturday is the last day of the second week …

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“Grace and Peace, y’all”

Think about what we have in Christ: the encouragement he has brought us, the comfort of his love, our sharing in his Spirit, and the mercy and kindness he has shown us. If you enjoy these blessings, then do what will make my joy complete: Agree with each other, and show your love for each other. …

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Christmas 2021: Gritty – not some airbrushed Hallmark tableau

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.""I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, …

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Countering a catechism of misinformation with more Jesus, because Jesus is truth

“You are a king, then!” said Pilate.Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”John 18:37 - Back at HMPC This Sunday Rebekah and I returned to Hudson Memorial Presbyterian …

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Should preaching be political, or should it point people to Jesus?

 Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules?Colossians 2:20 - Rebekah and Derek Maul For me and Rebekah, one impact of COVID has been how often we visit restaurants. We have always had a modest eating out …

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My “trip” to speak in New York

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deedsHebrews 10:23-24 - Opening slide Saturday morning, with the help of imagination, technology, and the enthusiasm of a Presbyterian pastor, I showed up for my first speaking gig …

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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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few Americans have any real interest in politics

In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.Judges 21:25 So here's an interesting thought. Despite all the noise, the anger, the social media back and forth, the threats of violence, the rallies, the "stop the steal" nonsense, and all this hype about "protecting my freedom...," …

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A few quirky but fun shots from Photo-Friday

This week's "Photo-Friday" is more along the lines of interesting than beautiful. Each image is a little bit quirky, and they all tell a story. From Andrew and Alicia in Bahrain ("Lieutenant Commander Drew, representing the United Federation of Planets, and his Ukrainian Bride"), to the unflattering but funny hot-dog candid shot, to our grandson …

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A strong word from University Presbyterian Church (Derek & Rebekah go to church continued…)

I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. - Sunday morning in …

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