Friday, February 27, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
For many people, economic recovery means "getting back to where we were a few months or years ago." That means recovering our consumptive, greedy, unrestrained, undisciplined, irresponsible, and ecologically and socially unsustainable way of life.
I'd like to suggest another kind of recovery ...
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He sang a new song, "All Things New" from his newest album called "Resurrection Letters Vol. 2" that I just love. These words reflect that "now but not yet" reality of the gospel:
Come Broken and Weary, come battered and bruised
my Jesus makes all things new, All things new
Come lost and abandoned, come blown by the wind
He'll bring you back home again, home again
Rise up oh you sleeper awake
The light of the dawn is upon you
Rise up oh you sleeper awake
He makes all things new
All things New
Come frozen with shame, come burning with guilt
my Jesus loves you still, loves you still
The world was good, the world is fallen, the world will be redeemed,
The world was good, the world is fallen, the world will be redeemed
So Hold on to the promise, the stories are true,
My Jesus makes all things new
(The Dawn is upon you)
-Run 2 more new states in my 50 state marathon quest
-run my first sub 24 hour 100-miler (and my first 11 hour 50 miler)
-finish Leadville in August!
Spiritual Life Goals
-intentionally practice and cultivate the fruits of the spirit of joy, kindness, and gentleness
-intentionally incorporate and make a reality more and more the truth of John the Baptist's words: "He must become greater, I must become less" and "I am not the Messiah".
Of course, there are other things like paying off a huge sum on my student loans and being the best and most effective servant leader in my church that I've ever been. Indeed, there's so much more in store, much to look forward to, for 2009!
Monday, February 9, 2009
1. It’s okay to get in touch (meaning – be aware) of your feelings about money! (i.e. I have too much, not enough, or it’s not fair)
2. By a conscious act of the will, let us stop denying our wealth (stop comparing ourselves to others like us, but in view as world citizens where we’re all so, so wealthy!).
3. Let us create an atmosphere in which confession is possible (i.e. in small groups) where we are free from condemnation, where we can listen with empathy to the confession of one seduced by money, where we can say “Hi, My name is ______, and I’m obsessed with money” and they respond, “Hi, _______!” Where we can pray to God aloud, “forgive me for I have sinned, money has captured my heart!”
4. Let us discover one other person who will struggle with us through this money maze - seeking together to honor God!
5. Let us discover ways to get in touch with the poor (to comprehend our relative wealth) – read “Grapes of Wrath” or a modern book on international missions and justice and programs to eliminate world poverty like “Walking with the Poor”
6. Let us experience the meaning of inner renunciation; eliminate "my" and "mine" from our vocabulary (like Abraham must have felt walking down from the mountain). Go ahead and stamp everything you have “owned by and used for the purposed of God”!
7. Let us give with glad and sincere hearts – there is always a worthy cause to give and it is a privilege to be asked!
Frankie Lichtlin full and thankful after eating his steak!
The first ever "Polar Bear Campout", a guys only retreat for High School youth from Northridge and Crossroads at the Elk City Resorvoir in southeast Kansas, was a great fun weekend! We left Friday evening and returned Sunday afternoon. (I had to return late Saturday night alone to preach at church on Sunday morning at Crossroads.)
The highlights of the weekend included an 11-mile hike (on the same trail that I ran the Flatrock 07 and 08 50K run), good camp fire eating, and tent sleeping. We figured it would be cold since it's early February in Kansas, thus the title "Polar Bear". However, the lows were in the low 50s and the highs in the mid to upper 70s! This made for excellent sleeping weather and very, very nice (actually on the warm, humid side) condistions for trail hiking! The highlight for the students is when they built a raft out of driftwood, lit it on fire, and sent it off into the lake! Hopefully next year it will actually be cold for the Polar Bear Campout!
Friday, February 6, 2009
"Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success will be how you treat other people." - Barbara Bush
"It's not enough to do our best; sometimes we have to do what's required." - Sir Winston Churchill
Thursday, February 5, 2009
WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Barack Obama spoke out Thursday about his religious transformation. The President's comments came at the National Prayer Breakfast.
Here's what Obama said, according to the prepared remarks.
"I was not raised in a particularly religious household. I had a father who was born a Muslim but became an atheist, grandparents who were non-practicing Methodists and Baptists, and a mother who was skeptical of organized religion, even as she was the kindest, most spiritual person I’ve ever known. She was the one who taught me as a child to love, and to understand, and to do unto others as I would want done.
I didn’t become a Christian until many years later, when I moved to the South Side of Chicago after college. It happened not because of indoctrination or a sudden revelation, but because I spent month after month working with church folks who simply wanted to help neighbors who were down on their luck – no matter what they looked like, or where they came from, or who they prayed to. It was on those streets, in those neighborhoods, that I first heard God’s spirit beckon me. It was there that I felt called to a higher purpose – His purpose. "
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
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Jadon & Audrey Ross live and pastor a church in Kemmererer, Wyoming. Jadon was a youth pastor for three years in a Friends Church in Iowa. They now own a White 96 Grand Marquis.