Archive for January, 2008

Picture Update January 2008

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

It’s been a while since I added some pictures of the family so I thought I would add some random ones.

I found a thing that will really help me get pictures on the site fast and easy so hopefully these posts will become more common.

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Empty Net Syndrome

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

“Simon Peter said, ‘I’m going fishing.’

” ‘We’ll come, too,’ they all said.  So they went out in the boat, but they caught nothing all night.” (John 21:3)

It was déjà vu time for the disciples.  They had been fishing all night on the Sea of Galilee and hadn’t caught anything.  The Lord had risen.  He already had appeared to some of the disciples.  There were no clear marching orders, so they thought they would go back to what they knew how to d fish.

Now it was early in the morning, probably still dark.  They saw a figure standing on the shore.  He called out, “Friends, have you caught any fish?”

Throughout the Bible, God often asked probing questions when He wanted a confession.  In the same way, Jesus was asking His disciples, “Did you catch anything?  Have you been successful?  Have things gone the way you had hoped they would go?  Are you satisfied?”

Why did Jesus want them to admit their failure?  So He could bring them to the place where they needed to be.

When they cast the net on the right side of the boat, as Jesus told them to, their net became so heavy with fish that they couldn’t pull it in.  The Lord was teaching the disciples an important lesson: Failure often can be the doorway to real success.

We need to come to that point in our lives as well.  We need to come and say, “Lord, I am not satisfied with the way my life is going.  I am tired of doing it my way.  I want to do it your way.”  If you will come to God like that, He will extend His forgiveness to you.  Then He will take your life and transform it in ways you couldn’t imagine.

What Love Looks Like

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

“My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.” (1 John 3:18)

Have you ever felt like a spiritual failure?  If so, then you’re in good company.  Even the apostle Peter felt that way after he denied the Lord.

When Jesus told the disciples they would abandon Him in His hour of need, Peter insisted that he never would.  But Jesus said that Peter would deny Him three times before the rooster crowed that day.  And he did.

Now, Peter finds himself in an awkward moment.  Jesus was crucified and had risen on the third day.  He suddenly appears to them at the Sea of Galilee.  Before they knew it, Jesus was cooking breakfast for everyone with the fish He had just helped them catch.  Maybe as they ate, Peter was remembering when, not all that long ago, he denied the Lord by the glow of another fire.

Eventually, the Lord breaks the silence.  He asks Peter a series of questions, each with the same phrase: “Do you love Me?”

Peter had learned his lesson.  Instead of boasting of his love for the Lord, he simply answers, “Yes Lord; You know that I love you” (John 21:15–17).  In the original language, the word Peter used for “love” was phileo.  It could be translated, “have an affection for.”

At least Peter was being honest.  We can talk all day about how much we love God, but never act on it.  Peter eventually proved his love for the Lord.  A leader in the early church and the writer of two New Testament epistles, he reportedly was crucified upside-down as a martyr for his faith.

How about you?  Is your love for the Lord expressed more by your words than your actions?

Big Air

Friday, January 25th, 2008

I am looking forward to tomorrow night when me and the boys take off to Ipsco Place for the Big Air Insanity Tour 2008.

It’s a motocross stunt show complete with huge jumps and everything else that boys – young and old – love.

We have great tickets (12th row, nearly centered) and we also grabbed some pit passes so we can go check out the bikes and riders before the show.

I’ll have to post up pics later this weekend after the show!  The boys and I are pumped!

The Ultimate Sacrifice

Friday, January 25th, 2008

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

I heard a true story about a man who operated a drawbridge.  At a certain time every afternoon, he raised the bridge for a ferryboat to go by, and then lowered it in time for a passenger train to cross over.  He performed this task precisely, according to the clock.

One day, he brought his son to work so he could watch.  As his father raised the bridge, the boy got excited and wanted to take a closer look.  His father realized his son was missing and began looking for him.  To his horror, his son had come dangerously close to the bridge’s gears.  Frantic, he wanted to go rescue him, but if he left the controls, he would not be back in time to lower the bridge for the approaching passenger train.

He faced a dilemma.  If he lowered the bridge, his son would be killed.  If he left it raised, hundreds of others would die.  He knew what he had to do.  With tears streaming down his face, he watched the passenger train roll by.  On board, two women chatted over tea.  Others were reading newspapers.  All were totally unaware of what had just transpired.  The man cried out, “Don’t you realize that I just gave my son for you?”  But they just continued on their way.

This story is a picture of what happened at the Cross.  God gave up His beloved Son so that we might live.  But most people don’t give it a second thought.  How about you?  Are you conscious of the ultimate sacrifice God made on your behalf?  Will you be sure to thank Him?