few Americans have any real interest in politics

In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.Judges 21:25 So here's an interesting thought. Despite all the noise, the anger, the social media back and forth, the threats of violence, the rallies, the "stop the steal" nonsense, and all this hype about "protecting my freedom...," …

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when “Christians” push people away from Jesus

“Come to me, all you who are struggling hard and carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Put on my yoke, and learn from me. I’m gentle and humble. And you will find rest for yourselves. My yoke is easy to bear, and my burden is light.” Jesus: Matthew 11:28-30 - writer/commentator Derek Maul lives …

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NINE ELEVEN – Today the danger comes from cynicism and lack of trust

Tribute in lights illuminate downtown in New York - Photo by Jin Lee  It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.Galatians 5:1 - writer Derek Maul Today I almost made the decision to avoid writing anything about the events …

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“Derek Goes to Church” Episode 4: worshipping in the heart of the city

- First Presbyterian Church from the corner of Morgan and Salisbury Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another....Hebrews 10:23-25 …

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“And she’s off” – notes and photos from a busy Sunday

The Lord is my shepherd;    I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows;    he leads me beside peaceful streams.     He renews my strength.He guides me along right paths,    bringing honor to his name. - Psalm 23 Okay. So I have notes from Sunday. Several. I have to comment on a whole slew of different things, so this …

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This croc wants to eat my grandchildren!

- image by Naomi Campbell Hey, y'all I may be in trouble here for "scooping" my own daughter. But I have to post this now for two reasons. 1) This is far too good to wait; 2) I have an important "goodbye" party tonight that I'm sure will steer my writing tomorrow. Two photos. From …

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love is a stronger change agent than judgement

You died with Christ and were made free from the powers that influence this world. So why do you act as if you still belong to the world?Colossians 2:20 - Derek Maul lives, loves, and writes in North Carolina Wednesday evening at church the mid-week men's group completed our study of half-truths (I am still …

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a good word about great coffee

Awake, awake!Put on your strength, O Zion...... that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.Isaiah 52:1, "He brews" 6:12 - cappuccino on Lake Como I want to begin this morning by saying how happy I am that the United States Postal Service gets me. Finally they have come …

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celebrating “Creation Care” in our garden, in our church, and – hopefully – in the way that we live

- minimalist gardening at my parent's cottage Then Moses hiked up from the Moabite plains to Mount Nebo, the peak of the Pisgah slope, which faces Jericho. The Lord showed him the whole land... Then the Lord said to Moses: “This is the land that I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob when I promised: ‘I will give it …

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Ask, Seek, Knock! (Change is not a threat – it is evidence of life)

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened." - Matthew 7:7-8 - author Derek Maul at home in Wake Forest How do …

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