Tales from the Great Adventure

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

As promised I’m wrapping the Bermuda cruise with one more post. This report covers some of the time we spent relaxing on board the ship. While I enjoy the shore excursions, and especially the opportunity to learn about the history and the culture of new places, the key element of cruising for me is the …

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God will judge between the nations, and settle disputes of mighty nations. Then they will beat their swords into iron plows and their spears into pruning tools. Nation will not take up sword against nation; they will no longer learn how to make war. – Isaiah 2:3-5 My first ever expedition to a shooting range …

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The heavens tell about the glory of God.     The skies show that his hands created them.  Day after day they speak about it.     Night after night they make it known.  But they don’t speak or use words.     No sound is heard from them.  Yet their voice goes out into the whole earth.     Their words go …

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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 can’t get enough of the open invitation, but I also can’t even begin to understand how readily and how enthusiastically so many “shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces.”

  learn to do good. Seek justice:     help the oppressed;     defend the orphan;     plead for the widow. – Isaiah 1:17 This morning I intended to write a quiet, contemplative, devotional post in the spirit of Holy Week. But instead I find myself deeply disturbed by the overwhelming specter of violence – not only around the …

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  As Jesus continued down the road, a man ran up, knelt before him, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to obtain eternal life?” Jesus replied, “Why do you call me good?” – Mark 10:17-18 “fait accompli” – a thing that has already happened, or been decided, before those affected hear about it, leaving them …

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