Archive for January 2008

Blessed Be the Name

January 31, 2008

“Man was made for joy and woe,

And when this we rightly know

Through the world we safely go.” (William Blake)

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“Some folks trust to reason

Others trust to might

I don’t trust to nothing

But I know it come out right” (Robert Hunter)

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Then the LORD answered…out of the storm

“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
Tell me, if you understand.

Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
Who stretched a measuring line across it?

On what were its footings set,
or who laid its cornerstone-

while the morning stars sang together
and all the angels shouted for joy?” (Job 38)

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“Second star to the right and straight on till morning.” (Peter Pan)

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Friends and Colleagues:

We don’t have to know which way the road will turn,

To have hope in the final destination.

We don’t have to understand all of creation

To trust the loving heart of our Creator.

We don’t have to control every set of circumstances

To sense that truth and love win out

We don’t have to be first in line

To have everything our LORD has in store

Blessed be the Name of the LORD

 

NVFC Retreat Test

January 26, 2008

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I am testing out the capacity to link from this site over to my Flickr account and display a photo taken at the NVFC Retreat this weekend at the Twin Rocks Friends Camp near Rockaway, Oregon. This is also a test to see how wel the fakebook posters show up as a photo on the web.

Bread for Us

January 18, 2008

While sitting with the Lord yesterday morning, in prayer for our academic department, and listening in the silence, I was reminded of the story of the feeding of the four thousand, found in Mark, Chapter 8 (The Message).

1-3 At about this same time he again found himself with a hungry crowd on his hands. He called his disciples together and said, “This crowd is breaking my heart. They have stuck with me for three days, and now they have nothing to eat. If I send them home hungry, they’ll faint along the way—some of them have come a long distance.”

4His disciples responded, “What do you expect us to do about it? Buy food out here in the desert?”

5He asked, “How much bread do you have?”

“Seven loaves,” they said.

As you recall, Jesus blessed the bread and some fish that they had, the disciples shared it, and everyone was fed, with leftovers! Afterwards, as they traveled by boat to another place;

16-19Meanwhile, the disciples were finding fault with each other because they had forgotten to bring bread. Jesus overheard and said, “Why are you fussing because you forgot bread? Don’t you see the point of all this? Don’t you get it at all? Remember the five loaves I broke for the five thousand? How many baskets of leftovers did you pick up?”

They said, “Twelve.”

20“And the seven loaves for the four thousand—how many bags full of leftovers did you get?”

“Seven.”

21He said, “Do you still not get it?”

Our Lord asks us, “Do you still not get it? I ask for what you have so that we can serve others. You don’t believe that what you have is enough to do what I have asked you to do. I say to you, though, give it, give what you have and le me be concerned about what is enough. Together, we will bless the world. Do what I say and see my grace and providential supply extend beyond your belief and imagination. And then, come with me to our next place of ministry. Don’t argue about who is responsible, I am in control. Do what you can together, now, to bless others, my kingdom come.

Do you still not get it? Trust me, act on what you know and don’t be afraid about what you don’t know. Trust me, I will direct your paths.”