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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Reconnecting with Florida friends reminds us why authentic ministry is so charged with life!

The Lord is my strength and my shield;    my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.My heart leaps for joy,    and with my song I praise him. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.Psalm 28:7, Romans 15:13"I am …

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a conversation about sharing faith in public

"As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” Peter and John, Acts 4:20 This morning I'd like to share a few thoughts around a conversation we started yesterday in my Wednesday evening men's group. The subject is "sharing our faith." There is a lot to talk about here, and this …

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When Love and Goodness Define Possibility – #5-Photo-Friday

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” Desmond Tutu“Be the reason someone believes in the goodness of people.” Anonymous At its best, "5-Photo-Friday" is not only a catch-all for previously unpublished photographs, it is also a tribute to the diversity …

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