“I will not let you go!” Rebekah has the opportunity to preach again.

Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” The man asked him, “What is your name?” “Jacob,” he answered. Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel,[a] because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.” Genesis 32:26-28 - Rebekah blessing the congregation The best I …

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Sunday morning preaching – and how our garden reminds me of church

I have come into my garden, my sister, my bride;    I have gathered my myrrh with my spice.I have eaten my honeycomb and my honey;    I have drunk my wine and my milk Song of Songs 5:1 Over the years the garden has been a recurring theological theme in my writing. It's kind of funny because I am …

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A few more photos, and “hats off” to the Queen’s loyal staff

It's looking to be a busy Saturday, so my post this morning will simply be a handful more images you all may enjoy from this week. First, the photograph from the procession when Queen Elizabeth's coffin was moved from Buckingham palace to Westminster. Her majesty's senior household staff - often overlooked in all the noise, …

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“We salute You” – Grace Maul turns 91 (photos and prayers)

All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal …

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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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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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There is a lot of noise in America, but very little actual communication

Teach the wise, and they will become wiser;    inform the righteous, and their learning will increase. An understanding mind gains knowledge;    the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. Proverbs 9:9, 18:15 Typically, I delete comments from people who troll this blog when there is obviously no interest in actual communication. One example is a frequent flyer in …

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My response to the sad news of Queen Elizabeth’s passing..

Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. 1 Corinthians 4:2 - Queen Elizabeth II For the record, I am an American citizen and have been since 1985. According to the UK, however, I am still a subject of Her Majesty, The Queen. Or I was until she …

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Raising Children – One Grandparent’s Point of View

“Then the king will reply to them, ‘I assure you that when you have done it for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you have done it for me.’" Matthew 25:40 - Geoffrey at 21-months Today provides one of those opportunities for an essay in response to just one photograph. …

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Retirement Planning, Shifting our Center of Gravity, and “Being Rich Toward God”

“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’  “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.” Luke 12:20-21 Being "retired" is an interesting phenomenon. Especially when it …

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