Tales from the Great Adventure

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

 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. – John 10:10 I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of. – John 10:10 (The Message) Looking back, my past few posts have …

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The Lord bless you     and keep you;  the Lord make his face shine on you     and be gracious to you;  the Lord turn his face toward you     and give you peace. – Numbers 6:24-26 For our family, Mother’s Day turns out to be one more excuse to get together and celebrate life. Of course, it helps …

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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.”

 “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give you. I give to you not as the world gives. Don’t be troubled or afraid.” – John 14:27 “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” – Matthew 11:29 …

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I often talk with people who feel like they are almost never really connected with God. Sometimes they can hook in at church, but the moment they head back into work, family, and recreation the signal seems to evaporate.

Rain = Life The story of these past few days here in North Carolina has been one of rain, clouds, rain, and more rain. We need it; when it’s too dry we worry we’ll never see it again; it’s one of the essential necessities for the presence of life; yet we complain when we don’t get it on …

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People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of …

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I’m happy to say there has been a huge surge of activity on this blog over the past few days, including a fair number of additions to the “follower” list. So if you’re new to this space, then “Welcome!” I hope you’ll visit on a regular basis – DEREK Here’s today’s weekly short video-post, “Smile, You’re …

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