A “first” for me: choosing and then joining a church

 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one anotherHebrews 10:22-25 - Derek at church Today, Sunday January 16, it had been …

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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 “why” of church: believe me, it is critically important!

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given …

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God loves fun! Disc Golf and Community Outreach!

He will yet fill your mouth with laughter    and your lips with shouts of joy.So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.Job 8:21, 1 Corinthians 10:31 - Jesse Alexander and Derek Maul New Year's Eve I had the opportunity to do something I haven't done in …

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Best Ever Christmas Eve? “I Choose 2021”

candles at WFPC Silent night, holy nightAll is calm, all is brightRound yon Virgin, Mother and ChildHoly infant so tender and mildSleep in heavenly peaceSleep in heavenly peace - "Merry Christmas" CHRISTMAS EVE, 2021: One of the problems with nostalgia is its implicit suggestion that the past is more desirable than the future. Even though …

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All the Feels – Christmas and emotion…

Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,“Glory to God in highest heaven,    and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”Luke 2:13-14 - Derek Maul lives, writes, (and cries sometimes) in NC So we had an interesting Sunday. Of course Rebekah and I attended …

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What I mean when I say “Gospel of Love”

Note: The substance of this post first appeared in November of 2015. Reading it today, the words seem exactly right for this week's emphasis on "Mercy" and "Love." Enjoy, and please think about sharing DEREK For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in …

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Countering a catechism of misinformation with more Jesus, because Jesus is truth

“You are a king, then!” said Pilate.Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”John 18:37 - Back at HMPC This Sunday Rebekah and I returned to Hudson Memorial Presbyterian …

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“If I were teaching Sunday school today…” November 21

Typically when I teach I follow a theme, or a structured study. Like this "10 Life-charged Words" sequence we're in now. I will deviate, however, when something is on my mind and seems to invite a deeper conversation. That's what is happening today. So let's save "Holiness" for another week and, instead, go down the …

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Life and Love and Enthusiasm in a Church Near You! (Derek & Rebekah go to church…)

I will sing to the Lord all my life;    I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. May my meditation be pleasing to him,    as I rejoice in the Lord.I will sing praises to God so long as I draw breath!Psalm 104:33 - Sunday morning at Hudson Memorial Presbyterian It looks like we're narrowing down the "Derek & Rebekah …

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