If we learned to listen maybe we wouldn’t judge so quickly….

 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. James 1:19-20 - North Carolina writer Derek Maul This morning's post could easily be a book. So, instead, I'm going to keep it short. I …

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You keep using that word (Christian). I do not think it means what you think it means.

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35 In this age of texts, emails, Covid, social distancing, online shopping, GrubHub, "contactless" delivery, social media, and "virtual" everything, one of …

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The only answer is to “Be devoted to one another in love”

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Romans 12:9-16 I have been thinking …

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Summer Heat – and Celebrating the Day

This is the day the Lord acted;    we will rejoice and celebrate in it!Psalm 118:24 Happy July, everyone! For "Photo Friday" this week I'll just refer everyone back to "June in 30 Pictures" from yesterday. The gallery turned out to be a wonderful pictorial journey through the beginning of Summer 2022. Summer - especially July, August, and September …

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Roe v Wade: not “what to” think but “how to”

My brothers and sisters, what good is it if people say they have faith but do nothing to show it? Claiming to have faith can’t save anyone, can it? Imagine a brother or sister who is naked and never has enough food to eat. What if one of you said, “Go in peace! Stay warm! Have a …

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Beks in the Ballet – a parable for our times

[Jesus] called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in …

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Jesus has no political affiliation, and I’m with him…

Help, O Lord, for the godly are fast disappearing!    The faithful have vanished from the earth!Neighbors lie to each other,    speaking with flattering lips and deceitful hearts.Psalm 12 Trust is like rebar, it holds the massive structure that is America together. - NC writer/theologian Derek Maul I have been thinking about faith and politics recently. Not because I …

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Lost in Wonder, Love, and Praise

Show me your ways, Lord,    teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me,    for you are God my Savior,    and my hope is in you all day long.Psalm 25 - me and dad, Sunday afternoon One of the things we do when we visit my dad is sing hymns. Both my parents love them, and it is amazing …

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“Please keep shedding/sharing the light!”

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.Philippians 4:8 Woe to those who call evil good    and good evil,who put darkness for light    and light for darkness,who put bitter for sweet    and sweet for bitter.Isaiah 5:20 - …

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Our grandchildren shine! (and here’s why)

Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life.Philippians 2:15b-16a Today's blog entry is a "proud granddaddy" post. Most of the time the stuff I write about David, Beks, Geoffrey, and Mr. T. is focused on family; but today I have something about school. David …

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