Monday, December 19, 2005
It's good to be alive!!
Merry Christmas to all.
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
wow, I am thankful for so much. I have a great wife, a great church, great friends, a wonderful family, and good health.
Spiritually I have salvation by believing in Jesus, a blessed hope of heaven, an amazing love for God only because of His grace, and a desire to share that with us.
I pray each of you have a very special holiday.
To Him be the Glory, both now and forevermore.
Monday, November 14, 2005
I am healthy :) I was out of the blogging loop for a while as I was sick, working hard to catch up on sick days from work, and then just a little lazy too. I went to the doctor 3 days in a row. I'll save all the gory details (blood, kidney stones, etc.) for a differnt time.
God is blessing me with tons of neat stuff in His Word. The bible is coming alive!!
I want to throw out a big "hey" to our junior high crew at church . . . they rock!
Thoughts on the world today?
1. Is George Bush doing a good job or poor one?
2. What is worse a hurricane or a tornado? I vote tornados b/c you get a lot more warning with a hurricane, but I also live in Iowa where we just had 7 tornados hit in one night causing lots of destruction and at least one death.
3. How would Jesus run the United States if he were president?
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Here was our trip in a nutshell:
September 26 - WE drove to Chicago to catch a flight to London. We visited Carrie's dad along the way. And we dropped our car off at her uncle's place in a nearby suburb. His graciousness was a life-savior.
September 27 - We had a very long layover in London. We slept, read, prepared for some of our work in Zimbabwe, and visited different shops and restaurants.
September 28 - We arrived in Harare, Zimbabwe at like 7AM. One of our bags was lost :( We were warmly welcomed by our friends Ron and MaryAnn at the airport. We went to the University of Zimbabwe campus to pass out some fliers concerning our next day discussion on dating and courting. We met the 4 full-time Navigator Staff who are national Zimbabweans. We ate out at a beautiful outdoor restaurant. We stayed up till 8PM (barely).
September 29 - We slept a wonderful 12 hours till 8AM. We awoke to have wonderful quiet times and a tasty breakfast. We went to the University campus to give our presentation. WE had about 50 university students come and hear out talk. Several stayed around afterward to ask some questions. Another American arrived, named Heidi Meehan. She was a firecracker, even with no sleep. That night I went to campus with Edgar (a Zimbabwean) to have a bible study with 4 first year students. We studied John 4, I shared the Bridge Illustration (a simple illustration showing that Jesus is the only way we can be brought from death to life) and my story on how I became a Christian.
September 30 - We spent the morning visiting Dinai (the shona word for love one another) childrens' orphanage. We spent the day doing conference prep, and then that night I went and played tennis and basketball with several Zimbabwean students.
October 1 - We went to a National Game Park. We saw giraffe, kudus, zebras, ostriches and so much more. We also had a fun night at the Shimkus' flat that night. Several students from the univeristy came and ate dinner and played games. Zimbabaweans love to laugh. The country as a whole is falling apart economically so laughter is great medicine to these countrymen.
October 2 - We went to church, a beautiful service. A very multi-cultural church. The pastor gave a powerful message on suffering, very timely for the struggling Zimbabwe. In the afternoon I listened to Edgar and Tichara's seminars for the conference. They had worked very hard. That night I was on campus with some of the fellas doing recruiting for our conference.
October 3 - We spent about 7 hours working at the Dinai children's orphanage. This orphanage was very amazing. The orphanage caretaker was Francesca. She was a delightful Christian lady. They have 12 children. Most of them came off the street, lost at least one parent to AIDS, and did not know love until coming to Dinai. Some have been sexually abused, and some have HIV. May God pour his mercy on these small children.
October 4 - More conference prep and recruiting. Also, God provided an exchange of money within 20 minutes of the need to pay for the conference site. WOW!!
October 5 - Conference prep, passed on fliers for our second dating discussion, and enjoyed some time with the Navstaff. Also some late night recruiting and a very neat bible study led by one of the university students. Jonathan is an amazing man of God.
October 6 - My wife and I spent the morning finishing our conference seminar on reading the bible. We also had our dating discussion #2 - 50 Zim students. It was way fun. We ran more errands on Thursday night for the conference. Then we had a very refreshing dinner with the country leader and family for TEAM (The Evangelical Alliance Mission). We ate antelope :)
October 7 - The Americans and and a few nationals headed out to the conference site early to set up. The camp in Chinoyi, Zimbabwe was beatiful. Several thatched roof facilities and loads of character. Over 80 students from 3 different countries showede up that night (Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya). We had about 100 folks at the conference. One of the speakers was Jim Downing, a 92 year old Pearl Harbor survivor, and lifelong Navigator. He rocks. My wife and I stayed in a little electricity-free hut with Heidi on a comfortable cement floor.
