Mountains: the peace and the glory

- the view from the deck at Wild Bird The mountains quake before him    and the hills melt away.The earth trembles at his presence,    the world and all who live in it.Nahum 1:5 - Mountains!!!! If you typed "mountains" into my search field the list of results would probably cover several pages. Everything from epic ascents such as Sinai …

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Parkway vistas and Mingo Falls

In the Lord I take refuge. How then can you say to me: “Flee like a bird to your mountain... when the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?” "Psalm 11:1,3 Saturday morning’s mountain expedition was the stunning Mingo Falls in the Qualla Boundary, near Cherokee. First, up 162 steps to the trail, …

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A deep breath in the North Carolina mountains

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;    I will be exalted among the nations,    I will be exalted in the earth.”11 The Lord Almighty is with us;    the God of Jacob is our fortress.Psalm 46:10-11 Big deep breath. Here we go. Take it in. Let it out. And another. Yes. I can almost taste the sweetness. Mountain air is so …

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let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!

Let the heavens be glad, and the earth rejoice!     Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise!  Let the fields and their crops burst out with joy!     Let the trees of the forest sing for joy - Psalm 96 Where to begin? It turns out I had a lot more than a few …

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the best start to 2017 (Alexanders galore)

Let’s hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, because the one who made the promises is reliable. - Hebrews 10:23 January 3 - I guess it's about time to write my first post for the New Year. The Alexander family reunion up in the mountains was the perfect way to both end …

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West Jefferson, NC – a gem in the middle of the mountains

Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day …

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fall photos from the Appalachian Mountains – plus “meme of the week”

This morning Rebekah and I are waking up one last time in the deliciously cool mountain air, before heading back to Wake Forest. Our plan is to attend worship at Mount Jefferson Presbyterian Church, relax around the cabin for a few more hours, then drive home in the evening. We're still pinching ourselves some days, hardly …

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Epic Blue Ridge Parkway Photos

I look up to the mountains—     does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord,     who made heaven and earth! - Psalm 121 Friday, having enjoyed some invigorating hiking earlier in the week, Rebekah and I decided to dedicate a few hours to "motoring" the Blue Ridge Parkway. "Golf" - the fun Euro-car …

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more fall images from the Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina

O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. - Psalm 8 I can't imagine how Rebekah and I could possibly have picked a better week to be up here in the North Carolina mountains. Today we hiked Mt. Jefferson; and - when you add …

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