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Book Club Wednesday 12/28/11

The Musings Book Club selection for December is Evidence Not Seen by Darlene Deibler Rose. This will be my last post on this book. My final quote from the body of the book is from chapter 8. Mrs. Deibler was taken to maximum security prison for a time, interrogated, and put in solitary confinement. I was struck by how she passed the time in her cell:

"Much time was passed repeating Scripture. Starting with A, I would repeat a verse that began with that letter, then on through the rest of the alphabet. I discovered that most of the songs we had sung when I was a little girl were still hidden in my heart, though I hadn't consciously memorized many of them. 

As a child and young person, I had a driving compulsion to memorize the written Word. In the cell I was grateful now for those days in Vacation Bible School, when I had memorized many single verses, complete chapters, and Psalms, as well as whole books of the Bible. In the years that followed, I reviewed Scriptures often. The…

Happy Anniversary, Dear

Today, Greg and I celebrate 17 years of marriage. We started today with a ferocious bout of the stomach flu (yep, both of us, but I'll spare you the gory details), which reminded me a bit of our 13-year anniversary where the morning started by plunging a stopped up toilet in our bathroom, together. Ahh, may the romance live on.

God in His providence allows some anniversaries to fall on run-of-the-mill, "this is really married life" days, for which I am grateful. There can be some danger in looking to the calendar to fill you emotionally, and that certainly can happen with days like anniversaries and birthdays.

As we approached our anniversary this year, I found myself incredibly grateful for God's kindness toward us in our marriage. I can say it is only by God's grace that our marriage survived and still thrives today.

As I reflect on the past year, I am ever so grateful to God for continuing to grow my husband in the knowledge of Him. I can see Greg's patien…

The Book of Acts Part 3

As mentioned before, our pastor at church is currently preaching from the book of Acts in the Bible (love the book of Acts!). I'll be sharing those sermons with you on a weekly basis. Click here to listen to the sermon or to download it so you can listen to it at another time. This week's sermon is from Acts 1:12-14 "Devoted to Prayer". Enjoy!

Cookie Baking Night Update

For those fans of Cookie Baking Night posts, we usually have just one "Cookie Baking Night" in December, so we're currently on break. Be looking for us to resume on Monday, January 9. At that time, we'll head into our 9th year of Cookie Baking Nights with the nieces and nephews.

Joy to the World/Merry Christmas

I am particularly struck by this line in the song "Joy to the World"

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,


Jesus, the second Adam, came to this earth to break the curse incurred by the first Adam. That is truly a reason to be joyful. May we not forget it. Merry Christmas, everyone!

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

You just can't beat the theology in some of our most cherished Christmas carols. I challenge you to pay attention to the words as you sing them this year. I'll be posting a few in the days ahead, starting with "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing."

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

1. Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the new born King,
peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!"
Joyful, all ye nations rise,
join the triumph of the skies;
with th' angelic host proclaim,
"Christ is born in Bethlehem!"
Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the new born King!"

2. Christ, by highest heaven adored;
Christ, the everlasting Lord;
late in time behold him come,
offspring of a virgin's womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
hail th' incarnate Deity,
pleased with us in flesh to dwell,
Jesus, our Emmanuel.
Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the new born King!"

3. Hail the heaven-born Prince o…

Book Club Thursday 12/22/11

The Musings Book Club selection for December is Evidence Not Seen by Darlene Deibler Rose.

In my desire to finish posting on this book by the end of December, I've decided to add a "Book Club Thursday" post this week.

Today I leave you with a scene from chapter 7. The author had been separated from her husband for several months. He was in prisoner of war camp for men, and she was in a prisoner of war camp for women. Mrs. Deibler was told about the death of her husband three months after it happened. On the day she was told, many sought to console her including the commander of the camp, Mr. Yamaji. He said, "You are very young. Some day the war will be over and you can go back to America. You can go dancing, go to the theater, marry again, and forget these awful days. You have been a great help to the other women in the camp. I ask of you, don't lose your smile."