October 8 - The conference continued with great bible teaching, worship, and fun. Carrie and I gave our seminar on bible reading, we helped with afternoon games, i struggled through the obstacle course, and got beat thoroughly in chess twice. That night we had to head back to harare (8 hours earlier than planned) due to car troubles.
October 9 - We ate a wonderful and refreshing breakfast at the airport and took one flight to Johannesburg and then another to London.
October 10 - We flew from London to Chicago and then made a grueling car ride back home to Boone, IA.
October 11 - Back to work
October 12 - first youth group starts again in 4 hours . . . praise the Lord!!
Thursday, September 22, 2005
I leave on Monday for Zimbabwe, AFrica. See previous posts for more details. My wife and I are excited to go serve this struggling country. We plan to offer spiritual and physical hope to these people, and to hopefully return to the States with ideas on how to encourage the Western world to embrace the Zimbabwean people.
The picture is a crew of about 50 students who gathered at the the Boone, Iowa High School to pray for their country, school, and people's needs. It was an encouraging event that was recreated at thousands of schools all across the country on September 21, 2005 for an event called See you at the Pole.
Pray for my wife and I that we can really offer God's blessing to these people. Check out the Operation World website if you want to read up on Zimbabwe (or any other country's) facts.
Monday, September 12, 2005
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
This week has been great. I've had some good meetings and quality preparation. I got to hang out with my friend Joel today (pronouned whole - el). Joel is from Mexico and he and his wife Graciela (AKA Chela) have been great friends the last 2 years. He helps me with my Spanish each week and we just share about life. We had some good conversation today. chela is taking a job in Chicago in 2 weeks and will spend 3 months away from Joel, until Joel finishes his Master's Degree at Iowa State University. That'll be a tough stretch.
Well, I better get back to work, but I just wanted to drop a note on the blog.
Monday, August 29, 2005
The team of folks I went with are a group of adults who have labored in the student ministry of our church. They are a great team and we had some amazing fellowship. God really blessed our weekend.
On Sunday we kicked off our junior high ministry for the new school year. We had a very good-looking bunch of kids and we had some good times. I really pray that each of those students makes a commitment to grow in their faith this year. I know God can do amazing things in the lives of willing people. After youth group, I went on a little job with one of our 7th grade boys who starts cross country this year. He is a godly young man with tons and tons of potential.
well, that's my weekend . . . tell me about yours.
Thursday, August 25, 2005
I have a trip with the ministry adult volunteers this weekend. These adults have put in tons of hours, prayers, and support this past year and we like to do a little trip each year to say thank you and look ahead. We are going to the Amana Colonies, which is a little German community in Eastern Iowa. It’s fun and rather fascinating to watch how they did things back in the day. It should be a great weekend.
My mind is frazzled by all this planning and time in front of the computer. I am excited to get the ministry rolling and watch God work in the lives of students. May God pour down his grace upon us. In Jesus Name!!
Have a great weekend; I probably won’t blog until Sunday at the earliest.
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
I do believe are country is called to defend and ensure justice across the land, but when Pat Robertson demands the assassination of a country head, I get a little nervous. What would Jesus do in such a situation? Read the Fox article and let me know.
Monday, August 22, 2005
One of the points in my sermon had an interesting quote in it. I have provided that at the bottom of this submission. I have a lot to do so I better get running.
By Bob Deffinaugh,
“I am convinced that one of the sacred cows of our Christian culture at this time is “the family.” Working hard to “get rich” is perhaps unacceptable, but working hard “to provide for one’s family” becomes a virtue for which one is praised. Self-indulgence may be considered a vice, but if I give my family a “much needed vacation” or I buy a “place on the lake” or a “condo in Colorado” so that I can spend “quality time with my family” I am a Christian hero, upheld by many as a model for others to imitate.
Please do not get me wrong. The family is a wonderful institution. God created the family, and it is a great blessing. We are to provide for our families. And we are living in a culture which is destructive to the family. Often it is because the family is under attack in our culture that we have sometimes overreacted, making the family the number one priority, and in so doing, we have made it a sacred cow.”
