If we learned to listen maybe we wouldn’t judge so quickly….

 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. James 1:19-20 - North Carolina writer Derek Maul This morning's post could easily be a book. So, instead, I'm going to keep it short. I …

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“We salute You” – Grace Maul turns 91 (photos and prayers)

All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal …

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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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Retirement Planning, Shifting our Center of Gravity, and “Being Rich Toward God”

“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’  “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.” Luke 12:20-21 Being "retired" is an interesting phenomenon. Especially when it …

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A story of 3 rings, and the power that forged them

“Or what woman, if she owns ten silver coins and loses one of them, won’t light a lamp and sweep the house, searching her home carefully until she finds it? 9 When she finds it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Celebrate with me because I’ve found my lost coin.’ 10  In the same way, I tell …

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The grace of long-term friendships that stand the test of time

So continue encouraging each other and building each other up, just like you are doing already. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 This is the last day of the month, and I plan to offer my traditional "August in 31 photos" post either later today or tomorrow morning. Regardless, August 2022 has been epic in terms of both …

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Beyond Fun to Joy, not mere Eating but Feasting…

And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb.” And he added, “These are true words that come from God.” Revelation 19:9 - Old Town Alexandria I likely have two posts today. So be forewarned! First, I have more photos from the DC …

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A powerful antidote to our national deficit in belief (The Chipman wedding)

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Colossians 3:12-14 There are …

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Received with thanksgiving, consecrated in prayer – Photo Friday takes it up a notch

 For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer. 1 Timothy 4:4-5 - writer/photographer Derek Maul with Max Now we are home in Wake Forest, all the images from the past couple of weeks are blurred together in my …

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Baptizing a new home with family love

Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, Acts 2:46 Eventually the mountain trip with our grandchildren had to come to an end, and we had David and Beks back home in Orlando by …

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