to stand under a waterfall of grace

He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 2 Timothy 1:9 - church at HMPC It's not a hard and fast rule, but Mondays I tend to find …

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Keep Looking Up: the gift of wonder

Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:    Who created all these?He who brings out the starry host one by one    and calls forth each of them by name.Because of his great power and mighty strength,    not one of them is missing. Isaiah 40:26 - keeping my eyes open Each morning and evening, in addition to the general moving …

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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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Jesus – always turning the tables on the power-hungry

- Old Presbyterian Meeting House in Alexandria "Instead, when you receive an invitation, go and sit in the least important place. When your host approaches you, he will say, ‘Friend, move up here to a better seat.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all your fellow guests. All who lift themselves up will …

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“They have ears but cannot hear” (what I learned at the audiology office)

They have ears but cannot hear,    and mouths but cannot breathe. Psalm 135:17 Then he said, “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.” Mark 4:9 To whom can I give warning?    Who will listen when I speak?Their ears are closed,    and they cannot hear.They scorn the word of the Lord.    They don’t want to listen at all. Jeremiah 6:10 …

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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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“Life is a gift to be received with gratitude and a task to be pursued with courage”

We fall downWe lay our crownsAt the feet of Jesus The greatness ofMercy and loveAt the feet of Jesus We cry holy, holy, holyWe cry holy, holy, holyWe cry holy, holy, holyIs the lamb Christ Tomlin (Revelation 4:8-11) - responding to God's invitation First, and importantly, attending church is always good, always worthwhile, always timely, …

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Faith and Art and Politics and More: Looking Beyond the Noise to See the Truth!

Jesus: "Be careful that you don’t practice your religion in front of people to draw their attention. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven."Matthew 6:1 - Rebekah with David and Beks Note: Photos by Naomi Rebekah Campbell I just love it when something happens that lights a …

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Releasing Hidden Potential

 When Jesus saw him lying there, knowing that he had already been there a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”John 5:6 - Hidden Brain with Host Shankar Vedantam One of the podcasts I enjoy listening to during my evening walks with Max is "Hidden Brain." Host Shankar Vedantam interviews people whose …

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Stop Standing Around and Looking Up! Pentecost Sunday

After Jesus said these things, as they were watching, he was lifted up and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going away and as they were staring toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood next to them. They said, “Galileans, why are you standing here, looking toward heaven?" Acts 1:9-11 Pentecost. …

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