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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Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” – John 11:25-26 A couple of days ago I posted a few thoughts in response to the death of my friend (and small-group member) Don …

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I may have said this before – oh, about a bazillion times over the past month – but what an amazingly beautiful day it is here in Wake Forest, North Carolina! The sky is the perfect Carolina blue; everything is fresh, clear, and clean after the long rains; the temperatures are perfect for lingering on the …

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Friday morning Rebekah and I drove over to Chapel Hill to attend a funeral service for the mother of a church friend. The mass was held in the beautifully designed sanctuary at the Catholic Community of St. Thomas More. The front of the church featured a huge bank of tall windows, effectively connecting us with the trees …

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If you missed this afternoon’s “Celebration of Life” memorial service for our great friend Roy Crenshaw, then you missed an opportunity not only to pay tribute to an extraordinary human being, but to learn something vitally important about what it means to walk with God. I’ve already written a detailed post about Roy’s life (Tribute …

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Yesterday afternoon a huge crowd of people completely filled up the sanctuary at the Church of the Trinity in Sarasota for my brother Geoff’s memorial service. It was a beautiful day, clear, bright and breezy, with a spirit of celebration animating the proceedings. This was an affirmation of life, and faith, and the promise of God’s …

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