“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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“Wear faithfulness and love as armor…”

All of you are children of light and children of the day. We don’t belong to night or darkness. So then, let’s not sleep like the others, but let’s stay awake and stay sober. People who sleep sleep at night, and people who get drunk get drunk at night. Since we belong to the day, let’s stay sober, …

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A strong word from University Presbyterian Church (Derek & Rebekah go to church continued…)

I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. - Sunday morning in …

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Derek & Rebekah g̶o̶ ̶t̶o̶ don’t go to church (almost)

Where could I go to get away from your spirit?    Where could I go to escape your presence?Psalm 139:7 - ready to go to church Sunday morning So it was complicated. Of course it would have to be, because Rebekah and I absolutely go to church. Going to church is written into our DNA. Setting time …

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Joy & Promise in the WFPC Giving Garden

As the earth puts out its growth,    and as a garden grows its seeds,    so the Lord God will grow righteousness and praise before all the nations.Isaiah 61:11 But Jesus said to them, “There’s no need to send them away. You give them something to eat.”Matthew 14:16 - some of the more than 50 people who worked Saturday morning One …

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First Wilmington (Derek & Rebekah go to church)

First Presbyterian Church, Wilmington I was glad when they said to me,    “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” And now here we are,    standing inside your gates, O Jerusalem.Psalm 122:1-2 - Rebekah and Derek go to church This adventure has been - and continues to be - a most interesting exercise. Rebekah and I show up …

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Notes and photos from a good weekend

- hosting Resi and Keith Thomas The believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the community, to their shared meals, and to their prayers. A sense of awe came over everyone. God performed many wonders and signs through the apostles. All the believers were united and shared everything. Acts 2:42-44 I would love to make this a …

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Why we worship with PC(USA) churches

- the architecture at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church There is neither Jew nor Greek; there is neither slave nor free; nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.Galatians 3:28 - heading to church Sunday Sept 19th This week's "Derek and Rebekah go to church" excursion took us back to …

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