Tales from the Great Adventure

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

Do not remember the former things,     or consider the things of old.  I am about to do a new thing;     now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness     and rivers in the desert. – Isaiah 43:18-19 Probably the best moments of this family gathering have been …

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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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To be honest, it’s always mystified me why church attendance goes down in the summer. Sure, when you’re on a boat it’s impossible to show up at church building; but the majority of the time, no matter where we are, there’s pretty much nothing that can stop us from gathering with some community of faith, some church, some body of believers.

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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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.”

[Jesus said] “Give love and mercy the same as your Father gives love and mercy. Don’t judge others, and God will not judge you. Don’t condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven. Give to others, and you will receive. You will be given much. It will …

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