A deep, cleansing breath for the New Year

Jesus said - “Come to me, all you who are struggling hard and carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Put on my yoke, and learn from me. I’m gentle and humble. And you will find rest for yourselves. My yoke is easy to bear, and my burden is light.”Matthew 11:28-30 If just one photograph …

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The Year 2021 in s̶e̶v̶e̶n̶t̶y̶-̶f̶i̶v̶e̶ (a little over 100) photographs

Here is my challenge. I need to communicate the essence of one whole year while still limiting myself to just a handful of photographs for each month. This is going to be tough, because some months involved a whole lot! August, for example, featured not only Rebekah's retirement, but a trip to the Mountains, and …

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Max Retriever is an Empath –

“But ask the animals, and they will teach you,    or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you,    or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know    that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature    and the …

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Supernova Savior: Light that Cannot be Contained

Most of you already know that one of my favorite Christmas passages comes from Zechariah's song of praise. "(All this is) because of the tender mercy of our God,    by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness    and in the shadow of death,to guide our feet into the path …

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Best Ever Christmas Eve? “I Choose 2021”

candles at WFPC Silent night, holy nightAll is calm, all is brightRound yon Virgin, Mother and ChildHoly infant so tender and mildSleep in heavenly peaceSleep in heavenly peace - "Merry Christmas" CHRISTMAS EVE, 2021: One of the problems with nostalgia is its implicit suggestion that the past is more desirable than the future. Even though …

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The intrusion, the disruption, and the danger of Jesus

Then Mary said, “I am the Lord’s servant. Let it be with me just as you have said.” Then the angel left her. When Joseph woke up, he did just as an angel from God commanded and took Mary as his wife. But he didn’t have sexual relations with her until she gave birth to a son. …

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All I Want for Christmas

- David, Geoffrey, Beks So that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, in which you shine like stars in the world. It is by your holding fast to the word of life that I can boast on the day of Christ that …

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Golden Retrievers and Cornish Game Hens

We know that God works all things together for good for the ones who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose.Romans 8:28 - Rebekah, Max, Derek So here's a fun post in the ongoing "Dog Blog" collection of stories. Max, our huge 90+ pound Golden Retriever, was invited for an afternoon …

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All the Feels – Christmas and emotion…

Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,“Glory to God in highest heaven,    and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”Luke 2:13-14 - Derek Maul lives, writes, (and cries sometimes) in NC So we had an interesting Sunday. Of course Rebekah and I attended …

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From Manama to Liberia to Miami to Wake Forest: Photo-Friday

Think about what we have in Christ: the encouragement he has brought us, the comfort of his love, our sharing in his Spirit, and the mercy and kindness he has shown us. If you enjoy these blessings, then do what will make my joy complete: Agree with each other, and show your love for each other. …

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