The author replied thusly:

"Mr. Yamaji, may I have permission to talk to you?" He no…

Book Club Wednesday 12/21/11

The Musings Book Club selection for December is Evidence Not Seen by Darlene Deibler Rose.

If you, by chance, hold to the philosophy that people are basically good, then I suggest you read a book describing life in a "prisoner of war" camp OR life in a communist prison. You're likely to change your mind. Every time I read any such book, I am reminded that people are basically evil, only God is good, and only God can take an evil heart and make it good. The depths to which an evil heart can plunge are almost unimaginable but can often be described in a book depicting the life of a prisoner of war.

In chapter 6, the author describes a scene where the commander of the camp, having been fed up with the problem of numerous flies created by the open drainage ditches carrying waste from the piggery (pigs used to feed the Japanese soldiers), ordered each woman from the camp to kill and personally deliver to his office 100 flies a day. Those who came up short of their quota were …

Luke 2:68-79

After finding out his barren wife would conceive a son well after child-bearing years and that the child would be the forerunner to the Messiah, Zechariah questioned how this could be true and was struck dumb (silenced) for six months. When his tongue was finally loosed, this is what he said,

"Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David, as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from old, that we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us: to show the mercy promised to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant, the oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge…

Christmas Evangelism

A couple of weeks ago, I shared a post about the "Christmas packs" I made up and have been handing out while I run errands (at restaurants, grocery stores, hair salon, gas station, etc.) Each pack contains a gospel tract, a couple pieces of candy, and a half sheet of paper with the following info:


"Peace on earth. Goodwill to men." That's a popular phrase this time of year. Do you know where it comes from? It comes from the Bible. Many people think of peace as the absence of conflict or the absence of fighting, but the peace spoken of int he Bible is much greater than that. "Peace on earth. Goodwill to men" refers to peace between you and God. It's the message the angels brought to the shepherds in the field the night Jesus was born on this earth. "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace, goodwill toward men!" Luke 2:14. It's the message we proclaim when we sing that classic Christmas carol Hark the Herald Angels Sing ("…

Niece & Nephew Christmas Party 2011

Today was the 8th annual Niece and Nephew Christmas Party. We offer this in lieu of gifts (the party is the gift). Hmmm ... conspicuously absent from the party this year ... nephews! (Ethan had a birthday party to attend and Joe is all grown up--so this year just the girls). In attendance: (left to right) Carissa, Kylie, and Emily. 

We started the party by making Shrinky Dinks (ahh-remember Shrinky Dinks), cute little girly charm Shrinky Dinks--they were a hit. 

Next, we decorated a gingerbread house cookie. As you can see, everyone got in on the act (even Uncle Greg).







And back by popular demand, the surprise activity. This year, Uncle Greg set up a movie theater in the basement, and we watched the movie Tangled. Greg stood at the bottom of the steps and collected the tickets. There were concessions to purchase (candy, pop, and popcorn).


Greg borrowed a projector from work and projected the movie onto a large wall in the basement. A good time was had by all.



Merry Christmas little ones!…

Evangelism Focus 12/16/11

Post from July 8, 2011

Two nights ago, my brother asked me to visit one of his friends (a childhood friend of ours) in the hospital. I was a little confused by the request because I hadn't seen the man he was speaking of for at least 15 years. My brother finally admitted, "I'm concerned for his soul." Who can refuse a request such as this--an invitation to share the gospel? So, to the hospital I went.

Unfortunately, my brother's friend (Jeff) was in the ICU in critical condition and unresponsive. I let him know I was there and left him the gospel in the form of a tract. I have visited twice now with little response (or capacity to respond) either time.
I left there pleading with God to have mercy on this young man (37) and allow him the opportunity to hear the gospel one more time. I also left there with a heavy heart and renewed desire to share the gospel with those I know while there is still time.

