New glasses, and seeing clearly what we don’t need

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."Matthew 6:19-21 - new glasses! …

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Jumping in at the deep end

Deep calls to deep    in the roar of your waterfalls;all your waves and breakers    have swept over me.Psalm 42:7 - Epiphany Sunday at Hudson I am not sure where or when it started, but recently - first at WFPC and now at Hudson Memorial - Rebekah and I have looked forward with real anticipation to the "star …

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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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“Cat” – “Baby” – “House” And it’s well past one-fifteen, deep into the afternoon…

Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. - 3 John 1:2 It is a sure sign that age is now a factor when your Medicare Advantage provider sends someone to you house to make sure you're …

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The good news is luminous, and that is why we have been purposed to shine

Turn your eyes upon Jesus;Look full in his wonderful face.And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,In the light of his glory and grace.Helen Howarth Lemmel (1922) - Rebekah preaching at WFPC Sometimes I find a photograph that speaks volumes, and I just have to build a post around it. I was scrolling through …

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Photo Friday: “Every Good & Perfect Gift…”

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.James 1:17 Fencing off the neighbors! - my current favorite of us.... Photo Friday this week takes a look at some of the work going on around my parents' home next door. It's a beautiful …

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Our Times are in God’s Hands (why time is such a precious resource)

But I trust in you, Lord;    I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hands...Psalm 31:14-15 Today, first thing in the morning when I was brewing a pot of my current favorite Wicked Joe's coffee, this picture of Rebekah and David popped up as a FaceBook memory. Naomi and Craig were living in Connecticut at the time, …

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Photo Friday

I've got peace like a riverI've got love like an oceanI've got joy like a fountain in my soulI've got peace like a riverI've got love like an oceanI've got joy like a fountain in my soul Ah, today is "Photo-Friday" and a chance to share a few short thoughts with the extra pictures. Grandchildren, …

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Fall, school photos, and retirement projects at “Photo Friday”

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.    The world and all its people belong to him. For he laid the earth’s foundation on the seas    and built it on the ocean depths.Psalm 24 Today's "Photo-Friday" comes to you from the leading edge of fall in North Carolina, where clear weather, cooler temperatures, and just a hint of …

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Guest post from Rebekah (retirement thank-you note)

Having spent all of August and most of September writing thank-you notes to the legions of marvelous and amazing people who went out of their way to make the August 1 retirement over-the-top wonderful, last week Rebekah published a response of gratitude in the WFPC newsletter.She has given me permission to reproduce it here.Rebekah's words, …

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