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Friday, August 30, 2013

"Sojourners and exiles" (1 Peter 2.11)

I love the beauty of God's creation...a couple weeks ago I was stunned by Glacier National Park in Montana; a couple months ago I was able to climb at 13,400 foot mountain in Colorado...spent time at my favorite camp (Crescent Lake Bible Camp in Rhinelander, Wi) as well as 7 other weeks of camp...saw the beauty of a sunset in western Kansas...the quiet beauty of Camp Men O Lan in Quakertown, Pa...the red clay of South Carolina...and so much more.

But as Keith Green pointed out, "God built all of this in 6 days...He's been working on heaven 2,000 years...we are living in a garbage can!"

Can't get my roots too deep in today, in this world..or, as Building 429 puts it:

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Tune Tuesday - Ask not what God can do for you...

But ask what you can do for Him!

This is not really an "oldie," but too bad it's not played more often:

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Two Great Reads

In addition to eight weeks of camp, thousands of miles of travel, lots of preaching, tons of one-on-ones, a crisis here and a crisis there...

I was able to read two great books this summer in addition to my "normal" stuff...

Rawhide Down is about "The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan." Written by Del Quentin Wilber, it is absolutely fascinating. So much I did not know about that day in 1981...The work is base on exclusive interviews and provides insights into the moment when a quick-thinking secret service agent literally saved Reagan's life as well as the brilliance of the surgical teams. Though I had to read it in late-night spurts; it could well be a one-sitting book...

Resolve - From the jungles of WWII Bataan" is the epic story of a soldier, a flag, and a promise kept. Again, fascinating glimpses into the lives of American soldiers (and others) who did not surrender but hid and fought in the jungles for years. Written by Bob Welch, it is a unique read. always..if you order by clicking below a small percentage of your purchase will be credited to this home missionary.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Tune Tuesday - HOME!

Late posting because today was a day of travel...left Great Falls Montana at 6am...came home to my family...happy man am I....

The summer camp ministry started in Colorado, included stops in Wisconsin, Nebraska, Missouri, Pennsylvania, South Carolina...and drive throughs of several other states...great times of ministry, lots of cool things; lots of tragic stuff...the variety of life in a fallen world with fallen people...

But there is a place that should be a dress rehearsal for heaven...and that's called h o m e

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Tune Tuesday - Keep Your Eyes and Heart Alert for Lonely People

I never got to see "America" in concert; love their music, their harmony, etc..

So many people think they are alone in this include far too many professing glad some churches are true communities of glad there are people who are willing to be rejected or called busybodies because they genuinely care...and thus this is my favorite America song...though it tugs at my heart...

I'm typing on my galaxy and for some reason I can't embed the video, so you need to click the link...worth the extra step:

Friday, August 9, 2013

Three and a half Decades????

About to complete my 24th annual year of speaking at Pioneers for Christ camp near
Quakertown, 8th week of camp ministry this season...

Recognized a few days ago that it has been...gasp...35...years since I graduated from Bible school...and thus thirty-five years since I began "vocational ministry."

Thirty-five years of youth/prison/camp/school assemblies/civic organizations/etc ministry!

35 years of subsisting on missionary support; with no income but the gifts (really, investments) of people who believe in what I (and since 1982 I and Jane) are doing...

As I often say...the gifts of people make ministry possible while the prayers of people make ministry powerful...

So I've been doing some reflecting over those 35 (35?) years...and seriously considering writing some posts about things I've seen, learned (relearned), experienced, laughed over, cried over, been angered/frustrated over...and I will do that...either in my own journal or perhaps via this avenue.

Of course that produces a question...would anyone want to read it?

Would you?

Let me know by commenting or connecting...and, perhaps, by asking a specific question...thanksp

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Sunday, August 4, 2013

More Than 10K

Overnighted in Wheeling, WV...Jacob and I got "done" (hopefully the ministry continues!) with the second week of TFC camp in Alma, Ne Friday morning...drove home...switched cars to rental and picked up Jane and Janelle...drove as far as St Louis Friday night and to here yesterday...five hours to Quakertown and my annual "Korean Kamp"...

So much has happened this summer, indeed in the last two weeks...some fantastic, some stretching, some very painful...

So many hurting people...TFC "lost" a staff member to sudden death during the first week...Ken Massey was a tender warrior for Christ...a great brother...he was an ex-state trooper...we joked about traveling as the "ex con and the ex cop"...but his travel plans were "altered" (from our perspective, but "it is appointed unto all men ONCE to die...")

So many teens I wanted to teen-nap and take home..not that I am anywhere close to a perfect parent..but they live in such hints of hell rather than the dress rehearsal for heaven that family should be...

Through the victories, through the pain, through the question marks of life...there are (more than) 10,000 reasons to thank and praise God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!