Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Last night we watched the ABC News special about the life of Randy Pausch. In the last week he died of cancer. He is the professor who wrote the book "The Last Lecture" and impacted thousands with his views of life and death. It's inspiring to watch someone as they finish this life and how they view their life. I hope to fit his book into my growing pile of books I must read. I loved his "Tigger" way of viewing things. He chose to be an "up" person, and he really did touch the lives of many people. If you have time to read more or simply watch the videos at ABC News I encourage you to do so. It's well worth the time. And, I will be praying for Randy's family.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Mat 6:33 "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you............"
Monday, July 28, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
You can play the game here, and then let me know your results. This should be fun.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Here's Dave and his son, Matt, making my yard look good.
From left to right: Mark, Sheldon, me and Kent
Rom 8:38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,
Rom 8:39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Psa 101:2 I will give heed to the blameless way. When will You come to me? I will walk within my house in the integrity of my heart.
Psa 101:3 I will set no worthless thing before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not fasten its grip on me.
Psa 101:4 A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will know no evil.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
KOKOMO, Ind. — "A pastor brought out a dirt bike during a church service to demonstrate the concept of unity. Now he's demonstrating the concept of healing.
Jeff Harlow, the senior pastor at Crossroads Community Church, broke his wrist when he lost control of the motorcycle at the start of Sunday's second service, driving off a 5-foot platform and into the vacant first row of seats. He underwent surgery on the wrist Monday.
"Jeff has already laughed a lot, so he's OK. I think his pride was bruised," said his wife, Becky.
Becky Harlow said her husband had recently attended a motorcycle race in Buchanan, Mich.
"He had this idea that he would bring this bike out onstage and show people how the rider would become one with the bike," she told the Kokomo Tribune. "He was going to just sit on it and drive it out. He was just walking the dirt bike out onstage and somehow it got away from him. It was not intended."
No one else was hurt."
I hate to laugh at anyone, especially a fellow pastor, but may I say, "what was he thinking?" At least he didn't drive a tank on the stage like another pastor in our area. Illustrations for sermons are funny things. I've seen some amazing ones in my day, but I think this one is near the top. I hope they filmed it......
I'll post a note later today, but just wanted to ask for your prayers for John this morning.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Psa 95:1 O come, let us sing for joy to the LORD, Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation.
Psa 95:2 Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
Psa 95:3 For the LORD is a great God And a great King above all gods,
Friday, July 18, 2008
I was just thinking about how quickly life passes....it seems that one day adds to another and soon it's all gone. This afternoon I was thinking about our son as a toddler. He was a really cute kid, but had a strange habit of playing with our stereo. He knew what would happen, but he did it anyway. When, by accident, he hit just the right button the stereo would come on at full volume and he would run away screaming. I'm still not sure what drew him to it, but the results were the same each time.
He's still doing the same thing....he's still playing music at full volume and screaming....but now they call him a musician. Funny how quickly time passes and how things change. How quickly it all passes. How quickly we live out our 70 years if we are lucky. How quickly it's over.
Finishing well for me is a passion because I know that each moment here, each second of time, is part of eternity and will be part of who I become. I hope that as these moments fly by I find that I'm looking more and more like Christ....you may not notice it yet, but he's working on me, and that's the goal. I've been blessed....with an opportunity to serve God, with an amazing wife and really great kids....and don't get me started on the grand kids, but above it all....one moment at a time...one day at a time...God is working in my life to make a copy of Jesus. I hope I find myself well on the way by the time I finish this life.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Joh 14:2 "In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.
Joh 14:3 "If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Heb 5:14 But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.
2Peter 3:18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
1John 3:1 See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
1John 3:2 Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Col 1:15 He is the image of the invisible God (God in flesh), the firstborn of all creation (sovereign of all creation).
Col 1:16 For by Him all things were created (he was part of the Genesis 1 work), both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities--all things have been created through Him and for Him (all of this was made by him and for him).
Col 1:17 He is before all things (sovereign), and in Him all things hold together (he sustains everthing, literally holds it all together).
Col 1:18 He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.
Col 1:19 For it was the Father's good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him,
Col 1:20 and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven. (it's through him that we are made right with God, there is no other way but through his cross).
