Waiting…
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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.

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

Elements | Fire | Blessings
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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.

Oh, Mexico! It sounds so simple I just got to go!
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Well It’s that time again. My second Del.icio.us 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.

stop. think.Originally uploaded by Sarcasmo.

Sometimes it is important to take a moment to stop and think. It seems like my life is going through alot of change and I’m reexamining many things in my life. I would like to share with you some blog entries that made me stop and think.

The first entry by Jr Woodward talks about Dreaming and having a vision for your church, organization and life. He dares us to dream big and dramatic so that real change can occur.
Dreaming or Dying: Start Dreaming

The other entry I read was really a 2 part from the Out of Ur blog. It details reflections some christian leaders had after attending the Sundance Film Festival. It is important not to preach to the choir and purposefully gain insight into the perspectives of those we are trying to reach. These Reflections are inspirational and thought provoking.
Sundance Film Festival: Report 1
Sundance Film Festival: Report 2

delicious cake
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Since I’m basically starting over. I’m going to be posting my Top 5 Del.ic.ious links every week with some notes on why I chose them. And of course a picture of something “delicious” to eat as well.

Enjoy!!!

  1. Cross issues- Looking At Issues From A Christian Perspective

    This is My Podcast and Blog about how Christian should be looking at Various Social and Global Issues. I Feel like Christian should take a greater stand when it come to global and social issues. My goal is to have interviews with people how are passionate about certain issues and to get reader feedback. Please consider taking a look and participating.

  2. photos you like better: you are what you like

    Self Analysis by choosing pictures. This is an interesting and fun site. You basically choose between 2 different pictures. After making several choices it makes an observation about your personality. It is fairly accurate most of the time.

  3. Superman – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Superman is one of my all time favorite super heroes. Wikipedia is my favorite source for random facts and info. What more could you ask for.

  4. NPR : A Priest Dispenses Blessings on Mexico’s Cars

    Apparently the Driving in Mexico is so bad people feel the need to get their cars blessed. It is things like that that help grow faith. Who knew bad traffic with could help people come to Salvation.

  5. The Cubesô – Job Title Generator

    Ok so everyone knows Job Titles are made up. Why not have a computer randomly make one for you. This site is hilarious. The Cube toys remind me of Office Space. Check out the Office Zombie Collection.