When the words won’t come – and a prayer for America

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. - 1 Timothy 6:17 - stock image Too often, wanting to post a few thoughts for the day …

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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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I dare you to get close enough to listen and learn

This view of Maul-Hall A couple of days ago, taking Max out for a short afternoon walk, I grabbed these two photographs - our house, and then my parents' next door. It's not that I don't already have a hundred good shots of both properties so much as the dramatic effect of a shift in …

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Now I see through a glass, darkly…

 Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is …

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BSA, Generous Sponsors, and Chick-fil-A

The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same …

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NINE ELEVEN – Today the danger comes from cynicism and lack of trust

Tribute in lights illuminate downtown in New York - Photo by Jin Lee  It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.Galatians 5:1 - writer Derek Maul Today I almost made the decision to avoid writing anything about the events …

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beyond “feel good”

- moving pine straw from point A to point B at Maul-Hall Where there is no vision, the people perish; but he who keeps the law, happy is he. Proverbs 29:18“If you love me, you will keep my commandments." Jesus - John 14:15“I give you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have …

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Adding my tears at Cherokee: “Unto These Hills”

- The Trail of Tears I will lift up my eyes to the hills—From whence comes my help?2 My help comes from the Lord,Who made heaven and earth. - Psalm 121:1-2 - in Bryson City This time last week I found myself genuinely surprised at my emotional response when Rebekah and I attended the Unto These Hills historical drama at …

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Full Military Honors – and respect for one another

- Captain Paul McMahan (U.S. Navy, retired) carried to his final resting place For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. - 2 Corinthians 5:1 - respect This is not a eulogy for Paul McMahan (my brother-in-law …

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Tall stories, gem mining, mud, and fun

She is more precious than jewels;And nothing you desire compares with her. - Proverbs 3:15 Question: What do you get when you add a remote location, a flume, a bucket-load of clay, a lot of water, tall stories, a sieve, a bunch of fun, and wildly imaginative optimism together? Answer: More mud, more fun, buckets …

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