just for a season

Ecclesiates 3

There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven:
v.4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance

Jenny and I were not at church Sunday. We were visiting her family out of town. We will not live here much longer and yet our hearts are every bit as much a part of Crossroads as before. A phone call followed by prayer and tears and more prayer. The Body of Christ is not geographical.

We went to a county fair in Lubbock last night. Let's say a distraction. There was a booth there with a Baptist church literally passing out cups of cold water in Jesus' name. As we walked by we saw a little sign that said, "Need prayer?" We paused, looked at each other, and wordlessly turned around. Not much was said. Not much needed. But 2 brothers and 2 sisters who we will never meet again in this life prayed for Crossroads Bible Church. They prayed words of healing and grace and restoration. They prayed for this season. We pray with them.

"My grace enough; it's all you need.
My strength comes into its own in your weakness"

2 Cor. 12 - The Message



A good Quest-ion

People love quests. The Lord of the Rings, Wizard of Oz, Legend of Zelda (for those of you who played Nintendo as a kid - it was a video game).

This is the little hero of the Zelda game. Sword, shield, boots, belt...all he needs is a breastplate and a helmet. Interesting choice of design on the shield. Wonder why they chose a cross??

On a quest you always have to move from one thing to the next. Now, I can't remember much about the Legend of Zelda (I know, I even beat that silly game) but I do remember having to accomplish one task and then another and another. All this is so you can get to where you want to go, save the princess or free the kindgom from some evil dude.

We're trying to get to Guatemala and it's a great microcosom of our journey to eternity. We know where we want to go - Guatemamala. And there are a whole bunch of things we need to do to get there. We have to raise support, find shipping, get rid of our suff, buy more stuff, get shots, visas and passports, sell my car, move and move some more. We're like questing nomads with a handfull of things and a heart for Jesus and not much else.

Yesterday I drove to Houston from Dallas, got a 2 pieces of paper stamped by the Guatemalan Consulate General, turned around and drove back. 10 hours and 550 miles later I was back home playing with my 9 month old son, one more task accomplished, one step closer to our goal. It's, just, well, it is what it is. And we're actually enjoying it, which is an awesome testimony to the Lord's presence and provision. You know how stressful moving is? We've sort of lived that stress since June, almost 4 months now, and we're not bonkers yet. God is very, VERY good.

Dios los bendiga!


Master of the Universe

When I was a kid I loved He-Man. I had Battle Cat and He-Man, Man-at-Arms...I even got Skeletor's Castle one Christmas. It had the coolest microphone that made my 10 year-old voice sound so boomy and huge. He-Man was sort of the leader of the Masters of the Universe, the good guys, who battled Skeletor for, oh, ratings I guess. They were the guardians of Eternia, he was the prince, and had a sword of power which he held aloft, shouted, "I have the power" and was trasformed into He-Man. But they were good and he was evil. I know it's goony now, but I just loved it.

Now it seems that our world is trying to sweep evil under the rug. Even the Pope gets bashed when he says Islam is evil. And it is. It's a false religion because Jesus is not worshipped as God and King. He-Man didn't join sides with Skeletor, he jumped on his tiger and went to war. Oh, and his tiger was also transformed from Cringer to Battle Cat. An armored tiger. How cool.

I mean, really, how cool is that!

Ok. Here's the deal. I loved this stuff because it, like all good stories, is rooted in the reality of the story of Christ. He didn't fight an evil skeleton, He defeated sin forever. I mean, He-Man is just made up, but God is reality. He's really in control of all things. He really created everything by speaking. Christ really holds all things together by the word of His power. The Holy Spirit really transforms me, really sanctified me, really justified me and will one day glorify me. I too have a battle to fight and God has given me the transforming power to do it. He is real. This life is not a dress-rehearsal for eternity. It's the beginning of it. I have eternal life, I'm not going to get it later; I am living it today. The question is: will I trust God and go His way or will I trust me and get in the way? I choose to trust Him. I choose to be filled with His power, real power to transform me in the the image of Jesus Christ.

We are moving to Guatemala. And it's an exciting adventure but it is no easy task. We are not going on a whim, on some fancy. We are going because the God of creation, the true Master of the Universe has lead us, equipped us and provided for us to go. There is a people who do not look or speak or live like we do and yet are one in Christ with us. There is a people who are struggling to live in the freedom of Christ and God is sending us to them to serve, to encourage, to teach and to love. How can we not go?

