Early Light, and frustrated but thankful hearts

The faithful love of the Lord never ends!    His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness;    his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance;    therefore, I will hope in him!”Lamentations 3:22-24 - morning coffee on the deck Rebekah and I are more than a little bummed this morning not to be over in Wilson. We are thankful …

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knowledge both cosmic and microscopic, temporal and eternal, knowable and unknowable.

But how could God possibly live on earth with people? If heaven, even the highest heaven, can’t contain you, how can this temple that I have built contain you? Lord, my God, listen to your servant’s prayer and request, and hear the cry and prayer that I your servant pray to you.2 Chronicles 6:18-19 Late Friday …

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Change is part of the definition of life!

So, brothers and sisters, because of God’s mercies, I encourage you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice that is holy and pleasing to God. This is your appropriate priestly service. Don’t be conformed to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you can figure out …

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Redemption Song: Easter and the invitation to succeed at love

Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ! Philippians 1:27 A few days ago I had the privilege of attending a webinar featuring world-renowned columnist and commentator David Brooks. Brooks and his wife, writer Anne Snyder, talked about the state of philanthropy in America. A foundation I write for had asked me …

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Light and darkness, storms and calm, sunshine and rain…

- Typical April morning in Wake Forest April Showers.... - writer Derek Maul This morning several thunderstorms rolled through Wake Forest before dawn. When I woke the sun poured brilliant light over the horizon as the clouds continued to move to the west. Then, while I was walking Max (photos above and below), the forecast …

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Is Anxiety a Sin?

- Rebekah tending the garden - one of places God meets me when I am broken Blessed are those who trust in the Lord,    whose trust is the Lord.They shall be like a tree planted by water,    sending out its roots by the stream.It shall not fear when heat comes,    and its leaves shall stay green;in the year of drought …

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Friends of God

I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will …

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Caught by Surprise: (has it really been six months since Rebekah retired?)

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.Ephesians 3:17-19 - Benediction Peace …

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A Picture of Love (understanding incarnation)

- David and Beks with Geoffrey Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father; that will be enough for us.”Jesus replied, “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been with you all this time? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I …

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The danger of forgetting the beauty and the light

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. When God’s …

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