When Food is Sacramental: elevating a simple meal to haute cuisine

 But they urged him, saying, “Stay with us. It’s nearly evening, and the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them. After he took his seat at the table with them, he took the bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Their eyes were opened and they recognized him,Luke 24:29-31 …

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When relationships are more important than sales (Rebekah in Bahrain’s “Little India”)

The Lord himself will go before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you or forget you. Don’t be afraid and don’t worry.Deuteronomy 31:8 Today's report from Bahrain picks up on more of the colorful international flavor of the Kingdom. Of the approximately 1.6 million residents, over 600,000 are migrant workers, comprising …

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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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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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facing a pandemic of un-peace

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, …

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Love and enthusiasm are faith-based choices (a visit with Tim and Kelly and their family)

- The Blacks Love should be shown without pretending. Hate evil, and hold on to what is good. Love each other like the members of your family. Be the best at showing honor to each other. Don’t hesitate to be enthusiastic — be on fire in the Spirit as you serve the Lord! - Romans …

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Take That, COVID

"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." - 1 Corinthians 10:31 - May 10 at Over the Falls I am trying hard not to get carried away here; but if you combine today's post with yesterday's "live music in church" celebration, it would be …

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What Covid is teaching me about the value of relationships

- Saturday evening sipping hot cider Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. - Romans 12:10 I will happily go on record as saying this "Christmas without other people" situation is terrible on every level. Yes, we're doing our best; yes, I understand the science behind social distancing; and, …

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