Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Thankful Tweets - February

At the beginning of this year I began to tweet one thing I was thankful for a day. About a month into it I decided to start collecting these tweets into a document in case I wanted to review them later. Here is another monthly Thankful Tweet Report Here are my February Thankful Tweets:

February


I am thankful for a church family that will let me make deep theological points with toy trains and stuffed grumpy cats 32/365 #thankful2015


I am thankful that my boys play cello and fill the house with beautiful music #thankful2015 33/365


I am thankful for my wonderfully creative youngest daughter 34/365 #thankful2015


I am thankful and proud of my oldest daughter and all her hard work @ACUedu  #thankful2015 35/365


I am thankful that we paid off our gold minivan this month 36/365 #ThankfulThursdays #thankful2015


I am thankful for my beautiful wife om her birthday #thankful2015 37/365


I am thankful for Pack 863's great Blue & Gold pancake breakfast this morning #thankful2015 38/365


I am thankful for a great scout sunday
#ScoutSunday #thankful2015 39/365


I am thankful for my crockpot and my neighborhood Giant store #thankful2015 40/365


I am thankful for a good day 41/365 #thankful2015


I am thankful for a fun evening with the byrd boys #thankful2015 42/365


I am thankful that my byrd girls are having fun together 43/365 #ThankfulThursdays #thankful2015


I am thankful for a fun evening play old school robotech rpg with the boys @RobotechNews #thankful2015 44/365 http://t.co/r8beP7oWcy


i am thankful that i am blessed to be a part of the spiritual lives of the teens and students @cocfc #thankful2015 46/365


I am thankful for a snowy night #thankful2015 #snow  #dcsnow 47/365


I am thankful that the bear and my love are home #thankful2015 48/365


I am thankful for a quiet evening at home. 49/366 #thankful2015


I am thankful that i am packed and ready for @WFconferences tomorrow. 50/365 #thankful2015 #ThankfulThursday


I am thankful for a safe trip to gatlinburg, tn 51/365 also thankful for a great saturday @WFconferences 2015 52/365 #thankful2015


I am thankful for a safe trip home 53/365 #thankful2015


I am thankful 4 a great group of teens&students 54/365 & some incredible chaperons who were part of our winterfest trip 55/365 #thankful2015


I am thankful for a good day 56/365 #thankful2015


I am thankful for snow 57/365 #thankful2015 #ThankfulThursdays


I am thankful for @lisadenim4 's yummy soup 58/365 #thankful2015

I am thankful for a fun afternoon playing a game with sarah and the boys  59/365 #thankful2015

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Thankful Tweets - Januaary

At the beginning of this year I began to tweet one thing I was thankful for a day.

About a month into it I decided to start collecting these tweets into a document in case I wanted to review them later.

Today I decided to share the monthly reports on my dormant blog.

Here are my January Thankful Tweets:

January

I am thankful for left over chinese food and a star trek movie with my family. 1/365 #thankful2015

I am thankful for a warm house on a cold night. 2/365 #thankful2015

I am thankful for a quiet Saturday at home. 3/365 #thankful2015

I am thankful for a great Winter break. 4/365 #thankful2015

I am thankful for our orthodontist who had last minute space for one of my byrdies 5/365 #thankful2015

I am thankful for an awesome sledding hill right out my back gate. 6/365 #thankful365

I am thankful for my wellies.  They kept my feet dry for the last few snowy days 7/365 #thankful2015

I am thankful for lisa's german cheese soup on a frigid night! #thankful2015 8\365

I am thankful for our kitchen aid it makes home made pizza dough a snap. #thankful2015 9/365

I am thankful for a crazy evening of Apples 2 Apples with the family. #thankful2015 10/365

I am thankful for having my oldest home for a great winter break. 11/365 #thankful2015

I am thankful for the fun Cub Scouts in Pack 863 #thankful2015 12/365

Once again I am thankful for a warm house on a very cold night.  stay safe everyone. 13/365 #thankful2015

I am thankful for a mechanic I can trust  who does good work, fast and inexpensively! #thankful2015 14/365

I am thankful for tonight's winter concert and my cello playing boy 15/365 #thankful2015

