Some encouraging stats from 2021 – and goals for 2022

Teach us to number our days,    that we may gain a heart of wisdom.Psalm 90:12 - NC writer Derek Maul This is the day I look back on 2021 and check the statistics. The numbers are interesting, and promising across the board. Health, fitness, reach, influence, even solvency(!) - it's all good. Numbers don't tell anywhere …

Continue reading Some encouraging stats from 2021 – and goals for 2022

Re-set: a life observed

- Rebekah and Derek on a recent adventure Good morning, various readers! Today's post is designed to talk about the changes to this blog - beginning today. Everything, always, in my world is "a work in progress" - so I am constantly tinkering with this space in an effort to communicate more effectively. Over the …

Continue reading Re-set: a life observed

Gardening, Writing, and Publishing

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.Ephesians 2:10 - Derek Maul I have two distinct categories of content in today's post. The first is an update on the progress of the hydrangea; the second is an …

Continue reading Gardening, Writing, and Publishing

“to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it”

- My mum and dad out for an afternoon "stroll" with Max As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is …

Continue reading “to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it”

Authenticity is Impossible Without Trust (thoughts on salvation, providence, fatalism, and free will)

“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing …

Continue reading Authenticity is Impossible Without Trust (thoughts on salvation, providence, fatalism, and free will)

Easter Sunday 2021 – Meeting Jesus in Galilee

But [the young man] said to them, “Don’t be alarmed! You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised. He isn’t here. Look, here’s the place where they laid him. Go, tell his disciples, especially Peter, that he is going ahead of you into Galilee. You will see him there, …

Continue reading Easter Sunday 2021 – Meeting Jesus in Galilee

“Take heart! I have overcome the world!” (82 hours on a Greyhound, and other memories)

"A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me. I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! …

Continue reading “Take heart! I have overcome the world!” (82 hours on a Greyhound, and other memories)

The Jesus Imperative (live like you mean it)

"The words that I speak to you aren’t mere words. I don’t just make them up on my own. The Father who resides in me crafts each word into a divine act." - Jesus, John 14:10 - author Derek Maul It's an interesting sensation to know that tens, hundreds, possibly thousands of people are reading …

Continue reading The Jesus Imperative (live like you mean it)

Bringing it all together: “Lord, teach us how to pray”

The believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the community, to their shared meals, and to their prayers. 43 A sense of awe came over everyone. God performed many wonders and signs through the apostles. - Acts 2:42-43 Currently, I am reading and studying two books through this season of Lent. One is via an ongoing …

Continue reading Bringing it all together: “Lord, teach us how to pray”

“Would you listen already?” – Lent is a good time to pay attention to Jesus

Jesus answered, “Don’t you know what I am talking about by now?" - Mark 7:18a We can find this phrase, or others just like it, scattered throughout the gospels. I would love to have seen the body-language Jesus used to go along with his exasperation! I'm sure there was a lot of head shaking, eye …

Continue reading “Would you listen already?” – Lent is a good time to pay attention to Jesus