Sunday, April 19, 2009

A morning prayer...

...inspired by this morning's worship service.

My God, I contemplate Your works and I am left bewildered.

I think of Your glory and am left dumbfounded.

How am I to describe the God of mercy who turned His face from His own perfect sacrifice, only to make that same face shine on me, both a stranger and an enemy?

You are a God that shows both justice and compassion. Not in a single moment in the history of man, but throughout eternity. I am left small, resting on the grace of a great God.


Saturday, February 07, 2009

Why Dead Theologians Are Cool

Just heard this on WHI podcast (@9:30).

Epistle to Diognetus
Chapter V.-The Manners of the Christians.

For the Christians are distinguished from other men neither by country, nor language, nor the customs which they observe. For they neither inhabit cities of their own, nor employ a peculiar form of speech, nor lead a life which is marked out by any singularity. The course of conduct which they follow has not been devised by any speculation or deliberation of inquisitive men; nor do they, like some, proclaim themselves the advocates of any merely human doctrines. But, inhabiting Greek as well as barbarian cities, according as the lot of each of them has determined, and following the customs of the natives in respect to clothing, food, and the rest of their ordinary conduct, they display to us their wonderful and confessedly striking method of life. They dwell in their own countries, but simply as sojourners. As citizens, they share in all things with others, and yet endure all things as if foreigners. Every foreign land is to them as their native country, and every land of their birth as a land of strangers. They marry, as do all [others]; they beget children; but they do not destroy their offspring. They have a common table, but not a common bed. They are in the flesh, but they do not live after the flesh. They pass their days on earth, but they are citizens of heaven. They obey the prescribed laws, and at the same time surpass the laws by their lives. They love all men, and are persecuted by all. They are unknown and condemned; they are put to death, and restored to life. They are poor, yet make many rich; they are in lack of all things, and yet abound in all; they are dishonoured, and yet in their very dishonour are glorified. They are evil spoken of, and yet are justified; they are reviled, and bless; they are insulted, and repay the insult with honour; they do good, yet are punished as evil-doers. When punished, they rejoice as if quickened into life; they are assailed by the Jews as foreigners, and are persecuted by the Greeks; yet those who hate them are unable to assign any reason for their hatred.

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Cadenne's First Year: Retrospective

A look at Cadenne's first year in pictures and video. Thanks to Hanssie Trainor of Hanssie Trainor Photography for the birthday cake w/pink frosting and pink, white and gray sweater photos! Hire her! Thanks to the staff at CHLA and our family and friends. Praise God, this season of our life is for His glory alone, with out whom it would have been a terror instead of a blessing.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

What I did Last Summer....

Welcome back! Okay, so that is more for me than you. "Just where have I been?" you may ask. Let me 'splain. No, there is to much. Let me sum up. The past year has been extremely challenging. Most of you know about Cadenne and her issues, and the joys of seeing God work in her young life. What most of you may not know is that in January I shut down my struggling business, leaving us in a huge financial mess. I have returned to the automotive repair industry, and business is down. Way down. In all of this, I trust that God is working, whether I see it or not. He has a way of taking me to the end of my own resources and then pushing me a little beyond. The battle between my temporal anxiety and my trust in the eternal God has been huge. It should not be so. I know He is faithful and that His promises are reality waiting to be fullfilled. More than ever before, I think I understand the struggle of the Isrealites as they wondered through the wilderness. I pray that Jesus will continue to build my character (Rom 5:1-5), to deepen my understanding of His pleasure, and to make steadfast my heart. Soli Deo Gloria.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Finishing Strong

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This is the putt that put Tiger in the lead. From one behind to one ahead. This is an example of finishing strong.

Saturday, May 17, 2008