Friday, February 17, 2006

A little bit of freedom...praise the Lord.

We paid off a loan today. Nice. I like it. One down...

Monday, February 06, 2006

Alrighty. Thanks for all of the healthy and hearty answers.

Well, to answer the question of what decision I made, I helped my sister (Step-sister that I have adopted as my own) and her fiance move in together on Saturday. I made this commitment over two weeks ago. My initial gut thought was, "Oh, no. What do I do?" Immediately I said, "Of course" and got off the phone. It didn't phase me for the following reasons:
1. My sister and her fiance are not practicing Christians and they would have probably taken my saying no as a judgment and could have been turned off just like they were with the last 50 zealous Christians.
2. My dad and me (Step-relational to her) were the only ones on our side of the family helping her out until her mom got off of work. This was a testamony of love for her.
3. When she sees my love, she will she Christ.
4. As Obie expressed, they would not have understood if I said "no" as they don't see it is a big deal.
5. Bottom line: If I were to say no out of judgment, Christ's love would not have been expressed and they would have been turned off not only to me and Jesus's word now but for a while. I am praying that God will reveal Himself to them. If they ever ask, I will tell them the truth in love. Love without compromise.

Weak answer to a big question, I know. But love, love, love.

There is a gem more beautiful than platinum, more precious than diamonds. When people first find it, they don't know right away what sort of treasure has captured them. Have you seen it? Have you seen this gem that has been refined in the fire? Can you see the beauty in the edges that aren't so smooth the gem is worthless? the edges have life and the glisten shines for miles? Have you seen it? Have you seen the gem that makes you smile with pure joy because you just can't help but to? The gem is a Blindside Blessing, a brother to the end. If you see him, please tell him that you love him and how valuable he is to you and me, and God's minsitry, and the lives he touches...I can't express it enough alone.

Friday, February 03, 2006

What do YOU think?

Suppose an immediate family member or close friend asked you to help move her and her fiance in together by moving furniture, etc. This person is not a Christian but knows that you are. Knowing that cohabitation usually leads to sex outside of marriage and that sex outside of marriage is a sin, what would you do?

Before I tell you my decision and on what basis I made that decision I wanted to throw it out there to see what you would say and why.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Ever have something happen to you or witness something that illustrates Christ beautifully? I had one this morning.

Let me give you some background to the situation. As you know, Missy died in a car accident on January 15th in Colorado. In the car with her was Nicole and two of Missy's friends that are native American. (You'll see where their nationality comes in a minute) On the drive, and right before the car went out of control, Missy saw an owl fly across the road. This made her native friends nervous because, apparently, in their culture the owl is a symbol of death. Seconds later, the Blazer was tumbling and Missy went home...

So this morning I was driving to a jobsite before the sun came up and I was behind a cement truck lumering along at about 40 miles per hour while listening to 1Thesselonians 1 on CD. On the shoulder about 70- yards in front of me there was a white owl. For a second, the thought of Missy's death and the coincidence of the owl crossed my mind. The owl swooped up and flew in front of the truck. The next time I saw the bird, it was rolling in the center lane of the road, dead as a doornail. I though, "Wow...what a beautiful illustration of Jesus. He came to crush death."

Read 1 Thes. 1: 1 "Paul, Silas and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace and peace to you.
Thanksgiving for the Thessalonians' Faith 2We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers. 3We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
4For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. 6You became imitators of us and of the Lord; in spite of severe suffering, you welcomed the message with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. 7And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. 8The Lord's message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore we do not need to say anything about it, 9for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath." The owl rolled past when the final words were spoken..."Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath".

Funny and good.

Thank you all for your support. We love you all. Please keep praying for healing of the families' hearts. Thanks. (Please feel free to contact as you feel led now. thanks for giving the space)