A “first” for me: choosing and then joining a church

 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one anotherHebrews 10:22-25 - Derek at church Today, Sunday January 16, it had been …

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Encouraging words, right when we need them:

- North Carolina writer Derek Maul This morning I turned on my computer to read a notice that said, essentially: "I know you only had a few minutes to write before heading out today, but you need to finish the new operating system instal you thought you'd already done during the night. This should take …

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“Derek & Rebekah” Play Golf – with people of grace

they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord. - Acts 11:22-24Jesus …

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Beach Party Wash-out! (let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love)

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. - …

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leadership is about encouraging one another!

May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it. - 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 Anyone who reads this blog on a regular basis knows how much I enjoy playing …

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a nice pat on the back from “The Fourth Estate”

Once in a while, stuff happens in professional life that serves as an encouragement. Sometimes the event is huge - like my golden apple for "Teacher of the Year" when I worked in exceptional education, or my first contract with Upper Room Books - and sometimes its just the right pat on the back at just the right …

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hey, dads, we’ve got your back

"Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. And do everything with love." - 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 For several years - other than authoring books - my most consistent writing gig has been for AllProDad.com, an on-line venue offering support, encouragement, resources, real-life connections, hands-on advice, inspiration, and a sense of "We've got …

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Soccer, still a kick in the grass: men’s Bible-study, and “movement off the ball”

Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another..." Hebrews 10:23-25 STETSON …

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