A Big Week for Special Moments (Photo-Friday)

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.James 1:17 - Beks turns nine! Getting under way with Beks' ninth birthday last Saturday, this has been a pretty interesting week. Add in Father's Day, a big birthday for our son Andrew, Beks' first …

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The Ripple Effect of First Dates (Rebekah and Derek)

I thank my God for you every time I think of youPhilippians 1:3 - 1977 First, let me say this: All anniversaries are worth celebrating. Over the years, Rebekah and I have done a pretty good job of remembering and being thankful for just about every August 18, October 7, March 26, July 18, June …

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Glimpses of Thanksgiving Grace (Photo-Friday)

- cooking Thanksgiving Day Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.James 1:17 Thanksgiving sure has shifted in the past few years. We had all the good food; we spent hours in the …

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Cheers to Autumn, and North Carolina, and Wake Forest in particular

- North Carolina writer Derek Maul I love autumn. I love the freshness in the air, the colors in the trees, and the sense of invigoration when I take a walk. I love making stew, sipping hot drinks by the fire, turning the heat down at night, and snuggling under a warm blanket. I love …

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In spirit and in truth – meeting God in worship at Wake Forest Presbyterian Church

God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” - John 4:24 Today's post is posing a challenge. I want to communicate how I felt in worship Sunday morning, but the problem with spiritual awareness is how to express it without sounding clichéd or trite. First, being in a room full with …

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never miss the opportunity to celebrate… and to live!

Yet you do not even know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. - James 4:14 I have two things on my mind this morning. First, my birthday celebrations over the past couple of days have been full with love, …

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surviving the dog-days of June

So I was thinking I could maybe dedicate today's post to complaining about the fact that it's so HOT HOT HOT here this week in Wake Forest (we've been dealing with temperatures around and above 100 degrees, and with very little relief in sight). But then I realized my Florida friends would probably come back …

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