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another window to heaven

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Windows to Heaven

I once read that icons of the Orthodox tradition should not be thought of as paintings, but as windows to heaven… they shed an illumination of the Holy for our ears to behold. Last week in Belgrade at Saint Sava’s church…

I prayerfully pondered several icons… in a series of posts today and tomorrow, I give you some windows into heaven.

Oh, it was not on purpose… but, my now-deceased Canon did not grab the clearest of images due to lack of mono-pod, inability to do settings for various reasons, etc… BUT, I kinda like the softness that the bit of a blurred effect gives, kinda like we’re looking through a glass that is smudged… get it?

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windows to heaven

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asking questions

Recently I sat with a couple who are planting churches in a place where churches are neither strong nor easily found. They are using a set methodology which makes sense to me but I will not discuss here… What I want to do in this post is to do a bit of contextualizing (how’s that for a word?)… I want to use the questions in my work (you know: riding trains, drinking coffee and asking questions…

1. What are you thankful for today?

2. What are you struggling with lately? -or- What is causing stress in your life?

3. [after reading a text] What does this story teach me about who God is?

4. What does this story teach me about what humanity is really like?

5. What will I do differently in my life as a result of this story?

6. What should we do together to obey this message from God?

7. Who could you share this story with?

Now, I sat and took notes from my friends, and then another friend from another city typed them up after we talked about the ways that these questions could help us and others in knowing God and living life better for Him. I have made some further modifications to some of my scribbling of the questions to make them shorter and am seeking to make them clearer.

What are ways you would further edit these questions?

Please note that these questions are designed to be used in conjunction with reading passages of Scripture in a small group setting. Can you see how they could be helpful to you in understanding God and life a little better? But I can also see how these questions could be used in a lot of other ways to pull understanding of God out of lots of things (General Revelation does exist).

I’m excited about how these simple questions can help create an ethos of making disciples… What do you think?

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Venus, Jupiter and the crescent moon

my long faithful (we figure 5yrs), but now dead Canon took this (blurry cuz I had no steadying surface, sorry) as its last night photo on Sunday night.

On the left and below are Jupiter and Venus (according to a web search) and the largest light is a crescent moon… it was pretty cool to behold walking up the street to the Luper’s. Joanna and I have been collaborating on what the replacement camera that best fits my use over here could be… CLICK here to see what I’m thinking about.

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the last picture ever

Sadly, I broke my camera today. It served me well for, well, um, maybe 7 years? I was always pleased with it but today it died. I post this picture a cake in the shape of the Vac cathedral since it was the last picture ever taken by my trusty Canon Power Shot SD 850 IS. It served me well, who knows how many thousands of pictures from so many countries it took. Thanks for your good service Canon.

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last pic from Belgrade

I had a great 19 hours getting introduced to Belgrade. This is a capital city indeed, it has Hapsburg influence to be sure, but there was influence I recognized from Kyiv, indeed on the bus coming in we passed the airport and went down this wide, straight highway that looked like coming into Kyiv. But in the city, I felt I could have been in parts of NYC. The influences were wide. Below, I’m heading for the railway station, but I hope to return.

On the train, I shared a compartment with a Serb from Montenegro who was born in Bosnia but fled before the war. It was a lively discussion about history and politics which the Lord allowed to turn to Himself. I shared with my new friend that God’s love for him is complete because of the finished work of Jesus. I taught him the Jesus prayer and urged him to meditate on 1 John. I am going to keep up with him via the internet. I could see in his eyes that he is open to knowing God more deeply. I was glad for this divine appointment.

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