End of Job

BookJobJust finished reading Job in my daily bible reading. Once again I am struck by the way God responds to Job in chapters 38-42. It’s almost like God is defending Himself to a man, taking a sarcastic tone saying: “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! (Job 38:4-5)  God then goes on to share how He takes care of all creation…commanding and managing things which Job likely gave little thought to before. Remember this is a guy who lost EVERYTHING…family, home, riches and his own health. To make matters worse his friends accuse Job of sinning as the cause of all his calamity.  Gods response lacks specifics as to why all this happened to Job…but it is almost like God is sharing all this information about creation to say: I know what I am doing…I am in control.  

Can you relate with Job? I know I can at times…wondering what the heck God is up to allowing certain things to happen or not happen in my life.  We are best to respond to God like Job did: “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted. You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know. (Job 42:2-3)

Papa help us trust you more. Forgive us when we think we have enough knowledge to challenge your will in this world. Protect us from evil, keep us on the path marked out for us.  Give us courage to face whatever comes our way, to trust you are with us in every storm.

Magnetic Community

horseshoe-magnet-attracting-iron-filings-tek-imageAs our Student Ministry kicks off another school year, we are hitting building community head on with a four week series: “Magnetic Community.”  The big idea is that just like magnets, communities either attract or repel people.  Our hope is to discover and implement the ingredients which make our ministry the kind of community that students are drawn to.  This week I share the first ingredient of a Magnetic Community: INCLUSIVE rather than EXCLUSIVE.  

Beyond the series we are also doing some other things to build community in our Student Ministry. Our High School Ministry now offers a weekly meal free for our students. There is just nothing like food to bring people together…we actually sit down at tables and eat together each week!  Also our Middle School Ministry is now meeting a half-an-hour later to do a weekly Lifegroup (both our programs now meet 630-830p). At each program are doing more interactive mixer games which are designed to get students interacting with each other.  Lastly to stimulate some connections on Sunday mornings at The River, we are meeting at 1045am to sit together in the 11am experience EACH WEEK.  The hope here is that organically that will lead to students grabbing lunch after as well.

As with all our programmatic changes, we do this with prayer knowing:

The horse is made ready for the day of battle,
    but victory rests with the Lord.  Proverbs 21:31

 

 

Floating Thoughts

  • Back to reality! Today is my first day back in the office after my trip and yes there’s alot to do!
  • Dad heads back today to Florida. Was great having him back in Michigan his past month.
  • I feel for all those going back to school and also feels great being completely done with school!
  • Started another year of Fantasy Football this week.  Excited to see where it goes, hoping to top my third place record last year.
  • In response to the celebrity picture hacking…I actually liked what Ricky Gervais was getting at when he tweeted: “Celebrities, make it harder for hackers to get nude pics of you from your computer by not putting nude pics of yourself on your computer.”  And no I don’t condone stealing pictures, the point is how about we stop taking nude pictures of ourselves? Yet another way porn has negatively influenced our culture with far-reaching consequences.
  • I am determined  to get a couple more afternoons by the pool before call hits officially in 21 days.
  • Do people still read blogs?

Heading West Again

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Three years ago when I left Oregon I made the commitment to return each summer.  My hope has been to stay connected with all of my friends out west and with the part of my heart I left out there.  I leave today for a trip and will be returning on the 29th.  The first week I am honored to be speaking at my buddy Austin’s camp from Grace Chapel. Excited to get to know his students and experience God working on Lake of the Woods in southern Oregon. Appreciate your prayers for that.

The second week I will be reconnecting with friends (would love to see you) and also getting some R & R.  While I wont be blogging, I will be tweeting and posting to Instagram so feel free to follow my adventure there. Peace Out!

Floating Thoughts

  • Dad is in town again for the month of August. Excited to have him over for BBQ and a movie tonight.
  • Leave for Oregon on the 17th and will be out for 2 weeks.  I am speaking at a Summer Camp and also getting some much needed vacation time in.
  • Stress is high as I have alot to get done before I leave for that trip.
  • Tomorrow I am going to the Hillsong Young & Free experience at NorthRidge. Definitely excited for a night of worship.
  • I really enjoyed Guardians of the Galaxy…pretty edgy for a Marvel movie but I thought it was an enjoyable ride.
  • Loving my new LG phone!
  • Been reading another book: The Gifts of Imperfections by Brene Brown…solid stuff as with Daring Greatly.
  • While I am bummed that my buddy Jim Jensen is leaving The River this week, I believe he has resigned with a ton of dignity and is a class-act.
  • Going back through The Last of Us on the PS4. Loved this game last year and believe its the first time I have played through a game twice…with the exception of course for multiplayer games. It is currently the highest rated video game in history!
  • Is it really August?!?