Jesus – always turning the tables on the power-hungry

- Old Presbyterian Meeting House in Alexandria "Instead, when you receive an invitation, go and sit in the least important place. When your host approaches you, he will say, ‘Friend, move up here to a better seat.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all your fellow guests. All who lift themselves up will …

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Going 7 for 29: stop lights and this critical moment we’re living in

- Rebekah & Derek go to church Last summer (and into the fall) after Rebekah retired and we launched our epic "Derek & Rebekah Go to Church" series, we visited congregations all over The Triangle. We went because we love God, we went because we believe public worship is not just a sacred duty but …

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Caiaphas and Peter – both missing the point

So they arrested him and led him to the high priest’s home. And Peter followed at a distance. The guards lit a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat around it, and Peter joined them there. A servant girl noticed him in the firelight and began staring at him. Finally she said, “This man was …

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A short thought on the “why” of church

Then Jesus replied, “Happy are you, Simon son of Jonah, because no human has shown this to you. Rather my Father who is in heaven has shown you. I tell you that you are Peter. And I’ll build my church on this rock. The gates of the underworld won’t be able to stand against it.Matthew 16:17-18 There …

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Derek & Rebekah g̶o̶ ̶t̶o̶ don’t go to church (almost)

Where could I go to get away from your spirit?    Where could I go to escape your presence?Psalm 139:7 - ready to go to church Sunday morning So it was complicated. Of course it would have to be, because Rebekah and I absolutely go to church. Going to church is written into our DNA. Setting time …

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D&R go to church (for such a time as this)

All of these new things are from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and who gave us the ministry of reconciliation. In other words, God was reconciling the world to himself through Christ, by not counting people’s sins against them. He has trusted us with this message of reconciliation. - 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 - …

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Finding a new rhythm – grounded in faith

So I’m telling you this, and I insist on it in the Lord: you shouldn’t live your life like the Gentiles anymore. They base their lives on pointless thinking - Ephesians 4:17 - author Derek Maul lives and writes in Wake Forest Rebekah may be only recently retired (Aug 1), but I have already noticed …

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Sunday mornings with my church – because God is still at the heart of all that we are, and all that we hope to be

We have another hot day forecast here in Wake Forest, with highs approaching 90-degrees. But at the moment it's a beautiful, quiet Sunday morning with little going on other than the chorus of birds and the dripping of a fresh pot of coffee. But it is Sunday, and I am desperately missing the purposeful early …

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bless the Lord, O my soul!

Bless the Lord, O my soul,     and all that is within me,     bless his holy name.  Bless the Lord, O my soul,     and do not forget all his benefits—  who forgives all your iniquity,     who heals all your diseases,  who redeems your life from the Pit,     who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,  who …

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