At times, life affords us opportunities to simply sit back and observe. They don’t necessarily happen often, but when they do, we need to try and take advantage of them. This past week, I along with my family went to 2nd Reunion. The grounds at Camp Sionito have always been special to me ever since I was a little boy. That sense of Sionito specialness has not worn off. It has changed over the years but is still an important annual destination. During Reunion I had some opportunities to simply observe and was impressed with what I saw. Continue reading
Let every man give according to the purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or out of necessity, for God loves a cheerful giver. ~ 2 Corinthians 9:7
I have shared before that the Community Computer Lab offers a unique opportunity to offer ministry. When I say unique, I mean that in two ways: 1) we are able to meet people at a point of need in their lives that a Sunday morning service cannot; 2) we are able to meet people from the community that we would never have an opportunity to meet and share with otherwise. Continue reading
As humans, milestones are important to us. We use them as an opportunity to pause, reflect on what has taken place, and look to what might become. As January has now arrived, we embrace the new year by following this tradition. I liken it to plowing the field of our life. As we look to our past, we can see the rows of the field that we have plowed. We can see the work we have done and can take notice of the impact we have had. We see the mark we have left. At times this will fill us with pride, a sense of accomplishment, and celebration. Other times, we will be filled with a sense of regret or frustration for the lack of volume of accomplishment we had hoped for.
It is then that we turn towards the future and look out over the field that is yet to be plowed. We see the work that is still before us. At times it might feel like the field yet to be plowed is too large and we get discouraged. Other times, we might look to that field with anticipation and excitement of the work we will be able to reflect back on in the future. Continue reading
If I look at the scheduled themes for the month of November, I can turn them into a single sentence: God is the God of the Living, and we are called to Prepare to Testify that The Prince of Peace Reigns. (The fourth week of November, the 27th, is actually part of the Advent season.)
Change. It’s a short word but many times is a hard process to go through. It can create a multitude of simultaneous responses: excitement, anxiety, opportunity, restrictions, mourning, anticipation, etc. For many of us, how we respond to change can dictate the experience we have.