When the words won’t come – and a prayer for America

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. - 1 Timothy 6:17 - stock image Too often, wanting to post a few thoughts for the day …

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Hope and Light – good words of grace and truth

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.John 1:14 Hope and Light: If this week's Advent lenses are "hope" and "light," then today is a good day to begin looking at the process …

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Should preaching be political, or should it point people to Jesus?

 Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules?Colossians 2:20 - Rebekah and Derek Maul For me and Rebekah, one impact of COVID has been how often we visit restaurants. We have always had a modest eating out …

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Birthday Words for Geoffrey! Our gift… our responsibility

- the Miami grandchildren “The Lord bless you    and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you    and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you    and give you peace.”Numbers 6:24-26 - Geoffrey So this bundle of absurdly potent cuteness is one year old today. Geoffrey is exactly one-tenth the age of his brother David and catching up fast. In another nine …

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God called us out of the darkness into his wonderful light.

But you are not like that (people who reject God), for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. “Once you had no identity as …

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“Derek & Rebekah” Play Golf – with people of grace

they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord. - Acts 11:22-24Jesus …

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How does God test us?

Sunday morning in Wilmington Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions. On the sixth day they are to prepare what they bring …

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God’s call to the good wine of excellence (“If I were teaching” Week 3)

- Derek Maul Welcome to Week 3 of "If I were teaching Sunday school today." The series is titled (in the catalog, if there was one) "A Charge of Life." Let's start with links to the first two weeks. "New Weekly Feature" - introduces the concept. Then "JESUS" - explores who Jesus is and who …

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Guest post from Rebekah (retirement thank-you note)

Having spent all of August and most of September writing thank-you notes to the legions of marvelous and amazing people who went out of their way to make the August 1 retirement over-the-top wonderful, last week Rebekah published a response of gratitude in the WFPC newsletter.She has given me permission to reproduce it here.Rebekah's words, …

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Good news, light, gratitude, action, and love

Well I finished the job yesterday afternoon. Now the beard is completely gone. So in case you are relatively new to this blog, I'll do another side-by-side just so you will know this is still me. Interestingly, a good number of new readers have recently come on board. So I'm also going to take this …

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