Archive for September, 2009

Job had several reasons to turn against God.  He had no idea why he was suffering since God never revealed to him Satan’s accusations and the specifics of the test he endured.  Yet Job remained firm; he never cursed God.

He grieved, but even in his grief he bowed before God in worship (1:20-21)

Even after the loss of his health, Job remained firm.  When his wife urged him to “Curse God, and die”, he rebuked her and declared, “Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?” (2:10).

A difficult lesson this:  God owes us nothing.  Everything we have is a result of His grace, and He has every right to take it all away.  Should He do so, we should not become angry, bitter or withhold our service.

Our delight must be in God himself.


Understand I say the above while I am currently in the Valley of the Shadow of Death, experiencing the Dark Night of the Soul.  These are words to encourage, challenge and convict myself more than anyone else.


A Ton of Bricks

Posted: September 28, 2009 in Faith

The Book of Job.
Psalm 73

Part and parcel of the Christian’s faith is the conviction that God Himself is enough to satisfy him.  How can we tell whether we really trust God or merely say we trust Him while selfishly trusting the things that He gives us?  The distinction becomes apparent when God separates us from earthly blessings.  We become aware of the difference between being satisfied in Him and satisfied in His blessings.

Father, let me satisfy myself in You.  That I may desire You rather than the things You give me.

MacBook Mods: Coloring the Apple Logo

Posted: September 27, 2009 in Technology

MacBook Mods – See How Easily You Can Get Your Own Apple Logo.

As cool as that looks, I just cant see taking a dull knife and/or a screwdiver to my $2000 macbook.

Back From a Mens Retreat

Posted: September 27, 2009 in Church, Faith, Family

I spent Friday & Saturday as the guest speaker for a local area men’s retreat.  A good time was had by all.  The food was good, we had some great conversations, we even had a baptism in a stream.  I’ll try to post throughout the day the messages that I gave.

Here are some insights I either gained or were reminded of:

  • I love teaching the word of God. As I drove away there was an overwhelming sense of rightness, of a job well done.  I poured my life this weekend in to doing what I was created to do.
  • The weekend was not draining or exhausting despite having to be around so many people for so long (I did take a short nap mid day Saturday).
  • Teaching and training God’s people for service is needed so very badly.  I would love to travel from church to church, area to area, instructing and challenging His Church as needed.
  • I missed my family and they missed me.  Abbie just rested in my arms and cried for a while last night when I got home.  If were to engage upon a traveling ministry, I would need them with me.

Silly Thing

Posted: September 24, 2009 in Uncategorized

One of the silly things I love about my MacBook: the glowing apple logo on the back of the monitor.  My nineteen-month-old son loves it too.  Thinks it’s the coolest thing.

Can you fill this out without lying?  Copy this entire message to your own blog, delete my answers, and type yours. Easy easy!

1.What was the last thing you put in your mouth?
A spoon of ice cream.

2.Where was your profile picture taken?
Lake Almanor

3.Can you play Guitar Hero?
I’ve never played it.

4.Name someone who made you laugh today.
Little John

5.How late did you stay up last night and why?
9:00 pm.  I actually got to be early.

6.If you could move somewhere else, would you?
Eureka, CA.

7. Ever been kissed under fireworks?

8. Which of your friends lives closest to you?
Jenn, my wife.  I sort of live with her.

9. Do you believe exes can be friends?
Don’t have any first hand, but second hand… nope.  Not without full reconciliation (which I have seen, though rarely).

10. How do you feel about Dr Pepper?
Don’t care for it.

11. When was the last time you cried really hard?
Several times this past summer…though I can’t name dates.

12. Who took your profile picture?

13. Who was the last person you took a picture of?

14. Was yesterday better than today?
Yes, only because I’m sick today.

15. Can you live a day without TV?
Oh yea.

16. Are you upset about anything?
My cold.

17. Do you think relationships are ever really worth it?

18. Are you a bad influence?
Only if you’re hostile to education and Jesus Christ.

19. Night out or night in?

20. What items could you not go without during the day?

21. Who was the last person you visited in the hospital?

22. What does the last text message in your inbox say?
Don’t know.  Deleted them all weeks ago.

23. How do you feel about your life right now?

24. Do you hate anyone?

25. If we were to look in your facebook inbox, what would we find?
Messages from friends and family

26. Say you were given a drug test right now, would you pass?
Yes.  Never did hard drugs and I’m too poor to buy beer.

27. Has anyone ever called you perfect before?

28. What song is stuck in your head?
Don’t know the name of it.  Something on Jenn’s iPod.

29. Someone knocks on your window at 2:00 a.m., who do you want it to be?
Santa Claus.

30. Do you want to have grandkids before you’re 50?
I’ll be 45 when Maggie’s 18… so sure.

31. Name something you have to do tomorrow.
Sleep and get better.

32. Do you think too much or too little?
Too much.

33. Do you smile a lot?
I don’t know.

The Boy

Posted: September 22, 2009 in Family


My boy had some doctor’s appts today.  He had his hearing and vision checked.  The left ear had some resonance issues, but that could have been the cold he seems to have… or it could be actual hearing difficulty.  They’ll check him again in a year.  He does need glasses.  One eye has an astigmatism and the other is nearsighted.

How does one keep glasses on a nineteen-month-old?