Tuesday, February 4, 2020

How Prophecy works??

Just reading a news release from Appia Energy.

They have found a rare earth deposit that should make for good mining prospects.  They express a very optimistic future.  At the end in the fine print is the following (how to protect the prophets of our day and age!!).

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

:

This News Release contains forward-looking statements which are typically preceded by, followed by or including the words

“believes”, “expects”, “anticipates”, “estimates”, “intends”, “plans” or similar expressions.

Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance as they involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions.

We do not intend and do not assume any obligation to update these forward- looking statements and shareholders are cautioned not to put undue reliance on such statements.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Our house is a very fine house

What fun to have three young kids running around upstairs.

Our house is a very fine house – if I say so myself.  The floors are all hardwood, sanded and finished in this past year.  The basement is ICF – a nice way of saying it is well insulated and the ceilings are 9’ high.

But most fun?

IMG-6113Under the eaves upstairs we have built a very enjoyable runway that goes from one side of the house to the other.  Starts beside the bathroom, runs over the stairs and ends up in a closet in the large upstairs bedroom.  The “door” to the closet is a bookshelf that gets moved when you want to get in and out.  The whole passageway is drywalled and painted.

For kids, this is a marvel.  They go through and back.  Then back again.  Parents can’t follow – it’s their size and no bigger!

We opened the large bedroom up as a play room.  Space to do puzzles, play games and strew toys all over the floor.  And then we timed doing a 100 piece puzzle – seven minutes.  Not bad!

I’m guessing they will be back again, dragging their parents with them!!!

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Contribute massively where you are gifted

Here is a statement I ran across somewhere.

“Contribute massively where you are gifted.”

Now, we all live in a societal framework.  The society that I ascribe to is that of God’s kingdom – where a benevolent boss (God) rules and oversees.  There is much in his pronouncements and directions that indicate creativity and passion are a part of how I live in that society.

My thought for the day?

When you figure out where you are gifted in God’s kingdom, go for it. 

To whom much has been given, be sure to give up to that level!

Friday, January 31, 2020

All in a week

Three people – one week.

From January 20 – 23, 2020 three of my acquaintances died.

Now, I’ve had that discussion of how we should characterize death – “Don’t say died!”  Some say just say “passed on” – on to what?  A curious type would take that as an opportunity to ask more questions.  Which the mourners may not be ready to answer.  Some say just say “deceased” – as though in the ceasing there is nothing else.  Suits a contemporary society that dies at death.  Much like the saying that someone “expired.”

As to the celebrations of life.  One was in a Legion Hall – where the friends were familiar with the surroundings.  Another was on a native reserve where her children felt at home.  The other is at the church building were he attended and felt at home.

There’s something about home that is relevant to remembering loved ones. 

There’s something about how we talk about death that is relevant to hope for loved ones.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

What we need to do

I was putting away my journals.  I’ve kept a set from 1994 – to the present.

The whole set takes up more room than I had budgeted for.  Each day’s entries in the journal are just jot notes of what I’ve done or thought.  From points of depression through to exhilaration, its all in there.

As I was going through the journals I ran across a journal my wife and I had kept for our daughter.  We called it the Compliment Book.  Each entry was a compliment for what we had seen that day.

As I looked back, I remembered being a teenager’s parent.  Those days are not easy, for either the parent or the teen. 

Somehow two decades later, I think this was as much about building a right perspective of others as it was about giving my daughter affirmation. 

I phoned her last night.  We chatted.  We ended by saying “I love you.”

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Head on I meet the media

I couldn’t leave it alone! 

“It” being a thread on Facebook related to a “conspiracy theory” website’s – and the latest output therefrom (new word, I think). 

I guess I’m just getting to a point where relative truth, whether from conspiracy sites, MSM (Mainstream Media) or from lobbying/partisan groups is beginning to wear on me.  Here was my response.

I’m finding that Facebook is doing the work to find hoaxes and fake news – they have been pushed in this direction, and rightly so. You will see related articles that contradict this article underneath these comments (at least on my computer).

Factcheckers have become the apologists for our world’s ideals. While I agree that refuting science requires better science (the basis of much of the factchecking being done), I still go back to the question of "What is truth?".

Siloed truth and social media echo chambers can miss the greater objective truth that our world is in need of. OK, a bit too philosophical – but that is where my head is at these days!

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Praying the day away

I can’t say I’m original in this.  But I am determined.

As I  began this year, I was seeking to know God more.  Jeremiah 9:24, in the Hebrew Scriptures, states that the best boasting we can do, and boasting we should do, is to boast that we know God.  That goes into considerations of his love, justice and righteousness. 

Best way to know God – talk to God.  Listen for God.  Act on God initiatives.

So, three times a day, I’m trying to connect:  morning, noon, night.

I figured using some already learned “prayers” would be good.  Start the morning with the popular song of the 70’s – To see thee more clearly, love thee more dearly, follow thee more nearly (prefaced by “In the morning when I rise, give me Jesus”).  At noon is the Lord’s prayer – which we learned in Grade School.  The evening is the Apostle’s Creed – used when I was touring with a singing group in 1973/74.

That has made the prayers easier to remember.  Perhaps part way through the year, I’ll replace a prayer with another.  It’s not about what prayer – but that my prayers direct me to know God.

Looking forward to this!

On reflecting

Various comments from a group of seniors regarding the Christian Religion.

God and Jesus, who am I to doubt

My prayers are answered – there is a God

This is the only religion of love – Jesus never pushes, or leaves me or forsakes me

I grew up in Poland – we were all Christians

There are a lot of divisions

Monday, January 27, 2020

Echo chambers

Have you heard of the phrase:  Social media echo chambers

With the opportunity to live in a global village, we can find enough people whose voices are the same as ours.  As we converse online, the soothing words begin to echo more and more – around the chamber that we have decided to make our home.  And we isolate ourselves to escape our fears. 

In another twist, we are invited into the “fun” of escape rooms – a game you can play at selected venues near you!  In this game, you look for a key to escape the dark of the prison you are placed into.  These rooms would be the opposite of the echo chamber (or more rightly, the echo chamber that we didn’t want to be in).  And we desperately seek to find the key to the exit.

New games, or old configurations imagined for a new generation?

That was fun!

A shout out to Luseland Alliance Church.

Yesterday I had the opportunity to preach and lead in communion.  You are great people.

I spoke about the opportunity to boast – and we boast because we know God (Jeremiah 9:23-24).  Then I moved to the one thing approach for this year – one word, one verse, one habit (with the example – one word:  listen; one verse:  Proverbs 4:20 – Pay attention to what I say, turn your ears to my words; one habit:  whenever you shower, let the water clean your ears so you can hear – and ask God what he wants to say).  And finally I pointed out that our God is too small – we need to enter this year as the year of the impossible.

Made for a good segue into communion where we remembered that Jesus gave us a new covenant – that everyone who follows Jesus is a part of this good news.

Then out to lunch with Minnie Kreizenbeck and a whole crew – around a round table at the local Chinese restaurant.  What entertainment to talk life and to reflect on the past as we considered the history of the early days of the Luseland Alliance Church (which has been around for 90 years – beginning as the Prairie Gospel Tabernacle in Heart’s Hill, SK).

Thanks for the day!

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