Thoughts and Photos from a Damp Weekend

- receiving 14 new members at HMPC this weekend The Lord did not set his heart on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other nations, for you were the smallest of all nations! Rather, it was simply that the Lord loves you, and he was keeping the oath he had sworn to your ancestors. That is …

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You are Welcome! World Communion Sunday is for Everyone

If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you. Psalm 130:3-4 In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the …

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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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Rebekah in Chainsaw Rambo Mode!

- our garden guard-pig holding on the best he can The Lord will guide you continually    and provide for you, even in parched places.    He will rescue your bones.You will be like a watered garden,    like a spring of water that won’t run dry. Isaiah 58:11 - Rebekah wielding the chainsaw! Evidently one post featuring the new chainsaw was not …

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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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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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“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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Learning with Mr. T. – finding our place in the world…

Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.Philippians 2:4 I could write an entire book chapter on this photograph. It marks everything that is wonderful about being almost three years old, and everything that is difficult about being temporary and uprooted - all at the same time. Mr. …

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From “troubled bones” to “refreshment” to “bones made strong”

Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing;    heal me, O Lord, for my bones are troubled.Psalm 6:2 It will be healing to your flesh    and refreshment to your bones.Proverbs 3:8 And the Lord will guide you continually    and satisfy your desire in scorched places    and make your bones strong;and you shall be like a watered garden,    like a spring of water,    whose waters do not fail.Isaiah 58:11 …

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A season not of production, but of belonging…

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.Romans 15:13 - shift in writing focus.... As July gets under way, halfway through this very challenging year, I thought this might be a good opportunity …

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