Post from July 15, 2011

I mentioned last Friday that I visited my…

The Book of Acts Part 2

As mentioned before, our pastor at church recently started a sermon series on the book of Acts in the Bible (love the book of Acts!). I'll be sharing those sermons with you on a weekly basis. Click here to listen to the sermon or to download it so you can listen to it at another time. This week's sermon is from Acts 1:4-8 "The Necessity of the Holy Spirit in Christian Witness". Enjoy!

Book Club Wednesday 12/14/11

The Musings Book Club selection for December is Evidence Not Seen by Darlene Deibler Rose.

As I was reading through Chapter 5, the author was describing life in the Japanese prison camp. She explained that she was selected as a barracks leader and responsible for representing her barracks as go-between with the head of the camp and the camp commander.

I was particularly struck by the following paragraph:

"Immediately following evening roll call, everyone came to the front section of the barracks to hear the announcements and check the work schedule for the following day. The first night in our barracks, I established a practice that I believe was responsible for maintaining the high level of compassion and cooperation that existed in our small community. That night and every night, we invited everyone to remain while we read a portion of God's word and prayed. We were united by a recognition of a mutual need from within for help from One Who is greater than we. We faced a comm…

Romans 11:33-36

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid? For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen. Romans 11:33-36

Cookie Baking News

It's a boy! We have another nephew. Rylar Gene Oseid made his appearance into the world on December 3, 2011. (Congratulations to Dan & Deena, Greg's brother and sister-in-law, Rylar's parents).
Rylar, we'll see you at Cookie Baking Night in about three years. We've reserved a spot for you.


A Day With A Niece 12/10/11

Our niece, Emily, spent Saturday night with us. She came over to help me with a little Christmas "baking" project. I usually make candy mice at Christmas time and sell them to coworkers, friends, family and the like. This year I scaled back and took only one standing order for 10 boxes. Emily was very concerned that we also made enough for our family Christmas gathering (and a few boxes for her to give to her friends), so we did that together. We made a lot of mice and had a good time in the process. Emily's been making these candy mice with me since she was about 3 or 4 years old so she's an experienced candy maker and was a huge help to me.



Meaningful Christmas

Revive our Hearts with Nancy Leigh DeMoss recently aired a few helpful radio programs on "keeping Christmas more meaningful". Click here to listen to the first program in the series titled "How to Quiet Your Heart at Christmas". I find this women's ministry (Revive Our Hearts) very helpful and I found this particular radio series thought provoking. I recommend checking it out.

The Book of Acts-Part 1

As mentioned before, our pastor at church recently started a sermon series on the book of Acts in the Bible (love the book of Acts!). I'll be sharing those sermons with you on a weekly basis. Click here to listen to the sermon or to download it so you can listen to it at another time. Enjoy!

Book Club Wednesday 12/07/11

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. In God's providential timing, I am reading Evidence Not Seen by Darlene Deibler Rose. Darlene and her husband, Russell, were missionaries in New Guinea when World War II started. I read chapters 1 through 3 this week, and the beginning of chapter 3 describes the scene when they first heard the news of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The author describes it this way: "A day that would live in infamy. America was now a participant in the global conflict." She then went on to describe and link together events from the past year that led up to that fatal day. It was fascinating to read about this historical event as told by one who was living through it. Darlene was in her early 20's when World War II started.

Chapters 1-3 were pre-war days and described Russell and Darlene's missionary work with the natives of New Guinea. The author's excitement for the work and love for the people of New Guinea is conta…

A Day With A Niece 12/6/11

My niece, Meghan, spent the night at our house on Saturday, came to church with us on Sunday, and after church, she and I went to a "tea tasting" event downtown. (Meghan loves tea, and there were at least 100 different kinds to choose from). Above, she's pictured helping me wrap some homemade caramels (while you have them, put them to work, that's my motto).
She's 16 years old, has a job now, and is on the verge of getting her driver's license. Needless to say, spending time with her aunt is very low on the priority list. I enjoyed spending the day with her and will seize the opportunity when it presents itself again.
Always good conversation with Meghan. She's a thinker, and it's my prayer that she thinks long and thinks deep on who God is and what He wants for her.

