My “trip” to speak in New York

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 deedsHebrews 10:23-24 - Opening slide Saturday morning, with the help of imagination, technology, and the enthusiasm of a Presbyterian pastor, I showed up for my first speaking gig …

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Men, faithfulness, love, and German Chocolate cake

Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”John …

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My last Wednesday men’s group…

- After my last Wednesday men's meeting But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the …

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200 men, on their feet, shouting!

“Do not give a war cry, do not raise your voices, do not say a word until the day I tell you to shout. Then shout!” - Joshua 6:10When the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout... the wall collapsed; so everyone charged …

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This just in…

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” - Jesus, John 16:33 - Author Derek Maul Saturday morning my weekend men's group talked about the general topic of, "Is it possible to be a Christian part-time?" Many …

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An Apologetic of Love: Why we must start with Jesus

"I am one witness concerning myself, and the Father who sent me is the other.”They asked him, “Where is your Father?”Jesus answered, “You don’t know me and you don’t know my Father. If you knew me, you would also know my Father.” He spoke these words while he was teaching in the temple area known as the …

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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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Jesus, the Prodigal Son, Tony Campolo, and Ben Hogan

One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love …

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The Word, the words, and the invitation (the imperative) to struggle

So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.”But Jacob replied, “I will not …

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leadership, “naïve realism”, and truth

Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. - 1 Corinthians 13:12 Lack of empathy for others' perception turns out …

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