The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.” (Luke 24:5)
I love, love, love worship with my faith community. Yes, I know that’s one of those, “everybody’s saying it” phrases the day after the big Easter celebration, but I honestly enjoy every minute with Wake Forest Presbyterian Church. The fact that somewhere around 800 folk showed up yesterday simply meant that there were more people on site at one time to share in the joy.
Rebekah – and I know no-one is surprised by this – does not let such an opportunity slip by. She shared the Good News with enthusiasm, and reminded people that making the decision to follow Jesus isn’t “pie in the sky,” but something they can get on board with right now, this very minute.
It’s a message that is fresh and new each and every Sunday of the year. New every morning!
UPPER ROOM: So I was pleased when I checked my Upper Room Daily Devotional this morning and found a contribution that I’d written (probably 18-months ago) that has been in “the pipeline” over a year. I wish they’d corrected the “Derek Maul (Florida, USA)” byline, but everything else was 100% relevant.
What I want to highlight this morning, however, is the my extended entry that appears in the “>Upper Room Blog.” Here’s a sampling, then please click on the link to read the entire entry.
Several months have passed since I wrote this meditation. Since then we have packed up our Florida home and moved to North Carolina, where my wife, Rebekah, is the new senior pastor at Wake Forest Presbyterian Church.
This is only our second move in 32 years of ministry. It was extremely difficult to leave a vibrant church where life was so evident, rich, full, and overflowing. But that’s exactly why we knew so clearly that this was the right time for a new chapter in our story.
Neither Rebekah nor I have ever felt compelled to give everything we have simply to maintain the status quo, or to comfortably cruise into the future. That’s certainly not what Jesus went to the cross for, and it’s not what it means to be a follower of the Living Way (read more…..)
I’ll wrap this morning’s post by sharing a few more pictures of “vibrant life” as we are experiencing it here in Wake Forest. Peace, Promise, Love, and Blessings – DEREK