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[ Saturday, April 23, 2005 ]

[ Another month is coming to a close. So much has happened and starting to write about it seems like such daunting and inadequate task. When it really comes down to it, my purposes for writing amounts to a need for closure; an opportunity for me to gather my thoughts and recollections and to be able to regurgitate the trials and victories I have come through since my last literary endeavour.

Needless to say there has been a fair share of both...

I found out today that Blake will not be hired at Broadway and that Will is in the hospital again. That, however, comes on the heals of a great breakfast meeting with Jaz regarding opportunity for me to serve in music in some events and scenes that he is working towards.

All things in balance, all things in proper time.

Our Thursday night gathering is progressing well. I continue to pray for direction and vision as it is hard for me to put time into something with dreams of reformation and yet realize that I can only inspire and not motivate. I see young adult ministry as a much higher priority in our culture: "For even though by this time you ought to be teaching others, you actually need someone to teach you over again the very first principles of God's Word. You have come to need milk, not solid food." Hebrews 5:12 That has been terribly on my heart.

Our difficulty is that we are trying to work with hard soil. The seeds don't take root: "Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root." Mark 4:5-6

Of what good is a relationship with God to those around us? In our culture where you can have a good job, drive a nice car, live in a good part of town and even find entertainment at church, what in the world do you want to take the narrow road for? Why would you ever want to die to yourself, take up your cross daily, and follow a man of suffering? Why?

In the words of Kurt Cobain: Here we are now. Entertain us.

My Lord Jesus Christ, son of the living God, have mercy on us. ]



[ Friday, April 01, 2005 ]

[ I tried posting last night and ended up losing my rant. Unfortunately that means I won't bother posting the entire thing over. You should know, however, that our young adult gathering was quite heavy and intense. (Whoa! Both of those word in the same sentence? Gear down there big shifter!) I taught on what it means to remember the Lord in an hour and a half session entitled "The Forgotten God." It all led up to communion and the death and resurrection of Christ which was the purpose for the extended "Easter" weekend. It really set things apart for me but made it difficult to really be influenced of the plethora of Easter events I was part of and/or attended over the course of that weekend.

Anyway, IMR is playing tomorrow night and Sin City opens tonight - but I won't see it until Sunday. ]



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