Archive for March, 2007

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Muslims Coming To Christ

March 30, 2007

I was speaking with someone recently about the greater and greater influence that Muslims were having in the US on legal and religious issues etc. I ran across the following video at Marty Daniels Shout life site. Please take a minute and listen to this translation of a much longer discussion about the influence that Christianity is having in Africa among the Muslim world. This is especially of interest to me as Brad and Jennifer Blake, daughter and son in law of Barry and Darlene Becker, our close friends in PA, are now working in Northern Nigeria among the Muslims.

 

We may lament the lack of evangelism taking place here in our country, but God is doing wonderful things in Africa and Christianity is exploding in China, even if mostly underground. Our Father is an amazing God!

 

 

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Quote Without Comment

March 29, 2007

“Thousands of people think that necessary changes come only from outside, from revolutions and change in external conditions. It is for us Christians to prove that in reality everything comes from inside – from faith and life according to faith. The Church, when she entered the Greco-Roman world, did not denounce slavery, did not call for a revolution. It was her faith, her new vision of man and life that progressively made slavery impossible.”

– Alexander Schmemann, “Great Lent”, P.104

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Find Your Wings, by Mark Harris

March 27, 2007

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A New Favorite Scripture

March 21, 2007

If you are like me, you probably have a number of favorite scriptures. I have just added a new one to my list and I plan to use it to start each day the rest of this year. Here it is:

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Some how those few verses bring a lot of Biblical truths together in one place. I like that!

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Transitions

March 19, 2007

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Our lives are in a bit of a transition right now. I just learned that it is likely that the job that I am presently doing will be moved to our factory in
California, which means that I will be going back on the road again. At the same time we have our farm up for sale and are in negotiations with offers, and at the same time trying to determine where we will move when the sale goes through.  We decided some time ago that we wanted to be closer to Madison and our work. This could be a time of stress and concern about the future, but we have determined to not let that happen. When we began this process we turned the outcome over to the Lord, and are committed to not taking it from Him.

There is such peace in not worrying about the outcome of life situations. The security of resting in His love and direction brings a peace to your heart that you just cannot describe. I have tried it the other way oh so many times; trying to figure everything out ahead of time, trying to run ahead of God, which can be so very frustrating and stressful.

Barb just called and we are pre-approved for the mortgage, so now it is just a matter of finding a new home.

I have heard some who say God is not a God of the details in our lives, but I have come to believe that He very much is and desires to be involved just that much. There are still many choices to make, many details to consider, and I am not saying that He has a right or wrong opinion in what we choose, but that we simply allow Him to be considered as we make those decisions.

Changing gears a bit, we had our care group last night. One of the young ladies that attend is getting married to a great guy from
Texas. We had a Care Group Shower for her and her new bow. After we ate our meal we had a season of prayer and a number of folks led our thoughts for this young couple as they look to the future. How encouraging it was to hear each one pray not only the wedding, but their relationship, there lives together, challenges that would come and on an on. What a great time of fellowship and I know it was a great encouragement to them.

As the sign says at Waffle House: Thank You for stopping in. You could have gone anywhere but you chose to come here.

UPDATE!  Our house just sold! God is so Good!

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Honor

March 17, 2007

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Metal of Honor. Honor Guard. Scouts Honor. Honor students, honor rolls and an honor society. There is even a place called Honor,
Michigan.

 

Barb and I watched the movie, “Rob Roy” last night. The film was generally inspired by elements of the life of a 17th-18th century Scot named Robert Roy MacGregor and his battles with feudal landowners in the Scottish Highlands. The distributors of the film, describe Rob Roy as a “riveting adventure of courage, love and uncompromising honor.” In one of the early scenes Rob Roy is asked by his young son, “What is honor?” His reply begs meditation. He said, as I remember the quote, “Honor is not something that a man can give you, or take from you. Honor is a gift you give to yourself”

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Things To Consider On A Friday

March 16, 2007

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Why do we say something is out of whack? What is a whack?

If a pig loses its voice, is it disgruntled?

When someone asks you, “A penny for your thoughts,” and you put your two cents in, what happens to the other penny?

Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?

Why do croutons come in airtight packages? It’s just stale bread to begin with.

When cheese gets its picture taken, what does it say?

Why are a wise man and a wise guy opposites?

Why isn’t 11 pronounced onety-one?

If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, doesn’t it follow that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted, cowboys deranged, models deposed, tree surgeons debarked and dry cleaners depressed?

Do Roman paramedics refer to IV’s as “4’s”?

Why is it that if someone tells you that there are 1 billion stars in the universe you will believe them, but if they tell you a wall has wet paint you will have to touch it to be sure?