Isaiah 6

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1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another:
“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”
4 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.

5 “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.”

6 Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”

8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”
And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

9 He said, “Go and tell this people:
” ‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding;
be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’

10 Make the heart of this people calloused;
make their ears dull
and close their eyes. [a]
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts,
and turn and be healed.”

11 Then I said, “For how long, O Lord?”
And he answered:
“Until the cities lie ruined
and without inhabitant,
until the houses are left deserted
and the fields ruined and ravaged,

12 until the LORD has sent everyone far away
and the land is utterly forsaken.

13 And though a tenth remains in the land,
it will again be laid waste.
But as the terebinth and oak
leave stumps when they are cut down,
so the holy seed will be the stump in the land.”
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This passage messes me up because God is calling Isaiah to go and preach, knowing that they will reject his message. But someone needs to speak the truth to the people so that they are without excuse.

As a preacher I need to be faithful to what God has called me to say, not to what people want to hear. Challenging stuff.

Changes

Creekside is making a huge shift. Launching a second service. 9 am & 11 am. doubling everything. But most importantly, we are making room for more people to discover trust and love Jesus Christ.

It’s more work, but it’s worth it because the kingdom of God is all about the mission and our church is all about that mission. It’s worth it.

Personality Patterns

I took the Personality Patterns assessment, and my top four were: Creative, Intellectual, Innovative & Introspective.

I don’t usually like personality assessments because in my experience they have been used to limit instead of enhance relationship.  This seems like it could be helpful to expand relationships.

Creative

You are good at solving problems, coming up with original ideas, and seeing connections between things, connections that most other people miss. People with a high score on the “creative” trait often are employed in such fields as finance and scientific research, and enjoy avant garde and classical music as well as literary fiction and scholarly non-fiction.

You do not shun abstractions and concepts in favor of the concrete and tangible.

Intellectual

You are thoughtful, rational, and comfortable in the world of ideas. People find you interesting to talk to. You’re the living embodiment of the saying “You learn something new every day.” In general, those with a high score on the “intellectual” trait are employed in such fields as teaching and research, and are enthusiastic about reading, foreign films, and classical music.

You do not avoid abstract conversation, experimenting with new ideas, or studying new things. It bores you to stick to the straight and narrow of what you already know.

Innovative

You come up with a lot of ideas; if one doesn’t work out, there’s always another waiting in the wings. You often have interesting solutions to difficult problems. You’re practically a one-person brainstorming session.

You are less interested changing the world than in dealing with things as they are. Unlike those who spend all their time trying to solve problems, you prefer to zero in on things that work and stick with them.

Introspective

You like your own company; you’re a very interesting person. Tracking your own mental processes, knowing what you’re thinking and why you do what you do, is important to you. Often, what’s going on in your mind is more compelling than what’s going on outside. For the most part, those with a high score on the “introspective” trait enjoy reading, taking long walks, learning new things, and other solitary activities.

You are not someone who is constantly looking to be among a group of friends; you never feel bored when you are by yourself.

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I think this profile was a pretty good assessment of my personality.  I think these kinds of assessments are valuable to individuals because they help us to know who we are and how we think.  If we are going to follow God, one of the most vital aspects of that is knowing how we work, think and view the world.

Who are you?

Worth It

Today I am tired. Partly because I took my brother in law to the airport at 4:30 am.  But also because yesterday was a busy day at Creekside.  We had 5 baptisms, a baby dedication and a BBQ.  So we had a packed day.

Saturday I learned how to set-up the baptismal.  It’s not fun, but it’s worth it.  It’s worth it to sweat for the gospel.  Celebrating changed lives is worth it.  A lot of people serve at Creekside.  And Serving is not to make you feel good about yourself.  Serving on a ministry team is all about loving others and creating an environment where they might meet Jesus.

Worship teams, Coffee teams, ushers greeters, kids workers, media teams, let’s not ever lose sight of the fact that all that we do it’s worth it. You get up early you make arrangements for your kids and family, and you sacrifice your time and energy, and it’s all worth it, because lives are changing, and more and more lives are going to be transformed because of your willingness.  It’s worth it.

Thanks to to everyone who made yesterday happen.

Great perspective

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This is part of the dialogue between John Chrysostom (347-407 AD)and Empress Eudoxia:

You cannot banish me,
for this world is my Father’s house
.”

“But I will kill you,” said the empress.

No, you cannot,
for my life is hid with Christ in God
,” said John.

“I will take away your treasures.”

No, you cannot, for my treasure is in heaven and my heart is there.”

“But I will drive you away from your friends and you will have no one left.”

No, you cannot, for I have a Friend in heaven from whom you cannot separate meI defy you, for there is nothing you can do to harm me.

Am I that focused on God’s mission to this world that I can see that it’s all his?

Are my treasures truly in heaven?

Is my friendship with Christ my greatest comfort?

Jesus, help me to have this kind of faith everyday!