Monthly Archives: November 2006


Name above all names! Alpha and Omega, beginning and end.

(From the Tennessean)

"We need to forsake the Christendom model," Camp said. "The most basic Christian commitment … is that we say we believe in the Lordship of Jesus. But, if we claim that, how can a Muslim or Jew trust us, if we say Jesus is the Lord of all Lords?"

Jesus is Lord of all lords!

Rick Warren visits Syria.

Jesus is Lord of all lords!

The College of William and Mary remove the cross from the Wren Chapel.

Jesus is Lord of all lords!
The pope prays with an Islamic Cleric in a mosque.

Jesus is Lord of all lords!

God damn us all if we forsake the preaching of the Word, if we abandon proclaiming that Jesus is Lord of all lords.

Early Christians didn't cave when facing Ceasar.  But some seem to be caving from within now.

Camp tells us that Jews and Muslims won't trust us if we say, "Jesus is Lord of all lords!"

Tha's okay.  They don't need to trust us - they need to trust Jesus!  The Lord of all Lords!

In the same article in the Tennesean, it says,

Allah, the God Muslims worship, is the same God Christians and Jews worship, and the Quran recounts the same biblical stories of Mary and Jesus, he said.

Pay close attention.


The God that I worship because fully God and fully human.  The God that I worship gave His very life to save His people.  The God that I worship died a horrible death - to give me life.

I do not worship the same God that they do.

And I do not pray with Muslims.

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"God has delivered us, He has parted waters for us,
He has made water gush forth from rocks
and sent us our own manna from heaven.
He has brought us into our own Promised Land.

Will I miss the opportunity to tell the story to our children?"~ Ann Voskamp, Holy Experience ~

God is so good! He has delivered us!

But let us not forget that in order to be "delivered", we need to have something to be delivered from. That doesn't mean that we have to dwell on the bad times - and most human beings do have bad times...

It means that we use the bad times to glorify God, every bit as much as we use the good times.

When the Isrealites were fleeing Pharoh, how welcome it must have been to see the waters part...when they were thirsty in the desert, how sweet the water that came gushing out of the rock must have tasted...when they were hungry, how nurishing the manna.

And at the end of their desert time, how precious the Promised Land!

Each of us has a "desert". And for each of us, that desert is a different experience.

For some of us, it's illness, or the illness of a loved one. Perhaps a spouse or a child. For others, it's living as a Christian with a spouse or children who are believers. Some of us are caring for aging parents. Some of dealing with infertility or the loss of a child. In the midst of the desert, it can be hard to see the oasis. The rest that God has prepared for us.

But it is there. God will not lead us into our desert and abandon us - oh no! In the midst of our desert, He will part the waters for us, He'll send water gushing out of the rock, He will feed us and sustain us!

And in the end, there is the Promised Land.

In the desert time and beyond, there is great opportunity!

Will we recognize the parted waters, the streams from the rocks, the manna? Will we glorify God by telling others? How will we do this?

One of the "gushing waters" that we experienced during my husband's illness was a hockey game. One of the men from our church was the general manager of the local hockey team. He stopped by our house and said that he didn't know what else to here are four tickets to the playoff game. Because it was what he could do - it was such a precious gift!

Another "manna" time of feeding came from the surgeon that Art had. He came and sat for a while and read Scripture and prayed with us. The first time he stopped by, it was unexpected. It was the first day and I had not been home to get anything so I was looking for a passage in the Gideon Bible in the hospital room. I knew what I was looking for, but not where it was. This doctor asked what I was searching for and he pulled an electronic Bible out of his pocket and found the passage.

People now ask me once in a while what they can do for somebody in the middle of one of these desert times. I tell them to do what they can. Even a little gift, if from the heart, is precious and will be remembered. A hockey game or a pizza delivered, homemade muffins or taking the kids to McDonald's.

It is all remembered...and the stories of the goodness of God will be passed on.

If you are going through a desert, don't overlook the manna - and pass it on.

A couple spoke briefly at our church this morning; Tim and Angie Sliedrecht.

Oh yes...and Avalien (Dutch for Evelyn).

This couple will be going to serve God in Soroti, Uganda in January (God willing; they only have 75% of their pledge at this point).  Angie's sister is also married to a missionary, also working for the same organization and they have been praying that they would at least end up in the same country...

God answers prayers!  Not only are they in the same country, they will be in the same city!

Not only are the in the same city, they are going to be living in the same building (the families will be sharing a duplex).

The organization that they are working for is "International Teams".  We saw a short video (click here to see the one we saw, Soroti, and others) and there is a huge need.  They are pressed militarily, AIDS takes a massive toll, and the native ministers that are currently working there have only a secondary education - if that.  One of the things that will be happening is the education of ministers.

If God is leading you to support a missionary, this is a good team, a good organization and a good place to send your money.

