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A Burning Bush Weekend

A Burning Bush Weekend

This past weekend I attended Winter Celebration. A Youth Event for high school students. The Theme was from Exodus 3 when Moses encounters the Burning Bush.

The overall event reminded me how important it is to remember God is with me through whatever I do. I’m also reminded that God calls us to do something that only we can do. I’m still struggling to figure out what that looks like for me. God calls to us and we need to remember those Burning Bushes our lives.

Burning Bush Coffee Company
Originally uploaded by themoltron.

I met with small group of adults. It was encouraging to hear people’s stories and to know that they have gone through many of the same doubts and struggles I am going through right now. The biggest struggle I have right now is dealing with myself worth. Having been out of work for about 2 weeks now, it is hard to feel an sense of accomplishment or motivation for things. It also doesn’t help to see my savings slowly dwindling.

I think what I got most of the weekend was a sense that God is bigger than I am and only He knows who I really am. God is will take care of me ,if I’m willing to listen and take a step of a faith. I mentioned in a early blog entry about how I’m blessed when I’m at the end of my rope because there is more of God and less of me. I’m finding that I am reevaluating what it means to be humble and understanding.

When I go out I look at all people working, and I see them from a different perspective than I have in the past. Many of the upper and middle class look down at these people who are working hard. They are people working hard to make a living. We are so afraid of what people think about our occupation that will mask it my judging others. I’m learning that I need to stop evaluating my self-worth based on what I do. I need realize who God is and who He created Me to be. Because “God Is Who He Is” and He is Good.

More links

More links

Nederlands Kampioenschap Latte Art 2005
Originally uploaded by Live Solutions Events

Once again I bring some of the websites and other things I have been checking out this past week. For those of you not in the know, the photo to the right is of Latte Art. It is an interesting trend in the coffee world and requires alot of skill. This particular Latte looks Delicious.

Ok I got distracted, now to my links. I hope you enjoy.

  1. Maria Full of Grace (2004)

    This is a moving film about the drug trafficing and how it effects real people. It is amazing how stereotypes shape the world we live in. It also shows are easily people can get into the drug scene. This movie was in spanish and really helped draw us into a world we know little about. As a christian I feel movies like this help us realize the world’s need for christ and helps break assumptions that prevent us from sharing.

  2. 50 Coolest Websites

    Nothing like time magazine to tell us what is important in history. Take a look at the list.

  3. The Voice of Hibakusha | The Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki | Historical Documents |

    Interviews with Atomic Bomb survivors. How easily we can forget things that had such a large impact. We often hear about events that happen so often we forget the real impact. These interview a touching and remind us how events in history really effect people. Becuase I’m from a generation that did not experience this event. It reminds how important it is to remind and stress the impact things have on our lives today.

  4. Global Warming and Population – Global Issues

    This is some data woth reviewing on comparing population with the global warming issue. Read the research and decide for yourself

  5. Atheist in Massachusetts Beware

    Amazing how laws can become outdated as society reinterprets them. Apparently there is a law in Massachusetts that Blasphemy is worthy of Jail. Atheist beware. Should they take it off the books or keep as a reminder to see how much change has occured in society?

Holy Women

Holy Women

Originally uploaded by Neogene.

Over the past few days I have come across several things that remind me of how important women are to the Christian faith.

Among them was a Movie, One Night with the King, about Ester saving here people from Destruction. A blog entry about Bishop Brigid, one of the few female Bishops and another Blog entry from Jr Woodward about a new blog for Women leaders.

It strikes me that God’s power is not limited by gender. God designed everyone to be called to his service in some way. The Movie One Night with the King is a dramatization of the story of Ester. Originally a jewish slave and then chosen to become Queen to King Xerxes. She discovers a plot that all the jews are to be killed throughout Persia. She pleads before the King in a way that only a women can do and saves her people from destruction. It is a rather good movie and fairly accurate with the story in the bible. Read the story if you get a chance.

The entry about Bishop Brigid is from a Priest in England. The Protestant faith has many ties to Celtic and English tradition. Among them many of the Feast for Saints and Bishops. Feb. 1st is actually the Feast of Bishop Brigid of Kildare. Here slice from his Blog.

Brigid was ordained a Bishop when she and a group of women went to Bishop Mel to receive the veil, a symbol of clothing to demonstrate their commitment to a life of service as religious women. As the other women were receiving the veil, Brigid held back so that she was the last to whom a veil would be given. Instead of saying the prayer as he did to the other woman, Bishop Mel spoke the words that ordained Brigid as a Bishop. Such an event was unheard of in the church given that only men could be ordained priests or bishops, yet Brigid was recognised in her lifetime as a Bishop of the church.

—excerpt from MadPriest Blog.

