A few random thoughts… and a note about dad from my mum

 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27 - David Maul, 2022 Today I have a few followup thoughts. Thoughts legion and random and overlapping and more. They will …

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The moment a beautiful light finally faded into eternity. Rest in peace, dad.

“‘“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.”’ Number 6:24-26 - dad and me in the beginning of October Okay, friends, this is just the initial post in what may end up as a sequence of thoughts reflecting on the long, good, faithful …

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coffee rings on the word

COFFEE RINGS: I have just two short devotional observations this morning. Both are - I believe - important reminders as we engage yet another new day as people who intend to live like we mean it. First, as we finished breakfast and I walked Rebekah out to her car, I noticed my open Bible and coffee …

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the grace of a great story: “goodbye” to Myrt Hubbard Alexander

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have died. - 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 …

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battlefield photographs from Grant’s siege of Petersburg

Saturday Rebekah and I toured the Petersburg National Battlefield, just south of Richmond. It's a tough stop to do justice to. Ten months of siege; more than 70 miles of earthworks; dozens of major engagements. The first action came on the heals of the devastation of Cold Harbor, and - but for poor communications - …

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they follow him because they know his voice…

"He walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice." - John 10:4 This week I've been in conversation with a friend who asked me to suggest an appropriate reading for a family graveside service. Her brother is dying, she said; he's a believer, but hasn't been much involved in church. …

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Power to Become Children of God! (Ninja-discipleship!)

But God raised Jesus up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power. Acts 2:24 I've been ruminating a lot this weekend about the idea of "Living faith out loud." It's one of my catch-phrases. When I use it I'm talking about putting faith into practice, …

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Pompeii: mortality and eternity frozen in time

God is our refuge and strength,     always ready to help in times of trouble.  So we will not fear when earthquakes come     and the mountains crumble into the sea.  Let the oceans roar and foam.     Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge! - Psalm 46:1-3 Today's post presents the same challenge as the day …

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rooted in Jesus – not tradition

So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! - 2 Corinthians 5:17 If you read this space often you know that I've quoted this scripture a lot lately. I think it's because - for me - the heart of the gospel message, …

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