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Resurrection Sunday Evening Thoughts

A few things on my mind tonight:

  • I love Jesus more and more all the time.  I’m glad He forgives me and loves me and shows me His mighty power.  I hope I never get tired of it or forget what He’s done to change my life.
  • The resurrection of Jesus Christ means that I will get to see my dad in heaven because we’re both believers.  I miss him, and the truth of the resurrection is sweet healing to the wound left by losing him.
  • I am super thrilled for a church in Seattle that hosted an Easter celebration at Qwest field (where the NFL’s Seahawks play) and had 17,500 people in attendance, while baptizing about 700 – in the rain!  What a party for Jesus that must have been.
  • I was challenged in our later service today that today is really a party to celebrate Jesus.  In a good and balanced way, I hope that is true.
  • I hope the truth of the resurrection inspires us.
  • I am jealous of a young woman in our congregation who spent Easter morning on the great wall of China loving orphans.
  • The fact that Jesus will reign forever means that one day I will understand what we’re doing with foster care.
  • I praise God for my health.  I have just come through a very thoroughly exciting week of a lot of extra activity and I feel no more tired than I do on a normal Sunday evening.
  • I am praying for folks from our congregation who responded in various ways asking for prayer at the end of our message today.  I’m also praying for needs that may not have been expressed.
  • Probably my deepest prayer is that we will see miraculous salvation of individuals not necessarily physically at our church (although Praise Jesus if that happens), but certainly through our church’s ministries and people.  Be bold to share – really after all Christ went through, isn’t it the least we can do?
  • Do we fear rejection? Christ didn’t . . .
Have a great evening.  Jesus is Lord every single day, and doesn’t need our Easter celebrations to be active.  I hope and pray that He will be powerful and glorious in your life each day and empower you to do great things for Him!
In Christ,

Friday Link Highlight 4.22.11

Here is this week’s most clicked link:

A few comments to get you thinking:


I relate most to this story because I can become so quickly self centered when things don’t go exactly like I think they will.  Ever gotten irritated waiting at a restaurant?  Ever gotten short with someone?  Well if you haven’t, pray for those of us who have

Seeing the World

When we are being self-centered, it is difficult to see the needs of the world around us.  When we’re absorbed in what smart comment we can make, we can totally miss opportunities like this to understand what someone else has been through and perhaps show them some compassion.

Who doesn’t get grace?

I loved the list of people at the end who typically don’t get any grace.  It can be very thankless doing almost any job, but these highlight people who are always on the hotseat.  People who really take way more complaining than they get a word of thanks.  I’ve been guilty of this myself.  So who in your life needs grace?  Will you remember that the next time you see one of these folks?  Or maybe, even more personally, there is someone down the street who needs grace from you.  And more importantly, grace from Jesus.

But, we’d never know it if we’re too absorbed in ourselves.

Have a good Good Friday.  Jesus died – for you and for me.  Praise Him!

Monday Links and Bullets 4.18.11

I surf.  You get things to read.  Enjoy!  Here are THIS WEEK’S LINKS:


–A balanced  response for what to do when Christians sin.

OTHER LINKS (sorry not too many this week)

–This type of article is why I read this guy’s blog.

–Christianity should be lived in community.  Man this was a good read.

–From across the pond:  The U.S. is still divided 150 years after the Civil War.  Interesting to see the BBC’s take.

–An unbelievable position for the Chinese government to take.

What sin desires.

I’ll be by on Friday with some comments on the highest clicked link of the week.


  • Working to rectify a tax situation with the City of Akron.  Praying we don’t get stung on this!
  • If you were in the original Palm Sunday crowd, what would your perspective have been on who Jesus was?
  • Why is it so cold still in April?
  • Looks like the Red Sox are finally starting to play some baseball.  Kinda like the start of the Heat’s season – fun while it lasted, but they will definitely be good.
  • The Indians are a nice surprise, ey?
  • Is Jesus enough to stir us, collectively, or do we need add-ons?  Is the Gospel enough to satisfy our desires?
  • The finger healing is still making progress.  Week by week.  Exciting.
  • Pain management in the final stages of training for a race is no fun.  I’m hoping the body will shape up nicely for the race coming up in less than three weeks.  Perhaps as the mileage decreases the body will heal.

Friday Link Highlight 4.15.11 – Beautiful Pictures!

Happy Friday everyone!

Here is this week’s top link:

A few thoughts:

Aren’t these just spectacular?

First, let’s just call a spade a spade – these photos are wonderful.  I’m glad there are people on this earth who love to do this sort of thing.  I’m also glad there is this thing called the internet where we can view and share this sort of stuff.


How about worship?  Do photos like this make you want to worship God?  They do for me and I hope they will for you as well. Here’s an additional thought.  As big and vast as our world is, the universe is bigger.  The photos we see are of a planet that is very small in comparison to the rest of the universe.  Yet, life dwells here, and here alone.  So, is the universe about man, or about God?  My God is so big . . .

Yet He Loves

Yet God loves us.  As small as this place is in the grand scope of things, and as smaller yet we as humans are, He still loves us.  He still sent His Son to die for us.  If we will receive His promises, He will fill our lives with deep joy.  Neither the heaviest baggage we carry, the darkest parts of our past and present, nor any fear or failure can stop God’s love from changing our lives.  The God of this big earth and big, big universe loves even you and me.  Will His love change your heart and life?

Monday Links and Bullets 4.11.11

Some good stuff on the links this week – enjoy the reading!


Why is it so hard to hear criticism?


–Here are some stunning pics of the world.

–Here is something significant from Uganda.


Discernment without anger.

Radical sacrifice.


Planned Parenthood’s role in the budget debacle.

To drink or to study?

–Teen pregnancy is down – but not for everyone.


–These are some sick photos of Tom Brady’s mansion.  If this is an earthly mansion, I wonder what heavenly mansions will look like!


  • I really hate it when babies are sick.  Not in a selfish way.  It’s just really difficult to see them in pain and not be able to do anything about it.
  • I am re-learning to type with five fingers on my left hand.  Yes, that means I am getting some mobility back in my pinky finger.  I am able to play octaves on a piano and I am bending it farther and farther.  I have gone from being able to bend it about 10 degrees to almost being able to make a full fist in just a couple weeks.  Needless to say, I’m thrilled.  Still splinting for the next month as any accidental movement or falls could start the process over, but progress is very encouraging.
  • I am really looking forward to spiritual emphasis week coming up at our church.  We’re going to have some special services to be in fellowship, prayer, and God’s Word together throughout that week.  Exciting.
  • I don’t want to sound like a complainer, but it got too hot too fast.  Both yesterday and today I had trouble breathing while running.  Add in some nagging knee pain and it’s made for some crappy running. 70+ and humid at 6:30 in the morning?  That’s August, folks.  Looks like it will come down a bit here as the week goes on.  I guess it’s April!
  • I’m pretty excited for our church’s youth ministry.  It’s been great to see how quickly Josh has put down roots in this community and in this ministry.  Go Goss Youth!
  • I am looking forward to the soothing truth of the resurrection and getting a chance to focus on it for a few weeks beginning Easter Sunday.
  • How exciting it was to have three Laotian children begin attending our church in the past week.  I am so thrilled for the adoptive parents and for the children.  They all have beautiful smiles and it’s a thrill to have them.  Praying for all involved!