Madison Update

I’ve had a total of three calls from Madison since she left. The last was on Friday afternoon. She sounded excited and upbeat, which is good considering she’d spent more than an entire day travelling. She was in the Bankok airport waiting for their connecting flight to Chiang Mai. She said she really likes her leaders and had been making friends (which is never a problem for Madison). Keep praying!

Chapter-a-Day Joshua 7

In the plunder I spotted a beautiful Shinar robe, two hundred shekels of silver, and a fifty-shekel bar of gold, and I coveted and took them. Joshua 7:20-21 (TM)

It’s interesting that throughout scripture we’re warned and given examples of "the lust of the eyes". Adam and Eve saw the forbidden fruit and wanted it. In today’s verse, Achan sees the forbidden plunder and takes it. David sees Bathsheba bathing and takes her. There is clearly a simple connection between what we look at, what we desire and what we do to get it. It makes me think about what I do with my eyes. Job made a covenant with his eyes not to use them to look with lust (Job 31:1). What will I look at today?

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Chapter-a-Day Joshua 5

At that time God said to Joshua, "Make stone knives and circumcise the People of Israel a second time." So Joshua made stone knives and circumcised the People of Israel at Foreskins Hill. Joshua 5:2-3 (TM)

Circumcision is never a comfortable subject for any of us in the male persuasion. I think it’s interesting that God chose to set Israel apart from their neighbors by differentiating the male sex organ. It would forever be a reminder to the men that they are called to be different than the other nations in their sexuality – especially in a time when sex was an integral part of the fertility cults around them. It’s a good reminder for me and for all men in a time when open sexuality without boundaries is thrust at us as "common" and "normal". We need to remember that sexuality is an important part of our being "in the world but not of it."

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A Time to Let Go

Mk0606lrI didn’t sleep well. Our fourteen-year-old (and youngest) is leaving this morning for four weeks. It was last November that she told me God was calling her "to the front-lines" and she was being led to go on a mission to Asia. I’ve been all for it from the start. God’s hand is all over it. God has been doing huge things in her life and this is part of it. Her $3500 support was raised in two weeks. She’s called to this mission.

Nevertheless, I’m feeling that God-given role of father-protector coming out in me, and it’s stirring a fair share of emotions this morning. She will be fine and God will grant her success at whatever she does. Of that, I have no doubt. Ultimately, Madison is God’s exceptional child. I’m just a steward, called to raise her up and release her to follow His plan.

If Ecclesiastes is right, there’s a time to hold tight and a time to let go.

It’s time to let go.

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A Time to Let Go

Mk0606lrI didn’t sleep well. Our fourteen-year-old (and youngest) is leaving this morning for four weeks. It was last November that she told me God was calling her "to the front-lines" and she was being led to go on a mission to Asia. I’ve been all for it from the start. God’s hand is all over it. God has been doing huge things in her life and this is part of it. Her $3500 support was raised in two weeks. She’s called to this mission.

Nevertheless, I’m feeling that God-given role of father-protector coming out in me, and it’s stirring a fair share of emotions this morning. She will be fine and God will grant her success at whatever she does. Of that, I have no doubt. Ultimately, Madison is God’s exceptional child. I’m just a steward, called to raise her up and release her to follow His plan.

If Ecclesiastes is right, there’s a time to hold tight and a time to let go.

It’s time to let go.

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Chapter-a-Day Joshua 3

Then Joshua addressed the people: "Sanctify yourselves. Tomorrow God will work miracle-wonders among you." Joshua 3:5 (TM)

The miracle at the Jordan river came after a time of anticipation and preparation. Joshua set up the anticipation by announcing that miracles would happen the next day and the people responded with faith ["the assurance of what is hoped for" Heb 11:1 – which is the necessary human ingredient for any miracle]. He also called them to prepare ("sanctify": set apart for sacred use) themselves to have God in their midst doing wonderful things.

I wonder what would happen in church on Sunday if all of us anticipated that God would show up and do amazing things among us and if we prepared our hearts for just such an occurrence. Do you think the service might look a little different?

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Under Construction!

UnderconstructionRenovations began in earnest last week. We have several projects that need to be done to update our old house here on Columbus Street. Top on the list (Wendy put it firmly at the top as soon as we moved in!) is getting showers in the bathrooms on the main floor and the girls’ upstairs bathrooms. We’ve got the window in the main floor out and it was replaced with glass block. The plumbing and tiling will hopefully be done by the end of this week. Then on to the upstairs where the contractor is going to expand the girls’ bathroom and add a shower stall. I think we’re all excited about the prospect of not having to go to the basement for our showers!

Just another wayfarer on life's journey, headed for Home. I'm carrying The Message, and I'm definitely waiting for Guffman.

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