Thursday, February 26, 2009

Free Stuff... part deux!

Ok... one more option for some free stuff! I just can't help it! Hanging out with College students has me stuck on free stuff and cheap pizza!



Free Stuff

To follow a previous post of giving people information on free stuff that is being given away.... here is another!



Bible Study Magazine and Mars Hill are giving away 20 copies of Mark Driscoll’s new book, Vintage Church. Not only that, but they are also giving away five subscriptions to Bible Study Magazine and a copy of their Bible Study Library software! Enter to win on the Bible Study Magazine Mark Driscoll page, then take a look at all the cool tools they have to take your Bible study to the next level!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Being un-busy, wordle...and stuff

I have two things I'd like to share with you all (all 5 of you...)

This blog post from Abraham Piper over at TwentyTwoWords on being busy (or "un-busy") which was timely for me as I continue to work to strike a balance between ministry, husband, father, etc... That one is HERE.

And the other is from a website called Wordle where you put in words and it makes a cool picture... this is from The Gospel of John chapter 1.


Tuesday, February 17, 2009

fun stuff from other bloggers

I frequent (by subscription to my email inbox AND on my feed reader) a blog by a guy named Abraham Piper called "Twenty Two Words" and it is really great!

His is a micro-blog in that he keeps (as often as possible)posts to only 22 words. The sub-title is "experiments in getting to the point"... which is good for me who often meanders around an idea for an inane amount of time...

Anywhoo... sometimes he (and his wife Molly -- who also has a blog) have fun giveaways and such.

You can check out the most current one here at TwentyTwoWords.

Perhaps I should consider giving something away if people subscribe to my blog... hmmm...

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Christ Our Savior

The past month has been a blur of activity, emotion, and just general stuff of life. I have had some wonderful time with family, watched my 4 1/2 month old son Benjamin laugh a LOT, listened to the endless stories from the mouth of my two year old daughter, grieved the death of my grandfather, dealt with car troubles, had the privilege to lead some refreshing times of corporate worship in song, and had the opportunity to teach the Bible a couple of times with some Campus Crusade students at NDSU. The next thing on the list is a date with my wife... which will be happening soon! :-)

In all these things, in good or bad, frustration or joy, I have been anchored in one thing... Jesus Christ, in His mercy and because of His death, saved my soul.

I have no other anchor on which to hold.

As I was preparing my thoughts for this belated post I loaded up my blog reader and right at the top was a posting from a blog I frequent called Between Two Worlds from a guy I greatly respect named Justin Taylor. His post was PERFECT for my thoughts today and so in good Ecclesiastes 1:9 fashion I post this puritan prayer taken from Valley of Vision).

May this be what I preach to myself every day!


"Christ was all anguish that I might be all joy,
cast off that I might be brought in,
trodden down as an enemy that I might be welcomed as a friend,
surrendered to hell’s worst that I might attain heaven’s best,
stripped that I might be clothed,
wounded that I might be healed,
athirst that I might drink,
tormented that I might be comforted,
made a shame that I might inherit glory,
entered darkness that I might have eternal light.

My Savior wept that all tears might be wiped from my eyes,
groaned that I might have endless song,
endured all pain that I might have unfading health,
bore a thorned crown that I might have a glory-diadem,
bowed his head that I might uplift mine,
experienced reproach that I might receive welcome,
closed his eyes in death that I might gaze on unclouded brightness,
expired that I might for ever live."

A Puritan Prayer~Valley of Vision