Ministry, what I am working on right now

MY FAVORITE PAIR OF GENES

Really looking forward to this last message in the series “My Favorite Pair Of Genes“.

It interest me in seeing how our spiritual DNA is planned by God but yet developed by our surroundings and influences.

The spiritual family we grow up in really impacts the trajectory of our outlook and our outcome.

This weekend we are going to look at how God fits us in our spiritual family to develop us into his image.

The whole process is really miraculous if we will just let it happen and not short circut God’s plan.

So many people fight against fitting in God’s family and therefore ultimatly end up fighting against God’s plan for their lives.

I love being “fitly framed together ” Ephesians 2:21 (kjv)

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HOW BIG IS A $700 BILLION DOLLAR BAILOUT?

It hard to comprehend something as large as $700 billion dollars in terms of coin.

So let’s look at it in terms of time to see how big 700 billion really is.

If we would measure every dollar as being equal to a second here is what it would look like.

1 million seconds ago is 12 DAYS AGO –
1 billion seconds ago is 32 YEARS AGO –
September 26, 1976

700 billion seconds ago is 22,400 YEARS AGO – or, 20,392 B.C
1 trillion seconds ago is 31,710 YEARS AGO –  or,  29,703 B.C.

That is one big bailout!

Bailout in economics and finance is a term used to describe a situation where a bankrupt or nearly bankrupt entity, such as a corporation or a bank, is given a fresh injection of liquidity, in order to meet its short term obligations.  Often a bailout is in response to a short term cash flow crunch, where an entity with illiquid, but sufficient, assets is given funds to “tide it over” until short term problems are resolved. However, often bailouts are merely delaying the inevitable. (wikipedia)

“Without wise leadership, a nation falls; there is safety in having many advisers. There’s danger in putting up security for a stranger’s debt;it’s safer not to guarantee another person’s debt.” Proverbs 11:14,15 (nlt)

I am praying for wise leadership today.

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REPORT CARD TIME?

I used to love report card time when I knew I worked hard and was going to receive good grades.

However, when I slacked off during a quarter or semester I really would dread the impending doom written in black and white for all to see.

This week my parents sent me one of my report cards they had kept from my elementary school years.

The date of the card is 1966-1967 and it is from my 3rd grade year.

Mrs. Miller writes at the bottom of the report card something that really got my attention some 40 years later.

She wrote that I have trouble “daydreaming” and that I struggle with my “reading habits”.

Interesting, how somethings change and somethings don’t. today, I love reading and have way too many books on a variety of subjects and have spent too much money on books.

But what hasn’t changed is the “day dreaming” part. I still love dreaming while I am wide awake and visioneering a life that God dreamed up for me.

Erwin Mcmannus puts it this way in his book Wide Awake;

“Dream big. Dream God-sized dreams and have the courage to live them…. Never again surrender to the thought, Well, I’m only human. There is no ‘only’ before human. You are human—created in the image of God…. It is a gift to be human.”

We all have God sized dreams in us to live up to, and we have a lifetime to become all He created us to become.

I am A BEMA SEAT BELIEVER that keeps dreaming. After all these years that has not changed.. 

2 Corinthians 5:10

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Ministry, what I am working on right now

1436

Getting ready for another Wednesday night Bible study.

While I’m thinking about it, I added up all the Wednesday night services I have lead since starting in full time ministry in May of 1980.

If you subtract vacations I have lead 1436 Wednesday night services.

I have not missed one Wednesday night because of sickness over the past 28 years.

Wow, right up there with Brett Farve.

Ummmm, I wonder why we picked Wednesday nights?

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Ministry, what I am working on right now

HEADLINE HEADACHES

Just a brief scan of today’s top headlines can give humanity a major headache.

Reading some of them this morning really makes me think we are living in the end times. but having a biblical world view takes some of the confusion out of the mix.

– North Korea bars U.N. inspectors from main nuclear reactor, plans to reactivate plant.

– school massacre in western Finland, eight women and two men were killed by the 22-year-old gunman.

– Wall Street in Free Fall. worse loses in years.

– Speaking before the United Nations Assembly, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the “American empire in the world is reaching the end of its road.”

– US Government is rushing through a $700 Billion package to stabilize the failing financial giants.

– “Israel Asks US for Arms, Air Corridor to Attack Iran”.

– “Iran 6 months away from acquiring nuclear weapons.”

Seems like there are millions of frustrated angry people on the globe today. I wonder if it because God has designed life to not work without him?

Nation will rise up in arms against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes and famines in various places. These things are only the beginning of the birth pains.” Mark 13:8


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THE BEAUTY OF THE BEAN

Today is commute to the office on the bike day.

This is the first Monday of fall and what a great ride in the crisp fall air here in Prescott.

Stopped by the bean store and joined the other 167 million coffee drinkers of USA today.

It is nice having a Starbucks just about halfway between my house and the church.

I was reading today that coffee is second only to oil as a USA import and is a 19 billion dollar industry.

A great book I am reading right now by Leonard Sweet is The Gospel According To Starbucks.

The book is about finding a life you would stand in line for.

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Ministry

ALMOST

I think one of the saddest words in any language is “almost”.

“Almost”…..I almost made it to the top. I almost lived my dream. I almost hit the ball. I almost made the shot. Almost. But I didn’t.

In Acts 26:28 is an amazing yet really sad sentence spoken by a king to a preacher. “Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You almost persuade me to become a Christian.”
Wow, really close but yet far away. I bet Agrippa wishes he could have stepped over the line with Paul’s attempt to persuade him.

It might be time to interrupt apathy, because we cannot follow God in neutral.

What a complete rip to stand before God someday and say,”I almost lived for you.”

Forks in the road of life are gifts to help us become persuaded to make a choice.


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