The Power of Goodness and Hope (photo-friday part II)

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.Romans 15:13 This may be an excuse to skip more serious writing, but I have a new set of photos to …

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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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This is the real story. Let this story be told. Talk about this story instead!

- Rev Bob Inskeep shares inspiration and enthusiasm at Rocky Mount Today, splashed - sadly - all over the headlines, another deeply damaging abuse scandal has further tarnished the image of The Church in the national consciousness, once again featuring misogyny, manipulation, and cover-up. How sad. Especially sad since the truth about the Gospel of …

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so filled with light and love that it spills over

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see …

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Don’t slouch! Holy Week is all about “standing” in the good news

- Leonardo Da Vinci The Last Supper Brothers and sisters, I want to call your attention to the good news that I preached to you, which you also received and in which you stand. You are being saved through it if you hold on to the message I preached to you, unless somehow you believed it …

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Video blog #2: “Standing in Grace”

Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces …

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Don’t let cynicism and negativity take the upper hand. Good News is Real!

We are God’s accomplishment, created in Christ Jesus to do good things. God planned for these good things to be the way that we live our lives.Ephesians 2:10 - Believe the Good News! I am probably not the only social commentator who has noticed the insistent, persistent spirit of negativity, cynicism, and pessimism that seems …

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What I mean when I say “Gospel of Love”

Note: The substance of this post first appeared in November of 2015. Reading it today, the words seem exactly right for this week's emphasis on "Mercy" and "Love." Enjoy, and please think about sharing DEREK For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in …

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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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Good news, light, gratitude, action, and love

Well I finished the job yesterday afternoon. Now the beard is completely gone. So in case you are relatively new to this blog, I'll do another side-by-side just so you will know this is still me. Interestingly, a good number of new readers have recently come on board. So I'm also going to take this …

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