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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But when I am afraid,     I will put my trust in you.   I praise God for what he has promised.     I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?     What can mere mortals do to me? – Psalm 56:3-4 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In …

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the more years I spend on this planet, the more likely I am to err on the side of grace rather than judgment. We all walk a tightrope of indecision sometimes, and if I am going to make a mistake – which is likely – then I would rather err on the side of grace.

much of modern Christianity has moved backwards, into a lightly Christianized religiosity that has little to do with the invitational, “the world will know you are my followers by the way you love one another,” reconciliation-oriented mission of Jesus.

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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I have just two words for this morning’s post: Read yesterday’s story (and pictures) about my trip to Lynchburg, Virginia. I didn’t post till late in the evening, so you may have missed it. – Being disciples to make disciples to be disciples…. It’s communion Sunday; so respond to the invitation Jesus graciously extends, and …

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One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could lay his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him. But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.” And …

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Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the …

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Jesus – “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” – John 4:10 John’s account of the meeting between Jesus and the “Woman at the Well” is one of my absolute favorite stories in the New Testament. …

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