Life: “The Lord has done it this very day!”

 How very good and pleasant it is    when God's people live together in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head,    running down upon the beard,on the beard of Aaron,    running down over the collar of his robes. It is like the dew of Hermon,    which falls on the mountains of Zion.For there the Lord ordained his blessing,    life forevermore.Psalm 133 Sunday, …

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A “first” for me: choosing and then joining a church

 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 deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one anotherHebrews 10:22-25 - Derek at church Today, Sunday January 16, it had been …

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Everyone Counts! Why we need even the weakest among us!

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.1 Corinthians 12:4-6 These past few weeks have involved a lot of visits to eye doctors for my …

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Travel, learning, humility, isolation, and “The Asocial Network”

- so many flags, so many nations, so many people we can learn from There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God …

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The “why” of church: believe me, it is critically important!

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given …

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family stories only live so long as they are being told

- Lindsay, Sarah, Rebekah  But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.Luke 2:19 - author Derek Maul Today's post - January 4th - wraps up my New Year's series from the brief trip Rebekah and I took down into North Florida. I'm posting about our traditional family gift exchange. Whoever …

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God loves fun! Disc Golf and Community Outreach!

He will yet fill your mouth with laughter    and your lips with shouts of joy.So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.Job 8:21, 1 Corinthians 10:31 - Jesse Alexander and Derek Maul New Year's Eve I had the opportunity to do something I haven't done in …

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Golden Retrievers and Cornish Game Hens

We know that God works all things together for good for the ones who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose.Romans 8:28 - Rebekah, Max, Derek So here's a fun post in the ongoing "Dog Blog" collection of stories. Max, our huge 90+ pound Golden Retriever, was invited for an afternoon …

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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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Hope Turns on the Light

 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.Hebrews 10:23 - tree, in process Wednesday, December 1, 2021. We are well into the first week of Advent, still thinking about the key words of "Hope" and "Light." Also, and very much apropos to the theme, Rebekah and I are in the …

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