Tales from the Great Adventure

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

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? – Romans 8:31 One of the wonderful things about being part of a dynamic faith community like our church is the amazing diversity we experience. People, ideas, background, politics, experiences, ages – we’re all over …

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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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That’s how life should be. Teamwork; engaging the challenges and the opportunities together; mutual encouragement; building one another up; always moving forward toward the goal, enjoying the journey; being strong where another is weak; making the best out of any situation…

Who will separate us from Christ’s love? Will we be separated by trouble, or distress, or harassment, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? But in all these things we win a sweeping victory through the one who loved us. – Romans 8:35,37 CEB I’ve shared before how vitally important it is for me to …

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Elements of this story have been kicking around for years; not only is it one of my favorites, but it gets updated every Advent. This year’s twist may be one of the best. The story started somewhere around 2005, when my friend Tim brought home an endearingly freakish Christmas tree ornament from a gift exchange …

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My faith tells me that God is the Creator, but also that God gave human beings the responsibility, the intelligence, and the imagination to take care of this good Earth. When God’s work and our grateful response come together, then the result is always wonderful.