You are Welcome! World Communion Sunday is for Everyone

If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you. Psalm 130:3-4 In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the …

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Wake Forest Shrugs Off Ian’s Last Gasp

All of a sudden, here it is, October 1. We've already made it three-quarters of the way through 2022. September was interesting and - if you're new to this blog or just missed yesterday's post - you can see the month reviewed in 30 pictures by clicking here. So I opened the front door this …

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Hurricane Ian, Our Orlando family, and healing the future…

God is our refuge and strength,    an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam    and the mountains quake with their surging.  There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,    the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall;    God will …

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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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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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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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You keep using that word (Christian). I do not think it means what you think it means.

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35 In this age of texts, emails, Covid, social distancing, online shopping, GrubHub, "contactless" delivery, social media, and "virtual" everything, one of …

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The only answer is to “Be devoted to one another in love”

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Romans 12:9-16 I have been thinking …

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Going 7 for 29: stop lights and this critical moment we’re living in

- Rebekah & Derek go to church Last summer (and into the fall) after Rebekah retired and we launched our epic "Derek & Rebekah Go to Church" series, we visited congregations all over The Triangle. We went because we love God, we went because we believe public worship is not just a sacred duty but …

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Jesus has no political affiliation, and I’m with him…

Help, O Lord, for the godly are fast disappearing!    The faithful have vanished from the earth!Neighbors lie to each other,    speaking with flattering lips and deceitful hearts.Psalm 12 Trust is like rebar, it holds the massive structure that is America together. - NC writer/theologian Derek Maul I have been thinking about faith and politics recently. Not because I …

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