Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Sermon on the Truth and the Lie

I'm listening to this message and it is so clear.  We are unceasingly pouring out worship on something.  We were created to worship God.  What are we unceasingly pouring out our worship on now?

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Rainy Tuesday

I think I breathed a sigh of relief this morning when I looked out the window and saw dark clouds heavy over the sun and a comfortable drizzle coming down.  We have been trying to get through some pretty violent heat lately.  Sunday afternoon at a cookout (an outside cookout) I looked at a thermometer that was in the blazing sun.  The thermometer read 112 degrees.  Luckily I was in the shade with a breeze where it was "only" about 102.

I went running this morning after spending some time with the Lord.  It was great to feel my feet pounding the wet pavement while Chris Tomlin was singing "You are the first, You go before, You are the last, You are the encore..."  I pushed through some pain and had a really great time, just me and the Lord.  He is teaching me something about discipline.  I think I am one of the least disciplined people I know.  It is easy to be spoiled here in America.  We have everything we want and more.  We can be lazy and get away with it.  I feel so empty and dead when I am not disciplined.  This is not to say that working to be disciplined is what it takes to earn my Lord's love.  That would be a very presumptuous thing to assume.  His love is much deeper than my ability to love Him back.

There is something so healthy about working hard though.  It is so evident that we were designed for it.  Even before the fall God created Adam and put him in charge of all the animals.  He was to have dominion over the land and rule over it.  He was to care for it.  I have a content feeling inside after a hard day's work.  Nothing is more fulfilling than walking through the day, pressing towards a goal.  I think this is healthy.  The best part about all of this is that Jesus Christ is our true goal.  To become so close to Him that we resemble Him.  It is true that He was spiritual, but He was also very common.  He fully experienced humanity.

I would urge whoever reads this today to press into the Lord this afternoon.  Seek His face despite the frightening fact that it will hurt.  He will not allow us to stay in the same place.  To see Him will reveal the worst in us, and when we think we can no longer bear to look at those horribly nasty places deep inside us, He will remind us that He has already taken care of that.

Philippians 1:6 "And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ."

Friday, July 16, 2010

Where Did We Leave Off?

Back to Lynchburg we have returned!  This summer has been non-stop action and it is really nice to be back in our own home.

Several weeks ago we went to Atlanta where David lead a 2 day worship camp for kids ages 10-18.  What an age spread!  The camp was very successful as a guinea pig for the future camps the church plans to hold.  Some of the kids were tiny!  It was so neat to see these amazing kids up there leading us in praise.  What a privilege to be a part of training the next generation to be strong godly believers.  I got teared up watching my husband and the other guys in the band spend one-on-one time with the kids helping them to be better musicians.
There were about 40 kids total at the camp, and we had such a good time with them all.
Here are a couple of them leading worship on the final night.  We split them into bands and had them each do 2 songs.

After the camp was over, it was time for Hotlanta!!!
David took me into the city to the aquarium where we met up with some new but great friends of ours, the Mohrmans.  The aquarium was amazing!  My two favorite animals were the Whale Shark (23 foot fish!?! For real!), and the giant sea turtle.  After we were finished with the aquarium we all went out to dinner at the most amazing restaurant in Atlanta (possibly ever):  Dante's Down the Hatch.  It's a fondue restaurant with live jazz.  You walk across a bridge that goes over a little river with LIVE alligators in it once you get INSIDE the building.  So cool. You can also eat aboard "the ship" where there are booths and a grand piano in the middle for the music.  We had a blast taking pictures outside the place with Dante's old antique automobiles.

David and Kris were great models.

Atlanta Skyline... sort of...

 I was trying to take artistic photos. Haha! Not great.

We ate at "The Varsity" for lunch!  This is a famous fast food restaurant in Atlanta. The olympic torch is standing right next to it. When you get in line to order you had better know what you want! The long line of cashiers are yelling: "Whad'y'ave, Whad'y'ave?!!" and if you don't know "what you'll have" you will get bumped to the back of the line for sure!

The Mohrmans.  What a great fam. :)
Left to Right: Ellie, Kerri, and Kris.
Whale Shark!
The main tank was as big as a football field. That's huge.

Did you know that penguins mate for life?? It was so cute to see them all paired up with each other.  They were all preening each other and feeding each other. Such funny little creatures. 
(editors note: the strawberry blonde creature is not one of the penguins)

And here's the romantic newlywed picture. :)

He's pretty handsome, I won't lie.

Oh... you mean cigarette butts? Oops...

Oh, just some GQ models... the one on the left is my fav.

We love the Mohrmans! Here's to a great day in the city!