Archive for January, 2013

God Provides a Job

Posted: January 28, 2013 in Life

Two weeks ago I resigned from my position at the church. In less than a week God provided me a job with a local software company. Today was my first day. The company culture is one I think I’ll enjoy very much. Aside from a raging headache, I had a very good day.

The Sound of Silence

Posted: January 27, 2013 in Life

We’ve all heard the expression, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.”

Thus the recent silence.

Vacation Fun

Posted: January 19, 2013 in Family

We’re visiting friends this weekend. They were our mission partners in Northern California when we were attempting to plant a church. We have five children, they have six. They are all close in age and have remained close despite distance.

Last night they all piled together to watch movies until they fell asleep. This morning we learned that our two nine-year-olds stayed up till 3am playing computer games.

Ah, the joy of vacationing with a kindred spirit.

Meaning and Work

Posted: January 15, 2013 in Faith, Life

WorkAsWorship

I just watched a great video on the meaning of work. Here are some notes I jotted down. Some are direct quotes, some are paraphrases, some are just thoughts that popped into my head.

If you don’t have a job, you’re not living out the mission of Jesus.

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Where to Comment

Posted: January 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

Hardly anyone posts comments here on this page. I know people are reading because I check the stats. Sometimes folk post comments on Facebook since each blog post also reposts there. But I’ve seriously reduced my Facebook use. Only truly public information I want everyone in the world to know is posted on FB anymore. I let the blog posts continue to port because this is a public blog open to the world.

Basically, if you read a blog post, and comment on FB … I might not see it. In my opinion it’s better to comment here. 

All that being said, I’m not the most active blogger, nor the most pithy. What ends up here is mostly just my ramblings as I work through life. No comment, or even reading, is necessary. 

Mystery of Mercy

Posted: January 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

Every once in a while a song truly cuts through my layers of distraction and hardness and touches me to the core. Mystery of Mercy by Caedmon’s Call is one such song:

I am the woman at the well, I am the harlot
I am the scattered seed that fell along the path
I am the son that ran away
And I am the bitter son that stayed

My God, my God why hast though accepted me
When all my love was vinegar to a thirsty King?
My God, my God why hast though accepted me
It’s a mystery of mercy and the song, the song I sing

I am the angry man who came to stone the lover
I am the woman there ashamed before the crowd
I am the leper that gave thanks
But I am the nine that never came

My God, my God why hast though accepted me
When all my love was vinegar to a thirsty King?
My God, my God why hast though accepted me
It’s a mystery of mercy and the song, the song I sing

You made the seed that made the tree
That made the cross that saved me
You gave me hope when there was none
You gave me your only Son

My God,My God,Lord you are my God.
My God,My God,Lord you are my God.
My God,My God,Lord you are my God.
My God,My God,Lord you are…my God.

If you’ve not yet heard this amazing song, I recommend doing so.

Went to See the Hobbit

Posted: January 8, 2013 in Family, Film/TV

Last night I took my oldest two children to see the Hobbit. We had a good time. It was an enjoyable movie but … they took a lot more liberties with this script. I’m not going to go all “purist” or anything. In any film adaptation of a book certain liberties need to be taken. Much of the background, and setting the stage for upcoming scenes needed to be handled differently in the film than in the book. There were, however, lines and scenes which were changed or added simply to add some humor or increase the action level … again, things which are often needful in a film for mass appeal but are not as necessary in a piece of literature.

The film didn’t, perhaps, stay as true to the book as I would have liked to have seen, but it was nevertheless a well made film.

The really important thing for my viewing last night was how much my children enjoyed it. A1 enjoyed it but didn’t always understand what was happening and why. M loved it. She’s already into high fantasy and participates in my monthly RPG sessions. She can’t wait for the next film to come out.