December and the season of anticipation

“Because of God’s tender mercy,    the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,    and to guide us to the path of peace.” Luke 1:78-79 - well, we do have the wreath up! Yes, I know that I am a little …

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Surely Goodness and Love will Follow…

Surely your goodness and love will follow me    all the days of my life,and I will dwell in the house of the Lord    forever. Psalm 23 Two days, two worship services. They could not have been more different. They could not have been more similar. First, on Saturday, I enjoyed the blessing of being in the sanctuary at Wake …

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how Easter knocked our socks off – and made us cry

- Easter Sunday 2022 at Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.John 20:21-22 - Rebekah and Derek Maul at church First, I love, love, love Easter Sunday. I love the spirit of …

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Best Ever Christmas Eve? “I Choose 2021”

candles at WFPC Silent night, holy nightAll is calm, all is brightRound yon Virgin, Mother and ChildHoly infant so tender and mildSleep in heavenly peaceSleep in heavenly peace - "Merry Christmas" CHRISTMAS EVE, 2021: One of the problems with nostalgia is its implicit suggestion that the past is more desirable than the future. Even though …

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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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Messi; Harry & Meghan; Rebekah: it’s all the same thing!

Everything is permitted, but everything isn’t beneficial. Everything is permitted, but everything doesn’t build others up. No one should look out for their own advantage, but they should look out for each other. - 1 Corinthians 10:23-24 - Rebekah and Derek Maul I honestly did not expect that much response to yesterday's post - "Derek …

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A huge “Thank you” – from the bottom of my heart

Note/disclaimer: I will forget to mention at least one important person in this post - it's inevitable - I'm sorry... First of all, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because the news about your faithfulness is being spread throughout the whole world. I serve God in my spirit by sharing …

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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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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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the connection between “trust” and “obey” (Rebekah’s top-10 countdown)

- contemporary worship this week at WFPC "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age." …

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