Archive for October, 2010

And So It Begins

Posted: October 15, 2010 in Family

Amie was watching Abbie put her Toothfairy loot in her piggy bank.  Amie walked up to me and said, “Papa, I need some money.”

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Toothfairy

Posted: October 15, 2010 in Family

Abbie’s wiggly tooth finally came out.  Man, that thing hung on there by literally one thread for the longest time.  It finally fell out as Abbie began breakfast the other day.

Two nights ago the Toothfairy forgot to come (stupid fairy).  So last night, with the help of my wife, they set a Toothfairy trap.  It didn’t catch the Toothfairy, but it was rather noisy and almost woke up the kids.

The Dying Church

Posted: October 15, 2010 in Faith

And this house will become a heap of ruins. Everyone passing by it will be astonished and will hiss, and they will say, ‘Why has the LORD done thus to this land and to this house?’ Then they will say, ‘Because they abandoned the LORD their God who brought their fathers out of the land of Egypt and laid hold on other gods and worshiped them and served them. Therefore the LORD has brought all this disaster on them.’
(1 Kings 9:8-9 ESV)

I hate seeing abandoned church buildings.  I always wonder at the life and history of that church.  What caused the church to close?  It makes me think of Jesus letters to the seven churches in Revelation.  What went wrong?  What steps (or lack of action) brought a once vibrant church to it’s end?  Any church that is seeing its end needs to look back at its history in light of scripture and ask “where did we go wrong & how can we make it right?”.

Let All the Peoples Praise Him

Posted: October 7, 2010 in Faith

May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make his face to shine upon us, Selah
that your way may be known on earth,
your saving power among all nations.
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you!

Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
for you judge the peoples with equity
and guide the nations upon earth. Selah
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you!

The earth has yielded its increase;
God, our God, shall bless us.
God shall bless us;
let all the ends of the earth fear him!
(Psalm 67 ESV)

Living now as I do in a farming area, I thinned this psalm of thanks for a bountiful harvest very apropos.  It is more than a simple psalm of thanks.  The psalmist also asks (or spends most of his time asking) for God to increasingly bless them so that the world will come to see and worship the one true God.

I need to remember that if God has blessed me, it is so that I may draw others to Him.

“Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you!”

Love and Wrath

Posted: October 6, 2010 in Faith
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.
(Romans 1:18 ESV)
In our time we have focused so much on the love of God (1 John 4:7-8) that we sometimes forget that God is indeed angry at sin.  We talk about “being saved”, but saved from what?  Not simply saved from sin, but from the consequences of sin, namely that wrath of an almighty and just God against sin. God’s anger is not selfish or arbitrary but represents his holy and loving response to human wickedness.
Yes, God is love (not just loving).  It is the love of God that causes Him to pour out His grace upon us (in the form of sacrifice of His Son on our behalf) and save us from His wrath.

All In The Family

Posted: October 4, 2010 in Family

My folks are coming. They (and my sister) ought to be here very soon.  I’m excited.  This is the first family visit since our move halfway across the country. We have plans to show them around, visit a nearby museum or two, etc.  We’ll also celebrate my sister and Abbie’s birthdays while they’re here.

Waiting In Silence

Posted: October 2, 2010 in Uncategorized
For God alone my soul waits in silence;
from him comes my salvation.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.
(Psalm 62:1-2 ESV)
I do not wait for God in silence as much as I ought.  It seems odd to me how little I esteem God when I full well know that my salvation comes from Him alone, that He is my rock and my fortress.