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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First Sunday in Wilson (Rebekah & Derek really really go to church)

In the beginning was the Word    and the Word was with God    and the Word was God. The Word was with God in the beginning. Everything came into being through the Word,    and without the Word    nothing came into being.What came into being     through the Word was life,    and the life was the light for all people. The light shines in the darkness,    and the …

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Something New for Rebekah (it was going to happen sooner or later!)

- and she's off! Then the one seated on the throne said, “Look! I’m making all things new.” He also said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”Revelation 21:5 - First Presbyterian Church, Wilson Today marks the beginning of another new chapter. It's nine months into Rebekah's retirement, and once again I …

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living water, and why “lifeless church” is a non-sequitur

For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit upon your descendants, and my blessing on your offspring. Isaiah 44:3 This week's Wednesday evening men's Bible study provided the usual mixture of wit, wisdom, insight, and great questions. Guys shared from their hearts as …

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throwing down a discipleship challenge

Tuesday's speaking trip to Greenville turned out to be a good time. But my experience, without exception, is always positive when I have the opportunity to stand in front of a group of men and encourage them in their journey as followers of the Living Way of Jesus. Essentially, we talked about the fundamental challenge …

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Wounds, nails, promise, healing, and redemption

It's Monday morning, we're back home, and - if I don't leave town over the next three days - I will have spent exactly 9 days in Wake Forest during the month of April! Interestingly, this month has also seen a record number of views at this blog. As of this morning Life, Gratitude, Faith, …

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comparisons are a waste of life (new every morning)

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;     his mercies never come to an end;  they are new every morning;     great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3) I've included this picture - taken on my morning walk with Scout - for my Florida readers. It's a hill, by the way. We don't have mountains in this part of North Carolina, but …

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how to live as children of light

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave …

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today’s post is brought to you by the letters “R” and “C”

Jesus asked [Bartimaeus], “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said, “Teacher, I want to see.” (Mark 10:51) THE LETTER "R" - Sunday morning, the focus at First Presbyterian Church of Brandon was on "R"-words. Not just R, but words that started with "RE." You know, words such as "redemption," …

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