Eternity in the Now

Last week I wrote about my “Emailer OK” program - a program that sends me an email every 30 minutes telling me that is still working.  It has been interesting to me how this regular 30 minute “drum beat” shows me how fast time goes, how easily I forget, and reminds me of my temporal and time-measured life.

But, it is precisely this idea - that my small moments are the “nows” with which I experience eternity - that has me thinking.  There are some pretty awesome implications.

The first implication that I’d like to explore is that of significance: that the “now” moments of my life are significant.

DEUTERONOMY, DUDE!!!

Confession: Despite attending 6+ of AWANA, I have never memorized the Old Testament books of the Bible. I would have to, heaven forbid, use the Table of Contents  to find Nahum, Haggiagiagiiagia (How do you spell that?) or Zephaniah (There’s a Zephaniah in there, right?).

Emailer OK

In my other job as a software developer, I have a customer for whom I’ve written a program called “Emailer”.  As its name implies, it runs on my customer’s computer, watches for certain events in their database, and sends out Emails as warnings, reminders, and other sundry notifications. 

The “Cave of Wonders” Closet

I recently (perhaps “finally” is a better word) cleaned out the “Cave of Wonders” supply closet at church. We call it the Cave of Wonders because honestly, it has EVERYTHING in it. No matter what you need, I"m pretty sure something in the Cave of Wonders can help.

Weakness Shots

You’re driving along, working on something, even sleeping or otherwise minding your own business, and - WHAM!  Somewhere between your stomach and your heart -  a shot.  It doesn’t hurt, really, but we call it “pain”.  Either way, it sure gets our attention.  My kids call it a “snake bite”, or a “cloud in the heart”.  Biologically, I think it’s a adrenalin.

What I Learned About Worship: College

After high school I attended college at Grand Valley State University. Aware that my faith would be challenged in this secular school I began attending InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. The group was committed to sharing the story of Jesus with the campus, to studying God’s Word, and to practicing multi-cultural worship.

Present Grace Reminds Us of God’s Process

This is the third and last installment in my series about Paul David Tripp’s and Timoth S. Lane’s perspective on the importance of recognizing God’s present grace to us – as outlined in their book “How People Change.”

The authors highlight three kinds of spiritual blindnesses that occur when we neglect to acknowledge the importance of God’s grace: a blindness to our true identiy, a blindness to God’s provision and a blindness to God’s process.

Blind Spot

On one of my first times driving on the road during Driver’s Training, the instructor told me to change lanes.  I did all of the right things -the head check, the mirror check, the turn signal - and then started to change lanes.  In the process, I cut off another car, the other driver blasted the horn, and I was surprised and shocked, that I had almost caused an accident.  My Driver’s Training instructor, of course, saw it all happening, saved the day, and proceeded to lecture me about my blind spot. 

“But I did look!”, I cried. 

What I Learned About Worship: Summer Camps

In my last post I wrote about what I learned about worship in childhood. Part of the learning process came through my experiences at week-long summer camps I attended in middle and high school. These camps introduced me to a whole new model of worship. I went from singing in pews to standing and raising my hands in an emotionally charged atmosphere.

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