Gardening with Rebekah: We Simply Must Take Better Care of this Good Earth

- all this is about to be destroyed 😦 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day. Genesis 1:31 - Rebekah with the Cobbs in their garden Sometimes, especially in the big-picture world of ideological give and take, it's easy to get caught …

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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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Some thoughts on Children versus Guns

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”...Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”...Jesus replied... "I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will …

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If not now, when? Harsh realities beg hard questions

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.    And what does the Lord require of you?To act justly and to love mercy    and to walk humbly with your God.Micah 6:8 - victims of politicians' inaction Over the past few days I have heard from people I know and people I don't know; readers who tend to agree with me and …

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My grandson’s fractured leg… and the children of Ukraine

 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will …

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A Few Amazing Photographs and a Little American Pride

- DC from Arlington I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.1 Timothy 2:1-2 If you have been reading the past few days then you already know about our weekend …

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“Derek & Rebekah go to worship” Episode 5

May there be peace with the brothers and sisters as well as love with the faith that comes from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. May grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ forever.Ephesians 6:23-24 - this Sunday in Durham This week Rebekah and I almost didn't make it …

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Adding my tears at Cherokee: “Unto These Hills”

- The Trail of Tears I will lift up my eyes to the hills—From whence comes my help?2 My help comes from the Lord,Who made heaven and earth. - Psalm 121:1-2 - in Bryson City This time last week I found myself genuinely surprised at my emotional response when Rebekah and I attended the Unto These Hills historical drama at …

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A story that can’t be held in one frame #Nativity

It's obvious I enjoy photography. I especially love how - once in a while - a single image captured in a fraction of a second can tell a complete story. Typically, though, life is too rich and nuanced to be told in one frame. That's where words help. Then there are video segments, sound bites, …

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