This time last year we were missing the last day of VBS. But we had a good reason. Sonya was giving birth to Ellie.
Just the day before, she’d been singing in the worship rally. Today, she was birthing a baby. Here’s what happened the day Ellie was born:
Ellie is one today. What a bundle of joy! Like every child we have, we can’t imagine life without her. We’ll let her dig into some cake later and I’ll post the video.
Happy Birthday Ellie!
Father’s Day 2010! We will sing:
You Are Good
Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
Made Me Glad
Celebrate Father’s Day by taking your family to worship our great Lord and Savior with the body of Christ! Sounded like an add didn’t it? Well, do it.
Yesterday she was three. Today she is four.
I love her looks of wonder. I love the way she uses w’s for r’s and sometimes l’s. I love the way she rubs Sonya’s back at random times because she knows her mommy is in pain. I love to hear her make up songs. She is a precious little girl.
She (like her sister Ellie) kept us up one night four years ago then came at 6:05 a.m. What a great gift. Thank you, Lord, for our little curly-locked bundle of energy and words!
I love you Kate.
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. Galations 4:4-7
Ahh, one of my favorite passages. Through Christ we stand positionally before God as adopted children. We stand before God as Christ stands before God, co-heirs with our Savior. So run to your Daddy and pour your heart out today. He wants to hear it. He cleared the way for you to come.
I’m so thankful for God’s grace, mercy, and love.
Man. I haven’t been this pumped about a song in a long time. We are doing a new arrangement of “The Mercy Seat” on Sunday that will blow your socks off. It is so anointed. You don’t want to miss it. Here’s the whole set:
My Savior Lives
Better Than Life
Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)
The Mercy Seat
See you Sunday!
Don’t grimace. I’m just getting started. God is teaching me about weakness through Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians. Don’t think that all this talk about real, authentic community and openness about weakness is only for those who aren’t in the ministry. The Corinthian church struggled with this (among other things). They trusted false “super-apostles” over Paul because he lived authentically before them and the false apostles pretended to have it all together. Hey, don’t trust the guy on T.V. with the perfectly pressed shirt and suit who claims to have no sin. Trust the one who says, “Here’s my struggle. Here’s what God is doing with it. Here’s my imperfect life. How’s yours?”
Apply the same thing to every believer. Let’s stop pretending to have it all together. Let’s “hang it all out there” “Air our dirty laundry” to each other and let God work in us.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9, 10
Hey, I know what I’m suggesting is dangerous. Opening up your life to others makes you vulnerable. You start it where you are. Start by opening the Word with a couple of believers. Read 2 Corinthians and discuss real community in the body of Christ. Decide to start a revolution together of real love for each other. Find a couple of believers that will be radical with you. It’s time to put down the masks and be real.
One thing I love about the apostle Paul, he was not afraid to be real and open. Vulnerable. He opened up his life for all to see. Even when it came to discussing his weaknesses.
If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness. 2 Corinthians 11:30
Why can’t we all be that bold? We should be. We should be able to confess our weaknesses to one another so that we can pray for and encourage one another toward godliness in love! But that takes two things: the courage to share and the love to receive. There has to be a safe place to share. A place that looks at one another in love through the eyes of Christ. A place where weakness confessed is for the purpose growing and not returning. To encourage in confidence and not tear down. This is the place of grace. The place of love. This should be the body of Christ.
Now, let’s go and love. Be the safe place. Look on others through the eyes of Jesus. See who they are or could be in Christ and love them towards that end.
That’s what I want and through Christ, that’s what I want to give. Lord help me to be that place.