A story of 3 rings, and the power that forged them

“Or what woman, if she owns ten silver coins and loses one of them, won’t light a lamp and sweep the house, searching her home carefully until she finds it? 9 When she finds it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Celebrate with me because I’ve found my lost coin.’ 10  In the same way, I tell …

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Baptized in Promise and Saturated with Hope. Happy Anniversary to Us

and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have …

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The Official Rebekah and Derek (a.k.a. Children of the Light) 2021 Christmas Newsletter

The "official" 2021 Christmas photo So it is time for the traditional "Rebekah & Derek Annual Newsletter." It's all right here, folks, the year 2021 in a nutshell: Rebekah and Derek turn 65, 12 more months of Covid,The end of an era,40-years of active, full-time ministry wrapped up in an epic retirement celebration, Four generations …

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Words of Life – (Derek & Rebekah go to church: week 6)

With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers,[c] these things ought not to be so.  - James 3:9-10 - Rebekah and Derek go to church.... Rebekah and I headed in to Raleigh Sunday, to …

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we are not retired, we are recalibrating, and reinventing, and re-creating

- official 42nd anniversary portrait Since my youth, God, you have taught me,    and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds. Even when I am old and gray,    do not forsake me, my God,till I declare your power to the next generation,    your mighty acts to all who are to come. Psalm 71:17-19Retirement is defined in terms of what is …

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Now our feet are standing in your gates, Jerusalem!

- Wake Forest Presbyterian Church, Sunday morning April 11 I rejoiced with those who said to me,    “Let’s go to the Lord’s house!” Now our feet are standing    in your gates, Jerusalem! Happy Monday, friends! I think I have said this before, but the experience of a wonderful Sunday morning is probably one of the best interventions possible in …

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