Struggle, craziness, serendipity, goodness, and light – Photo Friday offers a glimpse

Here - in the middle of all the craziness and struggle of the past few days - is a quick "Photo Friday" collection. Always, regardless of what is going on, there is so much serendipity and beauty and goodness and light. I am always grateful, then, that God has granted me the ability (most of …

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“Drop thy still dews of quietness, till all our strivings cease…”

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God..."Psalm 46:10 - mum and dad One of the routine activities I do with my dad at his assisted living residence is listening to hymns. It is one of those experiences where the wonder of Internet search technology still blows me away. "What would you like …

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God’s Power in our weakness (Rebekah’s two broken feet)!

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.2 Corinthians 12:9 Exactly one year ago, Rebekah preached the second of her "Top Ten Bible Verses" series at WFPC, focusing on …

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“Red Flowers are Red Young Man” – Van Gogh begs to differ

From now on, brothers and sisters, if anything is excellent and if anything is admirable, focus your thoughts on these things: all that is true, all that is holy, all that is just, all that is pure, all that is lovely, and all that is worthy of praise.Philippians 4:8 - at the Van Gogh Immersive …

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First Sunday in Wilson (Rebekah & Derek really really go to church)

In the beginning was the Word    and the Word was with God    and the Word was God. The Word was with God in the beginning. Everything came into being through the Word,    and without the Word    nothing came into being.What came into being     through the Word was life,    and the life was the light for all people. The light shines in the darkness,    and the …

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North Carolina at its beautiful best

- Raleigh from the golf course Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, …

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“Above all else, guard your heart” (the problem with my progressive lenses)

Above all else, guard your heart,    for everything you do flows from it.Proverbs 4:23 - Derek Maul Sometimes, watching this world through the windows of various media, news outlets, magazine pages etcetera, digital, video, audio, print and more, I try to remind myself that I am not so much an observer of actual life as a consumer …

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Today’s set of Photo-Friday images begs a “Photo of the Week”

- Beks in Miami Photo Friday today comprises this set of eight wonderful images. If I were editing a magazine (which, essentially, I am via this blog), these would all be contenders for "Photo of the Week" honors. Some for form and beauty, others for story. Both are equally compelling. I have to start with …

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When “what we want” does not match “what we need”

Don’t be anxious about anything; rather, bring up all of your requests to God in your prayers and petitions, along with giving thanks. Then the peace of God that exceeds all understanding will keep your hearts and minds safe in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:6-7 I'd like to begin this morning by talking about how I find the …

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Change is part of the definition of life!

So, brothers and sisters, because of God’s mercies, I encourage you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice that is holy and pleasing to God. This is your appropriate priestly service. Don’t be conformed to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you can figure out …

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