Monthly Archives: March 2009

Passover Meal at CNC on April 9


268996_passover_series_the_seder_2Our church will be hosting a Passover meal on the Thursday before Easter. Mark and Kate are coordinating and leading this event.

 It starts at 6 pm and is a potluck meal. The menu is as follows: sauteed veggies, roasted potatoes, green salad, ice cream, and beverage.

Besides bringing a food item help is needed with set-up or clean up. 

Please RSVP today with the following information. 

  • How many adults and how many kiddos?
  • What will you bring? 
  • Can you assist with set-up or clean-up?

You can RSVP in one of three ways.You can respond to this blog post with your answer, call Roberta in the office or sign up at Church in Rudat Hall on Sunday.

This should be an informational and fun time as we gather as a church family to celebrate and learn why Passover is significant to Christians.


My Prayer 4 Today


1086092_song_book_4“The fact that I am a woman does not make me a different kind of Christian,

but the fact that I am a Christian does make me a different kind of woman.” By Elisabeth Elliot

This is my prayer for today.

How Would You Evaluate a Retreat?


388725_optical_page__2I like evaluating  . . . programs, books, my life. The process helps me to think more clearly about the pros and cons. This is how I see what works, what doesn’t and most importantly how it can be done better.

What are some questions you’d use when evaluating a retreat? Why? Or what are some good questions you’ve answered?

Below are ones we’ve used at our retreats. Comments on these? 

  1. What did you like most about retreat?
  2. Which aspects of the program were most helpful?
  3. Which aspects of the retreat were not helpful or should be done differently?
  4. When did you experience God during the retreat?
  5. When did you experience community during the retreat?


34,684 Applicants Think Australia Job Best in the World; I Disagree


883391_coral_reefThis “best job” involves getting paid to explore the Great Barrier Reef islands.  And then singing the praises of  the sea, the sun, and the outdoors surrounding those islands via blog and video.

This exposure will hopefully increase Australian tourism. Go here  for the official website to vote on your favorite applicant. Voting for the 50 final applicants closes March 24, 2009 . Go here and here to read more about this job.

While it would be marvelous to partake of this lifestyle for its 6 month duration, I don’t think it is the best job in the world. I think I Chronicles 16:4a describes the best job . . .

“David appointed Levites to minister before the ark of the Lord and to celebrate [by calling to mind], thanking and praising the Lord, the God of Israel (I Chronicles 16:4a Amplified Bible).

Here’s an advert David could have posted in the Jerusalem Gazette: Looking for Levites to lead the people in worship. Duties: celebrating, thanking and praising the Lord God.

Live the abundant, grace-filled life and then publicly share via celebration, thanksgiving and praise what God has done. Now that’s something I’d love to get paid to do!  Hopefully this public exposure will show who and what God is like, increase faith, and lead people into a closer walk with God.

I am thankful for the worship leaders at my church. I believe they do the above.

Today, I’m going to celebrate by calling to mind things that cause me to thank and praise the Lord God Almighty!

Isaiah 43:25

  1. God wipes out my transgressions.
  2. He remembers them no more.
  3. He does this for His own sake!

Isaiah 46: 4 – one of my favorite verses right now for obvious reasons.

  1. God will take care of me . . .
  2.  . . . Even when I am old.
  3.  . . . Even when I have grey hair.

Habakkuk 3:19

The Lord God is my . . .

  1. . . . Strength.
  2. . . . Personal bravery.
  3. . . . Invincible army.
  4. He enables me to walk and not stand still in terror.
  5. He helps me make spiritual progress upon my high places of trouble, suffering, and/or responsibility.

What would be your best job in the world? What causes you to celebrate, thank and/or praise God?

4 Things I Didn’t Know About Blended Families


A blended family . . .

  • Is not a cohesive group.
  • Is combustive, exhaustive and difficult.
  • The husband and wife don’t cease to be single parents.
  • Takes a lot of prayer, humility, desire and perseverance to make it work.

Is this true?

Surely not. Surely blended families aren’t that much different than same parent families. Surely this isn’t the norm! I heard the above from the video in today’s DivorceCare class. I’ve also heard this from friends who are in blended marriages.

832421_beach_silhouettes_1I have been ignorant about the dynamics of blended families. I have given poor counsel. Lord, help me to be a more faithful pray-er for those in such situations.

Please, take a moment right now and pray as well.

This Relationship is Never Going Back to OK


784103_throw_it_backGod recently told me through a friend that “It’s time to let go.”  Time to let go of my broken marriage. The divorce has been final for years. Time to move past the pain. My ex and I are never going back to okay (as far as a marriage relationship goes).

And you know what? That’s okay. I am finally letting myself wake up and feel – even though it hurts. It’s time to step out into a world of my choosing. I’m waking up into a world where people love and like me.

What do you need to admit? What are you holding onto that will never be okay?  Let’s pray for one another, shall we?

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If Google Doesn’t Have God’s Phone Number, Try This One


Lori called to ask me an important question from her young daughter.

“What is Jesus’ phone number?”

My young friend was not satisfied with the answer that prayer is how we can get His attention.

Dutch artist Johan van der Dong has an idea my friend would like better. Mr. van der Dong set up a cell phone for God. People call and leave God a phone message  – at least until September 2009. Then it’s back to our usual ways of connecting with God.

This exhibit is not a joke or meant to demean a person’s desire to talk to God. Susanna Groot, the exhibition spokewoman, says, “In earlier times you would go to a church to say a prayer and now [this is an] opportunity to just make a phone call and say your prayer in a modern way.”

What are some ways that you talk to God?