Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Today has been a great deal of sitting...third day too! For me...ADHD...is going crazy! If you don't suffer with this you won't understand, but it is like every muscle in your body is screaming: "MOVE" and the louder that sound is the harder it is to concentrate on what is going on in the room. I only left the room unscheduled three times today.
Tomorrow is the final day of MOBILIZE and the Chief is our guest.
So as we talk about Crisis Intervention let's hope our next site isn't IRAN.
Monday, April 28, 2008
- some thought they would benefit
“Jesus replied, I tell you the truth, you want to be with me because I fed you, not because you understood the miraculous signs.” - John 6:26
- some thought they could contribute
“Jesus brothers said to him, “leave here and go to Judea, where your followers can see your miracles! You can’t become famous if you hide like this!” - John 7:3.4
- some were committed to sacrafice
While none of those thoughts are stunning in their revelation, it does beg the question of our own view of Jesus? Are we guilty of poor motivation at times? Are we guilty of poor theology when approaching the name of Jesus?
Look at these words of Jesus and consider.
Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” - John 8:31,32
MOBILIZE continues...Les and Rob and I took our lunch break to visit two trailer dealers. Seems that the hybrids are getting heavier. Why? Well the frames are considerably heavier, and of course many of them are loaded up with options. I am sure glad we have ours!
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
It is available for pick up should you wish to aquire it...saving that it will likely find itself at the local thrift store.
So good-bye for another season Jarome and company. Now to turn our cheers towards the Montreal Canadiens! GO HABS GO!!!
Monday, April 21, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
I've been asked to compile a group of photos what will be combined into a presentation on the lives of Philip and Amanda for the wedding. I came across this one last night. We were living in Hamilton and wondering what to do about holidays. We were operating Camp Selkirk which meant being tied to our responsibilities from May to September. Thus summer holidays seemed quite impossible...or impractical. We did however hear that it was nice in Myrtle Beach - and since we had not been there before we took a chance, found a great spot and headed out.
It is 19 hours from Hamilton to Myrtle Beach and that first trip was a blast. We were on the beach before supper of our second day of driving and we enjoyed every moment of 7 days of swimming in the pool, playing on the white sand and eating out.
On our return we stopped at a most unusual tourist stop. If you've been done higway 95 you will be familar with South Of The Border. While the kids were looking around I realized that his shirt matched the small statue of the zebra so I asked him to give it a hug and snapped the picture.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Phil Calaway was the speaker and he was very very good. Quite a touching reference to his ailing parents and the reversal of roles. A few photos from the morning...
Brian sent me this little video - it speakes of the time of year and our oncoming spring season it was more than appropriate. The Divisional Commander is away in Toronto, but don't worry Eric all is well....!
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Tonight I managed to do a little cleaning around of the trailer exterior - nothing too serious yet - but enough to bring some relief to my obsessive-compulsive nature. Can spring be too far away? I was sorry to miss all the good weather in Edmonton over the weekend but it was great to see Terry, Cath, Noah and Laura during my quick visit to Toronto.
Today we were at Edmonton Temple for their corps review and to meet with Don, Donna and their team. They are good people with a visionary outlook! We appreciate their work ethic.
"I have been driven many times to my knees
by the overwhelming conviction
that I had nowhere else to go.
My wisdom, and that of all about me,
seemed insufficient for the day. "
- Abraham Lincoln
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Good illustration today by Ken for devotions - I need to get 20 large nails and a piece of wood. Great idea. Once I master it I'll show it to you.
From The Spark that Ignites by Robert Coleman:
"As Sidlow Baxter has put it, "Men may spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our arguments, despise our persons - but they are helpless against our prayers." Satan has already defeated us if we try any substitute. Believing, persistent, determined prayer is the only way of victory. We can do more than pray after we have prayed, godly A.J. Gordon has reminded us, but we cannot do more than pray until we have prayed."
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
"One thing more needs to be stressed. Prayer leads to action. We cannot expect God to pour out His blessing unless we are willing to become involved in some kind of redemptive service. Yielding our lives to the Spirit's control means that we must make ourselves available for God to use in answering our prayers." - page 43
A more humorous look at prayer: "A young boy, ready for bed, interupted a family gathering in the livingroom. 'I am going up stairs to say my prayers now. Anybody want anything?'. "
Monday, April 07, 2008
Today was the first day of the Edmonton ARC accreditation. This is my third accreditation and I'm getting more comfortable with the details and the process. It is quite thorough and a process that could be applied to many different processes (in my humble opinion). Roy and his crew are well prepared and it is a joy to work with what has been accomplished.
Tonight we joined the staff, or part thereof, at a BBQ with some of the clients of the transitional housing project and some alumni. What a remarkable thing it is to hear their stories. A construction engineer, a heavy machine mechanic, a saftey manager....and many other professionals who lives were wrecked by alcohol and drugs but have been reclaimed, redeemed and restored. The consequences of their actions are not without significance but by God's grace they are now living lives (day by day) of productive, happy purpose.
From Don's sermon on Sunday: "The Word is sweet to the taste - it nurishes with grace and mercy. It is sour in it's judgement - it is hard to hear about accountability - to those who reject God's Word it is not pleasant."
I thoroughly enjoyed worshipping with this song:
"I have a maker He formed my heart,
before even time began My life was in his hands
He knows my name
He knows my every thought,
He sees each tear that falls and hears me when I call
I have a father, he calls me his own
He'll never leave me, no matter where I go
He knows my name
He knows my every thought
He sees each tear that falls and hears me when I call
Sunday, April 06, 2008
Oswald Chambers (1874-1917) was born July 24, 1874, in Aberdeen, Scotland. Converted in his teen years under the ministry of Charles Haddon Spurgeon, he studied art and archaeology at the University of Edinburgh before answering a call from God to the Christian ministry. He then studied theology at Dunoon College. From 1906-1910 he conducted an itinerant Bible-teaching ministry in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan.
In 1910, Chambers married Gertrude Hobbs. They had one daughter, Kathleen.
In 1911 he founded and became principal of the Bible Training College in Clapham, London, where he lectured until the school was closed in 1915 because of World War I. In October 1915 he sailed for Zeitoun, Egypt (near Cairo), where he ministered to troops from Australia and New Zealand as a YMCA chaplain. He died there November 15, 1917, following surgery for a ruptured appendix.
Although Oswald Chambers wrote only one book, Baffled to Fight Better, more than thirty titles bear his name. With this one exception, published works were compiled by Mrs. Chambers, a court stenographer, from her verbatim shorthand notes of his messages taken during their seven years of marriage. For half a century following her husband's death she labored to give his words to the world.
My Utmost For His Highest, his best-known book, has been continuously in print in the United States since 1935 and remains in the top ten titles of the religious book bestseller list with millions of copies in print. It has become a Christian classic.
Saturday, April 05, 2008
Thursday, April 03, 2008
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
There is a question I have been asked to answer: which of my ministry units is most at risk? I've been mulling over my answer. At first I thought about it in economic terms and I suppose if you can't pay for the ministry then that is a huge issue. But I've been wondering about ministry units that have no financial problems but are at risk due to attitudes. If a ministry unit is self-serving, is that a greater problem that finding funds to continue a viable service? Are there other considerations on the health of a ministry unit, corps or social?