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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Gourmet on the Fly – quick read recipe

Today's recipe turned out so well I had to write this out just as soon as I could. Sometimes "freestyle" works, and it's good to take notes for later. Yes, there are certain principles involved because after all these years I kind of know what I'm doing, but chance and more than a little good …

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You are Welcome! World Communion Sunday is for Everyone

If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you. Psalm 130:3-4 In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the …

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Wake Forest Shrugs Off Ian’s Last Gasp

All of a sudden, here it is, October 1. We've already made it three-quarters of the way through 2022. September was interesting and - if you're new to this blog or just missed yesterday's post - you can see the month reviewed in 30 pictures by clicking here. So I opened the front door this …

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September 2022 in 30 Pictures

September had a lot of everything: Searing heat, beautiful hints of fall, torrential rains, and then Hurricane Ian's blustery reminder that the tropics are determined to be anything but quiet. - writer/photographer Derek Maul: camera ready for what comes next! The month also marked tremendous progress in our garden, a wedding ring found, the passing …

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Looking into today through the correct lens

- earlier this summer: eyes wide open for God's glory and goodness Be good to your servant while I live,    that I may obey your word. Open my eyes that I may see    wonderful things in your law. Psalm 119:17-18 - trying to keep my eyes open Frequent flyers in this space will know I usually post every day. …

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Peace in the Landscape of “Retirement” (R-words in the Garden)

You are a garden fountain,    a well of flowing water    streaming down from Lebanon. Song of Songs 4:15 I may be experiencing some extra aches and pains in my joints, and popping a few more ibuprofen than usual, but the good news is that Rebekah and I are out there in the garden, actually making progress, and it …

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Last Details Coming together for England Trip!

“I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world." [Socrates, As quoted in Plutarch] - ready to travel! Three months ago I shared, with great excitement, the beginnings of our plans for an October trip to the U.K ("Making Travel Plans - so excited!"). Now, unbelievably, our flight from RDU …

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Gardening with Rebekah: We Simply Must Take Better Care of this Good Earth

- all this is about to be destroyed 😦 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day. Genesis 1:31 - Rebekah with the Cobbs in their garden Sometimes, especially in the big-picture world of ideological give and take, it's easy to get caught …

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“I will not let you go!” Rebekah has the opportunity to preach again.

Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” The man asked him, “What is your name?” “Jacob,” he answered. Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel,[a] because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.” Genesis 32:26-28 - Rebekah blessing the congregation The best I …

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