Singing hymns with “The Ancients” next door

Show me your ways, Lord,    teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me,    for you are God my Savior,    and my hope is in you all day long.Psalm 25:4-5 Each evening it has become my routine (as part of getting dad ready for the night) to sit down at my parents' piano and play a couple of hymns. …

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A new hymn/prayer for 2020

A song/prayer for those who miss being together as a church family: We rise to meet this morning, Lord - with every breath of hope restored/ To move beyond the aching doubt that time apart can bring about/ To resurrect the spark inside us, Father, Son, and Spirit guide us/ Bring us to the place …

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how to use hymns for great conversation and more effective living…

Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. - Ephesians 5:19-20 This page has enjoyed a huge spike in views over the past few days. …

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“Behold, I’m going to do something new!” (weekend update)

Watch for the new thing I am going to do. It is happening already - you can see it now! I will make a road through the wilderness and give you streams of water there. (Isaiah 43:19) It's Saturday evening, and all is quiet at Maul Hall. Rebekah is working on her sermon for tomorrow... …

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an old hymn that calls us all to account

This morning I thought I had a clear idea of what I wanted to write about. But then, during the last mile of my walk with Scout, passing the golf course in the early morning light, a verse from an old hymn (by John Greenleaf Whittier, 1807-1892) seeped its way through the partitions of my memory …

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Diamond Wedding, Queen Elizabeth, and Family Love

CELEBRATION!!! Thursday evening, May 24, Rebekah and I hosted a quiet dinner to mark a monumental and increasingly rare accomplishment. My parents were celebrating 60 years of faithful, committed marriage. Grace Ellen Watts Kemp and David Frederick Maul were married at Raleigh Baptist church - about 40 miles east of London - in the early …

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I love to tell the story

I often joke that my job description is - essentially - to sit around and contemplate. But it's true; if you stick your head into my work-zone at any given moment you'll likely see me staring into the mid-distance, leafing through a thesaurus, or paused with my hands a few inches over the keyboard as …

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