Tales from the Great Adventure

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

Do we trust God… or do we believe we’re the ones with all the answers? Really? Are we seriously confident that we have things figured out that well? Are we that close to world peace, political detente, and domestic nirvana – so close that we don’t need to trust God? So… how exactly has that been working for us?

I’m all for the separation of church and state, and I believe America needs to be governed by people of all perspectives and persuasions when it comes to faith, but there is absolutely no substitute for virtue, and character, and integrity, and honesty, and trustworthiness, and incorruptibility… and – to use an extraordinarily powerful word that doesn’t get much mileage nowadays – uprightness.

[David] charged Solomon his son, saying, “I am going the way of all the earth. Be strong, therefore, and show yourself a man. Keep the charge of the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, His commandments, His ordinances, and His testimonies, according to what is written in the Law of …

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all these restrictive and constrictive labels – “conservative,” “liberal,” “progressive,” “reactionary,” etc., labels so glibly applied to whole groups of people – say very little about our hearts, our dreams, and our common love for living life in freedom and joy.

Being here in the hospital since early Wednesday morning, I’ve been in a kind of post-election vacuum. Not a bad thing, considering the level of angst and acrimony that still seems to be percolating in the national consciousness. But it’s Saturday now, and we’re praying hard that Rebekah gets to go home today. It’s time I …

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It’s an arresting view, here from the 6th floor of the Wake Med Hospital complex. We’re looking out to the northeast, in the general direction of Rolesville and then Wake Forest. I can see the undulations of the North Carolina Piedmont, thousands of trees beginning to change color, shimmering, luminescent, under the ever changing cloudscape …

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“for I am the Lord who heals you.” – Exodus 15:26 I understand that everyone is talking about the election today…. But I’m here at Wake Med waiting for Rebekah to get out of surgery. Consequently, we both have a helpful dose of perspective that it turns out may well benefit the rest of the …

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