Saturday, January 27, 2007

Chestnut Hill Inn – Australia

As Sue wrote in her last post, she’s traveled to Australia to begin her missionary work there. Sue’s first text message has just come in and in it she writes,

Friends Graeme & Angela Jones surprised us with a weekend get away at the Chestnut Hill Inn. Pictured are their famous Chestnut Pancakes.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The Opportunity of Today

Wrap your mind around this, I’m sitting in my living room working on my computer in Federal Way – out my sliding glass doors my little garden has 4” of snow (refer to Seattle Christmas blog entry), icy roads, school closures and Monday I fly out to Melbourne, Australia (presently upper 90’s F!!!). I’m only there a few days and head to Cambodia (sweat capital of Asia). Life is never boring.

I remember one autumn day a few years back, I was camping on a mountain ridge with my dad. We were deer hunting and it was soooooo cold! At sunrise we got up to a skiff of snow on the ground and huddled around a fire eating breakfast before heading out. I remember thinking “This time next week I’ll be speaking to kids at a campground on an extinct volcano in Hawaii and it’ll be in the 80’s.” Weird, huh?

It’s funny looking at the future thru the eyes of the present. Sometimes I can look at a child and see them as an adult. And I think, “Those same mannerisms, moods, likes and dislikes are all there now that you can see as an adult.” The only difference is people will notice them then. For the present, most adults will miss the little person standing in front of them. They don’t think “This is the bank teller I’ll be dealing with, the doctor I’ll be consulting, the teacher, the accountant, the manager, the homeless person, the drug addict, the criminal I’ll hear about on the news.” One thing about looking at the future thru the eyes of the present, it gives you a heightened appreciation of the precious opportunity of “now”! What are you doing with today’s opportunity?

Ponder: In Chinese the characters for “crises” are “”danger” + “opportunity”

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Ready For The New Year?

NEW BEGINNINGS! Ready - Set - Go...
1. Anyone Can Start Over
Acts 10:15 Peter gets reprogramed from religious tradition. God's plan is for whoever He chooses. You may be shocked at who God chooses / Others may be shocked that He chooses you!

2. It's Never Too Late
Acts Ch 8&9 There is something about what you've been through God will use. There are no lost experiences with God - He invented recycle. God allowed Paul to super charge the persecution against the church, then brought him into Christianity and Paul found himself skiing in front of the avalanche he himself started! The persecution scattered the Church (Acts Ch 11). Sending believers to Phoenicia / Cyrus / Antioch. Greeks were saved in great numbers. What super Apostle did that? Barnabus? Not yet there! Paul? No, Barnabus brought him later. Who did this mighty miracle? Just "some of them". You know, like you. You're part of the "some of them". Are you important? Well, because of the actions of "some of them" Antioch was where we were first termed "Christians".

3. No Limits
God doesn't put limits on your life or potential.
Acts 10:34 God accepts people from every nation.
Acts 10:44-46 Even the believers were astonished that not only were Gentiles accepted, but they were given the same supernatural power (Holy Spirit Baptism) as the Jews!

Since God has no limits to what He has for your life...
For the New Year - stop limiting God's access to every area of your life.

Christmas Encore in Seattle!

Backyard surprise - 6 inches of snow and my boots are in Boise!