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Anchor [great listen]

August 19, 2012 — Leave a comment

this song just keeps resounding in my mind…

Anchor (Beautiful Eulogy featuring Josh Garrels)

Anchor of my soul, You sustain
When I’m in the storm You remain, good to me, good to me

When it’s a quarter past midnight, and the grey skies fade
to black. The waves splash and set me off track. So my vessel
might crash or collapse, when I’m attacked. And start
wrestling in my head with these bad memories from my past.
I’m aware of my guilt, overwhelmed and the smell of my
blood has the sharks that surround me cast under a spell.
They waited for me to fall but when I fell the water got
still. And the blood that was spilled protects me, it’s
the same blood that cleansed me. My only defense against
my nemesis, now I can rest knowing that nothing can come
against me unless the Father gives consent. Evil intentions
will not disturb God’s purposes or interfere so, who
shall I fear if my Anchor is secure? Learning to consider
it pure joy when I’m facing tribulations, praising God
instead of complaining or getting overtaken with bitterness.
Looking at the pages of the book of James and seeing
the ways that God works through the trials to make us more
mature in our faith. It reminds me how desperate I am in
this desert land, thirsty for your mercy and plan while you
give me the strength to stand. You’re my greatest pleasure,
yeah, no matter the weather I face, Lord you never forsake,
my fragile life is safe under your sovereign grace.

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August 11, 2012 — Leave a comment

We plan the way we want to live, but only God makes us able to live it.

Proverbs 16:9 MSG

Training Journal – 8/11/12:

  • Current plan: Honolulu Marathon Training Plan
  • Today’s session: 10 miles…in the form of the Crystal Springs Trail Run in Woodside.
  • Comments: It was a great first trail run: 10.6 miles, Elevation Gain 1,890′, 1:49:02 @ 10:17/M.  Full report tomorrow.

Jan 19, 2012 Chewable

January 19, 2012 — Leave a comment

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5:22, 23

Funny how this passage is often read as a list of optional traits or on/off behaviors…

Training Journal – 1/19/12:

  • Current plan: 10K Training
  • Today’s session: 5 mile easy run
  • Comments: Good run…

me, HIM

December 26, 2011 — Leave a comment

A rough minute, hour, day, month, year can change or affect me – it does not change or affect HIM:

“…if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.”

– 2 Timothy 2:13 NIV

Thankful, so thankful for that truth.

Training Journal – 12/26/11:

  • Current plan: 10K Training
  • Today’s session: Rest
  • Comments: zzzz

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.  Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.  They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them.  Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.

– Psalm 19:1-4

Since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made…

– Romans 1:20

I see You in every scene, I bet You are thinking about me,
I have such a short memory so You keep reminding me of You

– Scenes, Charlie Hall

This song came up on shuffle play today [iTunes].

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Galatians 5:21-1/2

February 28, 2011 — Leave a comment

Yesterday, during Sunday School, we spent some time in Galatians 5 talking about Spirit-filled living.

The main topic was a follow-on to the sermon that morning about marriage, handling conflict, and “taking the desperation out of the household.”  One thing that jumped out at me was the reminder that there is no middle ground between Galatians 5: 19-21 and 22-26.

Regarding living by the Spirit, Paul wrote:

19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

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A Holy Spirit Face Punch

September 24, 2010 — Leave a comment

The Holy Spirit always face punches me with the song order on Jon Foreman’s Limbs and Branches album

Track #7: House of God, Forever [lyrics]

Track #8: Instead of a Show [lyrics]

…thank you God.  May I have another…

This post is sorely overdue…  I posted about the book over 3.5 months ago, said that I would post about the DVD – even received a review copy from David Cook Publishers – and have yet to do it!  So, here goes…

Overall, the Forgotten God DVD Study Resource is a great and one that really encourages and challenges more consideration of the book.  I appreciate Chan’s honest and forthright way of explaining things and being transparent in his own journey in Christ.

As a resource, and when compared with the Crazy Love Study DVD, there are two things to consider:

  1. Each segment/chapter amplifies – it does not, in and of itself teach the related chapter in the book.  When we used the DVD in our Sunday School class, we made sure we came up with a few post-video discussion questions.  There were one or two on the Crazy Love DVD…none on the Forgotten God one.  Some study DVDs allow for a facilitator rather than a teacher/leader – in my opinion, Forgotten God needs to have the latter.
  2. Study Guide.   The Study/Group Discussion Guide was offered separately and not on the DVD (again, comparing Crazy Love to Forgotten God).  This is only a comment – it’s up to the writer and publisher on how to distribute this type of valuable resource.  That said, I wished it had been on the DVD.  I have not ordered the separate Workbook – I think I will so I have it when I re-read the book and re-watch the DVD.  Looking at the page count (128) and the “look inside” feature on Amazon, I can see why it wasn’t included on the DVD…  [Also, if this guide is used, maybe my comment above about teacher/leader vs. facilitator is moot.]

Those two comments aside, again – I recommend this DVD!

In writing this post, I re-watched the DVD and took these notes…

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What an amazing day yesterday – I’ll write about it at some point…I’m still processing it all.

One thing is certain:

My amazement never stops at how God constantly confirms
His love, care, direction, …

This song played several times yesterday and, this morning, I read the passage from Romans.

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Final [and way overdue] post on Francis Chan’s book: Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit.  [I team taught through the book last quarter in Sunday School at church and decided to blog about the book.]

Posts from other chapters:

I’ll plan on giving a synopsis and review of the Forgotten God DVD Resource in a separate post.

Chapter Six: “Forget about God’s will for your life

I think one of the things that I appreciate about Chan’s books are his chapter titles.  Chapter six is a perfect example.  He takes one of the core things that Christians concern themselves with and turns it on it head (hopefully I’m not the only one here…) – that being our focus on knowing God’s will for our lives.

The big thought here is that we often miss, even ignore the Holy Spirit’s leading and prompting with our focus on knowing or figuring out God’s will for our lives.  Chan is not saying to totally ignore this – but the key is not to be so consumed that everything else (people, life, opportunities, etc.) take a back seat to our search, even quest for God’s will.

I don’t think we purposely do all this, but it can and does become a distraction.

Living out the chapter title is a huge step of faith and certainly involves depending upon the Spirit for courage – trusting that things, situations, people are placed in our lives for a purpose.

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