Good Problems To Have

We are now officially in our groups semester.  The launch has been a little too effective though.  We are running out of space in our groups that are young kids friendly.  This is a great problem to have because we have a lot of people who recognize their need for intentional community.  This is a great problem to have.

Also, we are getting set up for our Mexico home build in March, and we had 25 people interested in going to Mexico.  A few people have already had to drop out of the team, but 25 people going to build a house. Making sure that there is enough work for everyone to do is a good problem to have.

Furthermore, I am doing a pre-preach for my sermon on 10-17-10 in 30 minutes.  This puts pressure on me to get my sermon done early, and to know what I’m talking about weeks in advance so that our band can pick songs that fit with what I’m talking about, and then if we have any creative elements we have time to create them.  It definitely puts pressure on me, and this is a great problem to have.

Thanks Creekside for giving me good problems to work with.

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Do you hear God speaking in all of creation?

Does God speak through all of creation?  Or does he only speak through accepted forms of revelation?  This is part of the question that I have to answer for my research thesis for my Masters Degree.  I came across this video and I thought it was interesting.  I would love to here your thoughts on it.

I personally think that God can use anything he wants to reveal truth.  I am doing my thesis on Humor as a Prophetic tool.  I think God uses humor in the Bible and today to surprise us with truth.  Often though we (christians) ignore truth tellers because they are not coming through the accepted channels.  Also I think this pastor is on to something when he says that, to truly see God’s truth in all creation we would need to always be in our Bible.

I don’t think we can remove the Bible from the conversation.  I think the Bible provides direction and clarity to our search for God.  But he’s can use anything else to get our attention.  SO it could be an Arcade Fire song, it could be Fight Club, it could be George Carlin talking about the power of words and censorship of words that only have power because censors give them power.  All of those are examples that have been aha moments for me.

What do you think?  Does God still talk to us? How does God talk to us? Do you think this pastor is Crazy?  Do you think I’m crazy?

Two Years Old

I know this post is late, but it’s still important to me to get out there.

Two years ago on 9/11/08 my beautiful daughter was born.  Joss was 3 weeks early, and born, like judah in an emergency C-Section.  Kathy and I stayed the night in the hospital for Kathy’s high blood pressure and headaches.  I was sent home the next morning to get stuff for kathy and we were going to go home on 9/11.  Instead while I was out the Dr. decided that the baby needed out.  As with Judah I was away from the hospital and afraid that I would miss the birth of mu children.  I made it back just in time for both Judah and Joss.

Kathy and I were talking about how sad it was that Joss was born on 9/11.  A day that will forever be marked with tragedy.  I have other friends who were also born on 9/11.  It’s defintely marred their sense of celebration for their Birthday.  But I think the fact that Joss was born on 9/11 is a beautiful reminder that even in tragedy, life can still happen.

9/11/01 is truly a horrific day and I remember exactly where I was when I learned of what was going on.  I remember the feelings of anger and fear that I felt.  And I felt those same feelings when we were getting set for the emergency C-section.  Angry that I could lose my wife and my baby, afraid for the worst.  But God and the Doctors brought Kathy and Joss through the crisis.

Now when I celebrate Joss’ birth, I am reminded of the tragedy of 9/11/01 and encouraged by the beautiful life that God brought into my world on 9/11/08.

I love you so much Jocelyn Bella (Joyous Beauty).  Your smile warms my heart and removes my fear.  I want to protect you and help you grow up into an amazing, godly woman.  You are a true gift and your mother and I are amazed by you.

This is Joss and I in Disney World.  My dad is behind us and I think he was confused about something.

Teach Us To Pray

I was recently cleaning out my book shelves when I came across an old book that looked interesting.  It’s called With Christ by Andrew Murray.  It’s a daily devotional book, 31 short chapter, all about prayer.  Prayer is one of the areas in my walk with Christ where I know that I need to be more intentional.  So I’m starting this book.  It’s old, written before TV and Radio and all the distractions of the world today, so I thought this would be a great resources.

The first chapter did not disappoint.  This quote was worth the time already.

Jesus never taught his disciples how to preach, only how to pray.  He did not speak much of what was needed to preach well, but much of praying well.  TO know how to speak to God is more than knowing how to speak to man.  Not power with men, but power with God is the first thing.

Such a needed reminder for my life.  Prayer is so important to God because he values our relationship with him.  I believe that God’s opinion of me is more important than anyone else’s opinion.  Prayer is one of the ways that I can build my relationship with God.

Jesus teach us how to pray.

Jesus teach me how to pray.