Sunday, April 30, 2006

Something new

I'm experimenting with posting a video. This may / may not work

Monday, April 24, 2006

Over Fifty Fun

Well, well, well, there are so many new fun after 50 experiences! I finally gave in to my doctor's wishes a few days ago and completed my complete physical examination. Yes, COMPLETE physical examination. Last Friday Dr. Chui, a very nice man went where no man has gone before. He was great and the procedure was painless and over before I knew it - BUT no flowers, no dinner and not even a phone call the next morning. Well, actually his nurse called yesterday to see how I was doing, but I though that was a bit impersonal.

The strangest part of the procedure was waking up half way through, watching everything on a monitor and getting a guided tour of my innards by Dr. Chui as he was extracting the five foot long endoscope. Very surreal. He gave me a set of pictures to take home to commemorate the event. I decided that I would save you and not post them here.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Getting Ready for Easter

I'm really looking forward to Easter Sunday. I will be preaching on the Valley of Dry Bones in Ezekiel as the ultimate vision of resurrection. I am working on a powerpoint background for Easter that is from a picture of one of our sanctuary's stain glass windows.
I need to go to Costco and pick out a roast or ham or some festive cut of meat. Peter and Amber, Micah and Kimberly, Melia and Micah and Lily will all be coming for Easter dinner. It should be a great time. I'm hoping to have a dart board set up.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Holy Week

Palm Sunday was very good. I really felt confident getting back to preaching. We had good attendance and I felt that Jesus was with us. Today is a busy day - pastor's prayer meeting, new tires on the car, finish taxes, mail a book I sold on eBay, counseling, support group and more - I think I need to get over the reality that I won't complete everything and just complete the most important items. Here is a new picture of my darling granddaughter -

Monday, April 03, 2006

Thanks for the prayers

Thanks for the prayers and keep praying! Church was great and God is good. This is a song by Chris Tomlin that keeps running through my mind and I want to make it my song and prayer:

Verse 1
Caught in the half-light
I'm caught alone
Waking up to the sunrise
And the radio
Feels like I'm tied up what's holding me
Just praying today will be the day I go free

And I want to live like there's no tomorrow
I want to dance like no one's around
I want to sing like nobody's listening
Before I lay my body down
I want to give like I have plenty
I want to love like I'm not afraid
I want to be the man I was meant to be
I want to be the way I was made

Verse 2
Made in Your likeness
Made with Your hands
Made to discover who You are
And who I am
All I've forgotten help me to find
All that You've promised let it be in my life

The Way I Was Made
Authors: Chris Tomlin
Ed Cash
Jesse Reeves
Copyright: 2004 songs (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing)
Alletrop Music (Admin. by Music Services)
sixsteps Music (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing)

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Back to work

After taking around a month off from ministry, I am returning this morning. I am surprised at how apprehensive and anxious I feel. I have felt great love from the church and from God, so I'm not sure why I am feeling these feelings. I am trusting that God will meet me in worship today and affirm my calling and gifting as a pastor.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Great Grandma and Great Grandpa

My parents stopped by last weekend. We had a great time. Family is so precious. Here are my parents with their great grandaughter.