Jesus wants our presence, our prayer, our participation, our passion and our priority

From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. Ephesians 4:16 Today, in the ongoing "Derek and Rebekah go to church" series, I want to talk about why worship is such a central part of our lives. This week was "Commitment …

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In the Middle of a Storm: does prayer turn hurricanes or hearts?

The Lord is good,    a refuge in times of trouble.He cares for those who trust in him, Nahum 1:7 So there is a lot of excitement, anxiety, trepidation, concern and more in Florida this week, with the promise of Hurricane Ian smashing into the Tampa area as a major storm. Even over in Orlando, where our grandchildren live, it …

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strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow

Saturday afternoon, visiting with my parents at dad's assisted living home, I asked them both about their favorite hymns. I know that's an impossible question, and for me the answer changes all the time, but it was a good starting place for conversation, and keeping my dad alert and engaged is important. Dad - and …

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Prayer (at the 50-yard line or anywhere) is the language of our relationship with God

“Hear my prayer, O Lord,    and give ear to my cry;    hold not your peace at my tears!For I am a sojourner with you,    a guest, like all my fathers.Psalm 39:12 - NC writer Derek Maul I have been reading a little discussion - some heated - on prayer recently. Mostly in response to the Supremes (SCOTUS) and their decision …

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This week is a pilgrimage (or it could be…)

 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes …

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“Rebekah and Derek Go to Church” – in a wheelchair

“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”Frederick Buechner He heals the brokenhearted    and binds up their wounds.He determines the number of the stars    and calls them each by name.Great is our Lord and mighty in power;    his understanding has no limit.Psalm 147:3-5 When I started this "Derek …

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Nine images, nine prayers of gratitude – #PhotoFriday

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.James 1:12 This week may have been dominated by my parents' 70th wedding anniversary; but - as per usual - there was so much more …

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Praying- not talking

Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity.”Jeremiah 29:12-14 Yesterday I went back to …

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Don’t slouch! Holy Week is all about “standing” in the good news

- Leonardo Da Vinci The Last Supper Brothers and sisters, I want to call your attention to the good news that I preached to you, which you also received and in which you stand. You are being saved through it if you hold on to the message I preached to you, unless somehow you believed it …

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Is Anxiety a Sin?

- Rebekah tending the garden - one of places God meets me when I am broken Blessed are those who trust in the Lord,    whose trust is the Lord.They shall be like a tree planted by water,    sending out its roots by the stream.It shall not fear when heat comes,    and its leaves shall stay green;in the year of drought …

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