A friend of mine sent this out today and it was such an inspiration, I couldn’t help but to get her permission and share. If you haven’t watched the video linked here, please take four minutes. It may be the best 4 minutes of your day!! Thanks Mo.
Last night, my cousin joined Jesus in heaven. It was tragic. It was unexpected. It was not what my family prayed for. And it hurt…so so much.
I’m am glad to have a Heavenly Father who can handle my anger, my hurt, my frustrations, my critiques. How dare He be so selfish as to snatch up this wonderful woman only 10 months after she married the love of her life…but then I return to the words I memorized so many years ago…
Isaiah 40: 27-31
“Why do you complain, Jacob?
Why do you say, Israel,
“My way is hidden from the Lord;
my cause is disregarded by my God”?
28 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
So I will place my Hope in the knowledge that He is the strength that will get my family through this. I know many of y’all are heading into midterms. This verse has always been a comfort to me and that’s why it was high on the list for memory verses to pass on to you all.
These past few days have reminded me once again how quick our time here will be over. Know that I love you all. Greater still, know that I love Jesus like crazy backflip style: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LA_uwWPE6lQ
Love and hugs,
Mama Bear Mo
A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I directed a youth retreat called Alpha. Our guest speaker was Justin Lookadoo. I know that’s a funny name and so does he. It is his real name however. Justin spoke to the youth regarding how to be dateable. He’s written several books including these:
I’ll write more about this topic later, but I wanted to write down some of his quotes that I liked before I forgot them:
- “You can’t fix STUPID”
- Show me a guy who plays more than 1 hour a day on video games and I’ll show you a girlfriend that I can steal.”
Great books, great speaker, great person…
Next week will be the 49th week of church camp that I have worked. Some as a counselor, some as director of recreation and some as director. I’ve done everything that can be done at a church camp from cleaning out a sewage lagoon, to laying water line, to mopping floors, washing dishes, praying with people, giving out meds, leading games and leading worship. You can probably add every other job you can think of that goes along with a church camp including plunging toilets. All I have ever done has helped me to grow into the Christian that I am today. It helped form my walk and place me on the path with Christ. It is refreshing and rejuvenating.
All the above is a good reason to work camp but those are not the real reason I keep going back. The real reason is the campers and the opportunity to share the love and grace of Christ with young people. This is often the time in their life when they are truly trying to figure out their faith and it’s a time when as a pastor I can share with them the peace, love and forgiveness that I have found. It’s been an awesome ride and I’ve seen God do some truly remarkable things at camp.
Next week, I go to serve once again. Doing whatever it takes to make sure the campers have an incredible time. Often I have made people upset with me because I require the staff to place the campers first but then again, isn’t that the reason we are there?
Pray for us next week, but most importantly pray for the spiritual experience of the campers. I want them to have fun but most of all I want them to leave being a step closer in their relationship with God.
We just retuned home from Behold 2010 and what a wonderful weekend it was. What happens when you put over 1000 people in a room, an incredible speaker, the coolest worship leader (Peder Eide) and the Holy Spirit also shows up? You find yourself immersed in worship that is so powerful that it boggles the mind. That is the best way that I can describe it. Awesome.
This morning I had the honor of officiating the Communion service. (See photo below.) During the service, an offering was taken for UMCOR in response to the earthquake and over $1700.00 was given. I haven’t got the final counts on how many people made first time commitment to Christ but we ran out of room for those who felt a calling to ministry.
Thanks to all those who work so hard to make this weekend a success and to those who come. I’ll write more about the weekend later as I rest up and my mind unfogs.
Wow is about the only word that I can come up with right now after seeing all the video and photos coming out of Haiti. I’m just taken back and don’t have words that would accurately describe my feelings. If you want to help (like I do) here is a link to UMCOR. UMCOR is the relief agency of the United Methodist Church and 100% of your donations will go directly to the Haiti Relief Effort.
We are going to be taking up a special offering at Behold this weekend and this offering will be going straight to UMCOR. We will also be taking a special offering at The Bridge.