Saturday, August 20, 2005
Today my wife and I, and a student friend named Anna, picked the apples off our tree in the backyard. this tiny little tree had like 50-100 good apples. We cut them up to freeze and it took well over an hour to cut up all those apples. It was fun though, and I really enjoyed getting apples without a trip to the grocery store.
Also, this morning I went golfing . . . I played by myself and it was really refreshing.
Last night I had this wedding in a nearby town. It was supposed to be outside in this gorgeous garden. The problem however was that it rained cats and dogs from 30 minutes before to 30 minutes after the official wedding start. We waited almost 20 minutes before calling the wedding into a small indoor room. Almost all the guests had to stand, which was a bummer. But the room was beautiful. It was a little biodome tropical room with a pretty waterfall as the backdrop. They had a harpist do the music and the bride and groom looked great. If it hadn't stopped raining outside just before we started inside, I think everything would have been fine. But the bride didn't think it was too cool that it stopped raining right when we had started inside. We shortened things up a bit since all the guests were standing, but overall it went off great.
I also hung out with old fraternity brothers and college friends last night. One of my close buds is working in Florida. He, his wife, and some other folks are starting a church and a ministry to reach teh toughest part of Jacksonville. It was great to connect with them and the other pals from college. (I want to throw out a "hey Kyle" to the host of that party . . . he reads this blog now and again.) When Kyle sends me a digital pic of our party, I'll post it on the blog so you can see all my good looking friends.
Well, it's late (8:45PM and I'm old) and I have to preach tomorrow at church so I better get off. Maybe there's some Law and Order on TV tonight? We'll see.
God bless all!
Thursday, August 18, 2005
Hello from sunny Boone, IA! We wanted to give you a quick update on our lives and share an opportunity for you to support us this fall with your prayers and your gifts.
We have been in Boone for nearly 2 years serving the First Evangelical Free Church student ministry. As the pastor of student ministries at the church, Matt has been coordinating, planning, and implementing all the trips, weekly events, and curriculum for the 7th-12th grade students. Just this summer, we took students back to South Dakota for a week long mission’s trip to the Rosebud Native American Reservation (the 2nd poorest area in the nation). Three weeks later, we took six students to a regional student training conference called Students Equipped to Minister to Peers. We also took 19 junior high students to Kansas City for a little fun and fellowship at the beginning of August.
Carrie is working part time for Serve Our Youth (“SOY”). SOY is an organization that finds and trains mentors for high risk youth. Carrie has been doing some grant writing and mentor recruiting with SOY since May 2005.
This fall we have been invited to assist two dear friends in their missionary work in Africa. They have been lifelong missionaries for a Christian organization called the Navigators. This couple has shared Christ and served people in various cities in the United States, Kenya, Lithuania, and for the last two years in Zimbabwe, Africa. They are also the founders of a humanitarian organization called Life to Life Africa. Life to Life Africa supports schools and orphanages, provides school dues for children in poverty, and offers other relief as needs arise among the African people.
We have been invited to Zimbabwe September 26-October 10 to join them in their ministry in the capital city of Harare. In Harare, we will share about our faith and hope in Jesus Christ to college students at the University of Harare. We will observe the work of Life to Life Africa with the hope of gathering information to share the great need of Zimbabwe back in the United States. We hope to bring home a little bit of Africa to help the students back in Boone gain a better perspective of the people of the world and their needs.
On the trip we hope to build solid relationships with Zimbabwean students. During the first 2 weeks of our trip, we will play sports, games, and share stories within the open Zimbabwean culture. We hope to invite several students to a Navigator college conference that will be held Oct. 7-9. We will help coordinate and teach at this conference, probably giving seminars on various aspects of Christian living and discipleship. At the conference we hope to connect the students to Navigator staff and other laborers.
Most importantly, we want to ask for your prayers for this trip. We believe that this trip will be absolutely worthless without God’s blessing, guidance, and care. Will you please pray with us?
If you would like a more detailed prayer list than what is provided in this letter, please contact us by email. We can provide you with a list before we leave, and may even be able to contact you while we are in Harare.
Matt and Carrie
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Lord, help me to be a vessel for your glory . . . not mine.
He must become greater, I must become less. John 3
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
My wife and I are almost finished with the remodeling of our bathroom. It's only taken like 8 months. We just put in the shelves to our bathroom closet this weekend and touched up some paint that had needed it for almost 3 months. We also worked on a built in cabinet that's in our living room. We are pealing off all the paint with the intention of just staining the original wood (our house was built in 1914.) It takes a long time to strip all the layers of paint, grime, and stain.
