You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast…

- Grace and David Maul reading together You will keep in perfect peace    those whose minds are steadfast,    because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever,    for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.Isaiah 26:3-4 - Wake Forest based writer, Derek Maul I want to preface this post by saying how important it is to me that I treat subjects with respect when …

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Photo Friday Goes to a Beautiful Beach Wedding

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.Colossians 3:12.15 - gotta love Sunset Beach, NC In this time of war, and pandemic, and so much bitter divide, I …

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Dipping into the Devotional Classics with Rebekah

My brothers and sisters, what good is it if people say they have faith but do nothing to show it? Claiming to have faith can’t save anyone, can it? Imagine a brother or sister who is naked and never has enough food to eat. What if one of you said, “Go in peace! Stay warm! Have a …

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The Wedding on Top of the Town

- View from the wedding venue.... This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us…1 John 5:14-15 - Sunday overlooking DC Rebekah and I are back from Washington DC after a really great weekend. Just to get away together for a couple of …

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A Washington Wedding: Watching Rebekah in action again!

Lord I believe - help my unbelief.Mark 9:24 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a futureJeremiah 29:11 I can’t say I had forgotten how cool it is to see Rebekah doing her preacher thing …

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Real Love for Valentine’s Day plus this week’s video post – with a song

Dear friends, let’s love each other, because love is from God, and everyone who loves is born from God and knows God. The person who doesn’t love does not know God, because God is love. This is how the love of God is revealed to us:1 John 4:7-9 - recording Today is February 14. That means Valentine's …

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The Ripple Effect of First Dates (Rebekah and Derek)

I thank my God for you every time I think of youPhilippians 1:3 - 1977 First, let me say this: All anniversaries are worth celebrating. Over the years, Rebekah and I have done a pretty good job of remembering and being thankful for just about every August 18, October 7, March 26, July 18, June …

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The Official Rebekah and Derek (a.k.a. Children of the Light) 2021 Christmas Newsletter

The "official" 2021 Christmas photo So it is time for the traditional "Rebekah & Derek Annual Newsletter." It's all right here, folks, the year 2021 in a nutshell: Rebekah and Derek turn 65, 12 more months of Covid,The end of an era,40-years of active, full-time ministry wrapped up in an epic retirement celebration, Four generations …

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we are not retired, we are recalibrating, and reinventing, and re-creating

- official 42nd anniversary portrait Since my youth, God, you have taught me,    and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds. Even when I am old and gray,    do not forsake me, my God,till I declare your power to the next generation,    your mighty acts to all who are to come. Psalm 71:17-19Retirement is defined in terms of what is …

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Haunting and brilliant and subtle and thrilling: 42 years into a great marriage

- Happy anniversary to us! (Photo by Gayle Akerman) “Come, eat of my bread    and drink of the wine I have mixed. Lay aside immaturity, and live,    and walk in the way of insight.”Proverbs 9:5-6 Today I want to lead with a scripture I first quoted a couple of days ago. I can't get it out of my …

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