Saturday, July 12, 2008
*Here is the photographer's site if you want to see more of her work: http://flickr.com/photos/jasmynerose/
Friday, July 11, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
A friend of mine sent this cute story to me, so I thought I would share it with you as well-
Local Bar Sues Local Church:
In a small Texas town, a new bar/tavern started a building to open up their business. The local Baptist church started a campaign of petitions and prayers to block the bar from opening.
Work progressed, however right up till the week before opening, when a lightning strike hit the bar and it burned to the ground.
The church folks were rather smug in their outlook after that, till the bar owner sued the church on the grounds that the church was ultimately responsible for the demise of his building, either through direct or indirect actions or means. The church vehemently denied all responsibility or any connection to the building's demise in its reply to the court.
As the case made its way into court, the judge looked over the paperwork. At the hearing he commented, 'I don't know how I'm going to decide this, but as it appears from the paperwork, we have a bar owner who believes in the power of prayer, and an entire church congregation that doesn't."
It's funny, but rather sad as well that we don't really "do prayer" well. It seems that our God is either too small for the problems of our life or we don't really believe he will do anything for us, so we don't pray.
We miss so much. The great invitation of scripture is for us to come boldly to the throne of grace to find help in time of need. All through the bible we are invited to ask for God's help.
I could list a hundred scriptures with invitations to prayer, but the point is simple: God invites us to come and talk with him about everything. Don't miss the opportunity to spend time with him and involve him in your life. It will change everything.
Php 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Php 4:7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Jer 17:9 "The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it?
Monday, July 07, 2008
By Nick Britten
Last Updated: 12:37AM BST 05/07/2008, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/
It was claimed that the boys, from a year seven class of 11 and 12-year-olds, were given detention after refusing to take part in a practical demonstration of how Allah is worshipped.
Yesterday parents accused the school of breaching their human rights by forcing them to take part in the exercise.
One, Sharon Luinen, said: "This isn't right, it's taking things too far. I understand that they have to learn about other religions. I can live with that but it is taking it a step too far to be punished because they wouldn't join in Muslim prayer.
"Making them pray to Allah, who isn't who they worship, is wrong and what got me is that they were told they were being disrespectful."
"The teacher had gone into the class and made them watch a short film and then said 'we are now going out to pray to Allah'.
"Then two boys got detention and all the other children missed their refreshments' break."
The alleged incident, at the Alsager school, one of Cheshire's top performing schools, happened on Tuesday afternoon. The teacher, Alison Phillips, the school's subject leader in RE, is understood to be staying away from the school until the furore dies down, although she has not been suspended.
She is said to have gotten prayer mats out of the cupboard and also asked children to wear Islamic headdresses........ "
Sunday, July 06, 2008
I'm about half way through a biography of George Muller. I had always wanted to read about his life, but simply hadn't done it until now. I must tell you that I'm very challenged by his life and choices. Even at a young age he made choices to trust God and walk with him that would seem daunting for most of us even today. I'm sure that's why he has become such a figure in the Christian world. Men like Muller are rare in the church or the world. He started ministries and asked no man for anything, but simply went into his closet and prayed. God met each need, and thousands of orphans were cared for and taught the word of God. How do men and women like this happen? What is it about a man that sets him apart from those around him? What do I need to do (that I haven't done already) to be a man completely sold out to God and his work in my life? I must tell you that I'm very challenged and convicted by this book, and working through what I need to in my life. I don't really want fame in this world, but I do want to be, like king David and George Muller, a man after God's heart.
“The less we read the Word of God, the less we desire to read it, and the less we pray, the less we desire to pray.” - George Muller quote
Saturday, July 05, 2008
Friday, July 04, 2008
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
This was a very busy day! I just got in a few minutes ago having spent the evening at hospital to be with one of our families. The man of the house was in for emergency surgery, but he made them wait for surgery until I got there and had a chance to pray with him. I was honored. We prayed together, then he said, "Ok, I'm ready now." It's funny how a day goes for a pastor. Some have asked me at times, "what do you do during the week?" I'm far busier now than when I spent a few years in the corporate world. In the corporate world the day is done at 6pm most days, but for a pastor it may be an 18 hour day full of people and needs. I love it. I was designed to be a pastor, and I thrive when I can care for and shepherd people in our church family. There's nothing more fulfilling for me than to be able to serve God and be part of eternal transactions. It was also nice to have doctors wait on me for once....that has never happened before. Usually I'm waiting on them! Well, I'm tired and have an early start tomorrow. Good night........