“I just want things to go back to the way they were” The great sigh of our times

“Forget the former things;    do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?I am making a way in the wilderness    and streams in the wasteland.Isaiah 43:18-19 - writer Derek Maul Monday evening, watching an intense drama on television, one of the characters uttered what I would …

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a splash of North Carolina springtime

For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.Song of Solomon 2:11-12 This is the start of our 9th April here in North Carolina, but I am still just …

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A Huge Moment for Rebekah and Derek

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. It is …

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Evening light in Wake Forest

God saw everything he had made: it was supremely good. There was evening and there was morning: the sixth day.Genesis 1:31 - with Max Retriever Tuesday evening Tuesday evening, after an amazingly delicious supper featuring the best sea-bass I have tasted in quite some time, I took Max Retriever for a relaxing walk in the …

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Photo Friday: vibrant color and audacious life

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these." - Matthew 6:28-29 Here in Wake Forest, this looks to be the breakthrough weekend for springtime color. …

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Because He Lives… how does the fact of resurrection impact your 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 - Max sitting under the new Japanese Maple Traditionally, "Holy Saturday" is kind of a downer. Today is post-crucifixion, pre-resurrection. Rebekah …

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I wonder what Barabbas did with the life Jesus gave him? I wonder what we are doing with ours?

The chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release Barabbas to them instead. Pilate replied, “Then what do you want me to do with the one you call king of the Jews?”They shouted back, “Crucify him!”Pilate said to them, “Why? What wrong has he done?”They shouted even louder, “Crucify him!”Pilate wanted to satisfy the …

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my grandson Geoffrey, chili, and church (yes, they all go together)

O the deep, deep love of JesusVast unmeasured, boundless, freeRolling as a mighty ocean in its fullness over meUnderneath me, all around me, is the currentOf Thy loveLeading onward, leading homeward... (Trevor Francis, 1873) - Grandaddy and Geoffrey I have a couple of photographs to share this Sunday morning. I believe they are related. The …

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Our opportunity to embrace this season of change

So then, if anyone is in Christ, that person is part of the new creation. The old things have gone away, and look, new things have arrived! - 2 Corinth 5:17 The photo is from Saturday morning. Today - so far - is foggy and damp. But something has shifted and leaves are beginning to …

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