Where hope irrevocably gains the upper hand (Rose Garden Ceremony)

This is what the Sovereign Lord,    the Holy One of Israel, says:“Only in returning to me    and resting in me will you be saved.In quietness and confidence is your strength.    But you would have none of it." So the Lord must wait for you to come to him    so he can show you his love and compassion.For the Lord is a faithful God.    Blessed are …

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Palm Sunday – let’s go nuts!

  "There's no denying how difficult it is to maintain optimism and hope in the face of tough times. But Jesus is our anticipation and our expectation!" (Reaching Toward Easter) Palm Sunday Rocks! Palm Sunday has to be one of my "top-five" favorite days of the year. I think what I enjoy the most is …

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love wins; bigotry destroys us

The wolf shall live with the lamb,     the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together,     and a little child shall lead them. - Isaiah 11:6 Rebekah and I are enjoying a serendipitous couple of days with our daughter Naomi, her husband Craig, and our wonderful grandchildren. It's …

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Cool photos from Palm Sunday

The next day the great crowd that had come to the festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord—     the King of Israel!” - John 12 I'm enjoying …

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Life and Enthusiasm in Wake Forest

The psalmist wrote, “I lift up my eyes to the mountains — 
 where does my help come from?” (psalm 121:1) There is still so much to write about from my 12-days in Connecticut. But for this morning I want to share a little of the joy of returning home, and Palm Sunday with Wake …

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Hosanna in the highest heaven!

It's Palm Sunday! I'm back home! I'll share guest blogger Rebekah Maul's Lenten devotion for today. Peace - DEREK "Hosanna!" "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!"  "Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! "Hosanna in the highest heaven!"  Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts. He looked around …

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