Wednesday, July 26, 2006

A funny thing happened to me the other day...

I was at church Sunday morning doing the usual running around before service when I spot Joshua Gray, Amos' son, walking from the trampoline with his shoes in his hands. I stop him to help him tie his shoes. We were near some chairs so I sat him down and put his foot on my knee as I untied one of his shoelaces. As I was working on the shoe, he looks at me and the following conversation occurred.

Joshua: What's wrong with you hair?!

Rob: Huh?

Joshua: What's wrong with you hair?!

Rob: Oh! You mean the way it's stickin up and sort of messy?

Joshua: Yeah! People are gonna laugh at you!

By then, the shoes had been tied and he ran off.


Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Hace calor!

Right now (6:26pm) it is 101.2° in the capital city of Arkansas! That's hot!

Sunday, July 16, 2006

a beautiful Mosaic...

So this morning I was noticing again how beautiful it is to worship in unity with so many diverse peoples. The music style was gospel with a song or two in spanish. Harold brought a powerful message to us called "Who is Jesus?" pointing out that the Apostle John wanted everyone to know that Jesus was and is God. On top of that, Mark mentioned to me in passing that "only at Mosaic would you see a U.S. Senator and the guitarist for P.O.D." Too true. It's a lovely mixed salad of different folks ranging from those who speak little or no English, to the homeless guy walking in off the street, to the dozens of different nationalities such as Guatemalan, Cameroonian, Italian, Saudi Arabian, etc., and a Senator and the dude from P.O.D.

I love my church and the tri-une God it is trying to emulate!

Friday, July 14, 2006

From chaos comes order... (and more chaos)

So after living here for a year and a half, Ines and I tackled the "guest room" last night which has been a catch-all room since the moment we moved into this house. I told her that I'd be aggressive with bringing order to that room meaning the chaos would move into another room. It did. The living room. So to remedy the madness of the living room (the guest room looks SWEET now!), I had to dissect the garage again pulling everything into the center in order to better ascertain where everything should go and thereby cleaning up the huge mess in the living room.

But, alas, as I sit here and type, there is one very fine guest room that looks better than ever before and two large masses of stuff in the living room/kitchen and garage. We're getting closer to order, but the moral of the story is that chaos does not go down without a fight!

One soon-to-be very sweaty order-maker,
Rob <><

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

:: Cool Quote ::

"By sheer grace, God will not permit us to live even for a brief period in a dream world. He does not abandon us to those rapturous experiences and lofty moods that come over us like a dream. God is not a God of the emotions but the God of truth. Only that fellowship which faces such disillusionment, with all its unhappy and ugly aspects, begins to be what it should be in God's sight, begins to grasp in faith the promise that is given to it."

--Deitrich Bonhoeffer

I've had a couple of discussions about this quote in the last couple of days. My take on it is that we do not live in a fantasy world with no problems ever, rather our lives take place in reality. And reality is messy. God, Jesus, the Bible, etc. never promised us a cake walk life when we decided to follow Jesus. But He does promise to be with us during the storms of life right by our side every step of the way. Bonhoeffer seems to be pointing out that faith in God's promises is a much different life than simply a Santa Clause God that just takes all the troubles and worries out of this life. This isn't heaven we're living on; it's called earth. When we have fellowship with our loving God, we can more hopefully weather the storms of this life on earth with a great hope of being with Him in heaven one day.

If you find yourself in one of life's storms, instead of getting mad at God, try clinging to Him. You'll be happier with the results. I promise. :)

Sunday, July 09, 2006

It's sufficient...

His grace, that is. God's grace is amazingly utterly and totally sufficient. He has been teaching that to me more strongly than ever this week. I'm exhausted this evening as I prepare to go to bed after having an amazing Bible study tonight with my young adult mens' group. We closed our time with an extended time of prayer that was so worshipful and beautiful.

Psalm 117
A Psalm of Praise.

1Praise the LORD, all nations;
Laud Him, all peoples!
2For His lovingkindness is great toward us,
And the truth of the LORD is everlasting.
Praise the LORD!