Cookie Baking Night 12/05/11

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Emily. She helped me create a version of the Baker's Square candy cane pie. I think we got pretty close with this one. It certainly was a good prototype, and we learned many things that will aid us in future attempts.




Most of our evening was spent making the pie (it had several layers and several steps), but we did spend some time reading Lesson 60 from Leading Little Ones To God by Marian Schoolland. The lesson tonight was titled "God's Children Think About God". Emily read the lesson, and I read Psalm 77:11-14 from the Bible.


As usual, a fun time was had by all.

Housekeeping

Just a few blog "housekeeping" items today:
Labels-I wanted to mention the "Labels" section of this blog (found on the bottom right hand side of the page). I label most blog entries with a word that describes what that particular post is about, i.e., Cookie Baking Night, Evangelism, etc. If you're looking for a post on a particular subject, you can go to the "Labels" section, click on the subject of interest, and it will bring up all the posts on that subject. Book Club Wednesday-In 2012, I plan to read missionary biographies/autobiographies and blog about them on "Book Club Wednesday". I already have a few in mind, but would be interested in your input as well. If anyone has a missionary biography suggestion, please weigh in with your opinion in the comments section of this post.

Evangelism Focus 12/2/11

This year I've made up some "Christmas packs", and I'm handing them out while I run errands between now and Christmas time (restaurants, grocery stores, hair salon, etc.) Each pack contains a gospel tract, a couple pieces of candy, and a half sheet of paper with the following info:
"Peace on earth. Goodwill to men." That's a popular phrase this time of year. Do you know where it comes from? It comes from the Bible. Many people think of peace as the absence of conflict or the absence of fighting, but the peace spoken of int he Bible is much greater than that. "Peace on earth. Goodwill to men" refers to peace between you and God. It's the message the angels brought to the shepherds in the field the night Jesus was born on this earth. "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace, goodwill toward men!" Luke 2:14. It's the message we proclaim when we sing that classic Christmas carol Hark the Herald Angels Sing ("Peace o…

The Book of Acts-Introduction

We attend Bible Baptist Church in Otsego, MN, and our Pastor (Doug Roman) has recently started a sermon series on the book of Acts. Love the book of Acts! I'm looking forward to hearing it preached on Sunday mornings for the next few months in our church. I'll be sharing the link with you as we go through it. Click here to listen to the podcast or to download it for future use. This first sermon is "An Introduction to the Book of Acts". Enjoy!

Book Club Wednesday 11/30/11

The book club selection for the month of December is Evidence Not Seen by Darlene Deibler Rose. I purchased this book back in January of this year in anticipation of reading it for the book club. I immediately read it and finished it in about three days.
It's an autobiographical story of a young missionary couple serving in New Guinea in the late 1930's and early 1940's when World War II broke out, and they were taken as Japanese prisoners. Darlene spent four years in a Japanese prison camp and chronicles much of that experience in this book. If you have not read any of the book club choices yet this year, please read this one. You will be changed by it (there is no choice in that).
As I've already read it, I will be re-reading it (which I'm hoping will make for timely posts this month), and highlighting areas that stood out to me in the Book Club Wednesday posts for December.

Click on the link below to find out how to purchase this book.

