Modesto California Orchards and Fog…

It’s amazing what a scent can do. Leaves burning in a neighbor’s yard on a cool day on Thanksgiving week and I’m transported in time back to Modesto as a little boy playing in a foggy orchard in the Central Valley of California where I grew up. I’m throwing a football with my cousin or riding my bike to a friend’s house…

Foggy Orchard in Modesto, California.

It’s amazing how memory and senses and feelings all weave together; the way God made us. Our memories and our senses are all woven together making a tapestry of life together as a family.

It’s no cliche to say that God is always guiding the path and that the Christian life is a pilgrimage. we are where we are and we are headed where we are going because the Lord has providentially purposed or protectively allowed it. If we are His, then we are His at all times.

That fog in California was so thick. I remember playing tag or hide and seek in that fog in the fields at the elementary school waiting for the bell to ring for class to start.

It can be just as difficult to discern God’s will for our lives as it was to see through that thick fog. Sometimes the dense fog is one of unbelief, lack of clarity, the influence of others, but once we hear from God The only way to know is Will is to begin to walk in it…

The past shapes and informs us, the future allurers and draws us, but in this present moment we must be submitted to so that we might be guided by the holy Spirit.

Praise be to God today! #pilgrimpath

II Corinthians 12:9, “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (ESV)

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Mind Exploration

Cast Net of Dreams

The mind is the last great unexplored territory.

Thoreau said, “A man is what he thinks about all day long.” Every thought is a thread on the cast net of our hopes and dreams.

“Matthew 8:13, “Go; let it be done for you as you have believed.” (ESV) Will you cast the net of faith today? Will we rise above carelessness, mindlessness, pettiness, and thought patterns that hold us back?

Let the dream God has planted in our hearts become actionable! God always provides for those He prompts! Imagination. Courage. Faith. Action! It starts in the mind…

Mark 9:23, “And Jesus said to him, “ ‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” (ESV) #pilgrimpath

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So TWO YEARS ago…

Sitting in a local coffee shop with Ephram, polishing a sermon for Sunday. A young college aged woman at the counter, and I quote, “Yeah, I get it, its just like, that logo was so 2 years ago! I was like, how outdated!” … 😑 … How does the Church preach and reach a generation that considers TWO YEARS AGO ancient history?

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Worse yet, if two years ago is ancient and irrelevant, passe, obsolete, and antiquated, how do we bring this ancient message to life for them? It occurs to me that the Church can either convince them to love history the way I do… [uhhhh… good luck with that …] or we MUST show this generation that this ancient message remains alive, bursting, present, pushing me and you as followers of Jesus to live like HIM TODAY.


We must embody the truth their jaded eyes are looking for. We must envision the caring meaningful future their hurting hearts long for. We must care for the widow and orphan the way their blunte- by-the-world, aching for hope, hearts long for.


Be the Church. Be alive, really alive, in Christ. Care for the widow and orphan. Sacrifice this world at the godly altar of Christ-centered meaning. Why so much allegiance to the world? It is presently sacrificing us at its altars of material meaninglessness.

There is more grace in God than there is sin in us. There is also more hope in a life lived for others in God’s name than a life lived for self in my name… “For you are all children of the light and of the day; we don’t belong to darkness and night. So be on your guard, not asleep like the others. Stay alert and be clearheaded. Night is the time when people sleep and drinkers get drunk. But let us who live in the light be clearheaded, protected by the armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation. For God chose to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out His anger on us. Christ died for us so that, whether we are dead or alive when He returns, we can live with Him forever. ” (I Thessalonians 5:5-10 NLT)

(Photo: Mrs. Tamme Geurts, Board Member, Supply and Multiply, ministering Christ to the elderly in Monwi, Haiti) #pilgrimpath #supplyandmultiply #InChristAlone #reachtheworld #jesusondisplay #missionmatters

Simplicity

Naples, Florida.

General spiritual health. Simplicity. Deep connection. Covenant. Love in life. These lights are bouncing through my brain today.

I was up early the other morning. Christina & the kids were still asleep. I saw her laying in bed. Beautiful. Wild hair. Wow, I thought, God gave me a woman. WOW! What a treasure. I walked the dogs. I observed the kids all sleeping in various states of contorsion and peace. I, a once fatherless child, am father to these people… amazing what God does…

I sat down to tie my shoes and thought, I, a once confused faithless boy and young man, have and have had the honor of shepherding men, women, and children in the pastorate and on the mission field…”

WOW! What a truly amazing God!

Marriage, family, church and professional life. They are almost never easy but they are always worth the work!

Unclutter. Unplug from unhealthy things. Unknow and unlearn unhelpful patterns.

Simplify…

“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion.” – Isaac Newton

Philippians 4:8–9, “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9 Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.” (NLT)