Tales from the Great Adventure

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

One of the things I’m enjoying most about this “Ten Summer Sundays” series at our church is the variety of creative worship experiences. Every week a different theme, but always growing out of our core mission statement: “Rooted in Christ; Growing together in Faith; Reaching out to others.” July 2, Rebekah preached an amazing sermon …

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When Jesus saw the crowds of people there, he went up on a hill and sat down. His followers came and sat next to him. Then Jesus began teaching the people. – Matthew 5 In my teaching and writing I talk a lot about story: understanding the kind of story we are living, sharing our …

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To be honest, it’s always mystified me why church attendance goes down in the summer. Sure, when you’re on a boat it’s impossible to show up at church building; but the majority of the time, no matter where we are, there’s pretty much nothing that can stop us from gathering with some community of faith, some church, some body of believers.

If there is anything this world needs a lot more of right now, it is committed followers of Jesus living love out loud – disciples who tell the truth about the Gospel simply by the way that they live.

After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” – Mark 1:14-15 Well, Rebekah survived her first Sunday back in church! She not only preached twice, and taught the, …

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It is an absolutely beautiful Sunday morning here in Wake Forest. The sun is shining, the snow is glistening white, and the temperature (14-degrees when I walked the dog) is a bracing 18! The neighborhood has turned into one solid sheet of ice, topped with a couple of inches of powdery snow.

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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There is nothing more wonderful on a Sunday morning that to gather with God’s good people, and to devote an hour to renewal and worship. It doesn’t matter who you are, or where you are in your faith journey; God will meet you this morning, if only you open your heart.