Sunday was fun. We connected with some friends after church. I played this game Quiddler and took dead last. It's a fun game like Scrabble sort a. Then I worked all afternoon. We capped off Sunday with 9 holes of golf on the most beautiful night of the summer. There were several deer roaming the course that night and it was beautiful.
Monday was unique. 5 students, my wife and I ran a booth at the Iowa State Fair. We were passing out literature about our denomination the Evangelical Free Church of America. We pretty much sat there and people-watched all day. But we took in the fair later. We saw a 1000 pound boar, a 300o pound bull, and lots of food on a stick (don't ask if you're not from Iowa.)
All in all, the days are full and life is good. I am running off to a day long meeting now.
Question of the day?
What does it mean to be a Christian?
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth
Then took the other as just as fair
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear
Though as for that, the passing there
Had worn them really about the same
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet, knowing how way leads onto way
I doubted if I should ever come back
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence
Two roads diverged in a wood
And I took the one less traveled by
And that has made all the difference
Monday, August 08, 2005
Here's a picture of the team of folks I went on a missions trip with in June. It was an awesome trip; I love them all. It kind of looks like I have to go to the bathroom in the picture.
I just spent a couple hours cleaning up my office. I filed away important documents, threw away lots of junk, and got the whole place all organized. it feels good to get things in the right place and to clean this up a bit. With all the trips and other summer events, my office had gotten quite crazy.
This past weekend I got to marry off a good friend. The wedding was beautiful, and the weekend was fun. I really enjoyed giving the wedding message to this amazing couple. I pray God's blessings on them for years to come.
Here's a bit of their story that I shared during thier wedding
"Eric and Kara . . . congratulations . . . today is a great day. It’s your celebration. God has brought you two together intentionally. He has spent years fashioning you both so that today the two of you could become one. Kara when you were just a young girl, you prayed that Jesus Christ would be Lord of your life. Eric, it was during your high school years that you gave your life to God. And today, God’s love is evident in both of your lives. Then, it was no accident that you began dating on May 20, 1998. God knew that it would happen for all eternity. He also knew that just a few months later, you two would kiss for the very first time under the romantic setting of Glen and Wanda Cowan’s garage roof. God knew that Eric would express the words, “I love you” by the end of the summer of 1998. And God also knew that you, Eric, would have to sweat out 2 very longs weeks before Kara expressed a similar “I love you too.” God knew that you would go to 3 proms and 2 homecomings . . . even though Eric was long out of high school for 2 of those proms. God knew you would celebrate (maybe a record breaking) 7 years of dating anniversaries. God knew it would take Eric nearly 6.5 years to visit Glen to ask for Kara’s hand in marriage, but God, also, knew that Glen would thoroughly take his time giving ERIC a proper understanding and explanation of the importance of marriage, but an affirmative decision eventually came, and all in all, it seems to have turned out for the best. Your engagement was on election night November 2, 2004, the same night, as I quote Eric, “My man Bush won.” Eric gave the best pre-dinner prayer of his life . . . and God answered his closing request that said, “And I pray that she says yes.” To which when Kara opened her eyes, Eric was on his knee asking for her hand in marriage. The engagement was a mere 9 months in comparison to 7 years of dating. And now we are all here today . . . very happy for the two of you."
God is good.
Monday, July 25, 2005
We went into Chicago's downtown one day via the train. We visited the Institute of Art, which is one of my favorite sites in all of America. The work they have by Van Gogh is amazing. My eyes and heart are captured by those paintings.
I hope to recover a bit this week before I take 20 junior highers to Kansas City next week for 2 days at amusement parks.
My wife and I need to connect . . . these trips take a lot out of ya.
Friday, July 15, 2005
The rest of the day has been busy. My wife and I and some students we work with are going on a trip to Chicago tomorrow. We spend the whole week with 5000 other students from around the country. We learn more about God, invest in our spiritual walks, and learn how to help our friends back home see Jesus a little better. It should be a great week.
I've had a great summer so far. I've seen some great friends and visited tons of family. I am so blessed to have great relatives in my family and through my wife's family. It's such a blessing. We visited my wife's family last week and had a blast mini golfing, playing games, eating and just talking up a storm. Then we went to a very cool wedding and then during this week we had some neat times with good friends.
I hope everyone who is reading this can praise God with me for all His good gifts . . . the greatest being Jesus Christ.
