Just Sing

I’m not sure what it was.  A fight? Argument? Debate?  There were two opinionated voices ringing in the church sanctuary about half-an-hour before the service started.  The musicians were practicing their songs and somebody noticed a fabric-patch that looked similar to the Confederate flag on one of the music stands.  A pointed question was posed as kindling, and a smart rebuttal sparked what could have become a decent blaze of agitation and argumentation.   In my agitation at the fact that they would be having this argument at this time, I jumped in creatively to tell them both how silly they sounded.  Nobody listened, and I continued to mentally engage both of them in how ridiculous the whole thing had become.  Another person in the group was...

“You are not your own”

The end of chapter 6 in 1 Corinthians says quite plainly “You are not your own; You have been purchased for a price.”  Many people read this and think “Golly-gee willikers, I’m purchased and saved.  That gives me the warm-fuzzies inside.”  While this is true, I think Paul is trying to drive home a much more important point in this, especially when he states shortly thereafter “Therefor honor God with your bodies.”  Lest anybody call me a hypocrite, I’ll be the first to admit that I have messed up on this command.  But I’ve taken steps to fix the error in my thinking, and maybe I can help others see the realization that’s sparked this. If your body is God’s, not yours, then every dishonorable...

A Tragic Day (Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow)

Today is a tragic day.  The first thing people will instinctively think of is the tragedy of 9/11 for the USA, where a few under 3000 people died.  But America isn’t the only country in the world that has had people die on 9/11.  England lost over 5000 men back in 1297.  The Indian Maratha Empire lost about 3000 as well in 1803.   But those two examples are of wars, you might say.   Well, it didn’t happen on September 11th, but what about the tsunami that hit Japan in 2011?  Over 15,000 people died, and I don’t recall anybody having a moment of silence for 3/11 this year or last year. What about the Haiti earthquakes on January 12th, 2010 that killed over 159,000 people?   But those weren’t an effect of human selfishness...

Reintegration

Yes, the blog is still alive!  It won’t be on international missions any for the time being, but it’s a good enough place to serve as a general purpose blog for the moment.  I’ll use it as such and label the entries as “Journal” for the sake of categorization. The first that I noticed is that America changed a LOT since I was last here in May of ’12.  The first thing that I realized is that it really didn’t change all that much.  My memories of this country beforehand were of a different caliber – a different style of life altogether.  A different set of morals, standards, and principles.  Now that I’ve gotten some world perspective and some solid Biblical training under my belt, it’s a shock to see...

Faith

I came to Africa on a bout of faith.  I was determined to do God’s work.  I trusted that God would provide for me to do this work for Him.  I wanted Him to prepare the path I was about to take.  I knew in my heart of hearts that He was going to provide for this work, and that He would carry it on to completion.  I was uncertain where I would end up, but I was certain I’d be in ministry for life.  I was certain I was made to be an INTERNATIONAL MISSIONARY!  I was blinded by what I thought God would like. Seven months and six days later, I’m preparing to return to the States.  Full circle, I suppose, and I certainly can’t say I had expected this to happen.  I was so eager to do work for God that I failed to do God’s work.  I...

Lessons Learned the Hard Way

I have discovered the beautiful paradox of being a work in progress.  Though my sins are clearly forgiven and my spirit is enabled to live a progressively more God-pleasing life, I am constantly reminded of how small I am compared to the monstrous goal of perfection.  God’s calling of excellence in every area of life is slowly permeating everything I do.  That still small voice is slowly growing louder.  I am learning to treat it with more reverence and respect as it guides me toward the life that God calls me to live. I have developed two “sayings” that are now guiding my life.  The first is “Let my statements be many and my words be few.”  The more I listen, and the less I say, the more I hear and the more I am heard.  I...

Resensitization

Desensitization has been a large problem for the youth of the day.  Many are exposed to violence or horrible trauma from a young age and can no longer be bothered by violence.  I believe there’s another type of desensitization going on though – the severing of emotions.  Losing the ability to love and feel and fear.  Much of this seems to come from simply not acknowledging the emotions.  This behavioral pattern, in me anyways, came from some undetermined point in my past, but it’s a personality trait that I have consciously kept going for quite a while, especially when I went to Africa.  After so many heartbreaks and disappointments (from multiple sources), I had simply decided that it wasn’t worth hurting.  I prayed to God to take...