Archive for November, 2009

Set My Soul Afire

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009
Set My Soul Afire
“Set my soul afire Lord, for Thy Holy Word, Burn it deep within me, let Thy voice be heard
Millions grope in darkness in this day and hour, I will be a witness, fill me with Thy pow’r

Refrain:
Set my soul afire Lord, set my soul afire.
Make my life a witness of Thy saving pow’r. Millions grope in darkness, waiting for Thy Word. Set my soul afire, Lord, set my soul afire!

Set my soul afire, Lord, for the lost in sin, Give to me a passion as I seek to win; Help me not to falter never let me fail, Fill me with Thy Spirit, let Thy will prevail.

Set my soul afire, Lord, in my daily life. Far too long I’ve wandered in this day of strife; Nothing else will matter but to live for Thee, I will be a witness for Christ lives in me.”

Last Saturday morning I went out Soul Winning in Ridgefield. Fewer people slammed the door in my face than on previous outings. Is that a good thing or not? I’m not sure. Isa 53:3  “He is despised and rejected of men; …” Perhaps it was just that I was in a section of town that was more socially established and folks were just being dutifully polite.

Three different people said they were less than 100% sure of going to heaven. But all three of them were “too busy” to look in the Bible to learn how they could be 100% sure. They have no fear for their soul, they are blinded by Satan. 2 Cor 4:4  “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” One teenage boy told me he was “busy right now and, I go to Crash sometimes.” Crash is a local youth group that had a float in the parade two years ago that was not abstaining “from all appearance of evil” (I Thes 5:22) in any way. Another lady told me she attended such and such church. When I asked her if she knew how to get to heaven she replied that she works in the nursery and one of the elders or someone else would know the answer to that question. I can’t share the gospel with these people if they just keep closing the door on me. God’s Word will not return void (Isa 55:11) but if I don’t even have a chance to share any of His Word with them, well…what good have I done? Eph 6:19-20 “And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”

Let’s Go Skiing!

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

The mountains have snow again, the ski resorts are opening for the season. A couple weeks ago I went to the ski show in Portland to try to find a new pair of skis for myself. When I first started skiing I would rent my equipment but that gets expensive real fast. So then I started using really old equipment that I found at Goodwill stores. That’s what I’ve been using for the past several years. It works okay but if I’m going to be skiing regularly I thought it would be worth it to invest in a nice pair of skis. And so I did.

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They’re Salomon Origins, $1000 new! Of course I didn’t pay anywhere near that much, I got a really good deal because these were used as demo skis. They’re shaped skis (which I’ve only tried a couple times, hope I don’t have too much trouble learning how to carve my way down the mountain.), they’ve got a wood core, and, yes, they’re purple. So they’ll go great with my purple coat. haha. I also got a pair of Salomon ski boots which I’m hoping will work well. I’m sure I’ll be thrilled with my new equipment considering my old skis were from the 70’s or something and my old boots had two broken clasps and only one working clasp. I used to worry that the lift attendant might tell me I wasn’t allowed on the lift with my ancient equipment. But it worked and I had fun so I was happy.

Anyhow, now I’m very excited to get up on the mountain and try out my new gear! I’m planning a trip to Mt. Hood SOON! Probably night skiing Saturday Nov 28th. If you want to go, let me know. Fellowship with friends is one of the best parts of skiing. It’s never fun to go alone.

Well, I’m starting to get used to my new schedule. It is the strangest thing to be in control of so much of my time. I want to use all my time for God and the things he wants me to do. Therefore it’s a huge responsibility to “be in control” of what I do with my time. I will be held accountable to God for everything I do with my time. Rom 14:12  “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.” Really, I don’t want to “be in control”. I want to hand that control to God and let him steer me in what to do with my time. Rom 6:13  “Neither yield ye your members [as] instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members [as] instruments of righteousness unto God.” In order to yield myself like that, I must die to myself (my will, my goals) daily as Paul did (1 Cor 15:31). And I must keep my focus on Christ, not on my list of things that need to be accomplished. If I focus on a list of things that need to be done each day, I will feel like I failed if I didn’t accomplish it all at the end of the day. That can get depressing real quick. Yes, goals are good, and striving to be productive is good, but if that is the focus, I am looking to myself and will quickly become discouraged and/or depressed. My purpose IS to please the Lord. Rev 4:11  “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” My purpose is NOT to check off the items I decided to write down on my “To Do” list for the day. Now perhaps, as I continue to seek the Lord and his will with my whole heart (Jere 29:13, Ps 119:2), one day my “To Do” list will align with his will for me and therefore bring him pleasure if I do accomplish those things. If I let my pre-planned schedule run my life, I wouldn’t be available to serve others in the moment that they needed me to take some time for them. I also wouldn’t have time to stop and spend a few minutes in prayer for someone or something that the Lord brought to my attention. (1Th 5:17  “Pray without ceasing.”) Nor would I have time to take a moment to look up that verse I was thinking about but couldn’t remember exactly what it said. (Psa 1:2  “But his delight [is] in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”)

My conclusion or point is that I am not to be selfish, self-centered, or self-focused. But rather, I am to be Christ-like, Christ-centered, and Christ-focused because that is what brings him pleasure and therefore fulfills my purpose in life.

John 13:34  A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

Rom 12:10  [Be] kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

Matt 6:24  No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Gal 5:13  For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only [use] not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

Welcome to Instruments of Righteousness

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

How exciting! My own website. This is just a template form for now. I’m working on a design and full website which I will be posting as soon as it’s ready.  It’s pretty intense though so it will probably be a while.

If you drop by and check this out, be sure to leave a comment and let me know. I haven’t told but a couple people about this site so I’m just curious how many people know about it.

Anna and I at Ski Bowl on Mt. Hood

Anna and I at Ski Bowl on Mt. Hood

I’m ready to hit the slopes again!!! Anybody wanna join me!?