Tales from the Great Adventure

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

From now on, brothers and sisters, if anything is excellent and if anything is admirable, focus your thoughts on these things: all that is true, all that is holy, all that is just, all that is pure, all that is lovely, and all that is worthy of praise. 9 Practice these things: whatever you learned, received, …

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What a great Fathers’ Day! It had all the best features: family, friends, food, celebration, a powerful morning at church, serendipity all over the place. Far too much to cover in one post, but I’ll offer some highlights. First, Andrew and Alicia flew in to RDU Saturday evening. This was their terminal move from Italy,and …

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“Share of the bounty with which the Lord your God has blessed you. Remember that you were once slaves in the land of Egypt and the Lord your God redeemed you!” – Deuteronomy 15 Wednesday in Central Florida was a day for good memories. Not nostalgia, but gratitude. Nostalgia tends to be a slanted, paralyzing …

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This week’s Wake Forest Today column tells the story of how Scout Labradoodle became my personal trainer. Not only is it a great story, but it’s an invitation to more deliberate personal health… across the board. Primarily I’m talking about physical health, but spiritual health often works according to the same principles of commitment, intention, and …

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Day after day they met together in the temple. They broke bread together in different homes and shared their food happily and freely,  while praising God. Everyone liked them, and each day the Lord added to their group others who were being saved. (Acts 2:46-47, CEV) With the exception of last Saturday’s DOG-BLOG, this has been a …

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How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!  It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows his blessing, …

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I know this is a writing blog, but sometimes a picture is more than enough. That’s almost the case this morning, because this shot of Rebekah with her great friends, Micah and Liam, pretty-much says it all. We went over to Tim and Kelly Black’s house for dinner Friday evening, to enjoy our last chance …

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A couple of weeks ago I promised our friends Kelly and Tim Black that I’d write a post about their new child-to-be, Vivi Black, and also include a link to the ongoing “Bring Vivi Home” fundraiser (click on “Bring Vivi Home“). Vivi – Vivienne – Black currently resides in China, where she is waiting for several …

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Okay, foodie peeps, this post is for you! Yesterday, Rebekah and I went out to lunch with Lynn Oakley Marx, one of her great friends from growing up. Lynn and her husband, Randy, live in Richmond, but Lynn periodically heads this way to visit her mom in Sun City. Lynn’s brother Keith has lived in …

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