Tales from the Great Adventure

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

And the crowds who – for a moment – came so close to it all drift away from this amazing invitation to become resurrection people. Yet still, curious, they wonder why this empty feeling gnaws away at their souls?

I thought about my friend Sandee, who would pass peacefully into her own sunset a little over an hour later (probably around sundown in Minnesota), and I thanked God for the continuous witness to the resurrection that we enjoy every single day.

people don’t just show up all by themselves and become enthusiastic members of a church. We become disciples… to make disciples… to be disciples… to grow as disciples… to make more disciples… and to continue to invite more people to know Jesus.

All of you are children of light and children of the day. We don’t belong to night or darkness. So then, let’s not sleep like the others, but let’s stay awake and stay sober. People who sleep sleep at night, and people who get drunk get drunk at night. Since we belong to the day, let’s stay …

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Sunday Morning: do this – We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28 Saturday was full with our awesome grandchildren (up to our eyeballs in love and fun), so I didn’t get a chance to post a single word of …

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Behold, I am doing a new thing;     now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness     and rivers in the desert. – Isaiah 43:19 Rebekah and I are finishing off the final few days of our vacation here in Richmond with Naomi, Craig, and the grandchildren. But …

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Baptism doesn’t save anybody, and we don’t do anything – can’t do anything – to earn God’s generous love; instead it’s God’s initiative, God’s great love, and Christ’s redemptive work that has opened the way for us to respond to this invitation to live! Baptism is a sign and a seal of the New Covenant, an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual truth.