Derek & Rebekah go to church… in Washington

To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.Colossians 1:27 The “Derek & Rebekah go to church” series has been on hiatus since late November, when we settled on HMPC and stopped being Sunday morning butterflies. - This …

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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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Creation shows up for worship even when we don’t!

Shout joyfully to God, all the earth!     Sing praises to the glory of God’s name!        Make glorious his praise! Say to God:“How awesome are your works!    Because of your great strength,        your enemies cringe before you. All the earth worships you,    sings praises to you,        sings praises to your name!”Psalm 66:1-4 It is another Sunday morning, and sometimes - especially when people fall …

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Beauty, grace, hospitality, and church architecture:

For the most part, I enjoy all of my work. The fact that I earn a living via writing, teaching, talking about my books, and a little photography is a blessing of the upmost magnitude. I am grateful in so many ways. Saturday was the "taking photos" part. I serve as "official" photographer for the …

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Rooted, Growing, Reaching…

One of the things I'm enjoying most about this "Ten Summer Sundays" series at our church is the variety of creative worship experiences. Every week a different theme, but always growing out of our core mission statement: "Rooted in Christ; Growing together in Faith; Reaching out to others." July 2, Rebekah preached an amazing sermon …

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portraits around Mother’s Day

The Lord bless you     and keep you;  the Lord make his face shine on you     and be gracious to you;  the Lord turn his face toward you     and give you peace. - Numbers 6:24-26 For our family, Mother's Day turns out to be one more excuse to get together and celebrate life. Of course, it helps …

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