Repentance and Faith

I was listening to a 5-minute clip the other day of Paul Washer speaking on the subject of "repentance and faith". I think what he had to say is very helpful for Christians, so I typed it up and share it with you today.
Repentance: Have you repented? Has your mind changed? Has that change of mind led to a change of the intellect? A change of the will? A change of your emotions? The sins you once loved, do you now hate? The holiness you once ignored, do you now desire? The Christ that you lived apart from, do you now esteem Him? Do you consider the kingdom of heaven to be a pearl of great price. Those are certain evidences that a work of repentance has been done in your heart. Not only must we repent but we must believe on Jesus Christ. It is a recognition that you have only one hope and 100% of that hope is found in the person and work of Jesus Christ. --Paul Washer


Faith:If you truly believe in Christ you have eternal life. But how do you know that you have truly believed? E…

Hebrews 4:15-16

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence, draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:15-16 (ESV)

Evangelism Focus 11/26/11

If you're looking for some evangelistic ideas to use during this Christmas season, I recommend checking out this video from Paul at The Word Street Journal blog. He and his wife, Kim, (and various friends) are out on the streets of Ottawa, often, proclaiming the gospel to those around them. Paul, then, graciously shares those experiences in video form. Evangelists, Christians, don't miss out on viewing this valuable tool.

Black Friday

Today was Black Friday, the traditional shopping day after Christmas. Normally, my friend Kim and I prepare some packets with tracts and treats and head out to the early bird sales to distribute them, but we weren't able to do that this year.

I still wanted to get out in some fashion, so I decided to break out the "Are You Ready" cross. I stood at a very busy intersection in a local shopping complex. I was there for about 45 minutes, and in that time I had a lot of response (some honking, some profanity, some thumbs' up, some cheers, and some indifference--someone even took my picture with their phone, look for me on a facebook near you some day soon).

My goal in standing there was to allow people an opportunity to think on eternal things if even for a few seconds. I pray God used it in that way. I was ready with tracts in my pocket but didn't have a lot of foot traffic on this particular outing (maybe next time).



Upon reviewing of the pictures Greg took during that…

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Remember to give honor where honor is due.
I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. Everyday I will bless you and praise your name for ever and ever. Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised. His greatness is unsearchable. Psalm 145:1-3

Book Club Wednesday 11/23/11

The Musings book club selection for September and October and November is Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild by Mary Kassian. Ladies, I encourage you to pick up a copy, read along with me, and let me know what you think in the comments section of the "book club" posts.
This will be my last Book Club Wednesday post on Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild. I'm not quite finished with the book yet, but I've already spent three months on it and will finish the rest of it at a slower pace as to digest it all (I'm in chapter 14 now, 6 chapters left).
I have thoroughly enjoyed the read thus far and would recommend it based on that information. If you picked up the book and read only 14 chapters, it would be worth your money and time. It calls you to think deeply about every area of life as a woman.
If you've read it, please let me know what you thought. I may do a future post on it when I finish it.
Next month, Evidence Not Seen by Darlene Deibler Rose. Please pick…

Workplace Musings 11/22/11

I gave this post the "Workplace Musings" title because that is the place where the particular issue I'm about to address comes up the most. It's the issue of blasphemy, using the name of our Lord God in vain. To my shame, far too often I stand by as others blaspheme the name of my God without saying a word. It is far too common an occurrence in the workplace these days.
I was listening to a recording of Randy Alcorn speaking on the issue of the persecuted church, and he suggested saying something like this concerning the subject of blasphemy when done in your presence:
"Excuse me, could I ask you something? Could I make a request? In light of the fact that Jesus Christ is my best friend, He is Lord, and I believe that with all my heart, I would ask that you not dishonor his name in my presence."
A few years ago, I did address this issue with a coworker with whom I spent most of my day. She was annoyed with me (which I think will likely happen no matter what i…

Cookie Baking Night 11/21/11

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Emily, Ethan, and Carissa. It was Emily's birthday choice. For supper, she chose ham & cheese souffle (she had that at Panera once and was hooked), cheese curds, green beans, and pomegranate seeds. I thought that was a strange combination (though strange combinations on birthday dinners are not out of the ordinary). I later heard Emily explaining to Ethan that she chose an appetizer, an entree, a vegetable, and a fruit for a complete meal.
For her "cookie", she chose Fun-da-middles (cupcakes with a cream center) that we decorated with lots of frosting.
We also read lesson 59 "God's Children Read the Bible" from Leading Little Ones to God by Marian Schoolland. Emily read the lesson and Ethan read Deuteronomy 11:18-21 from the Bible.

