Jesus wants our presence, our prayer, our participation, our passion and our priority

From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. Ephesians 4:16 Today, in the ongoing "Derek and Rebekah go to church" series, I want to talk about why worship is such a central part of our lives. This week was "Commitment …

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The beauty of worshipping a God who “knows me completely” – and loves me anyway.

- worship October 23 at HMPC God! My God! It’s you—    I search for you!    My whole being thirsts for you!    My body desires you        in a dry and tired land,        no water anywhere. Yes, I’ve seen you in the sanctuary;    I’ve seen your power and glory. My lips praise you    because your faithful love    is better than life itself! So I will bless you as …

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Thoughts and Photos from a Damp Weekend

- receiving 14 new members at HMPC this weekend The Lord did not set his heart on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other nations, for you were the smallest of all nations! Rather, it was simply that the Lord loves you, and he was keeping the oath he had sworn to your ancestors. That is …

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to stand under a waterfall of grace

He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 2 Timothy 1:9 - church at HMPC It's not a hard and fast rule, but Mondays I tend to find …

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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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