Jumping in at the deep end

Deep calls to deep    in the roar of your waterfalls;all your waves and breakers    have swept over me.Psalm 42:7 - Epiphany Sunday at Hudson I am not sure where or when it started, but recently - first at WFPC and now at Hudson Memorial - Rebekah and I have looked forward with real anticipation to the "star …

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A Foodie Post and my New Format

- writer Derek Maul January is always a good time to try on new ideas - or at least tweak what's already there. So I am doing a little experimentation with format that should do a better job - visually - of interfacing with my content. Everything I write still comes out of my core …

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Some encouraging stats from 2021 – and goals for 2022

Teach us to number our days,    that we may gain a heart of wisdom.Psalm 90:12 - NC writer Derek Maul This is the day I look back on 2021 and check the statistics. The numbers are interesting, and promising across the board. Health, fitness, reach, influence, even solvency(!) - it's all good. Numbers don't tell anywhere …

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God loves fun! Disc Golf and Community Outreach!

He will yet fill your mouth with laughter    and your lips with shouts of joy.So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.Job 8:21, 1 Corinthians 10:31 - Jesse Alexander and Derek Maul New Year's Eve I had the opportunity to do something I haven't done in …

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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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Losing focus between now and Christmas

A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;    from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—    the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,    the Spirit of counsel and of might,    the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord— and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.Isaiah 1:1-3 This may not be a Christmasy post, but it's …

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Hamburgers, freedom, and the uniquely American flavor of Thanksgiving

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 - "the other" Thanksgiving food It is Thanksgiving morning. I pray that your day will be defined by love, light, grace, joy, promise, good food, and - most importantly - hearts filled to overflowing with gratitude. Why …

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My “trip” to speak in New York

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deedsHebrews 10:23-24 - Opening slide Saturday morning, with the help of imagination, technology, and the enthusiasm of a Presbyterian pastor, I showed up for my first speaking gig …

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Encouraging words, right when we need them:

- North Carolina writer Derek Maul This morning I turned on my computer to read a notice that said, essentially: "I know you only had a few minutes to write before heading out today, but you need to finish the new operating system instal you thought you'd already done during the night. This should take …

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Ten years old! An important letter from Grandaddy Derek

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your …

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