Before the evening was over, we managed to squeeze in a couple games of Zingo.






As usual, a fun time was had by all.

Isaiah 57:15

For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: "I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite. Isaiah 57:15

Horrified

Today I leave with you an audio clip from Matt Chandler talking about the condition of the American church/Christians today. He is very passionate on the subject, and you'll find that reflected in the tone of his voice. I think it's worth the 5 minutes it will take to listen to it, and it's worth contemplating the thoughts it will bring to your mind.

Book Club Wednesday 11/16/11

The Musings book club selection for September and October and November is Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild by Mary Kassian. Ladies, I encourage you to pick up a copy, read along with me, and let me know what you think in the comments section of the "book club" posts.

This week I read chapter 11 titled "Boundaries" (Her Hedges and Precautions). The author suggested 10 hedges to put in place to protect sexual purity (whether you're married or unmarried). The chapter is worth that list alone (and worth the contemplation of such ideas). At the end of the chapter the author challenges the reader to come up with a personal list of hedges and write them down. I really appreciated the content of this chapter.

The information in this chapter is worth reading and reflecting on. If you haven't picked up a copy of this book yet, please do so. If you've been reading along with me, let me know what you think by posting a comment.




Workplace Musings 11/15/11

This week is Epilepsy Awareness week. I work at a health clinic, and this week they've been highlighting epilepsy awareness via promotional materials and e-mails to clinic employees.
Here's a brief definition of epilepsy:
Epilepsy is a medical condition that produces seizures affecting a variety of mental and physical functions. It is also called a seizure disorder. When a person has two or more unprovoked seizures, they are considered to have epilepsy. Seizures happen when clusters of nerve cells in the brain signal abnormally, which may briefly alter a person's consciousness, movements or actions.

One particular e-mail I've received during Epilepsy Awareness week contained a list of "famous people" who had epilepsy. The list came from the Epilepsy Foundation website. Two names on the list, in particular, caught my attention: St. Apostle Paul and Vladimer Lenin. In the e-mail they were listed as "successful and famous people who had epilepsy".
Hmmm.…

Cookie Baking Musings

Since I know of a few new readers to the blog, I thought I would take this opportunity to explain "Cookie Baking Nights".

Cookie Baking Night happens every other Monday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The participants are nieces and nephews from both sides of our family. The qualifying Cookie Baking age is 3 years old until they decide to retire (which has been anywhere from 14-16 years old). We've had two move on (retire) from Cookie Baking Nights (they are now 16 and 19) and we have two who will be moving up through the ranks eventually (1 year old and one on the way).
Cookie Baking Night has been in existence in our home for about 8 years now.
Those who attend Cookie Baking Night join us for supper, then we bake some kind of dessert, we read a Bible lesson, play a few games, go for a walk, etc. On Cookie Baking Nights near birthdays, the one having a birthday gets to chose what we have for supper that evening and what we bake for our "cookie" as well.
My goal of Cookie…

A Day With the Nieces 11/12/11

On November 27th, my niece, Kylie, turns 12 years old and on November 28th, my niece, Emily, turns 11 years old. The two cousins requested an activity together for their birthday, so we spent today at the Mall of America. They went on rides in Nickelodeon Universe, spent some time at the arcade, went through the mirror maze. We ate lunch, stopped at a couple chocolate shops, and went on the ropes course.










