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Have you Hugged a Fireman Today?

May 20, 2008

Ok, so neither have I (ok, there was that awkward embrace with my 2nd cousin last Friday).

Each year our church hosts a chili and wing cook-off/Firefighter appreciation banquet.  We invite the firefighters and their families to the church for an evening of entertainment and food, and there is a competition for best chili and wings.  This year, we decided to do things a little differently, and show them our appreciation by first taking them some chili and wings along with an invitation to the cook-off.

I called the fire stations to find out how many people were on staff at a time to know how much food to take to them.  You would have thought I was asking them if I could bring them a million dollars – they were very appreciative!

Today I took the first chili and wings into 3 stations.  They were all thrilled that we thought of them, and a little curious why a church was doing it.   Shouldn’t the church be the first ones showing our support in the community?  The fire department is the first group into an emergency, and wouldn’t it be great if the first people they thought of to call for help was the church?  As it is, the church is not called for help because we have stayed in our comfortable buildings behind our pretty stained glass.

Let’s get out there and be the church!

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Looking for Rabbits?

February 15, 2008

OK – I have noticed I am getting lots of hits on my website because of the rabbits.

If you are looking for Dwarf Hotot rabbits, French Angora rabbits, or Tans, please see our rabbitry website:  http://6thdayrabbits.wordpress.com

We have lots of cute rabbits, and many of them are for sale!

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Misinformed Misunderstandings

January 3, 2008

Why can’t we all just get along?

A now familiar cry from an infamous character from the American landscape – Rodney King!

I have been thinking about this within the church context, and even within relationships in general.  Is it perhaps because rather than talking to one another, we spend more time guessing what someone else thinks, or worse yet playing the “he said, she said” game. 

I wish they were more numerous, but there have been a few times when someone thought they knew what I was thinking, and instead of stewing about it, they came directly to me.  The hurt that was thought to have been there was typically not there, and relationships healed.  There have been times I have needed to go to someone and ask their thoughts directly, and you know what the funny thing is?  Most people appreciate that! 

Why can’t we all just get along?  Maybe if we would stop assuming what someone else said or thought, we could get along a little easier!

Just some thoughts I vomitted up…sorry for the mini-rant!

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So it Begins!

November 17, 2007

Our 24 hours of prayer has started!  One of the elders here at Ontario Christian Church kicked things off this morning!  I am thrilled that people are still devoted to prayer!  Out of all the slots of time to fill, only 2 remained unfilled as of this morning: midnight Saturday and 4 am Sunday!  That is exciting!

I have encouraged our people to fast during this time also.  We don’t talk a whole lot about fasting, but Jesus assumed we would do it just like he assumed we would pray!  Matthew 6 says, “When you fast” not if.  We assume that fasting is supposed to be completely private, but it is shown by Jesus to be just as private as praying, and we don’t hesitate to tell someone that we are praying for them.  Maybe we need to encourage one another to fast more regularly and offer ourselves as living sacrifices holy and pleasing to God!

WHEN YOU PRAY!

WHEN YOU FAST!

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Power of Prayer

November 15, 2007

This weekend Ontario Christian Church will be participating in our 2nd 24 hours of prayer.  This is an incredible time of corporate and individual prayer where I have asked members of this body to sign up for 1 hour time slots to come to the building and pray.  While they are here, they are asked to pray for the lost, pray for our community, pray for this church, pray for the universal Church, and really anything that comes to mind!

Too often we ignore Jesus’ words in the Sermon on the Mount regarding prayer.  Jesus never said, “If you pray” he said, “When you pray.”  How often do we spend an entire hour in prayer?  I mean really in prayer.  Last year, after I had been at this church for just over 2 months, we organized the 1st 24 hours of prayer and the reaction was the same from almost everyone, “1 hour?  How can I pray for a whole hour?”  The reaction afterwards was the same also, “That hour went by so fast – I could have gone for another hour with no problem!” 

