Archive for December, 2007

After Christmas…
December 28, 2007

“The Work of Christmas”
by Howard Thurman

When the song of the angels is stilled, (more…)

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Birds and the Creator
December 23, 2007

The Creator has placed incredible abilities in the animals and birds that inhabit planet Earth.
How do birds detect north and south when they migrate?

From World magazine, October 20, 2007:
New evidence indicates migrating birds may be able to “see” Earth’s magnetic field. If the theory is correct, molecular compasses in birds’ eyes connect with the visual processing center in their brains, creating an image that defines north and south.

Thank you, God, for your mighty works of creation. In wisdom and power you made them all. Glory be to you.

God Prepares the Way
December 18, 2007

On December 16, 2007, a power failure at Manor Church meant that we had to cancel our worship services. Here is the text of the message that was to be given that day. It was message number 3 in a series on “EPIC: God’s Grand Story.”
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Meeting Christ
December 14, 2007

Text from the Liturgy of St. James:

Let all mortal flesh keep silence
and with fear and trembling stand;
ponder nothing earthly-minded,
for with blessing in his hand,
Christ our God to earth descendeth
our full homage to demand.

What an aid to worship this is for me! The mystery of Christ coming to earth in the incarnation. The mystery of God coming to meet us in our worship. “Ponder nothing earthly-minded” is tough for me because my thoughts wander so quickly from the sublime to my ordinary human predicaments, I as I ponder these words I am lost in wonder and praise.

Treat things with reverence
December 5, 2007

“What you do not understand, treat with reverence and be patient, and what you do understand, cherish and keep.” – Augustine

With so many trends and voices in the surrounding culture, and still more trends and voices in the church, this ancient statement gives me the perspective I need.
It’s okay not to understand everything – but be sure to treat such areas with reverence and patience. And what I do understand (or think I understand) I will cherish.
Thank you, Augustine, for your help.
Thank you, God.

Exploring India
December 1, 2007

In November I was part of a 5-person team that visited four states in India to learn about the work of Brethren in Christ Churches and missional outreach.

My report follows.

Report on Pastor’s Vision Trip to India
November 13-28, 2007
Report by John B. Hawbaker

The trip leader was Ken Hoke. The participating pastors were Mike Holland (pastor of a Hispanic Church in York Springs, and Mobilization Coordinator for BIC World Missions), Michael Yoder (Pastor of the Millersville Church), Ben Newton (Pastor of Young Adults and Outreach at Manor) and I. (more…)