The above picture is Kylie on the ropes course. It was a course of ropes, rope bridges, and planks reaching a final height of 56 feet above the ground. There were harnesses involved, it was frightening. Kylie has no fear of heights and was experienced at the ropes course. She loved it. Emily, who was talked into the idea, went up the stairs, said "This is really high" and went back down the stairs never to return to the course. I, who have a mediocre relationship with heights at best, spent the entire time trying not cross anything that provided me with only a rope to w…

Isaiah 45:5-7

I am the LORD and there is no other, besides me there is no God; I equip you, though you do not know me, that people may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is none besides me; I am the LORD, and there is no other. I form the light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I am the LORD, who does all these things. Isaiah 45:5-7

Book Club Wednesday 11/09/11

The Musings book club selection for September and October and November is Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild by Mary Kassian. Ladies, I encourage you to pick up a copy, read along with me, and let me know what you think in the comments section of the "book club" posts.
I just read chapters 9 & 10 about "Roles" and "Sexual Conduct". I love the theology that is presented in these chapters. Mary Kassian does a great job with both of these subjects. I commend this book and these two chapters to you. I'll leave you with a quote from chapter 10 (page 141).
Marriage is about family--a husband and a wife establish a new family unit. Their union produces children. The relationship is a symbol that teaches us a lot about God. It teaches us about the relationship a father has to his children. It helps us understand the relationship between God the Father and his only begotten Son, the enormousness of what it meant for the Father to sacrifice His son, and wh…

Evangelism Focus 11/08/11

The above picture probably has little-to-no significance to you as was the same case for me until June of this year. In June, it was discovered I had an infection in one of my teeth that was draining into a pocket in the side of my gums. I was sent to a local endodontic office (thus the above picture), as the tooth was way in the back of my mouth and needed a specialist. This led to a root canal on one tooth, an attempted fix on a root canal on another tooth (everything that goes with a root canal procedure without the success at the end of the day), eventually surgery on that tooth, and many, many appointments to check the progress in between. As I entered this last appointment, I realized I was possibly missing an evangelistic opportunity that only came my way because of these tooth troubles. So, on my way to this last appointment, I stopped and purchased a couple gift cards to a local coffee shop (one for the doctor and one for the assistant), put them in a card with a gospel tract…

Cookie Baking Night 11/07/11

Tonight was Cooke Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Emily, Ethan, and Carissa.
Tonight involved some special circumstances. Today I had some dental surgery done which ended up being a little more extensive than I had anticipated (no anesthesia, just Novocaine, but several sutures to the gums, which involved icing the area 20 minutes on/15 off until 9 pm). I decided to continue with the planned Cookie Baking Night. I planned a little lower key evening, and gave Emily an opportunity to lead some of the night (she'll be 11 years old in about 2 weeks, and I knew she'd jump at the opportunity).
I explained the situation to all of the kids. They were very understanding of the circumstances and worked well as a team throughout the evening. Emily did a great job taking the lead. We made caramel brownies. Emily read the recipe and took charge assigning tasks and making the brownies.
Emily also read our lesson this evening from Leading Little Ones to God by Marian Schoolland. (L…

Indianapolis

Here's a few highlights from the trip Kim and I took to Indianapolis over the weekend to attend a Revive Our Hearts conference.We set out on Thursday morning and arrived in Brownsburg, Indiana at about 8 pm that evening. We had supper with our friend, Jewel, and stayed the night with her landlords who had a couple extra guest rooms and graciously offered them to us for the night.
We set out for Indianapolis on Friday morning, about 30 minutes away from Jewel's house (hitting a couple garage sales along the way, Kim has a hard time resisting a garage sale). The leaves were at peak for color in Indiana, so it was a beautiful drive. We arrived at the beautiful Marriott in Indianapolis on Friday afternoon. The conference started at 2 pm and went until 10:30 pm on Friday, then started up again on Saturday morning at 8:30 am and went until 4:00 pm.
On Saturday evening, we met our friend Jewel for supper and walked around Indianapolis.
On Sunday morning we began the road trip back home, …