Tales from the Great Adventure

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

As a living testimony, we are certainly more grace than works. But that’s okay, because we want our lives to tell the good news story honestly.

One of the things I’m enjoying most about this “Ten Summer Sundays” series at our church is the variety of creative worship experiences. Every week a different theme, but always growing out of our core mission statement: “Rooted in Christ; Growing together in Faith; Reaching out to others.” July 2, Rebekah preached an amazing sermon …

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So I can only conclude that, yes, this is a war – but that it is a war we can only win via the deployment of light, and love, and promise, and joy, and generosity, and beauty.

And the crowds who – for a moment – came so close to it all drift away from this amazing invitation to become resurrection people. Yet still, curious, they wonder why this empty feeling gnaws away at their souls?

I thought about my friend Sandee, who would pass peacefully into her own sunset a little over an hour later (probably around sundown in Minnesota), and I thanked God for the continuous witness to the resurrection that we enjoy every single day.

When I first started writing (it was short meditations for our young families class in Pensacola), I focused a lot on how God speaks through the ordinary, run-of-the-mill, normal stuff of everyday life. It seemed as if God was present and active all the time, and all we had to do was to open our …

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