Ministry, what I am working on right now

WE THE SHEEPLE

Caleb and I took this picture just outside of Gunnison Colorado.

I love it because it reminds me of how Jesus sees us.

He calls us sheep.

If you were starting your own sports team and needed a mascot you might consider choosing the lions, tigers, eagles, or bears as they give us a sense of power and independence. I seriously doubt that anyone would consider their mascot to be a sheep. Sheep are not known for their agility, strength or independence.

Yet God has chosen the “sheep” to be the mascot of his people. Not lions, tigers, eagles, or bears, but sheep. Why? Because as God’s people we bear a remarkable resemblance to sheep. Isaiah says it best.

Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way;

I have a cartoon that shows two sheep looking at a crowd of people and one of the sheep is saying, “All we like people have gone astray.” Unlike the bear, tiger or lion of strength we like sheep are inclined to be self-destructive. Our streak of wanting to be independent hurts us. Like a flock of sheep we need a shepherd. To live life without the Shepherd brings about our own demise.

Life Without the Shepherd:

– The Scattered Life . . .

Ezekiel 34:5 “So they were scattered because there was no shepherd; and they became food for all the beasts of the field when they were scattered.


The Be Eaten Life . . .

Ezekiel 34:8 “as I live,” says the Lord GOD, “surely because My flock became a prey, and My flock became food for every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, nor did My shepherds search for My flock, but the shepherds fed themselves and did not feed My flock”;


– The Troubled Life . . .

Zechariah 10:2 For the idols speak delusion; The diviners envision lies, And tell false dreams; They comfort in vain. Therefore the people wend their way like sheep; They are in trouble because there is no shepherd.

– The Wearied Life . . .

Matthew 9:36 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.

Like sheep we are prone to wander way from the security of the Shepherd into a life of insecurity and hurtfulness.

David though he was a shepherd himself did not see himself in that light but rather that he is the sheep. We must begin to see ourselves as sheep in need of a shepherd, one who will provide, protect and prepare us for life now and everlasting.

Once you and I admit, “I need Him!” it is then the built in blessings of this shepherd led life begins to bring comfort and care to our hearts.

“The Lord is my shepherd” Psalm 23

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cycling

COMMUNTING TO THE OFFICE

Today was my first opportunity in 12 weeks to bike to work.

Prior to Mr. ankle breaking, I would commute to the office on my bike on Mondays.

I began commuting on the bike because it allowed me to accomplish many things at once.

Here is a short list of benefits:

1. I get to exercise in the same amount of time I usually spend in the suv on my way to the office.

2. Cycling to the office is a great low impact exercise that allows me to help accelerate recovery from the ankle injury.

3. Commuting on a bike takes me no longer to get to the office than driving my gas hog.

4. Speaking of gas hog… Commuting saves money on the 3.50 per gallon we are all paying now.

5. Commuting, as with any form of exercise, is therapeutic. Biking for me is a stress reliever.

 I can use the time for prayer and processing my day before and after a day in the office.

Great to be back in the Monday routine again.

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Ministry, what I am working on right now

My Favorite Pair Of Genes – Weekend recap

Really enjoying this new series called “My favorite pair of Genes”.

Into week two so far and the series seems to fit really good.

Here is a brief outline of today’s message.
For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ Acts 17:28 (niv)
 
                                   THE FATHER FACTOR
 
He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse.”  Malachi 4:6 (niv)
 
FATHERLESSNESS LEADS TO A SPIRIT OF   POVERTY
FATHERLESSNESS LEADS TO A SPIRIT OF INSECURITY.
FATHERLESSNESS LEADS TO A SPIRIT OF ANGER.
 
1. I did not get here FROM your parents….You got here THROUGH  your parents.
 
From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. 27 God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. 28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ Acts 17:27-28 (niv)
 
2. I do not get my ID from my EARTHLY father, but from my HEAVENLY Father.
 
                     Divine   Nature  Ancestry
 
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature 2 Peter 1:3,4 (niv)
 
3. I am loved not because of what I DO, I am loved because of who I BELONG to.
 
A voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.” Luke 3:22 (nkjv)
Because we live in such a performance oriented society were acceptance comes through our performance, it is so important to know we are accepted, loved and forgiven unconditionally.
With 1/3 to 1/2 of all Gen-xers being raised in single parent homes with no father the series seems to really resonate with the under 30 bunch of the church.
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Football

THE CARDINALS TRINITY

Really great to see the trinity back winning for the Arizona Cardinals again.

Kurt Warner is on his game today as well as the unstoppables Larry Fitzgarald and Aquan Bolding.

Kurt Warner and Brett Farve are the oldest QBs in the league. Warner at 37 and Farve at 38 are amazing to watch.

Speaking of Farve…..I still think of hm as part of the Packers family. Today I got an invitation to come to Lambo field in Greenbay….Taking Brenda and a couple from the church as soon as the tickets get here.

I hope it snows while we are in Greenbay!

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cycling, family, Ministry, Mountain biking

SATURDAY IN THE PARK

Today after I studied for Sundays messages I wanted to try a trail that I usually don’t get to ride.

The Willow Lake Trail is a great asset to our Prescott trail system.

Natascha as and I went out for an hour before heading to the 20 somethings small group meeting tonight.

Here are some pics of todays ride.

It is always great to get out on the bike with Tash and with 300 days of sunshine here in Prescott you just gotta live outdoors.

Speaking of sunshine. Tonight in our small group we a had a disccussion out of the brilliant book by Erwin Mcmanus entitled “CHASING DAYLIGHT“.

He uses Jesus words out of John 9:4 “As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.”

Here is one of the great quotes out of Erwin’s book; Right behind the mundane is the miraculous.”

Really looking forward to chasing daylight all day Sunday.

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family, Mountain biking

IMPRINTS

Tonight just before dark Natascha and I decided to get a quick mountain bike ride in.

When you are in the forest and the sun goes down it really get dark fast.

We made it home just in time.

Great to be able ride again with Tash.

Great kid (young lady) and a great mountain biker too.

After we got home it was neat just to sit and talk for a while.

“A good father will leave his imprint on his daughter for the rest of her life.”

                                                                                                        — Dr. James Dobson

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broken ankle, Mountain biking

Recovery update week eleven

Just wanted to give everyone interested a brief ankle update.

11 weeks ago during a fantastic early morning mountain bike ride I bumped the riders wheel in front of me and in a matter of three seconds found myself laying on trail 396 with what doctor Pfluger later told me was a Broken Ankle – Displaced Trimalleolar Fracture.

In everday language, I broke three bones in my right ankle.

What a life experience this has been.

Today (9/11/08) was my second time out on the bike.

The two rides I have been on are very simple with no goofiness because the ankle is still really tender. The first ride into Granite Basin was 9 miles and today I rode about 6 miles through the Prescott National Forest.

I started Physical therapy Tuesday and have 12 sessions with the Sports Medicine guys.

 

Really great to get back in the woods again.

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