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. 

The semester is finally over!!  I am still waiting on my grades but I am pretty sure I won’t have to retake any classes yet.  This semester flew by for the most part and I do feel like much has been learned and hopefully is beginning to be applied.

My Spiritual Warfare in Evangelism and Missions was an absolutely life altering class.  Dr. Lawless is not only an incredible teacher but also an incredible man of God.  My one fear with having taken this class in my first semester is that I took the best class with the best instructor Southern has to offer.  None the less I hope to take another class with him at my earliest convenience.  He is teaching a class called Discipleship through Mentoring this next semester which I would love to take but we will see if it is possible with the schedule.  I am required to take the Spiritual Disciplines class this next semester which will be interesting  and I do look forward to so that will definately be on the schedule. 

 My New Testament class with Dr. Vickers was also excellent and I learned a significant amount while also being stirred to review and study some topics which I had previously dealt with. 

 I could not ask for a better first semester than I have had.  I look forward to what comes next and I certianly look forward to being finished but it may be a while.