Archive for November, 2011

The Worst Possible Exchange
November 18, 2011

The Bible has many promises for our encouragement and comfort; the Bible has many warnings to keep us from straying from what matters most.

Has any nation ever exchanged its gods?
(Yet they are not gods at all.)
But my people have exchanged their Glory
For worthless idols.
Jeremiah 2:12

Which leads to sober reflection.
What are the common idols that beset and mislead the church in the West?
What idols am I blindly and subtly beginning to serve?
How can I keep my allegiance strong to God my Glory?
What spiritual disciplines can help me stay God-focused rather than me-focused?

“God, help us to honor and treasure you as our Glory. We turn away from all idols to serve you as the true and living God. Even the good things – our families, our comfort, our good feelings when the work we do for you seems to go well – even these things we demote to second or third place. Only you are number one. Help us never to trade you off for anything. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.”

The Sheriff and the Bumblebee
November 14, 2011

For Trick or Treat night Jeffrey and Zariah (Sheryl and Ed’s younger two children) got dressed for the occasion.

They came home with enough candy and snack treats to last until they are 18 years old.

Thinking about World Missions Today
November 12, 2011

I was invited to participate, along with three others, in a panel discussion on November 9, 2011, at Messiah College on the subject of world missions. This was part of the college’s Missions Awareness Week.

Messiah College is located in south-central PA, at the village of Grantham, and is closely connected with its founding denomination, the Brethren in Christ Church. I was invited to be on the panel because of my role with Brethren in Christ World Missions.

Looking for hawks and other raptors
November 12, 2011

On November 5, 2011, I went in the late afternoon to Waggoner’s Gap, a place where route 74 crosses Blue Ridge Mountain (part of the Allegheny Mountains) northwest of Carlisle, PA.

The Gap is the location for a Hawk Watch every fall. Volunteers scan the skies constantly for raptors that ride the air currents along the mountain as the birds fly south for the winter.

More about SYIS
November 12, 2011

To follow up my earlier post about the Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills workshop, here is a photo of the whole group.

Many of you who follow my blog will recognize some of the participants.

Skills for Getting Along with Others
November 3, 2011

These days, October 30 through November 4, I am attending a Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills workshop at Roxbury Holiness Camp at Roxbury, PA, near Chambersburg.

We stay at and meet in the commodious Byers Conference Center.

There is still some striking fall leaf color here.