Monday, September 25, 2006
On Friday evening my survey crew found a 150 yr. old stone with china around it marking a section corner. Later Friday night I took the our three pre-school kids out and bought them cowboy boots. What kid doesn't want cowboy boots? I think they may have got up in the night and put them on because they were wearing them when the got me up on Saturday morning. On Saturday morning I had a liesurely breakfast with the troops then met with Duane M. and his family for a nice visit before stopping at the Coffee Shop for an awesome fellowship with the Esch's and a guided tour of the teen center. Duane and I then staked a couple corners on his rental property that he's liquidating to prepare for ministry and basically spent the whole morning lifting up our Lord and Saviour with genuine, transparent love for one another and the Church. Upon return home I enjoyed lunch, played with the kids, and helped my wife cook down some blueberries for homemade jam before heading out to our Autumn pre-hunt banquet and trap shoot. The rain brought people out from behind their stocks for fellowship and a good time was had by all. We all enjoyed Brent's stories from his recent Alaskan sheep and moose hunt. The kids got bored so they pulled off their shoes and ran through mud puddles the rest of the evening. I think the dads appreciated the humor in that more than the moms.
Sunday was a continuation of Saturday beginning with an awesome time together at church, lunch and a nap with my family, a trip to pick up my daughter then a dinner with the Herald's. I praise God for such a wonderful full life. I am in prayer often for some young people that live across the street from me in a rental home and I found out this weekend a way that I can approach them with Christ's love. After being ill for several weeks I still haven't gotten full strength in my resperatory system but I figure I went a long time with a tainted and shrivelled heart but a strong and capable body, I find it difficult to be reduced in spirit by the fact that my respiratory system is giving me trouble as long as my heart is full of love for Jesus Christ, family, and the body.
Be glad, O people of Zion, rejoice in the LORD your God, for he has given you the autumn rains in righteousness. He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before.
Joel 2:23 NIV
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
It Blows me away when I read about how much the Pharisees resembled the management in a Dilbert Cartoon. Jesus heals a man, blind from birth, and yet the Pharisees were so intent on remaining blind that some rejected the blind man immediately. Others witnessed the man's testimony to Jesus and his worship of Jesus and still would not believe. To this day many consider Jesus a "good teacher" and a "prophet" yet would a good teacher and a prophet accept worship after healing a blind man? Only God would be worthy and no good teacher or prophet would say otherwise.