Sunday, December 18, 2011
God has been very good to us. When I couldn't find and job and the house wasn't selling after several weeks, I was getting worried. I was convinced that this move was the Lord's leading, so my prayer back in September was, "Lord, I am looking forward to looking back at your provision for these things...." God has graciously exceeded that expectation. He has provided - more than we expected!
First, I knew Pastor Clint, and working with him was a key reason for wanting to come here, but I didn't know the other elders at Calvary Grace, Paul and Jeff. I have been very pleased with their wisdom, ability as preachers and teachers and their heart for God and His people. It will take a while to get to know people here, but it is coming along very well. We are thankful for our new church.
My job is a good fit. The company is great - really people friendly and the work is interesting. The schedule couldn't be better and the pay is better than I was hoping for when I was submitting all those resumes in the summer.
We love our house. It is great for entertaining, accommodating for our daily needs, and has some very nice details. It is an easy drive to the places we need to go and it is in a quiet neighbourhood.
A few big things and a whole bunch of little things add up to more proof of the kindness of God to us. We are thankful. I had big expectations for this adventure, even though I thought it was crazy at times, but God in His kindness has worked things out better than I could have planned them.
We continue to be thankful for our time in Edson, but what we are doing here is what God has led us to do. It will be very interesting to see how things develop in the months and years to come.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
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Sunday, June 26, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
Saturday, June 04, 2011
My Mom would have been 87 today. However, as of May 19, 2010, she is ageless. I miss Mom; death is still a terrible enemy. I am thankful that she is not suffering the pain of her cancer any more. During her last couple of days, she said, "I want to see Jesus" several times. She is now experiencing her greatest wish!
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Sunday, May 22, 2011
It is strange to be at home today while my family is at church. I’m not feeling very sick, but I am tired and weak enough to know that it would be overwhelming to go to service. So, here I sit.
It is a humbling experience to be sick – it’s hard on my pride. As I was reading and praying this morning, I thought that in the Big Picture, me at my best and me at my weakest is not really much different. In fact, the strongest, most powerful man in the world is only a hairbreadth away from the weakest child on the streets of Calcutta. We human beings are weak – morning mists, the flower of grass.
I’m reading through the Servant Songs in Isaiah. Some verses from today’s reading stood out and led to this blog post:
Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tried you in the furnace of affliction. For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it, for how should my name be profaned? My glory I will not give to another – Isaiah 48:10-11
We are glory hogs – I am a glory hog. That profanes God’s name, even if we are “doing good” and externally worshipping God. Adversities of various kinds are God’s merciful tools to bring His people perspective. The Refiner’s fire not only serves to purge out impurities in relation to morality, but imbalances in perspective. God is God and I am not. God is indispensable, I am not. God has a sovereign plan for His universe. I don’t own a universe, and my plans don’t always go my way.
God is much bigger than I think. The reason I called God’s refining fire merciful is that God gets bigger in my understanding with each setback, loss or failure. This leads to greater contentment and joy. Why? Because I know that God loves me. How do I know that? Because God Himself stepped down from inapproachable light and took on weak human flesh in order to live for me, die for me and rise from the dead to defeat sin and death for me. To what end? That I might glorify Him and enjoy Him forever!
Without the Gospel – particularly the cross – there is no way that I could have any comfort in reflecting upon God’s vastness and greatness. It is only as God Himself steps down and comes to me in human flesh that the great chasm between us is bridged.
This is the unique message of Christianity. In the Christian story, God’s greatness is fully expressed in its incomprehensible weight of glory. On the other hand, man’s weakness and corruption is expressed with bitter honesty as we confess our hopeless condition. The Good News is that Jesus Christ steps in as the Mediator – fully God and fully man – to reconcile the world to God.
I can be content staying home from church today. God is looking after things just fine without me.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Saturday, May 07, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Friday, March 04, 2011
Monday, February 28, 2011
Monday, February 07, 2011
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith--more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire--may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
1 Peter 1:3-9
Friday, January 07, 2011
And this from Paul:
For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. Colossians 2:9-10
By extension, the worth that The Soul felt when it was possessed by the Eternal Son of God is OURS by faith in Christ who is our crucified Saviour and risen Lord. This makes Christmas really, really significant! Now in our identity, we must never confuse our status and identity IN Christ with BEING divine. Christ is Creator, we are creatures. However, the possession of God's fullness, being partakers of the divine nature and our adoption as the sons of God are mind blowing implications of faith in Christ. This inheritance is ours as a gift from God because of the finished work of Christ in His life, death and resurrection. This is love. This is mercy and grace!
These truths regarding the Christian's identity in Christ are foundational to discipleship, counseling, dealing with suffering and every other aspect of our lives. Our identity in Christ is the fountain of our joy, our hope, our faith and our love. If God has loved us like this when we were His enemies, then how should we love others?
Have you though about what your soul is worth lately?