Standing up to Testify (transcript of my words at dad’s service)

- Wake Forest Presbyterian Church My brothers and sisters, what good is it if people say they have faith but do nothing to show it? Claiming to have faith can’t save anyone, can it? Imagine a brother or sister who is naked and never has enough food to eat. What if one of you said, “Go in …

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what it means to be a family rooted in faith

Certainly the faithful love of the Lord hasn’t ended; certainly God’s compassion isn’t through! They are renewed every morning. Great is your faithfulness. I think: The Lord is my portion! Therefore, I’ll wait for him. - Lamentations 3:22-24 I skipped yesterday's post for obvious reasons. We were in Virginia Beach to finally - after six months - lay Rebekah's …

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life comes at you in rapid-fire snapshot images – so take a step back…

my first reflection from the weekend begins with a sanctuary full with friends and family who stood as a collective witness to the undeniable fact that love and light and promise are more compelling, more durable, and more real than death, and defeat, and disappointment.

Death of a beautiful soul: when the end of life proves that life never ends

It is mortality that makes me so sure of immortality. What little I have experienced of the end of life has shown me clearly that life never ends. I know so much of fullness and grace and love and light and promise that life in itself is not enough to explain it!

fight the fight, continue the race, keep the faith

When someone's life comes to an end, young or not so young, there is always an invitation for deep reflection. Death is poignant, and at the same time full with assurance and promise because of the faithfulness of God's love, and what that faithfulness sparks in us. It's interesting how things work in harmony, separate …

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let’s not waste this opportunity to live!

 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. - John 10:10 I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of. - John 10:10 (The Message) Looking back, my past few posts have …

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when death helps explain life

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” - John 11:25-26 A couple of days ago I posted a few thoughts in response to the death of my friend (and small-group member) Don …

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purpose, and the alchemy of tragedy…

I may have said this before - oh, about a bazillion times over the past month - but what an amazingly beautiful day it is here in Wake Forest, North Carolina! The sky is the perfect Carolina blue; everything is fresh, clear, and clean after the long rains; the temperatures are perfect for lingering on the …

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