We are so excited and tired and desperate to get there and join the Coreanos in learning Spanish and Mam and getting into the work God has for us in Guatemala. Praise God that we do not go alone.

What about you? Where does God want you to serve? Next door, down the block, across the world? Will you go? I promise you will never regret it.


Buzz Buzz

We're scurrying around like little bees. But we're bees with a purpose and it keeps us out of the bars (an infamous LJism)

We're getting together our 1st garage sale. It's really a lot of work! And we're getting rid of most of our stuff. Ahh, stuff! The true American Idol. It's kind of freeing, really, getting rid of stuff. I reccommend it.

Oh, the sale is Sat (9/16) 7a-1p if you want to stop by.


All I have needed Thy hands hath provided!

Praise God! Praise God! Praise God!

We are at 100% of our monthly support need! We came out to a missions conference in Lubbock yesterday and God moved in the hearts of His servants. How marvelous to share in His work here on earth. How marvelous to be so blessed by the deep and sacraficial generosity of the people of Christ. Thank you to those who prayed and continue to pray. Thank you to those who have joined our team financially. Thank you!

We are just all a-twitter with excitement as we now focus our lens on our one-time expense. Please pray with us in thankfulness to God for His faithfulness and power and mercy. Amen!


You know I was thinkin'

For a blog called Ramble Zone i haven't been rambling much. Oh well.

So -
In no particular order:

Raves and Rants

Rave - The weather. It almost, almost, felt like the first touch of fall out there today. It was NICE

Rave - My son. I just love him. He laughs more than any human I have met and likes me...a lot!

Rave - My wife. God has given me eternal life. Only that trumps the gift of Jenny. She is...beyond words. I love you!

Rave - Friends. I have a whole bushel (or peck, which is bigger?) of fantastic people who I have shared life with. Praise God for all of you.

Rant - Crime shows. CSI, L&O SVU, CI, Cold Case...I'm sick of e'm! I like old school Law and Order where the crimes are robbery but shows about little children being hurt or people in pain...i'm just done with it. I can take it anymore. Matter of fact, TV as a whole is crap. Give me Good Eats and Future Weapons and a few sports and I'm good. Even that's too much.

Rave - Crepe Myrtles. Great trees. Takes the heat and explodes flowers. Cool.

Rave - My brother. Ian, I am proud of you. You have much ahead but God is good and you are finding out who He REALLY is.

Rant - Clay soil. You stink to build a house on.

Rave - Lemon Ice Box Pie. Mmmmmm. Lemony smoothness.

Rave - Tracey McKinney Photography. You rock and the pictures of my family bless me deeply. Thanks.

Rant - Stuff. We're moving to Guatemala and we have too much stuff. Aaargh! Moving is stinky.

Rave - Coffee. You wake me up. But if I drink too much I walk around really fast.

Rant - Benedryl. I took you to clear my sinuses and I'm still in a fog 10 hours later. And stuffy.

Rave - People. We're all odd. But God likes oddness. It demonstrates His creativity.

Ok. That was fun. Feel free to add your raves and rants.


Praise God

Praise God for fresh rain and cooler weather.

For those of you reading this from somewhere other than north Texas, we are getting a little rain today and the mercury has simmered down a lot. We've had a horrible drought ridden summer and the rain is a reminder that God is a renewer and a refresher of souls. Praise Him with me!

This doesn't have anything to do with rain, but I was reading in 1 Cor. 1 this morning and verse 20 says,

"Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?"

This is first century Roman empire here. Plato, Socrates have established western philosophy. Democracy has been planted and taken root. The mighty intellect of Western Civilization has sprouted and born it's first fruits. The seminary of modern western philosophy was in full swing.

And Paul calls these things foolishness in light of the Cross. Salvation does not come through philosophy. It comes through the "fooloshness of God." Verse 30 states,

"It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God - that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption."


How wonderful that all the yammer and yack that drips from the mouths of those who call God dead is foolishness in the only eyes that matter. Praise God that I can trade in my own foolishness for the "foolishness" of God and receive righteousness, holiness and redemption! How great is our God? How merciful to allow us to repent? How awesome to be involved in His impossible!

Praise Him with me!