Rear View Mirror
Traveler's Tip #321: If you're in the Twin Cities, on the St Paul side, don't ever EVER say that you're enjoying the Minneapolis area.
Traveler's Tip #322: If you in fact blunder into #321, you can diffuse the situation by pumping your fist and shouting GO VIKINGS! Then, no matter which area you're in someone will give you a hug.
I'm seeing more and more clearly that we moderns, especially westerners, have become very good at shoving everything into our own particular and comfortable boxes. We have work boxes, play boxes, family boxes, friend boxes, faith boxes... This isn't the way we were created, but the way we've become. Our one purpose on this planet is communion with God. This single fact splinters to bits any box we can build. Worship is why we're here. We can no more compartmentalize worship and communion with the One who allows us our next heartbeat than we can breathing air. Boxes aren't freedom, they're a grey-walled prison cell. I'm getting out the crowbar and sledgehammer. Let a little light in. That first swing feels pretty good.
Peace in Jesus,
It's always a strange feeling to take a song, birthed in some dark, quiet and often very private place, and drag it out into the light of day, in front of a room full of people. Just the fact that this can happen, and to see an audience respond on a real level, is a miracle to me. I've been answering emails this morning from very nice and sometimes broken people who were moved last night by some of the words and rememberances of this journey. So encouraging. It reminds me that we're all in this together. …
“Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.”
- Winston Churchill
"The Miracle Man" is in the second layer of editing, all active verbage and syntax correct hopefully. Getting closer to the time someone might actually read this thing. Oh boy...
So the wifi at Starbucks is out. Don't worry, it'll be up tomorrow... Tomorrow I'll be two hundred miles south of here. Oh well, Staples parking lot has internet so it all works out--and the sun's coming out in West Seattle. Had a wonderful time at Calvary Chapel Paulsbo last night, followed by a midnight ferry run from the island into downtown Seattle. We were the first car on the boat so the view spread out before us unhindered. Just awesome. I'm continually blown away by small daily miracles. Many who …
Sorry about the schedule mistake on facebook. I won't be at Calvary Mountlake Terrace this Saturday, but I'll be there with Wayne Taylor and Randy Stonehill Wed. Sept.11th.
This is a thank you. So many have written and sent such encouraging words. For those that have asked me to please continue this blog, well, it's time to get back on the horse. Let me say this; The devil throws a lot of dirty splitters and curve balls. You've seen them. This time he brought a ninety-nine MPH fastball high and inside. No kidding - straight to the head. I'll admit it's taken me a few weeks to pull myself up out of the dust and pick up the bat again. But I'm stepping back in the box, no …
Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen. 1 John 5:21 The apostle John closes his incredible New Testament letter about of love, salvation and assurance with this seemingly out of place and random thought: “Keep yourselves from idols.” God doesn’t act randomly. For me, the placement of this instruction causes it to stand out as a wonderful, stark reminder for people like me that can be so easily distracted and wander off the narrow path. John reminds us - God will share His glory with no man or …
Less of Me in the Monitor Please - There’s a simple and obvious truth in this universe that (being thick-headed) it took me years to realize. Are you ready? “God is God, and I’m not God.” Amazing. It seems straight forward enough, but many of us go through our whole lives without figuring it out. We have to drive the bus, knuckles white on the wheel, and oh - without any help, please. Now, I don’t actually know how to drive the bus, what the pedals do, how to shift, and yes, the bus crashes a lot, but …
Worship in the Hebrew language means to “bow down.” Do you remember the day that Jesus crashed into your life? Somehow, somewhere you heard the Gospel, the Good News! What glorious news! As a sinner, you recognized your desperate need for a savior and cried, “Jesus I surrender”! The surrendered life, what a wonderful thing! We live now as born again believers. We operate in a constant state of surrender and gratitude, knowing that even though we deserve hell, we have become, through the cross, the …
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