Archive for August, 2012

Today was a very good day as there were no discipline problems, several teachers asked me to reserve days for them in my calendar, and one of my favorite students kept running into me in the hall and telling everyone she was my favorite student.  This was offset by the withering looks from a young lady who was difficult in class last year.  Then many of the 7th grade football players were all excited when they recognized me from our common practice field in the hall and classroom.

I serve in our community as a substitute school teacher.  Mostly in our local Jr. High.  Since I am a sub my first day back was the last day of their first week.  That means they are settling into the structures their teachers have developed for their classes.  It means I have to get up to speed fast.   If I am really honest, Jr. Highers are my favorite age group.  I like them a lot.  They are old enough to function and follow directions but they are still fresh enough to believe in the magical.  They generally not cynical yet.  They are bright and energetic.  Hanging out with them wears me out but there is often a great pay-off before the day is done.  I am sure the youthful pheromones will counteract any stresses that occur.

I know I said they were bright earlier but that is the word that rises up in my thoughts every time I think of the students in our Jr. High.  Only a little while ago I was 13.  It seemed like anything was possible.  We were promised flying cars by the year 2000.  Apple, IBM, and Microsoft were arcane titles that were truly understood only by those who were initiated into the secrets of BASIC and FORTRAN.  I think that is one of the reasons I enjoy teaching this age group.  It reminds me of when I was first capable of understanding the world around me and still fresh enough to believe I could improve the world.  I remember who I really am.  A bright, burning being with the power to make things better.  It helps me put away my sense of futility.  It gets me ready to face the rest of the world smiling with secrets that only I know.





Posted: August 31, 2012 in Blasts From The Past
17 Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” 18 And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. 20 Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”
Luke 10:17-20

The disciples were excited that their ministry had been successful.  When they reported into Jesus they declared their dominion over the demonic forces they had encountered.  Jesus acknowledged their triumph, declaring, “I saw Satan fall like lightning…”  However Jesus also explained to them that their real rejoicing should be reserved to celebrate their salvation.  It is important to keep in mind that we did nothing for our salvation. We are most excited about the Work Jesus has done for us.  Along with the angelic hosts of heaven we will rejoice with every salvation at the end of time!  It will be a great triumphant party.  It is easy to get caught up in the success or failure of our ministry.  Jesus redirects us back to our salvation as our source of value.  Lord, keep my heart focused on the way that You save me. I know my name is written in heaven and that is my greatest joy and security. You are my great reward!

Trampling Serpents On My Way To Heaven

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Come And See!

Posted: August 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

Come on in.  This blog is dedicated to sharing my relationship with Jesus with you.  I promise to be as open as I can without giving anyone else’s privacy away.  I have been a pastor for over twenty years but I hope you won’t let the prejudices that come with that color your thinking about me.

Here are a few things about me.  I am a regular guy.  I am newly in my fifties; married to a wonderful woman for thirty-plus years.  All the cliches are true about us.  We are childhood sweethearts, she was a cheerleader and I played football.  She is my best friend, lover, and life partner.  My love for her has grown enormously through the years.  Not only has my love increased but my admiration for her has no end.   I have raised three children that I love deeply and  I am very proud of.  They have all married amazing partners who my wife and I  also love and think very highly of.  We have a few more young folks who have joined our family along the way that we are blessed to share our lives with.    I love football.  I coached high school ball at the freshman and JV level for eight years.  After a break I am coaching the sixth graders in our youth league.  They are awesome.  I am also a very enthusiastic woodworker.  My garage serves as my shop and is often in shambles when I am in the middle of some project.  Reading is a big part of my life.  My favorite is optimistic science fiction/fantasy novels.  I don’t mind a dark world as long as their is light in it.  I really believe in “happily ever after”.  I know that one person can rise up and make a difference.  Deborah, Samson, Esther, Joseph, David, Mary, and like Paul said time would fail if I named all those who by faith in a good God changed their world.  They didn’t do it all by themselves but they stood for good and others joined them in victory.

My devotions are for me but I am willing to share them.  When John’s disciple asked Jesus where He was staying He answered, “Come and see.”  Those two went and remained with Him.  Philip found Nathaniel and told him they had found the one Moses had promised.  Nathaniel questioned Philip about the worth of whatever came from Nazareth and Philip answered him the same way, “Come and see.”  Come and see is my offer to you.  I want you to look into my life and see all that Jesus has done.  I am not trying to impress anyone with my page just show them what the Lord is doing in me.  So, welcome to you.  I trust that our sharing together will build our faith.

His Grace Be Upon Us All