God has done an amazing thing! Many amazing things, actually. But now, in this time, in our rushing frenetic world, God has said, “Stop!”. What a shock to our sensibilities as we come to a dead halt. All of a sudden we have few or no important schedules. No need to hurry the children out the door to school. No need to rush out the door to work. No appointments, concerts, meetings. Not only that, but we are surrounded by “fear talk”. It’s all we are hearing. Our nation and many others are being brought face to face with our mortality….and we’re being asked to process it somewhat alone.
One day Jerram was walking back through the fields to the house for lunch. He came across Dad kneeling in his orchard before one of his young peach trees. He was holding a peach in each hand and saying: “Lord, these peaches are yours. These trees are yours and all the fruit they will ever bear. This orchard is yours. My farm is yours. I am yours. Thank you for your love to me in Jesus. Help me to serve you in all I do.”
This week I’d like to share a story with you. It is a story shared by someone whom I admire greatly and who has influenced my life and world view by his life and his teaching. Jerram Barrs has long taught at Covenant Seminary in St. Louis and has written many books from which I have benefited.
This is God’s kingdom. He is in charge. He knows His plans. Jesus called disciples to Himself to walk with Him on earth and to go under His authority after He ascended. He told them to go and make disciples and share with these new disciples all the things that Jesus had taught them.
In the beginning God created a beautiful perfect world where He dwelt with the man and woman that he had made to live with Him there for some period of time. Everything the man and woman needed was provided, or they could cultivate it in perfect soil in a perfect environment. The man and woman recognized for a period of time all the aspects of their relationship with God:
People talk about the Bible’s truthfulness and claim over our lives, but sometimes they forget to claim and prove that the Bible is also sufficient to teach and define all of life, even things like complex social, scientific, and psychological realities known to us in our modern age.
Yes, you did read that title correctly, I actually did spend a week as a monk. This last week, I traveled down to Belmont Abbey and stayed with the monks at the monastery on the campus of the college. Here’s a couple things I learned through the experience.
Small talk. Some people are good at it. Others are just straight up awkward. Which camp do you think you fall in?
Many of us have intense relationships with the idea of, or even simply the word, “authority.” Most intense are probably those of us who simply hate authority. Others might describe their feelings towards authority as more of a love-hate relationship. My guess would be that very few simply love authority. To be more specific, what most people have a problem with (if they have a problem) is submitting to authority, specifically when they don’t understand or agree with why they must submit.
R. C. Sproul rightly said, “The word predestination provokes more theological discussion than perhaps any word in the Bible.” Unfortunately, these conversations can get prickly, even between the most warm-hearted Christians. Maybe that makes a blog post the ideal venue to discuss this issue! In the small amount of space a post like this provides, I’d like to bring some clarity and unity to the doctrines of predestination and election.
Walking up the stairs to the children’s classroom, JR, Xander, and I talk about the kiddos they’d meet, how those boys and girls may or may not know English yet, but how they could still enjoy playing together. We also discuss what the apartment might look like. Would it be like our home, would it be messy? How would it be decorated? I want my boys to understand that even though their surroundings may not be what we are accustomed to or expect, we can still enjoy our time with those who may be behind that door. We can practice being “swirly.”
I asked Mark Hampton if he were going to include any recipes in his “Food for Thought” series in our Bespoken podcast. When he said no, he wasn’t planning to, I thought I REALLY MUST. So, as a light-hearted contribution to the topic, I submit the following recipe for a classic salad.
I would like to invite you into the world of one of my friends and share her story with you. Please, would you get yourself a warm cup of tea, a fuzzy blanket, and sit down in the most comfy of chairs, because this story is not going to be an easy one. This story starts with a mama and her two little daughters, living in Michoacan, Mexico.
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As all the glitter and confetti settles from February 8, I am so grateful looking back at this year’s Night to Shine. We saw more than 130 guests with special needs and 75 caregivers come onto our campus that night. During this time we were able to model the love of Christ by showing his love and acceptance of all people. I truly believe that our dance floor and red carpet that night was just a small glimpse of what heaven may look like-everyone celebrating together.
Our annual International Harvest Celebration proved to be a great evening of enjoying food and friendship once again. Over 400 international friends from our community joined us as we hosted a Thanksgiving meal in the sanctuary followed by a casual after-party in the Commons. We shared stories of harvest celebrations from different cultures, told a brief history of the first Thanksgiving, and shared the life-giving message of the gospel. And the food was amazing!
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Today is a milestone day – our building is now connected to power! Hooray! The next step is an inspection (scheduled for Monday) and then and only then will we begin to see systems and circuits turned on. By mid-week next week we hope that we will have lights and air...
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