Don’t let cynicism and negativity take the upper hand. Good News is Real!

We are God’s accomplishment, created in Christ Jesus to do good things. God planned for these good things to be the way that we live our lives.Ephesians 2:10 - Believe the Good News! I am probably not the only social commentator who has noticed the insistent, persistent spirit of negativity, cynicism, and pessimism that seems …

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family stories only live so long as they are being told

- Lindsay, Sarah, Rebekah  But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.Luke 2:19 - author Derek Maul Today's post - January 4th - wraps up my New Year's series from the brief trip Rebekah and I took down into North Florida. I'm posting about our traditional family gift exchange. Whoever …

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A Picture of Love (understanding incarnation)

- David and Beks with Geoffrey Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father; that will be enough for us.”Jesus replied, “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been with you all this time? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I …

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“Sexual Ornaments” – Most decorations have a backstory, think about writing yours down

When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Matthew 2:1-12 I have always thought that a Christmas Tree - or at least a real …

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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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Hope Turns on the Light

 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.Hebrews 10:23 - tree, in process Wednesday, December 1, 2021. We are well into the first week of Advent, still thinking about the key words of "Hope" and "Light." Also, and very much apropos to the theme, Rebekah and I are in the …

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People who shine! – Photo Friday

After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”“Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.”“Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him.John 21:15 - photography by Naomi Campbell Photo Friday this week is all about people. From the youngest in the family - Geoffrey - all the way …

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Joy in the small things

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against things like this.Galatians 5:22-23 - Derek Maul Today - Wednesday - I'm going to share a good retirement story. I have written a lot about the difficulty of letting go, changing long-practiced routines, and …

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we are not retired, we are recalibrating, and reinventing, and re-creating

- official 42nd anniversary portrait Since my youth, God, you have taught me,    and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds. Even when I am old and gray,    do not forsake me, my God,till I declare your power to the next generation,    your mighty acts to all who are to come. Psalm 71:17-19Retirement is defined in terms of what is …

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Well, it Happened (a huge shift in the space-time continuum and the upending of life as we know it…!!)

- Rebekah preaching her final sermon at WFPC Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now. …

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