Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Last Thursday Night Dani, our college pastor TORE IT UP!! I thought that her lesson was amazing!! It was the best I've sat under in a long time (besides of coarse my beloved, Alistair Begg).

That night really got me thinking....mostly about how can I tell that the Holy Spirit lives in me? What are the markers, and can I see them in my life? In what ways could someone tell that I am "different" from the world? Oh how this question has been challenging me.

Every morning this last week on my drive to work I have been trying to think of these things, areas of my life that I feel the Holy Spirit's movement in or areas that I know that are in my life, reactions, comments, impatience, advice I would give, that are very much spiritless and not light for those around me. Identifing these things and then offering them in prayer through out the week has been really cool for me.

I press on toward the goal, my friends!!!
It is not out of sight, and yet running alone it is beyond my reach!!
Holy Spirit come like a rushing wind.

Friday, November 19, 2004

I spoke with a lady today at work who recently adopted a little girl from Olive Crest and they moved up to Washington State.
They are living in what is called cohousing. I find this living situation absolutely fascinating and intriguing.

Check out their website for more information...http://www.sharingwood.com/

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Andrew, It's great that you like to identify the churches issues but you affect change by exemplifying it, my friend. I did not see you handle yourself as a broken, humble, willing to be open person when conflict faced you. I saw you get angry, point blame, hold grudges, not forgive, not listen and pout.

I believe that being a part of a church body, means you MUST be open to being sharpened. You entrust yourself to those around you to sharpen you because they love and care about you deeply. You MUST hear when people are telling you what they see in your life, the good, the bad and the ugly. Yes, we are ALL sinners, working out the salvation that has been offered to us. That salvation is offered to us all, whores, homosexuals, drunkards, pornographer, liars, and thieves. I do not think that excuses us to continue living in sin. I think God calls us out of that life and uses the people around us to do so.

If you are open to that kind of intimacy with people then you can certainly find it within the church. It is not all pomp and circumstance, but you do have to search for that kind of accountability. I would say that I have at least 5 people that I have an intimate, vulnerable relationship with from our church. Who love me, accept me, and help me to mature, grow, change, and sometimes brutally tell me the truth about myself, when I can't see it.

I read an awesome book called The Emotional Healthy Church ( I think I gave you a copy) that spoke a lot about the concerns that you have voiced. This book has really has challenged me and excited me to be apart of an emotional healthy church. And really, it starts with me. Am I emotionally healthy??

You affect change by exemplifying it!

Friday, November 12, 2004

"With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God's likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be." James 3:9-10

so......I wonder how seriously we should take this?

Friday, November 05, 2004

So, for my job, Olive Crest Foster Family Agency, I need to come up with three slogans for the Month of March.
Got any ideas?? I know you guys will make many jokes but please write at least one serious one so I can borrow it for my meeting.
I am counting on your wittiness and intelligence to come through for me!!!

Monday, November 01, 2004

I love it when someone you know goes on and on about being "friends" with someone who is quasi famous and then when you sit and chat with the same quasi famous person they have NO IDEA who that other person is.
Then the person who thought they were "friends" with the quasi famous person has no idea that you know that the quasi famous person has NO IDEA who they are and you just kinda laugh next time the person talks about the quasi famous person they are "friends" with.

I think that is really funny. HAHAHAHA

So, here is my thought for today..........what will the world do if George Bush wins the election??
Like it seems like most of the world is against George Bush having another four years....what if it happens.
What will you guys do who really really hate him??

I guess I never thought about the after the election much??

Let me know, I am interested?