First Sunday in Wilson (Rebekah & Derek really really go to church)

In the beginning was the Word    and the Word was with God    and the Word was God. The Word was with God in the beginning. Everything came into being through the Word,    and without the Word    nothing came into being.What came into being     through the Word was life,    and the life was the light for all people. The light shines in the darkness,    and the …

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Something New for Rebekah (it was going to happen sooner or later!)

- and she's off! Then the one seated on the throne said, “Look! I’m making all things new.” He also said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”Revelation 21:5 - First Presbyterian Church, Wilson Today marks the beginning of another new chapter. It's nine months into Rebekah's retirement, and once again I …

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Getting the message right (btw, the message is “welcome home”)

Take hold of the life that is truly life!1 Tim 6:19 Sunday morning Rebekah and I enjoyed one of those deeply meaningful worship experiences that reaffirm everything positive about church and make us so incredibly thankful to be part of the Body of Christ. - Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church We needed to arrive early, as Rebekah …

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Here I am, trying to “stay awake”

“You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober – alert and clearheaded…”.1 Thessalonians 5:5-6 For me, today's big focus is about getting ready for a Friday …

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how Easter knocked our socks off – and made us cry

- Easter Sunday 2022 at Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.John 20:21-22 - Rebekah and Derek Maul at church First, I love, love, love Easter Sunday. I love the spirit of …

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A short thought on the “why” of church

Then Jesus replied, “Happy are you, Simon son of Jonah, because no human has shown this to you. Rather my Father who is in heaven has shown you. I tell you that you are Peter. And I’ll build my church on this rock. The gates of the underworld won’t be able to stand against it.Matthew 16:17-18 There …

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Great Ends Redux: church defined

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message …

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“If I were teaching Sunday school today…” November 21

Typically when I teach I follow a theme, or a structured study. Like this "10 Life-charged Words" sequence we're in now. I will deviate, however, when something is on my mind and seems to invite a deeper conversation. That's what is happening today. So let's save "Holiness" for another week and, instead, go down the …

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Life and Love and Enthusiasm in a Church Near You! (Derek & Rebekah go to church…)

I will sing to the Lord all my life;    I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. May my meditation be pleasing to him,    as I rejoice in the Lord.I will sing praises to God so long as I draw breath!Psalm 104:33 - Sunday morning at Hudson Memorial Presbyterian It looks like we're narrowing down the "Derek & Rebekah …

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Jesus: “Go do your saint thing.” (Derek & Rebekah go to church…)

"for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ..."Ephesians 4:12 - "Derek and Rebekah go to church" at Hudson Memorial This week - November 7, 2021 - "Derek & Rebekah go to church" landed at Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church - hmpc.org - on Six Forks Road in Raleigh. …

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