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
Our church also had a fabulous 4th of July Celebration Monday night. We had lots of fun, and a great time to honor those American fathers and mothers who have given us such a great country.
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
The last few days have been a powerful time for me spiritually. I started a bible study on revival a couple of weeks ago. I am being personally revived by God's Word and spending time with Him. I was also blessed by a Renewal Weekend at our church. An older pastor (42 years as a preacher) came and taught God's Word. God's Word came alive off the page and convicted me of so much. I am a prideful pig, seeking personal gratification and self-aggrandizement. I pray that the Lord humbles me . . . I understand the danger in praying such a thing. God can humble me . . . but I know if He doesn't my life will be ruined by my pride. I want to seek Him, adore Him, serve Him, and honor Him in all I do. I love Jesus!!
I am excited to teach God's Word tomorrow for high school youth group. I desire to be a vessel in God's hand to bring about conviction, changed lives, and ultimately more faithful Christ-followers. to Him be the glory
Tuesday, May 31, 2005
On my way back from a very challenging Pastors' Conference at the Moody Bible Institute, my father-in-law and I had to divert our intended travel plans in order to help my stranded sister-in-law. A quick 5 hour trip home, quickly turned into a 10 hour trip. It was wild, frustrating, but also a very special blessing to be there to help Carmen. I was so tired at the end of the trip. The whole week in Chicago was fast and busy. I stayed up too late, slept too little, and had all kinds of fun. I learned more about being a pastor and enjoyed the sweet presence of God with over 1200 other pastors.
In Cedar Rapids, I celebrated another sister-in-law's graduation from Kennedy High School. We had a blast! She rocks!
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
God is good.
Thursday, May 19, 2005
Last Friday my little sister's surgery went well. We had to get up at 4AM to make it down to the hospital to see her before she went in. I think I was the most nervous person, well, at least as much as my mom. She did experience lots of pain in recovery the first day, but she's better now. She has a lot on her plate for a 17 year old. She may have to have a hysterectomy at a very young age. My whole family needs prayers.
Friday night my wife and I drove up to Hubbard for a family dinner. Carrie’s sister graduated from the University of Iowa on Saturday so on Friday we ate together with part of the family, and then Saturday we all went to Carver Hawkeye Arena to watch our graduate walk across the stage. I had a blast the rest of the day talking to family, eating too much, and playing ping pong and pool (even though Jeff beat me in pool 2 games to none, a rematch is in the making.)
Sunday morning was very neat. We had 4 couples in our church come in and share about the Visitation Ministry. People on this team visit members of our church and community who are shut up in their homes, in hospitals, and in nursing homes. They shared the blessing they have received ministering and also several very humorous stories from over the years. Sunday night was fun too. Our junior highers seemed to really enjoy being together on Sunday night; it was very cool! We talked about heaven and what the bible says is necessary to be allowed into heaven.
On Monday morning, my wife and I played some golf, only 5 holes because of weather. My wife was going out for her 5th time. She’s never scored better than a triple bogey on a hole, but on the third hole, a par 3, that was 115 yards downhill into the wind, she recorded a birdie-2. She hit a beautiful tee shot with her driver. It was a slight draw that ended up 2 feet from the cup. She sank the putt and the trees went wild; it was a windy day. She also recorded a bogey on the next whole. Without the other three holes, which were in double digits each, she would have shot even par. We ate a quick lunch and then traveled down to a cabin just of Interstate 80 to celebrate our 2nd wedding anniversary. We had a great evening; the lake was gorgeous. On Tuesday night I played in my first golf men’s league. The pressure got to me at the end and I ended with a not so impressive score.
Our youth ministry had a BBQ party Wednesday night. It was supposed to be out in the country at the home of one of our students, but the weather changed the location to the church. We still grilled outside, but all other activities were in the church. We had a good showing from parents, a few other family members, and a score of students. The games were fun, the food was great, the worship was heartfelt, the student testimony of coming back to Christ after a hiatus into alcohol and smoking was encouraging, and my message was so-so. All in all, a good night.
For my interested friends (John, Pete, and whoever) I believe the experiment suggests that the earlier event could have been skewed in its results. There is definitely a dangerous trend among certain families, but I’d say about 65% have a similar understanding as I do.
And now it’s Thursday . . . and life goes on.
