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Evangelism Musings (08/30/13)

Do you see, do you see, all the people sinking down, Don't you care, don't you care, are you gonna let them drown --Keith Green (Alseep in the Light)



A small team from our church headed out to the Minnesota State Fair today. We stood outside the entrance gates and handed out gospel tracts to the throngs of people heading into the fair. I can't think of an easier way to get the gospel into the hands of thousands of people. So, grab your favorite gospel tract, hit the streets, and give it a try. God will take it from there.

Book Musings (Depression: Looking Up From the Stubborn Darkness)

In his book, Depression: Looking Up From the Stubborn Darkness, Ed Welch says something intriguing about the role of death in long-term depression in chapter 11, "Depression Has Its Reasons".

"Death. The worse part of the curse is death. You have lost loved ones, you will lose more, and they will lose you. There is no good death. If you lose someone to a sudden heart attack, you miss good-byes and closure. If you lose someone whose chronic disease made death more predictable, you agonize with him as the disease changes him into someone he was not. Death, indeed, is a timeless enemy. 

It's said that depression welcomes death, but it is not so much death that is welcomed as it is the alleviation of mental pain. Death itself is an enemy to everyone, and there is good reason to think that it contributes to the cause of depression even more than it is the result of it. 

Isn't it true that death--especially when it isn't aggressively interpreted through the resurrect…

Cookie Baking Night 08/26/13

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Ethan, Carissa, and Alli. Our niece, Alli, is our newest Cookie Baking Night member. She turned 3 years old last week and has now officially joined us. Tonight we made cranberry/white chip/oatmeal cookies.


It has been a long time since we've needed to use some kind of step stool for hand washing, but we brought it out again tonight (as you can see, Carissa was a great helper). 




We also continued reading from "God's Names" by Sally Michael. Tonight we learned about God's name: A Strong Tower. Proverbs 18:10 tells us: "The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe." We even learned a song that will help us remember that verse. 

We finished the evening by teaching Alli the game "Zingo" (a matching game along the lines of Bingo but with picture shapes). Alli caught onto it quickly and seemed to enjoy it. If you don't have this game in your game cl…

Cookie Baking Musings 08/19/13

In Cookie Baking News, a future member made his entrance into the world on Thursday, August 15. We welcome little Enzo Allen Oseid. We're saving a spot for you, buddy. See you here in about three years. We look forward to your arrival.


Book Musings (The Little Red Book of Wisdom)

A few weeks ago, I finished reading the The Little Red Book of Wisdom by Mark DeMoss. Mark DeMoss is the brother of Nancy Leigh DeMoss (host of Revive Our Hearts radio program). I heard him speaking about this book on "Revive Our Hearts" a couple years ago and was intrigued. If I had to put this book in a genre, then I guess I would say "business" or "leadership principles". That being said, there is much to learn from this book. It definitely spoke of the value of leading a life of intentionality. Every decision Mark DeMoss makes (or at least describes in the book) is well-thought out and intentional. He even devotes a whole chapter to the value of thinking (and recommends a book about thinking).

If you are familiar with Nancy Leigh DeMoss at all, then you would know that her father died when she was 21. Mark DeMoss was 17 years old when his father died. Through the ministry of Revive Our Hearts and now through "The Little Red Book Wisdom" I…

Road Trip Musings

Well, it's that time of year again--state fair time. The company Greg works for does the audio visual production for the concerts held at the Iowa State Fair and the Minnesota State Fair each year. Emily and I decided to take a little road trip to Iowa again this year to visit Greg at the Fair. 

The three of us starting our day together at the fair. 

Greg in action


Greg with a wanna be audio visual engineer


A little fair food


A little texting ... with a view


With entertainment at every turn, you still can't beat watching the baby chicks (for free) in the Animal Learning Center (I literally had to lure her away from there after about 30 minutes). 



We left the fair exhausted. Time to hit the air mattress. 


Side note: If you've been around my blog any length of time, then you probably know I love a good road trip. As I always say, "real life happens on the road trip". Kids talk more on a one-on-one road trip. Hearts are exposed. Conversation is inevitable. Gospel…

Cookie Baking Musings

This week is an off week for Cookie Baking Night, and sometimes on the off weeks, I get reflective.

Last week, we had a couple guest friends at Cookie Baking Night, children who have not been here before (friends of the nieces and nephew). As is expected when someone joins an ongoing activity that has been in place for a long time, there are some adjustments to make and education to be done. I learned a few things from the experience and they are as follows:

Cookie Baking Night is a ministry full of gospel-sharing opportunitiesAlways say yes to gospel-sharing opportunities that knock on your own doorChildren need to be taught how to do things Training produces fruit I was struck by the reactions of my own nieces and nephew when at times chaos was happening around them due to the others not knowing our routine. This was particularly evident to me during our Bible lesson time. Our guests were not accustomed to this activity, so we had to work through the experience with lovingkindness. M…