Let the Wild Rumpus start! (and let our spirits dance…)

“And now," cried Max, "let the wild rumpus start!”Maurice Sendak Yes, you will go out with celebration,    and you will be brought back in peace.Even the mountains and the hills will burst into song before you;    all the trees of the field will clap their hands.Isaiah 55:12 So it may have been ultra cold Saturday, and we …

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Life: “The Lord has done it this very day!”

 How very good and pleasant it is    when God's people live together in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head,    running down upon the beard,on the beard of Aaron,    running down over the collar of his robes. It is like the dew of Hermon,    which falls on the mountains of Zion.For there the Lord ordained his blessing,    life forevermore.Psalm 133 Sunday, …

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“10-Year Challenge” – Derek and Rebekah: “a thousand years are as a single day…”

- NC writer Derek Maul I have been working on an article that is, I believe, important. It is also difficult, addressing some of the challenges we all face when it comes to appropriate communication. But I can't quite find the right tone, so I'm shelving the post until I am more comfortable with how …

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JOY!!! Photo Friday goes to Disney

People were bringing babies to Jesus so that he would bless them. When the disciples saw this, they scolded them. Then Jesus called them to him and said, “Allow the children to come to me. Don’t forbid them, because God’s kingdom belongs to people like these children. I assure you that whoever doesn’t welcome God’s kingdom like a …

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Max Retriever is an Empath –

“But ask the animals, and they will teach you,    or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you,    or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know    that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature    and the …

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What’s the difference between my Mont Blanc pen and my dad’s new Jaguar?

Mont Blanc “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,    you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation,     which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles,    and the glory of your people Israel.”Luke 2:29-32 - writer Derek Maul Years ago, back in the days when our children …

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The intrusion, the disruption, and the danger of Jesus

Then Mary said, “I am the Lord’s servant. Let it be with me just as you have said.” Then the angel left her. When Joseph woke up, he did just as an angel from God commanded and took Mary as his wife. But he didn’t have sexual relations with her until she gave birth to a son. …

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All I Want for Christmas

- David, Geoffrey, Beks So that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, in which you shine like stars in the world. It is by your holding fast to the word of life that I can boast on the day of Christ that …

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The Official Rebekah and Derek (a.k.a. Children of the Light) 2021 Christmas Newsletter

The "official" 2021 Christmas photo So it is time for the traditional "Rebekah & Derek Annual Newsletter." It's all right here, folks, the year 2021 in a nutshell: Rebekah and Derek turn 65, 12 more months of Covid,The end of an era,40-years of active, full-time ministry wrapped up in an epic retirement celebration, Four generations …

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A Little Joy to go with your Thanksgiving

You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.2 Corinthians 9:11 Looking back, my past few posts have been fairly serious in terms of content. Primarily, I am a writer, and I believe (I hope) it is my words …

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