Beyond Fun to Joy, not mere Eating but Feasting…

And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb.” And he added, “These are true words that come from God.” Revelation 19:9 - Old Town Alexandria I likely have two posts today. So be forewarned! First, I have more photos from the DC …

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There are places (and people too) that are good for my soul

Dear friends, let’s love each other, because love is from God, and everyone who loves is born from God and knows God.1 John 4:7 - Keith, Resi, Rebekah Monday evening, five weeks into Rebekah's challengingly slow healing process, we drove out to our friends' home in Lake Royale for a long, relaxed dinner on their …

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The business end of love – and a huge step in my dad’s journey

I will still be carrying you when you are old. Your hair will turn gray, and I will still carry you. I made you, and I will carry you to safety.Isaiah 46:4 - Derek Maul writes in North Carolina Friday afternoon - after a full six months of research, prayer, visits, disappointments, prayer, interviews, tours, …

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Because Hope Does Not Disappoint…

 Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.Hebrews 11:1 I am so far behind in the garden I don't really know where to begin. Every time I make just a little progress another storm comes through to add debris on top of the debris that's …

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A Washington Wedding: Watching Rebekah in action again!

Lord I believe - help my unbelief.Mark 9:24 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a futureJeremiah 29:11 I can’t say I had forgotten how cool it is to see Rebekah doing her preacher thing …

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Communication… Kindness… Love

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.Love is patient, love is kind, it isn’t jealous, it doesn’t brag, it isn’t arrogant, it isn’t rude, it doesn’t seek its own advantage, it isn’t irritable, it doesn’t keep a record of complaints, it isn’t happy with injustice, but it is …

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Advent Week Three: Rich in Mercy because of Love

- Rebekah leading Christmas Eve worship 2019 But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!)Ephesians 2:4-5 writer/teacher Derek …

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An Apologetic of Love: Why we must start with Jesus

"I am one witness concerning myself, and the Father who sent me is the other.”They asked him, “Where is your Father?”Jesus answered, “You don’t know me and you don’t know my Father. If you knew me, you would also know my Father.” He spoke these words while he was teaching in the temple area known as the …

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Home or rehab? Update on my dad

The latest on my dad is disappointing but not unexpected. First, fixing the gash in his head required a plastic surgeon and more than thirty stitches. Dad doesn't do anything half way! Because of the trauma to his head, more tests were called for, like making sure his vertebrae were not damaged. Then - because …

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love is never transactional

The person who doesn’t love does not know God, because God is love. This is how the love of God is revealed to us: God has sent his only Son into the world so that we can live through him. - 1 John 4:8-9Tell them to do good, to be rich in the good things …

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