Amazing things happen when we enter the throne room of God!  Time seems to either stand still, or fly by!  Allow God to meet you in prayer this weekend as our church meets God on Saturday and Sunday!

 WHEN YOU PRAY!

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Update

September 18, 2007

OK – I know I am not helping with any theological discussions, or providing any deep insight, but here are updated pictures of my daughters bunnies!

See more of them at http://6thdayrabbits.wordpress.com

C’mon Derrick – you know the grandkids want one!

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New Babies

September 8, 2007

No, not baby children – 5 is definitely enough!

 My daughter breeds Dwarf Hotot rabbits, and last Friday she had a doe give birth to her first litter!

4 cute little rabbits that appear to be marked perfectly!  We will see as they get older!

You can see more at our rabbitry website: http://6thdayrabbits.wordpress.com

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Labor Day

September 5, 2007

Well, since I hadn’t updated this blog since Memorial Day, I thought how appropriate it would be to update it for Labor Day!

I tried thinking about how God had impacted me over Labor Day, and it came down to this:  God’s Natural Revelation to us is remarkable!  We spent the weekend at Round Lake Christian camp in Lakeville, OH. Friday through Monday were spent camping with other folks from our church, and several hundred more people.  It was a great weekend with great fellowship and great worship! 

I do have to say at this point – remember the motorhome we spent our first months in Ohio in?  We sold it thinking we would get a new camper – instead we paid bills, so no camper.  This was our 2nd outing in a tent.  That was a completely different outing when we just had one daughter almost 10 years ago.  Now, we have 5 kids, and the youngest is just over 6 months old. 

Through all of the busyness, the swimming, the chapel services, we took time to just soak in God’s glory…His glory through creation!

All I can say is, “THANK YOU GOD!”

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Memorial Day

May 29, 2007

I am not entirely certain what happened on Sunday!  I had prepared a sermon on Gideon and his battle with the Midianite army.  I thought this was going to be the perfect Memorial Day sermon.  Before I preached, there was a video shown with all of the people associated with our church who have served in the armed forces.  Somewhere in the middle was a picture of an elderly lady in our church named Mary.  Mary is just a tiny little thing, and is getting up there in years.  On the screen was this beautiful young woman, and it said she was a nurse during WWII.  Immediately my mind began racing about the stories she must have, and I wondered how many people listened!

The way my mind works, that got me thinking about our own stories…the stories that we have about our redemption…the stories about what God has done in our life, and God kept taking me to Deuteronomy 6.

“Deuteronomy 6:4-9

4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. “

We have a responsiblity to tell our children…to tell them every opportunity we get about the One God whom we serve!

Tell your story!

It was painful, but I scrapped my sermon on Sunday, and spoke briefly about this passage…I have never abandoned a sermon completely 2 minutes before I was supposed to preach it, but I couldn’t do anything else!

Impress your story on the people around you!

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Thoughts thanks to Fishing & Catching

May 10, 2007

OK…if you read my last post, you know where I was going in stating the differences between fishing and catching.  Jesus called us to both fish for men, and to catch men. 

Honestly, that was the basis of last weeks Bible Study on the Life of Christ.  This whole week something has been rolling around in my head (and unfortunately, there is far too much room for that).  In keeping with the fishing theme, I wondered to myself, and involved some people in a discussion of whether or not we are actually involved in a catch & release program.  I don’t know if it is the same in other countries, but here in the US, there is a sad trend going on in the church to get people to “cross a line” and then we seem to forget about them.

Let me explain what I mean by “cross a line.”  For some, it is that trip down the aisle, or the sinner’s prayer.  Maybe it is baptism.  For some, it might even be membership into a certain church.  What happens then?  Where is the discipleship? 

When was the last time someone asked you what you were reading in the Bible for your own benefit?  When was the last time you asked that of someone else?  What is God showing you about his character?  How is your prayer life?  These are questions that should be asked as the beginnings of discipleship, and they aren’t even asked down the road. 

Let’s step out of our comfort zones, quit this catch & release junk, and start making disciples!