Thursday, May 12, 2005
Monday, May 09, 2005
Sunday, May 08, 2005
Wednesday, May 04, 2005
"There's only one way to consider other people as better than yourself and that is to truly believe that they are." Fischer (italics added)
Monday, May 02, 2005
Saturday started with a cold tennis meet. We watched my wife's sister's doubles' match. She kicked butt. Then my wife and I spent the remainder of Saturday resting in the Lord. We took a nap, read to each other, and spent some time in prayer. Very refreshing.
Sunday was a wild ride. Church was great. Sunday school was challenging. We spent time listening to God's Word through an ancient Christian discipline called Lectio Divina. Sunday night was filled with students. Junior high youth group was challenging. These students are really sharp, and together we tried to answer the question, "Why/How did Adam and Eve commit the First Sin?" We closed the night off with a small group gathering of students investigating what the "basics" are of the Christian faith.
My morning today was awesome. I picked up a little devotional yesterday that my wife recommended. It has some sample prayers, reading selections, and scripture passages. I met my Lord this morning. God rocks!
Thursday, April 28, 2005
What does it mean to you to have a full life?
What does it mean to have an empty life?
How do we stay committed to the things that fill us appropriately?
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
so what do you think on the following subjects?
Vice Taxes? Taxes claimed for schools or other public needs that come from tobacco purchases, gambling, etc.
Monday, April 25, 2005
This weekend was very hard. I picked up my grandma from the airport on Friday. Her health is waning now that she is 80. My parents are considering putting her in a nursing facility. She (like all of my family) is quite stubborn. Then, on Saturday, my grandma fell and hurt her leg and is still in the hospital. Also, my sister is having a surgery in a few weeks. These family events have weighed heavily on my heart. When I visited my grandma in the hospital on Sunday, I was deeply concerned for her low weight and constant memory lapses. I fear aging so much . . . the fact that our bodies slowly die is a very scary reality for me. I am overjoyed to know that my grandma has hope in Jesus Christ. Her physical life may end sooner than I had hoped, but eternity is soon to begin for my beautiful grandma.
Well, the day is young, the week is young, and it's time to get ready for a week of service to God and others.
Thursday, April 21, 2005
Great quote of the day: "There is no greater obstacle to truth and revelation than to think you already know what you need to know." John Fischer
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
What culture changes have you seen in the last 10 years the last 50 years the last 100 years, 500 years?
Do you have friends that make you think in ways you normally wouldn't?
Also, this morning I hit the basketball court. My body aches, especially my knee. Who would have thought a 24 year old would really be old? I gotta take on the world. See ya
Monday, April 18, 2005
Questions to consider:
What things are hard for you to believe?
What things have you been told to believe that you want to challenge?
How can faith allow for alternative ideas to be investigated?
I had a great breakfast with a great friend today. I hope it to be the spark I need to get things going today.
Has anyone seen the movie "Finding Neverland?" If you have, what did you think? I will post some of my movie comments later this week after hearing from you.
Sunday, April 17, 2005
My day has been so so, the whole sleep thing isn't fun . . . but my wife has really loved me today. Marriage is awesome. Church was fasinating, Sunday school was encouraging, and I am looking forward to spending time with people tonight.
Friday, April 15, 2005
I started the day with golf. It was fun to have
2 golfers along, one being my wife, who have not
played very much. They both improved throughout
the round. I also spent the day running errands
and working on the house. My wife and I had some
frustrating moments working on our
"soon-to-be-finished" remodeled bathroom.
We are going to have a nice night to ourselves
and maybe hang out with a few friends. But
tomorrow we have a full day.
Questions I am pondering today:
What does it mean to be at peace?
Why does every project take longer than expected?
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Thursday, April 14, 2005
This morning, I was challenged by a seasoned pastor to think deeply and broadly. Many Christians read the same 3 authors their whole lives and never allow themselves to be challenged with a different point of view. I do not want to be afraid to have my views and ideas challenged. And I don't want to think it's wrong to change my opinion.
I am not sleeping long or well. This makes me irritable. I need to be more disciplined.
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
I have lots of work to do, and it's getting to the point when I need to focus in for tonight's gatherings.
I am currently thinking through some issues of hypocrisy in my own life right now. I am reading a book called "12 Steps for the Recovering Pharisee, like Me" by John Fischer. He has successfully shown my deep desire to judge others and create my own false sense of self-sufficiency.
Does anyone else recognize the Pharisee in them?
Why do we like to be Pharisees when we see it hurts others (and ourselves) so much?
This is one crazy mess . . . that's what I call life.