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Archive for September, 2008

My Smart Nephew

My oldest nephew, Jacob is six years old and in kindergarten.  He is a delightful young man and exactly like his father..in other words ornery.

I was leaving work this afternoon and  my cell rang, it was Jacob calling to tell me hello.  He was doing his homework and he had to call someone and say hello for the letter H of his ABC’s.  I had a nice little conversation with him and he told me they were having broccoli at dinner and that I should as well.  I’m so proud of him.  He’s taking speech therapy and loves school.  I just can’t believe he’s in kindergarten.  He’s gonna be driving before we know it.

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When God is Silent

I have a hard time waiting.  In lines, in traffic, on people when I need something from them.  I used to say that I was a patient person – excuse me while I finish laughing.  I think that if that ever was the case it isn’t now.  Now I do the unthinkable.  I pray for patience.  I think that patience is like humility.  It is a constant learning your entire life.  It is harder when God is silent, because a lot of the time when He is silent it means that we’re supposed to wait.

Patience is a long obedience in the same direction.  Pursuing God and  waiting for all that He has.  When we wait on the Lord and are obedient to what He is doing we are blessed magnanimously (yeah…big word).

It is just hard to wait.  To pray day in and day out and yet He is there loving us, saying, “In time my child”.

What I’ve learned in the waiting is to learn.  To devote myself to the Scripture and change my focus to Him.  In time, He will move as He sees fit, and not only will I be blessed, but He will receive the glory.

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Forks

Have you ever had a craving but you really didn’t know what for?  I get them all the time.  Shawn will list off things, brownies, cup cake, ice cream, donut, etc. but none of them are what I’m wanting.  That is kind of how I am feeling right now – just not for food.  I feel that God is pressing but I don’t know to which direction.  The road has branched off into different directions but which way do you go and how are you supposed to choose.  One isn’t better than another nor is one more wrong than another.

Which way do you go?

How are you to know which way to move?

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I listened to a teaching by Ed Stetzer last Friday called Missional Theology.  It was a really good teaching.  Here are some of the points he made that blew me away.

The problem is that we are mission minded with great global thinking, while in the shadows of our own steeples people far from Christ never have the good news communicated to them.

Fundamental to the nature of the Gospel is the sharing of the Gospel.

We out to be Biblically faithful, culturally relevant, and counter-culture communities.

If we boil missional down, we have to live and act like missionaries.

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I attend a weekly Bible study and we are making our way through the book of Ezra.  Our focus of study last week was chapter 8.  The focus was on these verses:

21 Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from him a safe journey for ourselves, our children, and all our goods. 22 For I was ashamed to ask the king for a band of soldiers and horsemen to protect us against the enemy on our way, since we had told the king, The hand of our God is for good on all who seek him, and the power of his wrath is against all who forsake him. 23 So we fasted and implored our God for this, and he listened to our entreaty. (ESV)

We were challenged to fast.  After prayer and feeling led, I asked God to bless the fast.  I learned how much struggle there is.  I’m not saying this because I want anyone to feel sorry for me cause I don’t.  I just never realized.  My flesh started to creep up and would use logic in order to get me to break the fast.  I learned that I needed to depend on God.

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I was listening to a podcast by Bill Clem from an Acts 29 Network Boot Camp in 2005.  These are some things that were said that really spoke to me.

Community is Bibically justified.  God was community before there was anything else.

God loves you being in a place where you haven’t a prayer without Him.

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Love comes through our own death.

The same breath that sings over us, gave us life.

Do not over state the success of what you saw occur today and do not emphasize any failure you encountered. Rejoice only in what causes the Father to rejoice.

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