Monthly Archives: July 2008

Month: July 2008 Psalm 128.3

I’ve received emails with the following article a few times since yesterday afternoon… and each time I receive it I’m once again encouraged and reminded of the great blessing of motherhood and childbearing specifically. I’m encouraged bcz the ones who have sent it are mothers who not only love their children but also love being mothers — mothers who have borne many children and whose bodies have been made comfortable… for babies… and adored by husbands who appreciate and marvel at the handiwork and blessing of the Lord. Article by Jeff (The Public Undressing of America) Pollard The True Meaning of Beauty: A Pastoral Letter to Fruitful Vines  Dear Fruitful Vines, One never knows in God’s mercy and kindness what a simple appeal to a Biblical passage can produce. As I was pondering my last encouragement to you all, I pondered Psalm 128. Verse 3 says, “Thy wife shall be continue reading

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Month: July 2008 Remember a few months ago…

I wrote about all the swooning and fainting at Obama speeches and you know, I thought the whole deal was a perfect set up for the campaign or, rather, the candidate, to appear ‘messiah-like’ in his presentation and presence. He notices the fainting ones… he seemed to care… he was the only one offering help… he was a-mazing. He met felt needs, he presented material people wanted to hear, he appeared to care, he was sensitive, he offered solutions, he promised good things, he seemed to have all the answers… I kept wondering [and I keep wondering]… is he really only a US Senator? Does he ever go to work? It’s incredible – only in America – could this happen… media driven America and the who-cares-what-he’s-done-I-like-how-he-sounds! What, actually, does he do? Or, what, actually, has he done?  I don’t mean what has he proposed or what has he talked about continue reading

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Month: July 2008 The Epitome of Gratefulness

and I suppose if I could choose any photo… it would be this: or this. If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free… If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” –John 8.31b,32,36 He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” –Jim Elliot

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Month: July 2008 God gives more grace

I was thinking this morning that God’s grace is sufficient for the day… and then considered: how much grace does God have? How much mercy? The Word says He is plenteous in mercy and that He gives liberally. Can I exhaust the grace of God? Can I ask Him too often for mercy – for grace – for wisdom? Is His ear far from my cry? No… to all of these things, no… His arm is not shortened that it cannot save, His mercy knows no end and there is no accounting of His grace and wisdom – for if the grace of God is sufficient, then whatever He does, is, gives or says will be or is sufficient for me. Always. I’ve been missing my boy… we passed the half year point since he left for Africa. I’m glad he’s there. Truly, I am glad. But I miss him continue reading

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Month: July 2008 The Universal Language: Soccer

The contents of Timothy’s bags was pretty minimal when he left for Ghana six months ago. There were few necessities and few luxuries and I suppose that were he to have had to dump his possessions or to make a choice what to take and what to leave behind, the soccer balls would not have been in the ‘left behind’ grouping. There were few items on the priority list, but topping that list was soccer balls, for Timothy knows that wherever he goes, soccer is the universal language — it’s the great equalizer — anywhere. Timothy had an opportunity to go with his Ghanaian friend, Clem, to visit Clem’s home village. A treat was to go to the beach. and. play. soccer. Then… “small friends in Tacrodi”

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Month: July 2008 Hmmmmmm

This pic’s from Timothy in Ghana. There’s a story here. Hmmmmm. Timothy says that’s the Methodist church in the back ground. A very typical sight in the extremely poverty stricken area.  Makes me think:  what are we saying here in the States with our exceeding wealth and mega-buildings and mega programs and mega institutions?

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Month: July 2008 The sphere of influence…

I often say, your sphere of influence is greater than your sphere of acquaintance.   And now, my new favourite phrase is: you can number the seeds in an apple, but you cannot number the apples in a seed.  For, who can know the influence of a life?  Who can measure the value of a life yielded to Christ? I’ve not been able to blog lately… so much time and so little to do.  Reverse that.   But I did receive a letter in the mails today that I thought would be worth the time of reading.  Truly, there is little encouragement in the pages of news and reports these days.  Surely, it seems, the whole world’s gone mad.  And the church with it.  O, may God help us all. What a sorry state when a man turns his back on God… but when ‘church’ leaders turn their backs on the Truth continue reading

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