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It’s been a couple weeks of craziness at work.  I am thankful for the times God gives when it is so obvious that only he can sustain.  It is those moments when he is palatably near.  They are priceless.  It is also in those moments that he reveals his desires for you.
 
It’s become obvious to me over the last couple of months as I’ve attempted to blog that blogging takes a lot of time – at least for guys like me 🙂  I stand in awe of folks that can post time after time and seem to get their thoughts out quickly.  Such is not the gifting God has given me. 
 
God used this time away to clarify for me that my calling, or better, the method of pursuing the calling God has for me, is more on the person to person basis.  Specific, personally encouragement for people going or at risk of suffering is the niche he has for me.  This blog, while a joyful exercise, has taken too much time away from that.  I am thankful that I can write things that encourage en masse.  I am thankful that God has used what he allowed me to write.  But God has made it clear that I need to focus on the individual more than the group when it comes to strengthening people in light of 2 Peter 3:12.
 
Was it wrong to blog?  No.  It was a God-planned risk.  But God had a lesson that he wanted to show me through this risk.  I had struggled for a long time with whether or not to blog.  Fear, in many ways, kept me from blogging.  God lead me to trust his grace to overcome that fear.  Now I see that there is grace to overcome fears like this and I have a specific outlet in which to apply this Spirit-given confidence in Christ’s sufficiency for me.  It was a risk worth taking even if it only lead to 11 posts on a blog that soon will be forgotten.
 
I’ll look forward to tracing where God used this blog and the lessons learned from it in my life and in others when I get to Heaven.  But until then, we must do all we can to hasten the day. 
 
Whatever the risk God puts on your heart, whether going (Matthew 24:14) or sending, suffering (Revelation 6:9-11) or supporting, remember, Christ is with you (Matthew 28:20).  The rope will always be held for you by Nail-Pierced Hands that will never let go.

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If life is meant to be a long illustration of Christ’s sufficiency, then I’m about to have a front seat to some amazing pictures of grace.  From now until July 5th my work is going to be pretty all-consuming, so I won’t have any time to write.  God willing, I’ll be able to put something up before the 10th.  Until then, let’s pray for those that go (Matthew 24:14), and those who suffer (Revelation 6:9-11), and let us enjoy together now what we can of his presence (Matthew 28:20), while we long to see Christ’s face and do all we can to hasten that day.

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I still remember that night like it was last night.  Gwyn and I were honored to be part of a Barnabas group for a young man that was about to go on a short term missions trip to Zambia for a year.  He was going to work with a group that was reaching out to street children.  (more…)

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There is a story that I heard once that goes something like this.  A couple had put their child down and he was having a hard time going to sleep.  He called down to his Mom and Dad, “Mommy, Daddy, can you come up here?  It’s dark and I’m scared!”.  His parents, trying to reassure him that everything would be alright, called back, “Don’t be afraid – Jesus is with you up there.”  To which the child replied, “I know.  But I’d like to have someone with skin on here with me too.” (more…)

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We live in an old house.  It was built somewhere around 1880 by a fine Swedish immigrant couple.  It’s been added on to twice, and had a fire partially gut it once.  Needless to say, the old house is beginning to show it’s age.  Some of the work done on it before we moved in was not of the highest caliber, and so, as the house continues to follow the physics of aging and settling, some cracks have appeared. 
 
I passed my hand over one of the walls one night and felt a slight breeze, (more…)

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I have a friend in a group I get together with from my church who has a three-year-old son. The word “cute” is insufficient for this little guy. He is a short-round who’s very presence makes you want to pick him up and tickle him.

One night, as my friend and his family were sitting down for supper, it came time for dessert. Ice Cream 🙂 My friend’s wife asked the little guy, “How many M&M’s do you want on your ice cream?” To which he replied “Four!” (more…)

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