Friday, December 25, 2009

Mele Kalikimaka

Woke up to a cold, rainy morning.  Stayed in bed a while longer.  Snuggled up with my Angel Baby Doll and gave thanks.

Put on a new long sleeve t-shirt (gift from a neighbor), heated some Chocolate Truffle Coffee, made tea for my butter cup, cut a couple of hefty slices of Cracker Barrel Apple Pie (gift from a friend), put a thick slice of extra sharp cheddar cheese on each and nuked!

Consumed above listed goodness while checking some email and tweets and discovered...

...this in a tweet by @perrynoble , pastor at Newspring church in Anderson, SC.

Just had to share it with Y'all!

** Mele Kalikimaka = Merry Christmas for you non-Hawaiian types!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


"The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope." --Barbara Kingsolver

Monday, December 21, 2009

He who began a good work...

I have to share this devotional I received from a friend, Glenn Burris, Interim President of Foursquare Gospel Church:

Come, Emmanuel


Good morning!

John Mason Neale was born on January 24, 1818. He trained to be an Anglican priest at Trinity College in Cambridge. By most accounts, he was brilliant; a man who could write and speak in more than 20 languages. But he was also feared. In religious circles in the United Kingdom, many feared his intelligence and his insights. He was considered too evangelical, too progressive, and too much a free thinker. Many were afraid he might possibly gain too great an influence.

Instead of getting a parish in London, the church sent him to the Madiera Islands off the northwest coast of Africa. In a sense, he was exiled to this far away place in hopes that he and his ideas would never find root in England. Even in his isolation from mainstream Christianity, he could not keep his dreams submerged. He established the Sisterhood of St. Margaret, from which he began an orphanage, a school for girls, and a house of refuge for prostitutes. Often frail and sickly, Neale continued to steward his unique gifts and passion despite serving with physical limitations and in an obscure place.

Driven by his love for the Scriptures, he not only read the Bible, but he would also read any Scripture-based writing he could get his hands on. He came across an obscure Latin chant called “Psalteroium Canionum Catholicarum.” Some scholars estimate that a monk first compiled these words sometime prior to the 9th century. The text inspired Neale and he decided to translate it into English. The words reverberate with promises concerning the Messiah from Isaiah 7:14 and Matthew 1:23.

Neale, intentionally pushed into obscurity by his assignment, reintroduced the world to Emmanuel, God with us, and Israel as a representative of God’s passionate desire to bring redemption and restoration to all. He empathized with Israel’s “captive, lonely exile.” In the third verse of probably the oldest and still sung Christmas carol, we read:
    “O come, O Dayspring, come and cheer,
    Our spirits by thine advent here;
    And drive away the shades of night,
    And pierce the clouds and bring us light.”
   Chorus: “Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.”

Now you know the rest of the story. A minister, destined by men for obscurity, rose out of the darkness to share his gift of writing with the world. Don’t ever allow your mind to wonder concerning the purposes and plans God has for you. No man, no system, no power, no demon, and no scheme can ever hold back what the Lord has commanded concerning you.

“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Phil. 1:6 NIV).

Come, Emmanuel, come...

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

IF only one...

IF you could only take one memory into eternity with you, what would it be?

For me, it'd be seeing Christ in my wife's eyes. What more could I want than to look into her eyes for eternity and see everything that is good?


Friday, December 11, 2009

Life Worth Living


We labor for those who thirst. The least of these. We pray for opportunities to share this passion that is born of our surrender to GOD in Christ and service for the kingdom of light!

It reaps eternal benefits and oh the joy when you open the mail and see...

... that we do not labor in vain, and that GOD's Word never comes back empty.

In every presentation, seeds are sown and those who thirst will be served!


Monday, December 7, 2009

Tema Dump - Hope for the Future


This is the Dump, you can see the smoke coming off of it. This shot off of Google Earth.

This is where the children live that your $50 sponsors out of the Dump and into school. Providing a meal per day, a uniform and an education.


YOU are their "Hope for the future."