Should preaching be political, or should it point people to Jesus?

 Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules?Colossians 2:20 - Rebekah and Derek Maul For me and Rebekah, one impact of COVID has been how often we visit restaurants. We have always had a modest eating out …

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Awesome, emotional, exciting (and, yes, I cried too)

We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. - 2 Corinthians 5:20 Yesterday at WFPC was very awesome, and very emotional, and very exciting. It was our penultimate Sunday, and Rebekah was "on fire" in the pulpit. Also, I led my …

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“For nothing will be impossible with God!” (#5 of Rebekah’s final 10)

- Rebekah preaching Sunday June 20th But we have this treasure in clay pots so that the awesome power belongs to God and doesn’t come from us. - 2 Corinthians 4:7"I get knocked down,but I get up againYou are never gonna keep me down." - Chumbawamba (1997) Most Mondays I try to offer a nod …

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when we break covenant, God takes responsibility

Then have the trumpet sounded everywhere on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement sound the trumpet throughout your land. - Leviticus 25:9 "It's about forgiveness" I don't know what sort of statistics preachers keep up with when it comes to sermons, but one hard to miss fact for Rebekah has been how …

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rethinking the Kingdom of God – with the help of Jesus

Jesus came into Galilee announcing God’s good news, saying, “Now is the time! Here comes God’s kingdom! Change your hearts and lives, and trust this good news!” - Mark 1:15 - worship at WFPC, March 7 2021 There are a several approaches to sharing my thoughts today. They involve reading, viewing, and participating. In the end you …

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innocence, grandchildren, trust, and perfection in love

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. We love because he first loved us. Those who say, “I love God,” and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars... - 1 john 4:18-20 Sunday morning it snowed …

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baptized in the spillover of grace…

  Enter his gates with thanksgiving,     and his courts with praise.     Give thanks to him, bless his name. For the Lord is good;     his steadfast love endures forever,     and his faithfulness to all generations Sundays with our faith community here in Wake Forest are both wonderful and exhausting. There is a huge energy generated on …

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we’re all “heirs according to the promise” – but we all fall short

We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Romans 3:22-23 Today's post is a classic "two-fer." I have some more to share on our ongoing race …

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life rocks! Dads’ Day at Maul-Hall is just another example!

What a great Fathers' Day! It had all the best features: family, friends, food, celebration, a powerful morning at church, serendipity all over the place. Far too much to cover in one post, but I'll offer some highlights. First, Andrew and Alicia flew in to RDU Saturday evening. This was their terminal move from Italy,and …

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