Standing up to Testify (transcript of my words at dad’s service)

- Wake Forest Presbyterian Church My brothers and sisters, what good is it if people say they have faith but do nothing to show it? Claiming to have faith can’t save anyone, can it? Imagine a brother or sister who is naked and never has enough food to eat. What if one of you said, “Go in …

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If we learned to listen maybe we wouldn’t judge so quickly….

 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. James 1:19-20 - North Carolina writer Derek Maul This morning's post could easily be a book. So, instead, I'm going to keep it short. I …

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August 2022 in 31 Spectacular Photos!

But this is precisely what is written: God has prepared things for those who love him that no eye has seen, or ear has heard, or that haven’t crossed the mind of any human being 1 Corinthians 2:9 - Photographer Derek Maul August 2022 turned out to be an amazing month for many reasons. We were …

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You keep using that word (Christian). I do not think it means what you think it means.

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35 In this age of texts, emails, Covid, social distancing, online shopping, GrubHub, "contactless" delivery, social media, and "virtual" everything, one of …

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June in 30 Pictures (always worth a few clicks!)

- Craig and the children outside their new (empty) home in Orlando For everything there is a season,    a time for every activity under heaven.Ecclesiastes 3 So... we have now reached the end of June. This means - unbelievably - that 2022 is now 50% in the bag, half over! Good grief! As of today, Naomi …

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A Big Week for Special Moments (Photo-Friday)

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.James 1:17 - Beks turns nine! Getting under way with Beks' ninth birthday last Saturday, this has been a pretty interesting week. Add in Father's Day, a big birthday for our son Andrew, Beks' first …

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How wide, how long, how high, and how deep

- HMPC Sunday morning (note the "Holy Spirit ribbons!") I pray that Christ will live in your hearts because of your faith. I pray that your life will be strong in love and be built on love. And I pray that you and all God’s holy people will have the power to understand the greatness of …

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Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me?”

Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”Philip said, “Lord, …

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Early Light, and frustrated but thankful hearts

The faithful love of the Lord never ends!    His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness;    his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance;    therefore, I will hope in him!”Lamentations 3:22-24 - morning coffee on the deck Rebekah and I are more than a little bummed this morning not to be over in Wilson. We are thankful …

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If we do Lent right then we won’t get Easter wrong!

 As the time approached when Jesus was to be taken up into heaven, he determined to go to Jerusalem.Luke 9:51 Plan ahead and order now: My calendar tells me we are fast approaching the season of Lent, the weeks leading up to Palm Sunday, Holy Week, Good Friday, and the explosively joyful celebration that is …

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