Light is sweet (Ecc. 11:7)

"Light is sweet, and it is pleasant for the eyes to see the sun." - Ecclesiastes 11:7

My wife says this should be my life verse. I'm obsessed with sunlight for my mental stability. Unfortunately we live in one of the grayest places on earth. Although we did just get permission next summer, and it's a mental stability move to a place with sunlight. It'll be good for the family.

Anyhow, it's true. It's pleasant for the eyes to be reminded of the light that is a mere shadow of what will light the world to come. The sun is brilliant, but when we depend for light on the Son instead we will be blown away. And there won't be gray places anymore. I'm also pretty certain we wont have to make mental stability moves.

The spirit praying through us (Romans 8:26)

"Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words." - Romans 8:26

Say what you will.

I read 'tongues'.

Remember? We are dust. (Psalm 103:14)

"For he knows our frame;
he remembers that we are dust." - Psalm 103:14

Do you remember this?

Man how easy I forget. I begin to think I'm stone as in a statue, as in Mt. Rushmore, that will last until the world ends and leave a mark on humanity... until the world ends. But I am but dust. I will not remain on this earth forever. I will outlast this earth and Mt. Rushmore. You will too. Remember the quote about how we will outlast the greatest civilizations in history. We will outlast the earth a thousand years, and then another thousand, until our lives on earth were but a brief glimpse. A passing memory compared to the eternity we've lived and yet to live.

But for now? But dust.

Don't forget you frame. Your creator does not. If you forget your frame you forget that you were not made for this world and you will start to live for it instead of the Kingdom in which you belong.

But whatever you do. The Lord will have patience. He remembers you are but dust.

Dead forums

It's been forever since anyone visited theologer forums. Until a few days ago... someone hit it on Nov 6 and even posted.
Craziness.

I just would like to say for the record that I still love the idea and wish it didn't die. I went and looked at it again and would have loved for it to have lasted, but alas.

If anyone has a more active website and would like to transfer the forum to their subdomain let me know... but no pressure. Others have voted to let it die, so I understand.

Update:
This post has become the most hit post on my blog. Curious if most people come here looking for death. Whatever the case, here is my suggestion for those looking for life.

Babby

Yea I know that's not how you spell it, but I love how many people online spell baby this way.

I'm pretty stoked. I have two little girls now. A week ago Tuesday my wife gave birth to a beautiful gigantic 10 pound 10 ounce baby (4.83 kilos for your weirdos). I love it... but I am tired.

Her hips are slightly dislocated and we're going to be spending a good amount of time with doctors over the next six weeks or so to get them corrected. But better a fixable hip condition than an irreparable heart problem or something. Praise God for children, I never fail to be amazed at how much capacity I have for love.

Thank the Lord.

I'd post pictures, but given the anonymous nature of my web presence I think it a poor choice. Sorry eh.

Spend time with Christ. Become like Him. Desire what He desires (Ephesians 4:15)

"Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ . . ." - Ephesians 4:15

I've been wrestling a lot lately with what is important in life. In my life I suppose I should say. God has called me to a few very specific things but I'm a very ambitious person with lots of hobbies and it's easy for me to get distracted. There is only one cure for my distraction.

Time with the Lord. So that I become more like the Lord. So my desires become more like His desires and the non-important fades away.

We are called to specific things in the Lord. I cannot be everything, I am called to my role, but it's only when I grow up into Christ that I become like him and begin to have my priorities right. I've been begging the Lord to bring me to Him so that I can remember what matters.

What's hard about it? A new baby. Two children under a year and half is hard work. Trying on my sleep patterns, which means trying on my waking times. Which unfortunately I allow to affect my quiet times. It's difficult to be as intentional as I need to be to have time with the Lord.

But think of all the people you are most like. Your parents, and perhaps your spouse, your best friends, etc... You're most like them because you spend the most time with them, you become like one another the more time you spend together. I know I will be more Christ like the more time I spend in His presence. It just takes being intentional. Ah... I'll keep you posted.

2 Timothy 2:2 as a basis for church planting

"And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also." - 2 Timothy 2:2

Raising up others to enable them to do what the Lord has called them to do. Entrusting faithful men with the work of the Lord.

This more and more feels like a calling. I want to teach at a seminary, but I more and more think preparing people to lead big churches is the wrong way to go. Are there seminaries teaching people to plant movements instead of mega-churches? I want in.

This is the verse often quoted by church planting movements. They follow this as a model of expansion instead of leaning more and more heavily on the vision of a single church leader. Please someone help me understand why so many people disagree with that...