Thursday, March 19, 2020

Some new quotes that hit home

I’m reading . . . short articles in the midst of home renovations.

Here are two quotes you may find interesting – along with the link to the article.

If humans are going to find God, it will not be where he has chosen to hide but where he has chosen to reveal himself. It is not in quantum uncertainty or statistical analysis that God is discovered. We will not find him in a gap but on a cross.

(Shayne Looper)  www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2018/october-web-only/atheism-where-is-god-physics-revealed-in-christ.html

More people are going to come to Christ today because they know they are broken in need of a healer, than because they know they are sinner in need of a Savior.

Page 45 (Rob Reimer) of Connections online magazine – issuu.com/cmacanada/docs/alliance-connection-fall-2018-pages

Into Lent

Some 2020 Lenten quotes (day 12) from one of my favourite authours, David Timms:

We must understand that idolatry is not what we give our time and attention to. It’s what we put our trust in.

Idolatry is not measured by the amount of time we devote to something, but the amount of trust we place in it to control our destiny.

Forced downtime is a blessing from God.

I find it hard to slow down.

And then I realize that I shed extra stress, can include new and creative opportunities and generally get time to rest.

No wonder the Bible talks about being on the Jesus path is all about entering the rest. 

Just wish it wasn’t so hard to rest!

Temporary funeral director?

Well, the COVID-19 spiral has landed me up as a possible temporary funeral director.

As the local funeral home was updating their preparedness, they are looking for local people who could serve as funeral directors if their certified staff are unavailable.  There are some others in town more qualified than me.

Nevertheless, I got on the list.  I’ve assisted with funerals and have officiated funerals as a pastor. 

And I guess that makes me qualified.

Of course, there would be paperwork and decisions beyond my pay grade, but in the end the expectation is that I would be approved.

Quite a start for the day.

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!

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