Experiencing God

The God Experience

What does it mean to be a follower of Christ? I find myself asking this question more and more lately. I look at the world around me and I look at this thing we call the church and I find myself wanting… imagining that there has to be something better… something more… real, uncut, raw and organic. Much of what I see in church institution these days seems to be focused more internally rather than outward. Our buildings have become holy shrines to the pride of men and the glory of business. These walls hold us in and filter our view of the beauty of the eklessia that is each and every one of us. And it’s not just the …

todays make tomorrows

Todays Make Tomorrows

Every 4th of July my wife and I go spend the weekend at her dad’s houseboat. It has been something we have been doing for a few years and it makes for a great time for relaxing. Now, the 4th of July weekend is one of the busiest times at the lake. I love to wake-board and we are usually hard pressed to find water that is calm enough to make a good run. Generally we have to drive a mile or two back in order to find decent water. Everything is just so busy… Which makes me appreciate the mornings all the more on the lake. The last few years I’ve tried to make it a habit to go …

Rain God Holding Us In Our Storm

Rain

So we had a huge thunderstorm a few nights ago. I would have to say thunderstorms are one of my favorite things. I could sit and watch a thunderstorm for hours. The sound of rain falling on the roof, the claps of thunder that can be heard for miles, the flashes of lightning that design the night sky,the woosh of Little Kitty running through the dark room…

everything

Everything

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately. God is trying to teach me something… something about myself and something about other people. From what I’m getting so far is looks like it is all coming back to one thing… Value. I’m seeing it everywhere and in all kinds of people… people I know and people I don’t know as well. Everyone is living to feel valued… loved… accepted by someone… everyone lives hoping that somewhere out there in this thing they see as their life there is some hope, some inkling of purpose and value. People will do anything for it. Anything. Something inside of us needs to know that we were created for something and that this something …

snow and remembering god

Snow and Remembering

Well, I’ve been asking for it all year. There have been a few times that I thought we were about to get hit but they were only false alarms. But, now… it’s happening. The snow has finally come. Now, where I live if we see a snow flake or even feel like one could form, school is canceled and everyone runs to Wal-Mart to stock up on the essentials (toilet paper and milk – I think one may be a little more essential than the other, but I’ll leave it up to you to decide which one that is:) As the years have gone by it seems like we get fewer and fewer snows. Whenever it happens it makes me …

God Loves Us Without a Lint Roller

God Still loves us even without a lint roller

I had one of those moments a few weeks back. You know… one of those moments that God decides he is going to teach you something and you are going to realize how little you really know or how little you remember. Yeah, it was one of those moments. We have a cat so creatively named “lil kitty”, who is one of those pretty cats. Everything she does is pretty. She sits pretty, walks pretty, she is even a pretty cat!!!! To mess with her sometimes I will rub her hair toward her head… she doesn’t like that…. why I do it, I don’t know… but it is fun. I would have never considered myself a cat person but lil kitty …

christmas shoes

Shoes

  I have been saving this story for a few weeks now. I wanted to give it to you all on Christmas. This is not my story but another persons story that I have claimed as my own… it was hard not to cry when I heard it. A person in the church community I go to told us this story… it was the Sunday after I wrote the stories of Christmas post. For the sake of her identity I will refer to her as Sue. Sue got up in front of the church to tell us about what had happened. The pastor had just mentioned how Sue’s story had touched him and he wanted us all to hear it. …