December 2007


This came from the Between Two Worlds blog but I wanted to share these quotes with those of you who do not read that site.  Have a great Christmas! 

 

“Infinite and yet an infant.

Eternal and yet born of a woman.

Almighty, and yet nursing at a woman’s breast.

Supporting a universe, and yet needing to be carried in a mother’s arms.

Heir of all things, and yet the carpenter’s despised son.”

–Charles Haddon Spurgeon

 

That man should be made in God’s image is a wonder,

but that God should be made in man’s image is a greater wonder.

That the Ancient of Days would be born.

That He who thunders in the heavens should cry in the cradle?”

-Thomas Watson


“Mans Maker was made man

that the Bread might be hungry,

the Fountain thirst,

the Light sleep,

the Way be tired from the journey;

that Strength might be made weak,

that Life might die.

–Augustine

 

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us,

and we have seen his glory,

glory as of the only Son from the Father,

full of grace and truth.”

(John 1:14)

Here is a good article that I found through another website (the link is at the bottom of this post).  Often as Christians we respond in a defensive tone and attitude rather than viewing the situation as an opportunity to advance the kingdom of God.  Read it and let me know what you think

Responses to media challenges

I am only saying this because I didn’t have to work today!!!  When we woke up this morning I opened up the shades and there it was staring back at me so I thought I would take a couple pictures and let you see.  Well that is about it!  Catch you later.

Carrie and Taylor are doing well.  Taylor is getting good at her animal noises and sign language.  She can make noises for the cow, dog, horse, elephant, owl, tiger, lion, monkey, sheep and cat and she can sign for more, eat, bath, please, thank you, mommy, daddy, clap, sleep, no (she didn’t need much help for that one), and maybe one or two more. 

We are enjoying being together a bit more now that school is out.  There are a bunch of little projects that need to be done so we are working on them and playing in the leaves!! 

We did set up the Christmas tree a couple of days ago and Taylor is slowly getting comfortable with sharing the room with the tree.  It is definately cold enough for Christmas!!  When I go to work in the mornings it is 25 degrees our high has been in the low to mid 40’s.  I don’t mind I would rather be cold than hot but that is not the consensus around here.

Thanksgiving was a good time even though we didn’t take any pictures, sorry.  We had the Marshman’s, Crandell’s, Backel’s and Blairs over and man did we have a feast!!  It was a good day to eat and play games. 

 Target is keeping me busy right now but at least the days go by quickly.  We are certianly looking forward to Christmas.  Shortly after Christmas Carrie’s mom is going to come out for a few days and then toward the end of January my parents are going to come out.  It will be good to see family for a while!!

Life really is good, a bit hard but still good.  We are learning much about waiting and trusting the Lord, and how to be disciplined with our time and money.  Hopefully we will learn what we need to during this time so that we can be more effective for God’s kingdom. 

There is never a dull moment around here.  Now that school is out for a couple of months life is a bit slower and some of the things which have been neglected for the past 19 weeks can be brought to fruition.  On the top of the list is reading the past couple of National Geographic Adventure magazines!!  Not only is it an interesting read but it will shake the dust off of the wheels of adventure which have been used about as well as a Hummer in So. Cal. these past couple of months. 

In my Spiritual Warfare class we had a man from the Pacific Rim speak to our class about life in that region and how it is different from the context which we live in as Westerners.  Quite interesting!!  Often we forget about the spiritual realm and only recognize the temporal where we now reside which makes more sense to us yet keeps us from actually living in reality.  Paul speaks of this in Corinthians “…fix our eyes not on what is seen but on what is unseen.  For what is seen is temporary yet what is unseen is eternal…” 

One topic that we covered in my NT class was the kingdom of God and what that reality is for us living today.  We must live with a kingdom mindset that puts the work of the king before the things that we want, or at least think that we want.  Kevin Sheckler used to remind us of Timothy being instructed to not get tangled up in civilian affairs but to live as a soldier with a mission for the kingdom.  I get caught up often in the affairs of the world, money, comfort, pleasure, etc. but if we look forward to the Christian hope, the return of Christ, the way we live our lives will be transformed.

The theme of this semester and the Christian life for that matter has been and is personal holiness.  We must live in obedience to the word.  To quote Dr. Lawless, we must “love God and live and speak for him in such a way that God is glorified and an already defeated Satan is threatened.”  Our lives do count and there is much work to be done, we need to be busy doing it.

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