Monthly Archives: March 2012

venue hunting

for The Fall Wedding

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to seminary or not to seminary, that is a question

My colleague in serving Jesus, John Wilsey, has posted some very thoughtful words on seminary or not… I believe it worth your time if this subject is on the radar of you or someone close to you, READ John’s thoughts.

BUT that’s not the whole story… this post is also important about seminary and marriage. READ

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did you meet Emmanual yet?

its a great story… worth viewing…

worth contemplating… especially his name…

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pause, reflect, confess, be forgiven

From the Psalter this morning, I want to give you two Psalms…

Psa 51 Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!
3 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil din your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment.
5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.
6 Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones kthat you have broken rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.
13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you.
14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, O God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.
15 O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
18 Do good to Zion in your good pleasure; build up the walls of Jerusalem;
19 then will you delight in right sacrifices, in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings; then bulls will be offered on your altar.

Psa. 143  Hear my prayer, O Lord; give ear to my pleas for mercy! In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness!
2 Enter not into judgment with your servant, for no one living is righteous before you.
3 For the enemy has pursued my soul; he has crushed my life to the ground; he has made me sit in darkness like those long dead.
4 Therefore my spirit ifaints within me; my heart within me is appalled.
5 I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that you have done; I ponder the work of your hands.
6 I stretch out my hands to you;
my soul thirsts for you like a parched land. Selah

… (pause) …

7 Answer me quickly, O Lord!
My spirit fails! Hide not your face from me, lest I be like those who go down to the pit.
8 Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.
9 Deliver me from my enemies, O Lord! I have fled to you for refuge.
10 Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground!
11 For your name’s sake, O Lord, preserve my life! In your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble!
12 And in your steadfast love you will cut off my enemies, and you will destroy all the adversaries of my soul, for I am your servant.

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I love the Psalms and I especially love 51 and I was particularly blessed by its combination with 143.

It helps me pray with profound humility and brokenness: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour, have mercy on me, the sinner.”

This is from the ESV, www.esvbible.org

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what question has helped you?

Premise: that as we talk to one another, it is important that we ask one another about life through questions.

Has anyone asked you a question that made you think (or say), now that’s a good question! Please share it with us in the comments.

OR, if you are a mentor, or a person who helps apprentices or are a disciple-maker, would you PLEASE think about a good question that you have been asked or have asked another person. Or, are there a couple of questions that you use frequently when seeking to deepen a conversation beyond a surface small talk?

OR if you have a good question that you got from some writing or whatever and it impacted you, please share it.

PLEASE help us out and share your question(s) in the comments section below.

You don’t try to be profound, C. S. Lewis says that profundity comes naturally, it isn’t conjured up. Comments now please…

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a pretty big day

Fifteen years ago this morning I landed in England and took a bus from Heathrow to Gatwick. Upon arrival at Gatwick I took a flight to Budapest and landed in the early afternoon. I was met by a tall Hungarian who was wearing a Covenant sweatshirt, he was the deputy headmaster of the school I was going to visit. Gabor is my oldest and one of my best friends in Hungary. I am grateful to God for our friendship.

Don’t ask me why. I cannot give you reasons, but that 7 day visit began a love affair with a people, a culture, a place, that continues today. Indeed it is from Hungary that my growing knowledge and love for the Balkans grows.

One regret is that I speak very little Hungarian, but I can get around, ask for directions, order food, buy tickets for trains and busses. As time goes by, I find so much English in Budapest that it is less important, so I won’t wring my hands too much about that fact.

I have a good number of Hungarians whom I count as friends, though it seems I seldom have enough time to visit with them. I guess I need more time to be able to invest in these friendships.

As I thought about this post and the significance of anniversaries, I realized that today is also significant in that 32 years ago I believed in and began to follow Jesus.

For about two months I had been attending church and participating in Bible study. I had not been prodded to “become a Christian” so much  I had simply been guided in Bible study by a guy who lived peace in front of me. During a Bible study on a Saturday night which looked at Col. 3 and the “put off, put on” verses, I realized that I needed a saviour. I asked God to forgive me and change me. He did. He still is. The journey continues.

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