I get a couple of devotionals in the mail daily and one that showed up today was by Woodrow Krull from "Lessons on Living".  The title is "Death of a Child".  The email says to pass it on, so I pasted the whole thing under the fold.

I saw that the parent of the child was David, so I was thinking that the child would have been the one by Bathsheba.

But the "child" is a grown up; Absalom.  The love of the father is a steadfast love that never falters, even in the face of betrayal.

The devotional starts:

The late Joe Bayly wrote about the death of the
young from firsthand experience. He lost three
children: one at 18 days, after surgery; another
at 5 years, with leukemia; the third at 18 years,
after a sledding accident complicated by mild
hemophilia. Joe said, "Of all deaths, that of a
child is most unnatural and hardest to bear." He
did not underestimate the grief of parents. "When
a child dies," he added,  "part of the parents is

Twenty-one years ago, the day before Thanksgiving, I discovered that I had "lost" a child.  Her twin had died early on and I had lost two other babies before, but this one hit me hard.  I know the pain of losing a child, although I had never met this one.

David lost two children.  One at birth, the other as an adult.

Woodrow tells us that God also knows the pain of watching a child die.  Even knowing that the resurrection was coming, what did God feel as He watched Christ die that death?

What do we feel, as move into this Christmas season?  Do we feel the excitement of the shopping, the decorating, the lights?

Do we remember that there truly is "a reason for the season"?  But in the end, that reason wasn't a baby in a manger - the reason for that first Christmas was a horrible death on a cross.

For us, for those who believe, this is the reason that Jesus came to dwell among men.
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This is why I lumped 3 chapters together yesterday - today is Thanksgiving Day.

Chapter 12 is really about priests and Levites - but talks about thanksgiving.

There were priests in charge of the songs of thanksgivings (v.8)...

There were more priests to praise and give thanks (v.24)

They gave thanks at the dedication of the wall that they had worked so hard on (v.27)

They had two great choirs to give thanks (v.31)

Those two choirs sang in the house of the Lord (v.40)

And they remembered the days of long ago; the days of David and Asaph, when there were directors of the singers, and there were songs of praise and thanksgiving to God (v.46)

1 Corinthians 15:57
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 2:14
But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.

2 Corinthians 9:15
Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!

Psalm 111:1
Praise the LORD!I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart,in the company of the upright, in the congregation.

Psalm 107:1
Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,for his steadfast love endures forever!

Psalm 118:28
You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;you are my God; I will extol you.

Psalm 28:7
The LORD is my strength and my shield;in him my heart trusts, and I am helped;my heart exults,and with my song I give thanks to him.

Psalm 92:1
It is good to give thanks to the LORD,to sing praises to your name, O Most High;

This day, I am thankful for God's goodness.

I am thankful for all that which God has brought me through.  All have worked together for my good, whether or not they felt good at the time.

I am thankful for my family (whether we are related by blood or not).  I am thankful that God is working in my children's lives - in ways I can see and in ways I cannot.

I am thankful for my dear friend, for things said and unsaid.

I am thankful for trials and tribulations, for they make me strong.

I am thankful for times of rest.

This day...I am thankful.

Chapters 9,10,11.

These chapters are spent on confessing and reconnecting.

Mourning for time lost; fasting, sackcloth and ashes. Praise for deliverence.

A covenant made and more numbers.

After I returned to God I went through one of those times. What I had missed, where I had strayed. Not only that, but even the consequences of what I had done would stay with me until "til death us do part".

It wasn't until I understood that (while the "away time" is not erased), God deals with us where we are now. If we are constantly looking backward, we will miss what is ahead.

And there was a lot that was ahead.

The Jews confessed the sins of their fathers. We are not guilty of the sins of our fathers and (while there is generational learning by modeling) there is no generational curse. But we do learn from those who model for us and if we can look at the mistakes made by those who went before, perhaps we can avoid some of our own.

Having examined their fathers, the Jews put their name to a commitment/covenant and outlined what their obligations would be.

When we turn to Christ, we enter into the New Covenant - Christ yoke is easy and His burden is light.  And yet, not so light.  We turn away from the Law, to fall under the "law of love".  And that is not always an easy thing.

Do we fail?  We all do, at some point or another.  It does us good to remember that.

I apparantly woke up a day's only Wednesday...

Thirteen Things I hope to accomplish today:

  1. Another cup of coffee
  2. Bake my sugar free pumpkin pie (the regular one is done)
  3. Shop for the rest of my Thanksgiving dinner stuff (green beans, stuffing mix)
  4. Eat the minimun number of Weight Watchers points (no more magic marker days this week)
  5. Laundry
  6. Clean my desk
  7. Homework (photoshop)
  8. Fix my sidebar (remove old links, add new ones)
  9. Shop with my son (he thinks he found the backpack he wants - for backpacking, not school)
  10. Clean out my cupboards
  11. Exercise
  12. Drink all my water
  13. enjoy my day off

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