The other Entry I read from Jr’s Blog was about the new Blog sponsored by Christianity Today called Gifted for Leadership. I’m excited about this new resource for women. Of the women I’ve known in ministry most have a powerful faith and devotion to the Lord. Women definitely have a unique perspective and deal with Issues Men can’t fully comprehend. Women are something to celebrate. I read again and again of women who are strong and courageous. When a Woman is mentioned in the bible is usually for acts of great faith and strength. Here is an excerpt from Amy Simpson, Executive Editor of Resources about some of the things she hopes this Blog with Highlight.

Biblical truthóWe always look at leadership issues through a biblical lens.
RealityóWe are realistic about the issues, struggles, challenges, opportunities, and joys women leaders face.
HonestyóWe are committed to addressing reality with honesty and without apology.
RedemptionóWe express ourselves without bitterness. When speaking from personal pain, we point to hope and
Healingóeven if our healing process is incomplete. This is not a forum for mere arguments or expressions of personal anguish.
LoveóWe care about women in leadership and want to make personal connections with them.
EquippingóWe help women get better, and more confident, in what they do.
EncouragementóWe want women to feel good about the gifts God has given them, and we help them see how they can use those gifts. We love and root for the church and its people.
ChallengeóWe challenge women to use their leadership gifts, pursue spiritual growth, and think deeply.
UnityóWe help women rise above the arguments and judgments about where they should lead. Instead, we agree that we are all obligated to use our gifts in the ways God has called us to do so.

I would like to close this Entry with a short prayer.

Help us all to recognize and cherish the women in our lives
encourage their hearts so that they may do great things

Jesus Said “You’re blessed when…”

Jesus Said “You’re blessed when…”

Elements | Fire | Blessings
Originally uploaded by Kymberlee della Luce.

I was reading through Matthew 5 the other day when I came across the “Sermon on the mount”. I have a habit of skimming through the bible. For some reason I was struck at this simple passage.

“You’re blessed when your at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.”
— Matthew 5:3 The Message

Amazing!! At this moment in time I feel like I’m at the end of rope. It is not easy getting laid off and having to look for a new job. But, God tells us we are blessed during these times. We are blessed when we can rely on God to get us through. This passage in James is an echo of Jesus’ words in Matthew.

“Dear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes our way, let it be an opportunity for joy. For when your faith is is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow, so let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything.
–James 1:2-4 NLT

So when we feel like we are poor, helpless and at the end of our rope. We are blessed. We should live like we are. We are children of God. And that is what I plan to do.

Another update

Another update

Oh, Mexico! It sounds so simple I just got to go!
Originally uploaded by Bliss_Priss

Well It’s that time again. My second link update. The meal to the right looks fantastic. Nothing like Daiquiris and Mexican Food.

Sometimes in my thoughts on various articles and links I pose questions to you the readers. Please feel free to comment on my blog. Discussion is always a good thing.

Here are my top 6 links from this past week. Enjoy. — Mark

  1. HK’s draw for pregnant Chinese

    It seems like there might be trouble in China. Is it the right of the state to punish people who have more than one child? How would this effect people in the US. The issue of pregnant women going to Hong Kong is very similar to immigrants coming to America to give birth. If you were a Chinese politician what would your response be?

  2. instructables : Invisible Book Shelf

    This is one of the coolest book shelves I’ve seen. Definitely worth making your own for kicks. It might just be the next trend in decorating.

  3. NPR : False Apologies

    You know sometimes you get that feeling like people aren’t actually sorry. Should we forgive them anyway? Apparently somebody did a study and now we can be better judges of character ourselves. Interesting to think that sincerity can be measured and studied. I think that is all boils down to, What is the person’s heart. In the end God is the judge. We should forgive not based on the other person’s sincerity but because it is the right thing to do.

  4. Traces of Ancient Village Found Near Stonehenge – New York Times

    This is a really cook discovery of village ruins near Stonehenge. I’m anxious to see what archaeologists discover and if these will give us greater insight into Stonehenge itself.

  5. How to Feel Like Eating Breakfast First Thing in the Morning – WikiHow

    If you ever need to know how to do anything this would be the place to find out. This particular entry has fantastic information not just on breakfast but, learning about and making the most of your daily eating habits.

  6. No exemption from gay rights law

    The Heat is building between Gays and Catholics about adoption in England. Is it right for the state to impose laws that say Catholic adoption agencies can’t discriminate gay couples wanting to adopt? Conservatives in the US will be all over this. What is your opinion? My humble opinion is that a church organization has every right to deny services if it conflicts with its beliefs in this cause homosexuality as a sin. Gay couples don’t have to go through a catholic organization. Therefore the State should not enforce such demands unless the organization receives funding or is controlled by the state.