Smoking mountains (Psalm 144:5)

"Bow your heavens, O Lord, and come down!
Touch the mountains so that they smoke!" - (Psalm 144:5)

And show us your glory.

Do we fear asking God to show His glory because we feel like it's testing Him or what? Our God is magnificent, and delights in our delighting in Him. When we see His glory we should glory in Him. And rejoice and long to see Him even more.

Passing from death to life (John 5:24)

"Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life." John 5:24

You could be living in death rather than in life. But the decision you made, or I hope you'll someday make will give you life like you never imagined. Don't wait until you're old to figure this out. Don't wait another day.

500th post

That's a lot of writing. At least to me it seems like it. I guess when its spread out over almost 2 years its not all that impressive, but still. I'd like to commemorate this moment with a haiku:

edible delicious
frothy beer meets theology
luther made it so

mmm.... how often I tell my wife that she is perfect, but she could improve in one area - she could brew me beer...

A friend of mine's daugther died today

She was almost the exact same age as my own little girl. She had been having some health issues since she was born. What makes this death particularly hard is that if she had lived somewhere else (another country, or even another city in this country) it is likely that this could have been avoided.

Please pray for the family. God knows their names. Pray that I would know my role in comforting them. I just spent the last week writing a paper on the doctrine of death. I don't feel any better equipped to deal with something we all will someday face but none of us will ever understand.

Please keep these friends in your prayers.

Cheap beer

I've been home just about a week now. And while I love many things this country does, it's beer is not among them. For some reason they are incapable of creating anything better than pee water. I normally get used to it by not drinking any import for a while, but wow.

Whats sad is when they export it it's actually not that bad. If you buy this beer in America you'd love it. Why cant they serve the same thing to their own people?

We do not control our own destiny (Jeremiah 10:23)

"LORD, we know that people do not control their own destiny. It is not in their power to determine what will happen to them." - Jeremiah 10:23 (NET)

So when you're laying around at night determined to do something about tomorrow, or the next day or whatever. Remember your dependence on the Lord. It's only by His will that you'll even wake the next day.

I far too often depend on my own skill, my own abilities, my own strength to get me through things I have no business doing on my own. God has grace with my stupidity and pulls me through despite my not deserving it.

God help us to depend on your power to control our own destiny and yield to you. We admit that we do not know best, even when we'd like to think otherwise.

Best Vacation Ever

I just got back from a 5 week trip to the America - which by the way
is WAY underrated as a country. Probably the best food, people,
language, beer, and potty habits in the whole world. Did you know that
almost EVERY toilet in America is a sit down toilet (as opposed to
squatty potty). Anyhoo, I drank beer, I took seminary classes, I spent
a LOT of time laying around being useless. The first 3 weeks were
classes and family stuff, the last week and half straight up vacation
and thats where I got most of my laying around in.

Couches in America are soft. I don't care what you think. Also, the
television is light years away from anywhere else. I watched the tour
de france almost every morning - just the end of course. And did I
mention donuts? Donuts are about the best thing that ever happened to
anyone ever, and in America you can get them anywhere.

Okay, well enough about the most wonderful country on earth. 30+ hours
after leaving home on Thursday early morning I landed here on a
Saturday... Sad sort of, just to skip a day altogether. The trip was
the most awful of my life, I've never more in my life just wanted to
die. But it's over and its good to be home. Although the snack options
are lacking here, if you live stateside and you haven't yet tried the
organic cheetoes (I'm not an organic guy but these are friggin
amazing) then you're seriously failing at life.

Also, internet is slow. I've forgotten how slow internet can be. It
takes me almost 20 minutes to load a facebook page. Which is like load
and leave and come back sort of thing.

Anyhow. I had a good time. It was a time of refreshing. This next year
is gonna be crazy as there is a kid in October, and probably a move to
another city sometime next summer. Between now and then there is a
boatload of ministry and we're expanding to 2 new cities, which is
exciting but is going to take a lot of work. Praise God that I love
life as much as I do. If I could just figure out how to get sunlight
here life would be perfect...

I'm looking into happy lamps.