Tag: Faith

03/10/2014 / Faith

MissionsLetters

At one of the many  breakout sessions at the Urbana Student Missions Conference in 2012, we were instructed to write a letter/prayer  to God for ourselves to open/read a few months after Urbana. A donor offered to stuff and mail all the letters a few months later. The idea of the letter was to set some goals at Urbana (hopefully “mission-minded” goals) and then use that letter as a ‘checkup’ to see how we were doing a few months later.  Here is what I feverishly wrote in the short amount of time I had (pardon the flow!):

12/31/2013 / Faith

While culturally time appropriate, this post originally had nothing to do with New Years or resolutions. I actually drafted most of the ideas back in October but I’m just now getting around to finishing it up. I suppose because the calendar is such a pivotal part of our world, its somewhat natural to use the first of the year to decide on some changes or goals, but honestly, change should be happening throughout the year – whenever it’s necessity is recognized. Life is a process of growing.

12/04/2013 / Faith

In Luke 14:15-24 we’ve got the account of Jesus telling the Parable of the Great Banquet. Check it:

15 When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, “Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.” 16 Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. 17 At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now

11/30/2013 / Faith

A few weeks ago, I was asked if I wanted to do the sound AND video/projection at my church for a private Thanksgiving party that was being thrown by the outside family that cleans our church. (During Sunday worship this is a 2 person job.) It was one of those…

11/22/2013 / Faith

It’s funny how you can’t ask difficult questions in a familiar place, how you have to stand back a few feet and see things in a new way before you realize nothing that is happening to you is normal. The trouble with you and me is we are used to what is happening to us. We grew into our lives like a kernel beneath the earth, never able to process the enigma of our composition…Nothing is normal. It is all rather odd, isn’t it, our eyes in our heads, our hands with five fingers, the capacity to understand beauty, to feel love, to feel pain.
-Donald Miller, Through Painted Deserts: Light, God, and Beauty on the Open Road

I’ve written little ‘tidbits’ about perspective in the past (Perspective 1, Perspective 2)… When I came across the above quote it just reminded me, again, of the many lessons I’ve learned, repeatedly, over the past year. One of the most recurring lessons has been nurturing a particular healthy perspective. There’s practical perspective. There’s logical perspective. I’ve been instilled all my life, through parenting and school, with practical and logical perspective – being able to reason out issues. Working out issues (often times with the input and help of others) comes naturally to me. I do it daily – in my job. But that only gets someone so far.

08/05/2013 / Faith
08/05/2013 / Faith

There are several verses in the Bible that pierce straight to the heart in regards to who we hang out with. In John 17:15 Jesus said, “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.” The verses below aren’t suggesting that we don’t socialize with unbelievers who could potentially “lead us astray”. Jesus lived among and served some of the furthest people from God. We need to reach people right where they are and remember that WE TOO WERE ONCE THEM and that it was only by the grace of God that we can minister to them. Yes, that’s dangerous and takes a solid faith and a pure heart. It means praying that you remain faithful and strong in the midst of what temptations the world may throw at you just like Paul did in 1 Thessalonians 5:23 when he exhorted the Thessalonians in his letter saying, “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” A few months back I wrote a short post on relationships and what we are communicating about our faith in how we live and talk that I think is relevant to this post.

06/18/2013 / Faith

In my young(er) days I dabbled in BMXing – where you use those little 20” bikes to jump ramps and objects while putting your parents in a constant state of worry. It takes skill, balance, strength, and control to be able to fly through the air, while on a bicycle, and properly land without breaking your neck. However, there is a surefire way to ensure you don’t land the jump right-side-up with 2 wheels on the ground…

Take a look at the heads of each one of these bmx riders. What do you notice?

06/18/2013 / Tidbits

Here’s an excerpt from a sermon by Matt Chandler (The Village Church) called “The Initiating Love of God

Listen to people talk all the time. They fell out of love. “I just don’t love him anymore.” In fact, the thing that’s probably most frowned upon in predominant culture when it comes to love is someone who loves by will, what the Hebrews called ahava. It was a love of the will. It was “I’m not going anywhere.” Don’t romanticize that. That’s not rose petals and violin