Sunday morning preaching – and how our garden reminds me of church

I have come into my garden, my sister, my bride;    I have gathered my myrrh with my spice.I have eaten my honeycomb and my honey;    I have drunk my wine and my milk Song of Songs 5:1 Over the years the garden has been a recurring theological theme in my writing. It's kind of funny because I am …

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Happy #40 Andrew! Plus some Father’s Day reflections

Whoever fears/respects the Lord has a secure fortress,    and for their children it will be a refuge.Proverbs 14:26 It gave me great joy when some believers came and testified about your faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continue to walk in it. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.3 John 1:3-4 …

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Well, it Happened (a huge shift in the space-time continuum and the upending of life as we know it…!!)

- Rebekah preaching her final sermon at WFPC Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now. …

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Deacons who rock, and “trickle-down goodness”

- Rebekah and John with WFPC deacons But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant,Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right …

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This week must be about grace, light, encouragement, and love #election2020

What came into being   through the Word was life,    and the life was the light for all people.The light shines in the darkness,   and the darkness does not extinguish the light. - John 1 Happy Monday, friends. My lead image today is that of candlelight in church. It is critically important that we shine with intent and integrity, …

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The best stories don’t have to be made up!

First, as promised, an announcement about the "One Millionth View" prize. I took all the names of people who had commented on the various platforms during the critical window of time, jumbled them together, and picked a name. I will make contact today and, if the winner consents, feature them (and the book they choose) …

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Leadership, and our responsibility as witnesses to the light

- Rebekah sending us out into a world that needs leaders Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another...- Colossians 3:11-13 …

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Derek’s handy voting guide

For the Lord gives wisdom;    from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds success in store for the upright,    he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just    and protects the way of his faithful ones.Proverbs 2:6-8 Attention, friends, for a very important message! I was going to wait and write this post …

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