In this most extraordinary time – a call to live in light, in peace, and in love

- Derek Maul lives, thinks, pontificates, and writes in Wake Forest, North Carolina Welcome to October. I always have this great sense of anticipation on the first of a new month. It's not a new year, but it absolutely is a blank slate of possibilities regardless. Months are not arbitrary divisions in our calendar year, …

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it’s still the 8th day of creation!

DON'T MISS OUT! Seriously, folks; don't miss the opportunity for vibrant worship, dynamic fellowship, beautiful community, and the opportunity to serve God. This is Jesus we're talking about, the one who not only defeated death but invites each one of us to participate in a new kind of life!

groundhog day redux

Newness, the kind of everyday wonder we long to experience, is always possible in the context of embracing the fact that - because of Jesus - we are a new creation, "So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new" (2 Corinthians 5:17).

the beginning of everything new!

Welcome to 2016! Depending on exactly where, and when you're reading this, the New Year is already underway, or just fixing to roll over the horizon. Either way, the next 366 days are full to bursting with opportunity, primed for adventure, and loaded with possibility! "This," the Psalmist writes to anyone willing to listen, "is …

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King David and men’s ministry (don’t be a train-wreck)

NOTE: If you are looking for yesterday's post on the passing of Rebekah's step-mom, "Grand-Myrt," then click on the following link - "the grace of a great story: "goodbye" to Myrt Hubbard Alexander." TODAY: Many of you have been following my occasional commentary on the King David story. My Wednesday men's Bible-study has been reading through …

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change – even good change – is never easy

I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because you hold me in your heart, for all of you share in God’s grace with …

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Why it’s not about me when I’m on the road (it couldn’t be!)

I'm on the road again. This time headed to Sarasota, via Atlanta and then Tampa. Travelling is always a conflict of emotions. I'm excited about the opportunity to share my message - yet I want to be home with Rebekah; I'm looking forward to spending time at a church full with people who were motivated …

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school-supplies and new possibilities!

his morning I turned on my computer to see literally dozens of "First Day Back to School" pictures and posts pop up on my facebook page. I knew this was coming, having seen scads of big, yellow buses scooting every-which-way while walking Scoutie before breakfast. Rebekah and I may be out of that particular loop …

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Choose Life!!!

No matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. And so through him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God. (2 Corinthians 1:20) ust a few, brief, thoughts for today. First, Rebekah and I are celebrating the 33rd anniversary of our wedding. How cool is that! We …

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