“You have one job!”

 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in …

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Life and Retirement and Gardening…

The Lord God took the human(s) and settled him (them) in the garden of Eden to farm it and to take care of it.Genesis 2:15 - Rebekah working with the plants As an observer by trade (both writing and photography require a great deal of eyes and ears open paying attention) I often find myself simultaneously participating …

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A Washington Wedding: Watching Rebekah in action again!

Lord I believe - help my unbelief.Mark 9:24 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a futureJeremiah 29:11 I can’t say I had forgotten how cool it is to see Rebekah doing her preacher thing …

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Communication… Kindness… Love

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.Love is patient, love is kind, it isn’t jealous, it doesn’t brag, it isn’t arrogant, it isn’t rude, it doesn’t seek its own advantage, it isn’t irritable, it doesn’t keep a record of complaints, it isn’t happy with injustice, but it is …

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Rebekah finds the Tree of Life #BucketListMoment

- Bahrain's "Tree of Life" Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every …

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The Ripple Effect of First Dates (Rebekah and Derek)

I thank my God for you every time I think of youPhilippians 1:3 - 1977 First, let me say this: All anniversaries are worth celebrating. Over the years, Rebekah and I have done a pretty good job of remembering and being thankful for just about every August 18, October 7, March 26, July 18, June …

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The good news is luminous, and that is why we have been purposed to shine

Turn your eyes upon Jesus;Look full in his wonderful face.And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,In the light of his glory and grace.Helen Howarth Lemmel (1922) - Rebekah preaching at WFPC Sometimes I find a photograph that speaks volumes, and I just have to build a post around it. I was scrolling through …

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Guest post from Rebekah (retirement thank-you note)

Having spent all of August and most of September writing thank-you notes to the legions of marvelous and amazing people who went out of their way to make the August 1 retirement over-the-top wonderful, last week Rebekah published a response of gratitude in the WFPC newsletter.She has given me permission to reproduce it here.Rebekah's words, …

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Rebekah’s remarks from the retirement party (I believe this is the only video)

In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God …

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“Holy Instigator of the Possible” (my remarks at Rebekah’s retirement)

- WFPC choir getting ready to sing And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with …

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