Tales from the Great Adventure

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

Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together …

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The church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ, her Lord; she is his new creation by water and the Word. From heaven he came and sought her to be his holy bride; with his own blood he bought her, and for her life he died. GOD IS UP TO SOMETHING! I want to anchor my thoughts …

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O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name,     make known his deeds among the peoples. 9 Sing to him, sing praises to him,     tell of all his wonderful works. 10 Glory in his holy name;     let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. (1 Chronicles 16) ONE: Sunday evening North Carolina got a …

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WELCOME TO BETHLEHEM! When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying …

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Absent an encounter with the Living Christ, Christmas remains a sweet story, with warm overtones of cultural nostalgia, something you really do put back in a box and stuff in the attic till next year.That narrative is neither real, nor worthy of much anticipation…

Zachariah said to the angel, “Do you expect me to believe this? I’m an old man and my wife is an old woman.” But the angel said, “I am Gabriel, the sentinel of God, sent especially to bring you this glad news. But because you won’t believe me, you’ll be unable to say a word until …

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So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son. – John 1:14 Today, late in a year that’s been racing along at a giddying rate, marks the first Sunday in …

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They will be called oaks of righteousness,     the planting of the Lord, to display his glory.  They shall build up the ancient ruins,     they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities,     the devastations of many generations. – Isaiah 61:3-4 I love trees. Given the choice between a nice, sunny expanse …

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