Sunday, November 30, 2008

A clear picture

Praying for a clear picture in 2009 for Elevation. We will be three years old in April and have been blessed to see a couple of churches get started, acquire some office space, and gather faithfully every week with a presentation of the gospel. Hoping for some new leaders to emerge and a continued excitement from the leaders we have. Sometimes it can get discouraging in looking at what will come when things like money and some drop in attendance have accrued. However, I hang tight to God's word on drawing near to Jesus, and going to make disciples of Jesus. God will grow this church and be good in His timing to show us what's up. Pray for me and especially what Elevation will be working on in 09. Thanks for all who have been laboring at Elevation. Living life on mission for the gospel everyday...

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Screen door confessions

This morning my 7 year son displayed a genuine since of reformed character. The situation was a pencil sticking through my brother-in-laws new screen door. With 13 kids under the age of 16 the culprits were many. Like with any good interrogation, getting conflicting stories to isolate the truth from a lie is generally the rule of thumb. So we called the kids in the room of the offense and pointed at the pencil (the smoking gun) sticking through the screen and asked the simple question, "who did this?" Thinking that this would be the first step to many other interrogating questions we dug in for the long haul. To my surprise one meek voice emerged with a confession after the first question. This is unheard of. And so, with my inquisitive voice, I asked the question again; "who did this?" And again in faint but honest tone my seven year old son confessed to it being his doing. There was no other pointing fingers. Even the other kids who were posturing away from blame stood silent as the honest confession was made. Refreshing how the truth can set you free. It did not get my son off the hook of punishment and seeking forgiveness from my brother-in-law, but it did make me proud that he sought the truth in this little affair. Thankfully we have a Savior and Lord in Jesus who wants us to come clean and willingly confess our sin to him; "If we confess our sin, he (Jesus) is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness," 1 John 1:9.