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 architecture of my life (be a Japanese Maple)

- outside the dining room window He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. Ecclesiastes 3:11-12 This …

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Just 4 for Photo Friday – “The Beauty and the Art of Grace.”

- Maul Hall from the back.... This morning I have just a handful of pictures for "Photo Friday." It has been a spectacularly beautiful week here in Wake Forest, but various commitments have taken all of my time so there's been little in the way of photography. Most of these images show the untidy, unmanageable, …

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The danger of forgetting the beauty and the light

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. When God’s …

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“God has made everything beautiful in its time” – Fall Photo Friday

- Corner of Tyler Run and Holding Ave. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.Genesis …

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Moe, Scout, and Max – a review of the Maul family dogs

- Max, fresh from the Dirty Dog Spa It's been a while since I wrote anything about our ginormous golden, Max. We've had him 15 months now and I can't say enough wonderful things about him. So this week, when we got back from The Dirty Dog Spa, I told him it was time for …

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October 2021 in 31 pictures

Evidently I forgot to post my usual, "September in pictures" - so here at least is October. There are so many words and images and then - faster than we can imagine - the month is gone and we're on to something new. Life is a multi-faceted and beautiful journey; these photographs do a fair …

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A few quirky but fun shots from Photo-Friday

This week's "Photo-Friday" is more along the lines of interesting than beautiful. Each image is a little bit quirky, and they all tell a story. From Andrew and Alicia in Bahrain ("Lieutenant Commander Drew, representing the United Federation of Planets, and his Ukrainian Bride"), to the unflattering but funny hot-dog candid shot, to our grandson …

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This weekend’s six best photographs

- Beach baby in Bahrain Happy are those    who do not follow the advice of the wicked,or take the path that sinners tread,    or sit in the seat of scoffers;but their delight is in the law of the Lord,    and on his law they meditate day and night.They are like trees    planted by streams of water,which yield their fruit in …

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A beautiful fall wedding – “shine like stars…”

Live as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. Hold firmly to the word of life...Philippians 2:14-16 - at Tim and Bri's wedding This weekend has been classic fall in North Carolina. Cool, clear, bright sunshine, stunning colors. The perfect timing for getting married. Other than the …

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