Archive for February, 2009

Youth masquerade

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Last night I played George Darling in a themed masquerade.  I just dressed up a little more geeky than usual!  The youth group combined with others in town to enjoy an evening of dressing up and music and speaking.  Fun was had by all!!  And a chocolate fountain to boot!!

masquerade Feb 27, 2009

Walking in the door

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

As I arrived home for supper, I remarked to my wife that it felt good to feel good.   At the same time, I know that other days have not been as good.

The funny thing is that only God knows what a day holds.  I’ve had days where I’ve exercised, felt good, and awakened the next morning to nausea and a general sense of dis-ease.

So, that’s why, if God knows the day — God is also the one who can direct the path of a day.  I’m becoming more dependent on God to run my days.  They say that in the ’80’s and 90’s, youth were following after the theme of “independence”.  Understandably, you need to be able to separate from your parents, find a job and settle into your own life.

After you’ve achieved that, then you need to learn to become dependent once again. 

I wonder if we need to start teaching our youth to be dependent throughout life!  The older youth should begin to understand who mentors are, and who spiritual friends are, and even who the ones are that can direct them in their lives.  And in some way we need to help them to gain an understanding of who they are in God’s sight.  When they’ve found that, then they will be independent of a world system that is corrupt, and find the true place of dependence in God.

Too bad it takes some of us into half a century of living to begin to understand this!!

A new baby

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Jason and Blanca Ambros have a new baby.  Arrived yesterday at 10:30 pm.  Cute as anything.  8 lbs. 7 oz. and named Jessica Marina.

Congratulations.

Serving others

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Sometimes serving others means a few minutes to do the simplest things.

Today we emptied some upper cupboard shelves for an older lady.  She’s moving. 

The shelves were just a little high.  Perching on a stool and placing plates and cups into boxes was precarious for her.  Tim is 6’4″ – not a problem for him.

The job was done in a little over a 1/2 hour.  The appreciation was great.  And for a little output there was great joy!!

Preaching today

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

The sermon today was actually mostly words from another day and another person.  I have chosen to focus on Biblical passages that are familiar while trying to come at them from a different direction.

Today was Galatians 2:20 – I am crucified with Christ. 

As I was going into this week I have been reading David Eckman’s, Becoming Who God Intended.  Unintended was the reading this week — right on the path for Galatians 2:20.   So I took much of what was there and spoke it out.

Somehow, God can use others thoughts.  In fact, maybe when I am “less” God uses what I say more.  I’ve been trying to learn what it means to know that I can’t do everything.  Only God in His wisdom and others as He directs can truly bring about the best.

I’m on a learning curve.  I just pray I don’t step off the curve and settle for just a little when so much more is available.

Church planting

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

Two intersecting events created a serendipity this week.

Our denomination has a 5th S!  We have missions work in four particular areas of the world — each symbolized with an S.  We have just added a 5th S – from Sea to Sea — a desire to multiply churches through our churches in Canada within Canada.  That’s what is called church planting!

I arrived back in town from a session on this 5th S to a phone call to be returned.  A fellow and his family have arrived in town from BC.  They feel called of God to plant a church in Kindersley.  There background is independent Baptist.  They’ve bought a place and hope to begin meetings soon.  He sat and told me of this adventure this morning.

I have conflicting emotions.  On one hand I know we need to see a community come to know who Jesus is — and God opens all sorts of ways to do this.  On another front, I see that we have a number of evangelical churches in town that could and should be doing this work (and a new sense of cooperation has arisen in these last few months in that regard).  On yet another front, I wonder what it would be like for our denomination to drop into another town around this country and hope to be accepted in an effort to plant a church.

So, here we are.  I’m glad God knows where the next step will land!

Home Again!

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

The ride  from Regina to Kindersley began at 3:40 — I arrived back at 7:40.  Keeping the speed limit all the way!

My days have been very relaxing and hope-filled.  As pastors, we met to discuss our lives and to review a current church survey called “REVEAL.”  Great stuff.  I still need to process some, but the initial ideas are thrilling.  Maybe you’ll hear a bit in the coming weeks.

So, unpacking done — now I’m just unwinding!

First day of SPN

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Today we talked of the 5th S – from Sea to Sea.  Really just a reworking of what is the work of the church in Canada! 

Now, I’m relaxing.  Hopefully this work time will also afford a bit of time to unwind and refocus.  So far, so good!!

A convoy on the way!

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

So, early this morning we were warned on the news that a convoy was headed our way.  Almost thirty feet wide (maybe a little exaggerated), 3 stories high and over 300 feet long (again, evangelistically speaking).  Regardless, they were to start early in the morning so that not a lot of traffic would be blocked.  The convoy would make it to Rosetown (an hour down the road) today, and tomorrow scurry on towards Kindersley.

Meanwhile, I’m planning on driving past Rosetown on my way to Regina, Saskatchewan.  And hoping I won’t meet the “convoy”.

OK, it was a bit of a letdown.  The convoy was really trucks warning of the load coming, along with the one “truck” carrying the part for the oilfield.  Not to say that the part was not massive.  If anything, it was humungous.  My Dodge Neon could never have pulled the load.  In fact, it would have been squashed under one of it’s wheels. 

Enough description.  Here’s the picture!  Oh, they borrowed a road in Rosetown to park it overnight!!

truck convoy to oilfield feb 17, 2009

When sermons speak

Monday, February 16th, 2009

Yesterday I had a great discussion with my son over the use of “insignificant” in my morning sermon.  I had said that people are insignificant.

OK, I’d like to qualify that statement.  But more often than not, the sermon is not about what you intended to say, but what someone actually thought you said.  My son felt I had said that people are not valuable, and that we have no reason to continue life if we are not significant!

I believe people are invaluable in God’s sight.  Each of us is created in God’s image and for that reason alone none of us are insignificant.  But, few people remain known to history after a century or a millenium of time.  In that sense most of our lives will be insignificant on the scale of human history — as recorded and kept by the archives of the world (a little plug for the greater funding of archives!!).

This is a discussion that has been ongoing for years.  The “royal history” which “older historians” recorded was excoriated (flayed verbally, denounced) by a new generation of historians.  The “new world” of history would be about the peasant and the man on the street. 

Obama was about the man on the street.  And guess whose history will be recorded?  The plumber or Obama?  Strange way we have of remembering who is significant. 

But God keeps a record that is perpetual and forever of each and every person, and God can access that record at any time.

So, you are significant in God’s eyes, but maybe not so much in the world’s eyes.