I am thankful for bbq. #thankful2015 16/365

I am thankful for bannana cream pie #thankful2015 17/365

I am thankful for good soup #thankful2015 18/365

19/365

I am thankful for a quiet night at home #thankful2015 20/365

I am thankful for my helpful kids who put away dishes, help load the dish washer and took care of the rabbit. #thankful2015 21/365

I am thankful for good books 22/365 #ThankfulThursday #thankful2015

I am thankful that I am in a cabin and not a tent on this snowy night 23/365 #/ #cubscouts #camping @campsnyder

I am thankful for cub scouts and camp fires 24/365 #thankful2015 #camping #cubscout @campsnyder

I am thankful for my church family #thankful2015 25/365

I am thankful that monday is a "day off" for me #thankful2015 26/365

I am thankful for my oldest boy who did a great job shoveling snow #thankful2015 27/365

I am thankful for interesting sermon inspiration #thankful2015 28/364

I am thankful that I have a 13 year old boy today!  #thankful2015 29/365

I am thankful that the power stayed on inspite of the wind 30/365 #thankful2015

I am thankful for a fun night with the boys cooking and apples to apples 31/365 #thankful2015

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Doubt and Confession

Doubt

Spoilers - Jesus didn’t stay dead.  On the evening of the first day of the week after His crucifixion and resurrection the LORD appeared to his disciples.  They were afraid and had locked the doors and windows but he was there in their midst in spite of their fear.  I should go without saying that they were amazed and astonished to see the man they had seen executed standing in their midst.

They should not have been so surprised Mary had told them earlier he was alive.  Peter and John had both run to the empty tomb.  Now here He was.  First he tells them to be at peace.  Then he shows them his wounds.  Overjoyed they see and touch realizing that something more wonderful than they could have imagined has happened.  Jesus is alive.

But one of them was missing.  We aren’t told why Thomas wasn’t there.  When he hears the news he is skeptical and doubtful.  Thomas also wants to see and touch the body of Jesus.  He is not going to simply take their word.  He needs the same experience they had.

A week later Thomas gets his chance.  Once again the disciples have locked themselves in and once again Jesus walks right in.  Thomas experiences the resurrected Jesus and is the only person in the Gospel of John to correctly identify him as“My Lord and my God!”

To Thomas Jesus is not simply a lord or a god.  Jesus is his lord and his God.  He over comes his uncertainty and doubt and believes!

We are challenged by this story to look closely at our doubts and seek truth to answer them.  We are to move past doubt to faith and belief.  Jesus tells them they are blessed because they see.  He also declares that we who did not see but believe are also blessed.

The power and truth of many stories from the Biblical narrative is not that they happened long ago and far away but that they are happening in our lives today.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

a Terrible or a Wonderful Choice

A Terrible or A Wonderful Choice

But with loud shouts the crowd insistently demanded that Jesus be crucified,
and their shouts prevailed.
So Pilate decided to grant their demand.
He released Barrabas who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder,
the one they asked for,
and surrendered Jesus to their will.
- Luke 23:23–25 (NIV)

The crowd choosing one of its own over Jesus seems like a one time event hundreds of years ago.  It feels like time, distance and culture removes us from that event.

It would seem that way but the truth is different.

This choice didn't just happen once it happens every day.  Every day we are confronted with the choice to blend into the crowd.  Every day we choose either to accept or reject the LORD Jesus Christ.

Take a good look around you and you will see people choosing.  When a spouse chooses to violate their marriage.  When a grown child chooses to neglect their parents.  When someone chooses to go along with a bully rather than stand with the weak.  When you choose to allow someone else’s poor life choices make you feel better.  It is in moments like these that we make the terrible choice of Barrabas and the crowd

One the other hand we see people making the wonderful choice too.  When we choose to stop and help a stranded motorist change a tire.  When we choose to comfort a friend who has just suffered a loss in their life.  When we choose to make a bold stand with the weak instead of fearfully following a bully.  When we choose to feel compassion, mercy and forgiveness towards the one who hurt us.  It is in moments like these that we make the wonderful choice of the LORD Jesus Christ.

The power and truth of many stories from the Biblical narrative is not that they happened long ago and far away but that they are happening in our lives today.


Are you going to make a terrible choice or a wonderful choice?

Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Holy Story


This series is inspired by both the Letter/Book of Revelation and Mike Cope’s book Megan’s Secrets


Over the years I have seen many of our teens have make the wonderful choice to reject the Unholy Satanic story I wrote about earlier.  They instead are choosing to live God’s Holy Story.  When we put our faith in the LORD Jesus Christ and have the unholy story washed from our lives thru baptism we leave behind sin, guilt and trying to be god in our life.  Thru baptism we put on forgiveness, freedom and the LORD in control of our life.

If baptism is the major turning point in the Lamb’s Holy Story what does the rest of the story look like?

This story is counter to the one the world offers.  In the Lamb’s Story the when we are poor in spirit we will receive the Kingdom of God.  If we mourn we will be comforted.  When we are meek we will inherit the earth.  If we are starving for righteousness we will be filled with righteousness.  As we live mercifully we will receive mercy.  As we live pure in heart we will see God.  If we make peace will be called God’s children.  When we are given a hard time for our righteousness ours will be the Kingdom of Heaven!

I hope you recognize this from the beginning of “The Sermon on the Mount” from Matthew 5.  As you read the rest of the sermon you will find a guide for how to live the Lamb’s Holy Story.


I wrote earlier about how the specifics of our stories will be different but the plot will be characterized by “The Sermon on the Mount” and the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5.22 - .25).  Some of us are called to be missionaries in foreign countries while others are called to be missionaries in their own homes.  Some are more introverted and their story will be quieter and more behind the scenes.  Others are more extroverted and will be out front and visible.  These stories are part of the Lamb’s Holy story and Kingdom of Heaven needs us all.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Unholy Story

Story

This series is inspired by both the Letter/Book of Revelation and Mike Cope’s book Megan’s Secrets

Stories: Unholy Story

We are all living out a life story.  The specifics of our stories vary but we are essentially living out one of two plot lines.  The first plot line is the oldest one.  This is the LORD’s Story that started with the creation of the world and is continuing thru today.  We may also think of this as the Holy Story or the Lamb’s Story.  We will come back to this story later.

The second plot line is the World’s Story.  We can also think of it as the Unholy Story or the Satanic Story.  This story is not as old as the LORD’s Story and is in fact a distortion of the LORD’s Story.  It starts early in history when we still live in the Garden of Eden and at peace with the LORD.  Satan enters and offers a temptation to be “like God.”  Satan distorts the fact that we were already created like God, being created in His image.  Satan offers us a temptation not to be like the true God but to be like a god of our own creation.  It is the temptation of control.  Are you going to write your own story or submit to the LORD’s story?  When you walk away from the LORD’s Story you start living an Unholy Story.

Paul, in his letter to the Galatians, spells out what this story looks like.

“The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like.” (Galatians 5.19 - 20a)

This is a story where this world is all there is and you better get all you can before you are gone.  This is a story where you choose to be the center and use others in order to get what you want.  The specifics of how one lives out this Unholy Story will be different, but the end is the same - death.


Look back over the list Paul gives us again.  Is this the kind of story you want to live?  If not, stay tuned we will talk more about the Lamb’s Story.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Story

Story

This series is inspired by both the Letter/Book of Revelation and Mike Cope’s book Megan’s Secrets

Stories are important.  We read, watch, listen to and live stories.  That’s right, each one of us is living out a story.  Our stories shape the way we view the world around us.  Our stories shape how we see ourselves and how we live.  Do you see your life story as one of failure or one of success?  Do you see your life story one where you are in control or do you see yourself as at the mercy of bad luck?  Do your see your self as the hero of your story or the villain?

Over the next few blog posts I want to explore the idea of story.  As I reflected on this idea, it appears there are two main plots to the story you can choose to live.

First there is the LORD’s Story.  You could also think of this as a Holy Story or the Lamb’s Story.  It is a story whose plot line runs right thru the writings we find in the Bible all the way to our lives today.  It is a story that centers around the fact that we are created and this time we are in now is not all there is but more is to come.  Now is preparing us for the glorious future to come.

The second story can be thought of as an Unholy Story, the Beast’s Story or a Satanic Story.  This plot line is also seen in the Bible and we also find it playing out today.  This is the counter story that tells us that we are accidents that just evolved.  It tells us the lie that the here and now is all we get so you had better grab and take all you can because there is nothing else to come.

You choose the story you live. It may not be easy but you can change your story.  You can’t change the past of your story but the future is up to you.  The challenge from the book of Revelation is still true today- are you going to live the Beast’s story or the Lamb’s story?