So I’ve been hearing a great deal of Seahawks censure lately, ranging from a chastisement of Christians making the 12 an idol all the way to anger over “bandwagonners” (those fair-weather fans who only don the 12th man persona when the Seahawks make the championships). Read the rest of this entry »
More than ever this year it seems that New Year’s resolutions are getting a bad rap. People talk about how resolutions distract you from what’s really important or they are disillusioning when we can’t keep them up all year. The more I think about it, though, the more I realize that resolutions done right are like lifeguards.
Ever heard the phrase “exercise til you drop”? How about “no pain, no gain”? We are pretty well acquainted with the idea that strength can only come with hard work. And any of us who have tried to go that route know that the strength you build up from exercising only lasts as long as you keep up the regimen.
Not oft considered is the same strength matrix in our spiritual life.
Our schedule today got a little mixed up when the school called to cancel our puppet show appearance. I was a little miffed at first, because we had practiced for the puppet show, but when the baking workshop began for the women, we were surprised!
Hurry up and wait, is what we did today.
Today was for travel, and the travel was long. A four-hour flight to Dallas, a three-hour layover, and then a nine-hour flight South to our destination. Praise God we made it safely, but we will need prayers for strength, as a nap is not in the schedule.
First off, I want to thank you for all of your support in prayers and finances. This trip would not be possible without you.
I can’t believe we’re leaving tomorrow!! We have been preparing for this trip for a year now, so it feels a little like Christmas. I wanted to let you know some specific prayer requests before I go. AND it turns out I will probably have nightly wifi access! So, I will try to post a (very short) daily update on our ministry and any further prayer requests. So be sure to check back!
I’ll tell you: the thing I am most excited for on this trip is the time we will be spending as a team. These kids are very special to me as I have seen many of them grow up over several years. We will get some processing time each night, and I will be praying for wisdom and discernment; for God to speak through me to these youth about this experience. Missions were an integral part of my faith journey, so I hope that this trip produces long-term effects not just for the church in Chile, but also in the hearts of the youth on our team (and us adults, too, of course!).
DISCLAIMER: I am not God. Therefore, I do not have all the answers and I can only speculate based on my knowledge of the Scriptures and the wisdom God chooses to reveal to me. I hope this discussion can be an encouragement to you, but please definitely do your own research as well. And remember: many questions will simply not be answered in this life.
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Is God Unfair?
There seems to be a soul-level understanding within us that things should be fair. Those who do good should be rewarded and those who do evil should be punished, right? We have a deep sense of justice built into us; it is especially apparent when we are affronted personally. Where does that come from? Read the rest of this entry »
This post is in response to an earlier post called Challenger.
By far, the most common question asked by Christians and of Christians is this: “Why would a good God allow suffering on the Earth, especially the suffering of those He purportedly loves?” Read the rest of this entry »
Today marks the third anniversary of the birth of my blog. (I guess my blog looks like a middle-aged man. ^ Haha!)
I sure have come a long way since starting this web log. When I began, I was in my last year of college at CWU. Now, I am in my third year of teaching and my first year of marriage!
I sure hope that those of you reading this page have found encouragement and challenge in my writing.
Upcoming posts include the 5-part series to answer the top questions people have had about faith in God, (see inspiration for that post here) as well as some little inspirations that have been bouncing around in my brain for some time.
I’m always open to suggestions; if you have a neat idea or a tough question, I’d love to start a discussion! Feel free to post it in the comments.
Thank you for your readership.