Thursday, May 31, 2007

Foundation

Last week I talked about writing what I believe, this week I took the opportunity to write something up for my mom as she thinks about some things, wanting my point of view. (Mom and I are a lot a like, we like to talk about things at a 'deeper' level.) The total of what I wrote is seven pages, and could be longer. I wanted to post a small section of what I wrote. To summarize: Everyone has a foundation for their life, many do not take the time to look at it. Where you stand affects a lot of what you do. A poor foundation causes problems for the whole structure above it and every one living inside it. Well here it is my personal creed, my personal foundation:

My foundation is Christ, Jesus, and the Lord creator of everything. I believe this world was created, in six distinct periods, and is separate from the creator, both the creator and the created are completely real. Each and every living thing in this created world reproduces. Everything real is interrelated and God gave man the job of caring for this world in a positive caretaker, gardener, nurse, zookeeper like way.

The earth, universe, and time was not created as good and then corrupted. Before even the start God had the time after the end in mind. God’s goal was not a
good world that was corrupted and he will destroy and trash and replace. It is like he is baking a cake, destroying eggs, flour, water, sugar and heat to in the end have something great, he made the ingredients in six days and on the seventh he is resting while it rises before it goes into the fire and out comes something much better than that going in.

Evil is very real also, a third part of reality, and as God has made us separate from himself we can choose and do choose to live apart from Him, evil in us is sin. But God
also gave us a way to live with him. The not completely understood fact of Christ dying on the cross gave me a focal point to say; ‘I cannot be perfect on my own. It is not enough for me to basically good, I need to be perfect and I need help to do that.’ Faith is accepting it as true even without full understanding.

I need an immovable goal and foundation to rest my life, my thoughts, and my actions upon. I give my life to Christ, his Father, and let the Holy Spirit inside of me to guide my life. I give up my life completely in order to live the life the Real God would like me to live. I never realized how much God would take of me, but he did. And my life is the better for it.

Each time I get swayed and corrupted I will try hard to return to the simple Rock foundation of my life, though not completely understood the Bible helps. I will guard my heart from other ‘good’ advice, knowledge, and efforts and instead focus on what is best.

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

What would you say?


Remember some time back Robert Fulghum published ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED IN KINDERGARTEN, a book about what is important to live a life? Each year he would write down his mission statement and about his world view. There is something so permanent about writing something down. It is hard, very hard if you want it permanent. Saying something might be much easier, but to write it, to refer back to it again and again... you want it to mater. I mean what would you write on your gravestone? That is something that is getting closer and closer to the front burner of an activity for me. My world view is changing, I am nearing a place where i want to write it down, look at it, review it, see where the holes are so I grow strong.


A small part will be talking about my funeral, but also I want to look at my life, what i can do now... my faith, and how I raise my daughter Anna. Some friends of ours took the time to write down what they wanted to their child to know as they brought her forward to God as part of their Church dedication. Ellie is now One, an adopted part of their lives, a permanent part of their lives. In their care and leadership and training. They have chosen to be the Eli in their little Samuel's life.



"Our greatest desire for you is to grow up intimately knowing your creator and to walk with Him your entire life. We believe that the way of Jesus is the best possible way to live and we will do our part to help point you to your Savior." -Ben and Holly


How true that is... and what a long journey that will be. It will not be easy to do. To read their entire letter go to http://benjaminandholly.blogspot.com/2007/05/ellies-dedication-and-dol.html

If God adopted us what would His letter to us be? Would it change each year, as we grow and change, or would it be the same. Would it be short, or long? Who would read it to us? Would it change if we were born to him or if he had to choose us?

Monday, May 14, 2007

Young Engineer

It is great in this world that we can laugh. It makes life so much more fun.

In the Dilbert cartoon one of the episodes is called The Knack, about a young Dilbert and his mother. After a conversation with the doctor Dilbert's mom asks "will he be able to lead a normal life" the doctor's answer "no he will be an engineer" She breaks down crying. I represent that fact.

So should i worry that Anna could unscrew knobs since she was 9 mo old, and cares more about the machine filling the build a bear animals than the animals themselves? She has not yet taken apart a TV and put is back together, but again she is only two, she has time.

If you want to see the Dilbert spot it can be found on You tube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNG2zYh02TI

Friday, May 04, 2007

The Perfect Future

I just finished reading the book 'Revolution in World Missions', byK.P. Yohannan, a book I recomend everyone get and read, it is free, just go to www.GFA.org to request your copy. One point in there he talks about who the Anti-Christ is, he says, and I agree that it is economic in source.

Then I read just now a news article about Muhammad Yunus next idea. Socialistic business.
www.symbiotics.ch/en/rss_microfinance.asp?id=b461 Running businesses with a socialistic goal as the bottom line, less hunger, better schooling, better health, etc. His first experiment is working with Danone to provide yogurt to the poor in Bangladesh. His motives are interesting. Quoting the article: "In a country like Bangladesh, paralyzed by strikes and inept governance, it's obvious why Yunus sees business rather than the state as the way to solve social problems."

Wow, the state can't do it, so lets try consumerism. It is ok that the whole idea of consumerism is to make money for the few, Adam Smith's perfect economies never has happened in real life. Consumerism involves money which easily corrupts.

What a noble idea. The government failed, but money will work. Sounds so noble, but think of Enron, Collins & Aikman, GE of the past, and so many others that have gone bankrupt, corrupt, or damaged the environment and so much else.

This is another attempt to solve the world without God. Make it good without the one who is good. Pull human nature up by our own bootstraps. The problem is, it will work. People will get richer, the poor will have their money, the rich theirs. Wells will be drilled, people educated, doctors paid, tv and phones bought and used. There will be no more need for spiritual things, no more worshiping of useless gods. No more needing to worship the one true God. It will be possible to work and survive your time on this life comfortably. We will not see millions of people dieing because of simple needs.

And yes even the church will get involved, they already are. Give loans to people, tell them to live biblical ways and all will be better and good, they work themselves out of poverty and live the way God asks them too. But how off the mark. We are called to go beyond biblical living, we are to have a one on one relationship with Christ, to give everything we have to him.

Do you know that most Christ followers in Asia actually have it worse off than those that live like the rest of their culture? Everything we read about in the Bible happens to them, they are hurt, killed, or banished. There is a great cost to following Christ. It would be rare for a westerner to have his shop burned down if he changed religions, but it is common in India. Yet there are 20million Christians in India alone, many sharing their faith, a faith that is growing. But so too is the economy, and money is 'good' for everyone, there are very few people that would disagree.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Knowing



One of these girls is Ruth, the Other Anna. They are no blood relation, but look very similar.

This past Sunday I was asked to stand up in front of a Jr. and Sr. High Sunday School class and talk. I prayed about what to talk about. I felt lead to take into the classroom a pebble, a rock, and a toy car. I started by saying that I started out life as an Engineer, then this past summer I learned about listening to God. I set the pebble on the ground and said "God talks to everyone." I rolled the car up to the pebble and said "we need to listen" I then rolled the car again, this time much faster so it went over the pebble, "we can chose not to listen." Then I set down the rock, "God may need to talk louder." While I rolled the car up to the rock. Nancy then said, "The louder God talks the more it is going to hurt."

Now the continuation of the story. God talks to us, but so does his enemy, the shameful thing is that it is with a similar enough voice that we need much discernment to know who it is. The good news is that we have the Bible! God's message is quite consistent, it is always good. Much like this picture I need to know and have an intimate relationship with my daughter. If I picked up Ruth or Josh picked up Anna the result would be a very unhappy child. But as Anna knows me and I her, picking her up results in a hug. The same for Ruth and Josh.
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