Friday, March 28, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
He is risen! He is risen, indeed! That is the essential difference between Christianity and so many other beliefs in this world. It is based not on some cosmic happening or fairy tale. HE IS RISEN!
And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.
1 Corinthians 15:14
There may be things we don't understand. There may be things about which we disagree. But, HE IS RISEN!
The people who were alive when the event occurred, the first Easter, based their testimony on this fact. Many of them gave their lives for it. As the passage above says, if the resurrection is not a real event there is no need to bother. But it is true. HE IS RISEN, INDEED!
If He did not defeat death and secure our redemption, it is all a hoax and we can all move along because there is no point beyond eat, drink, and be merry. But if He has been raised, nothing else in life even compares. The ramifications are incomprehensible! It changes everything. Indeed, it has changed everything!
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Our girls have been part of AWANA since they were old enough to be Cubbies. Last week they returned to talk about our time in the Philippines. After hearing their daddy preach many different times, it was their turn. No they didn't preach a sermon but it was like talking in three services as they spoke to 3 different groups at AWANA. It was a great opportunity to let them know about life in the Philippines and let them know they do not have to wait until they grow up or move across the world to be a missionary.
Sunday, March 9, 2008
One clue said they had to have a picture taken with a clown. It just so happened, that there was an event in town with a couple clowns that were very familiar.
Mom had a commitment to be a clown for the day. This morning Lisa suggested that I show up and surprise her. (I grew up with a mom that was a clown, so it just seemed right that they should have a clown for a parent, too. When I was in high school Mom would take a group of us clowning at a couple local hospitals each week, that's how I learned to do the balloons and juggling that came in handy so often while in the Philippines.) It was fun to surprise both her and the girls when they showed up during their game.
They got some balloons and a picture (I just liked this picture better) before continuing on their journey.
Their last stop for the "Panic" was at the library where they were having a class on sculpting birds. Adriana is holding what will become a beautiful robin.
Saturday, March 8, 2008
This is truly a blessing. It is located between the YWAM base and the market. It seems like a very good location for us.
This is where we will eat our rice.
The laundry room
The rent is half what the previous place we had been looking at. Now if only I can keep from spending the other half at the bakery each month.
We are very thankful that the Lord has answered this prayer. It is also a great blessing to be able to join friends at an established ministry.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Anyhoo, tomorrow he should put in a day's work. It is ironic to say the least that he will need to go through the inprocessing he was in charge of not so long ago. In fact I seem to remember he got an award from the NEI for some part of the program he helped develop...
Not wanting his self-esteem to suffer after being referred to as a nonessential worker, I made sure there was plenty to fill his day. He taught a couple math lessons and answered the cries of "Help me please Daddy" as the girls faced what they deemed impossible math problems. Then there was the bathroom project. He has been diligently working on it for a while and spent most of the weekend putting the finishing touches on the walls. Even had it all painted. Am I the only one who struggles with selecting the right color from a little itty bitty square sample? I like pink and 3 out of 4 girls surveyed like pink, but this turned out to be too much possibly for Barbie herself. So being the guy he is repainted it today. We mixed the pink with some "Nostalgia White" we had on hand to get a much more soft pink. This is not the first time we have had this experience. I remember when we first started painting our family room. I thought a sunny yellow would be cheery. We started painting and even got out a hair dryer trying to be confident that when the paint dried it wouldn't be quite so intense. In the end we mixed 2 parts white to 1 part yellow to get what is on the walls. Maybe this is why many of our rooms are shades of white with fancy names like "Crisp Linen"!
Monday, March 3, 2008
Looking forward to hearing all the great ideas.
Saturday, March 1, 2008
While I would much rather be boarding a plane to Manila, they don't offer those flights for free. This opportunity is a blessing because it will help pay for our trip across the expanse of the Pacific. Looking back I can see how God used the opportunity He put before me coming out of high school to prepare me for service. Now He is using that same venue to help send me into the service to which He has called me.
I look forward to seeing my friends with whom I worked for so many years. I am eager to share with them what I have seen God do over the past year.
I am adding the outage to our prayer list because it is always a challenging time for our family. The hours are long. It is tiring. I have also become very accustomed to being with my family for throughout the day. (This past year has held many unexpected blessings.)
p.s. The picture is of nuclear fuel assemblies being removed from the reactor. Yes, the fuel glows. No, people do not.