Surely Goodness and Love will Follow…

Surely your goodness and love will follow me    all the days of my life,and I will dwell in the house of the Lord    forever. Psalm 23 Two days, two worship services. They could not have been more different. They could not have been more similar. First, on Saturday, I enjoyed the blessing of being in the sanctuary at Wake …

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Another splash of new life (at hashtag “Derek & Rebekah go to church”)

Behold, I am doing a new thing;    now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?I will make a way in the wilderness    and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19 - at St. Giles this Sunday It's been a while since I last penned any updates in the "Derek & Rebekah go to Church" series. We are …

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Derek & Rebekah go to Church… Standing Up!!!!

“In those coming days,”    says the Lord,“the people of Israel will return home    together with the people of Judah.They will come weeping    and seeking the Lord their God.They will ask the way to Jerusalem    and will start back home again.They will bind themselves to the Lord    with an eternal covenant that will never be forgotten.Jeremiah 50:4-5 - Aleta, Rebekah, Mac Sunday morning it was …

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if it was a choice between my words making sense and my life telling the story…

You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober.1 Thessalonians 5:5-6 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone …

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First Sunday in Wilson (Rebekah & Derek really really go to church)

In the beginning was the Word    and the Word was with God    and the Word was God. The Word was with God in the beginning. Everything came into being through the Word,    and without the Word    nothing came into being.What came into being     through the Word was life,    and the life was the light for all people. The light shines in the darkness,    and the …

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a manifesto for men’s ministry (we all need a band of brothers)

" But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”Joshua 24:15 Thanks to Jim Ferry and Kipp Spanbauer …

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Here I am, trying to “stay awake”

“You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober – alert and clearheaded…”.1 Thessalonians 5:5-6 For me, today's big focus is about getting ready for a Friday …

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teaching faith to our grandchildren by living it

“Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when …

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Dipping into the Devotional Classics with Rebekah

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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“Who’s a Good Boy!” – We all need a little affirmation

Jesus - “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”John 16:33 Once in a while - not often enough I'm sure - Max Retriever gets to go see his friends at the Dirty Dog Spa and come …

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