27
April

Who’s Building Your House?

Hammer and toolboxCan you imagine Jesus figuring out His career path?  Why would He choose carpentry?  Of course back then people followed their family’s craft.  But I’m thinking He also might’ve liked building things as well.

Last night at prayer someone shared Psalm 127, which says, “Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain.”  It was for our church as we’re having a building project to add on to the prayer room a sanctuary out in North Vancouver, Washington also known as “Vantucky” or “the Couv”, a not-quite-so-hip suburban town across the river from Portland.  But it got me to thinking about my own life and dreams.

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25
April

Midweek Quote: The Practice of the Presence of God


If I were a preacher, I would preach nothing but practicing the presence of God.  If I were to be responsible for guiding souls in the right direction, I would urge everyone to be aware of God’s constant presence, if for no other reason than because His presence is a delight to our souls and spirits. – From Second Letter, The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence

 

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23
April

The Challenge of Finding God Again

Relaxing on a fishin trip along the Columbia RiverYes, miracles do happen.  I’ve heard stories, but I wasn’t sure it could really happen here.  After long gray seasons, you wonder if it’s just a fabled legend.  I’m actually not sure if I should be writing this, because some just don’t believe.  Are you ready for this?

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20
April

Faith-Those Little Risky Steps

A near around Mt Saint HelensThe old man panted his way up the mountain carrying his torch and knife, while the boy behind him carried some wood.  It was cold that morning, but the uphill hike warmed them up just fine.  The boy said, “Wow, this is exciting, have we been up this road before?”  The old man merely plodded on, a grim look on his face.  “This is great, thanks for taking me, Father.  Although I am getting tired, I wonder what Mother will have back home for dinner after this?”  Again, the old man said nothing.  All that could be heard was the crunching footsteps of their hike.  The kid noticed there was a tear running down his dad’s face, but pretended not to see.

Wait…something’s wrong…

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18
April

Midweek Quote: The Ragamuffin Gospel

Something is radically wrong.

Our huffing and puffing to impress God, our scrambiling for brownie points, our thrashing about trying to fix ourselves while hiding our pettiness and wallowing in guilt are nauseating to God and are a flat denial of the gospel of grace.

Our approach to the Christian life is as absurd as the enthusiastic young man who had just received his plumber’s license and was taken to see Niagara Falls.  He studied it for a minute and then said, “I think I can fix this.”

-The Ragamuffin Gospel p18, by Brennan Manning

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16
April

Restoration-A Way Out

Broom, dustpan and washrag.Brother Mud: how are you today?  (Shoot, I messed up again this week.  I hope they don’t find out.)

Sister Rosy: Great.  God is good.  All the time.  (I hope they don’t see how much I’m hurting.)

Bro X, the worship leader guy: Hey dudes, you’re awesome! (God, please don’t let anyone find out.)

Is there a better way?  Can we be authentic in church?  In our worship?  Is it even possible to live a decent life?

When I read a Christian book and someone talks about struggling with sin and as an example of their carnal nature mentions cutting someone off in traffic or midnight snacks, I’m thinking, BORING.  Can’t you come up with something more interesting than that?

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