Trying on the new label: “BCoGaAoG”

For he is the complete fullness of deity living in human form. And our own completeness is now found in him. We are completely filled with God as Christ’s fullness overflows within us. He is the Head of every kingdom and authority in the universe! - Colossians 2:9-10 This summer there is an interesting shift in alignment surrounding …

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Confessions of a Worrying Gentile

"Therefore, I say to you, don’t worry about your life, what you’ll eat or what you’ll drink, or about your body, what you’ll wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothes?"...Who among you by worrying can add a single moment to your life? "...Therefore, don’t worry and say, ‘What are we going …

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sorting through our “treasures” and finding out how rich we are

“Stop collecting treasures for your own benefit on earth, where moth and rust eat them and where thieves break in and steal them. Instead, collect treasures for yourselves in heaven, where moth and rust don’t eat them and where thieves don’t break in and steal them. Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."Everything should …

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“Hats Off” to Ted Churn (the story of good people doing great work in response to God’s clear call)

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” - Joshua 1:9 - Rebekah congratulating Ted Churn I need to highlight one more event from this past weekend. Not because I have great photographs but …

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a little reality setting in…

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."Philippians 4:6-7 This "getting ready for Rebekah to retire" business has been a little surreal up …

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A Huge Moment for Rebekah and Derek

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. It is …

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I get knocked down but I get up again…

Even to your old age and gray hairs    I am he, I am he who will sustain you.I have made you and I will carry you;    I will sustain you and I will rescue you.Isaiah 46:4 But I get up againYou're never gonna keep me downI get knocked downBut I get up againYou're never gonna keep me downI get …

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American Association of Retired Pirates – ARRG!!!

Ok, friends, hold on to your hats! This is going to be a busy blogging week and I'm going to be hard-pressed to keep up. First, I have a key milestone (not millstone, important to note, but milestone...) in my life. Then, our Miami family are coming and Rebekah and I get to see three …

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I lift my eyes up to the hills…

I lift up my eyes to the hills— from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. - Psalm 121 It's good to be back home... and to see some more progress in the kitchen renovations; but the beauty and the peace of the mountains is still working …

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Beautiful mountains, good people, and stewardship of our future

MONTREAT, NC: Rebekah and I up here in the Appalachians, enjoying a few days surrounded by the beauty of the mountains, the peace of a retreat center, and the gracious company of fellow-travelers in the journey toward what is being billed as, "The final third of our lives." Yes, that's right, we're finally putting our …

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