When the words won’t come – and a prayer for America

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. - 1 Timothy 6:17 - stock image Too often, wanting to post a few thoughts for the day …

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Sharing the Good News Story – and how atheists are often fundamentalists too

But in all these things we win a sweeping victory through the one who loved us. I’m convinced that nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ Jesus our Lord: not death or life, not angels or rulers, not present things or future things, not powers or height or depth, or any other thing that is …

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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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Some encouraging stats from 2021 – and goals for 2022

Teach us to number our days,    that we may gain a heart of wisdom.Psalm 90:12 - NC writer Derek Maul This is the day I look back on 2021 and check the statistics. The numbers are interesting, and promising across the board. Health, fitness, reach, influence, even solvency(!) - it's all good. Numbers don't tell anywhere …

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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 “why” of Advent, and how it’s too easy to miss Christmas altogether

- following the Magi in the right direction... "Because of the tender mercy of our God,    by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness    and in the shadow of death,to guide our feet into the path of peace.”Luke 1:78-79 The intentional heart of the Magi - the path of …

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Pressed down, shaken together, running over

- Tyler Run tree trying its best... "Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that can’t be shaken, let’s continue to express our gratitude. With this gratitude, let’s serve in a way that is pleasing to God with respect and awe..."Hebrews 12:28 - NC writer Derek Maul Today I am getting a little impatient for …

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Encouraging words, right when we need them:

- North Carolina writer Derek Maul This morning I turned on my computer to read a notice that said, essentially: "I know you only had a few minutes to write before heading out today, but you need to finish the new operating system instal you thought you'd already done during the night. This should take …

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The Amazing Power of Knowing Scripture! (“If I were teaching” – week 6)

- some of the Bibles on my bookshelf This weekend's "If I were teaching" post is going to focus - albeit very briefly - on the scriptures. In the chapter (10 Life-Charged Words), I focused on three keywords: SCRIPTURE: The sacred writings of the Bible.LOGOS: A ground, order, knowledge; the animating principle of divinity; the …

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Good news, light, gratitude, action, and love

Well I finished the job yesterday afternoon. Now the beard is completely gone. So in case you are relatively new to this blog, I'll do another side-by-side just so you will know this is still me. Interestingly, a good number of new readers have recently come on board. So I'm also going to take this …

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