Tales from the Great Adventure

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

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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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 thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the …

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I am a Pilgrim in Progress: I want this morning’s post to stand (without any arm-twisting or guilt or leverage) as a persuasive invitation to let everything else go for a few hours, to show up at a church in your community, and to simply place yourself/ourselves in the presence of God. For this invitation I’m not even asking …

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It’s a cold, “wintery-mix” Monday morning here in Wake Forest. Rebekah and I have been drinking hot tea and looking out of the big bay window in the kitchen, enjoying the beautiful array of birds visiting our feeder. She’s been using binoculars and looking at the bird books (we’re still trying to learn North Carolina’s bird …

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The critical questions, then, are pretty-much, “Do I accept the saving grace of Jesus?” and, “Am I going to invite Jesus to be my companion and guide along the way?” Beyond that, the perceived need for consensus has more to do with our own pride, our own insecurity, our own limited perspective, our own desire to supplement God’s grace with (always a little more of) our own law.

  Enter his gates with thanksgiving,     and his courts with praise.     Give thanks to him, bless his name. For the Lord is good;     his steadfast love endures forever,     and his faithfulness to all generations Sundays with our faith community here in Wake Forest are both wonderful and exhausting. There is a huge energy generated on …

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