Tales from the Great Adventure

a journal of living-like-we-mean-it, by Derek Maul

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Praise him with trumpet sound;
    praise him with lute and harp!
 Praise him with tambourine and dance;
    praise him with strings and pipe!
 Praise him with clanging cymbals;
    praise him with loud clashing cymbals!

 [Praise him with loud roaring bikes!]
      Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord! – Psalm 150:3-6

Okay, so we didn’t have the classic Queen anthem blaring over the parking lot, and we didn’t have a traffic congestion problem, but we did see the beginnings of a possible new ministry at WFPC Saturday morning, as six motorcycles gathered for the first “Blessing of the Bikes,” and – after a devotion and prayer – four of them roared out to begin a 100-mile loop.

IMG_1942-001The big disappointment was finding out that the oft quoter classic biker Bible verse, “The roar of David’s triumph was heard throughout the land,” does not actually exist. King David was certainly triumphant, and there are a number of things that “roar” in the scriptures, but the roar of a Triumph turns out to be creative rephrasing.

Regardless, we had bikes this morning and they certainly did roar.

“DOING LIFE” FOR JESUS: Seeing them head out onto the highway made me think about how we head out from church and into the world, the venue where we “do” life as followers of Jesus. I find myself at the church a lot. Sunday morning for worship and Christian education; Wednesday evening for dinner and my men’s group; Saturday morning discipleship; bringing something in to the church office; hooking up with mission initiatives; meeting to talk with someone as I did a few minutes ago.

IMG_1951-001It seems like I’m on campus a lot. But I’m out in “the world” much more. I’m at home with Rebekah, I’m working, I’m playing, I’m engaging with the community. What’s the connection with my identity as a follower of Jesus? Do I roar out of the parking lot like I have something to say via the way that I live?

Eyes turn when four Harley Davidson bikes tear down the street. What kind of impact do we make?

Living faith out loud – DEREK

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