Friday, March 20, 2009

What's up with Bundibugyo, Uganda?

Here and here are a couple great links that detail some of what the Lord is doing through missionaries in Bundibugyo, Uganda, where we hope to be going this summer.

Dave and Annelise are our good friends we met when we lived in San Diego.


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Marks of a Spiritual Leader

Pastor John Piper wrote an article entitled "Marks of a Spiritual Leader." I got through less than half of it before I was cut to the heart by the truths in it. (I closed my computer, and made a beeline to my bedroom to pray.) I have since finished the article and really appreciate what he has to say in such a short essay.


Saturday, March 14, 2009

"In ( ) We Trust"

Take a look at those parentheses.

The most important thing you can do is decide what you are going to fill them with. I've been thinking about that a lot given the state of our nation and its economy. King David surveyed his own nation thousands of years ago. In Psalm 20:7-8, he observed:

Some trust in chariots and some in horses....They collapse and fall...
What about our nation today? Some trust in bailouts and some in stimulus packages; some trust in stocks and some trust in gold; some trust in presidents and some trust in lawmakers and judges; some trust in education and some trust in technology. None of these things is evil, in itself. They all have their proper place. But they all fall terribly short as far as something in which to put our hope. They will collapse and fall. They will disappoint and betray. They will grow tired and die. They will rust and decay.

Though some had their suspicions, not too many people would have imagined five years ago that the economy would be where it is today. Yet, here we are and we wonder where this is all going. Some say that we are headed for a depression worse than the Great Depression of the 30's. Some predict the downfall of the nation. Others that we will bounce back stronger after several years.

I'm not a prophet or a financial advisor. I have no idea whether or not you should stay in (or get in) the market, or if you should get out (or stay out.) I don't know if any of the policies our goverment puts into place will work. I can't tell you whether or not you should acquire land in the country, stock up on nonperishable foods, learn gardening, and get off the grid.

The best advice I can give is to tell you to fill those parentheses up there with the same thing that King David did:

...but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright.
The apostle Paul recommends the same thing:
As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy (1 Timothy 6:17).
What is true for the "rich" is true for us all. We must put our faith, trust, hope in the name—that is the character and nature—of the LORD. His Name means "I AM." He is what? Yes! He is Peace, Comfort, Fulfillment, Love, Provision. He is Friend, Counselor, Father, Lawyer, Real Estate Agent, Financial Advisor, Guide, Job Provider, Healer,... We must commit ourselves to Him and His Kingdom, seek His will as best we can, move forward in a direction, and be confident that He will lead and give us course corrections along the way.

Followers of Jesus must pursue Him with a passion especially in times of crisis like this—both for our own sake and for the sake of a watching world that is searching for answers. Now is not the time to shrink back in fear. Now is not the time to withdraw into a shell, and to only look out for ourselves. Now is not the time to back off of ministry. Now is the time to sink our roots even more deeply into the solid ground of Christ, and to extend our branches out to serve those in our neighborhood and the nations.

But it all starts with filling the parentheses.


Saturday, March 7, 2009

Aaron ("Smokey") walks......

...and his dad figures out how to use iMovie to upload and edit the video. His big brother, Isaiah, did a great job of standing him up and letting him go. He still prefers crawling, but he chooses the upright position more and more. He's also learned how to climb out of the bathtub, which means I generally can't leave him unattended while I...oops, gotta go!

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