Saturday, November 1, 2008
Anyway, finally this morning I had the chance to get to the pile of snow-covered firewood, to get it properly stacked along the wall leading down into our basement. As I began the process of shoveling the snow off of the firewood and then stacking the wood neatly against the wall, I had my ipod on shuffle songs mode. Every song that played was a song of praise to the Lord, declaring the goodness of God, the greatness of God, and more. Some of the artists who sang included David Crowder, Darrell Evans, 4Him, and my good friends Joel Goddard and David Ogden. As I heard songs celebrating the grace and forgiveness of God, songs declaring "this is what it means to be free!" and songs reminding me that "we are warriors for Jesus Christ!" there were times that God's grace was almost overwhelming. Who knew stacking firewood could become such a time of worship?
I have a couple of conclusions:
1. When you have a job to do, do it. Do it with the right attitude, and expect God's blessings to flow. They did for me this morning.
2. If you really believe that God is sovereign over everything (and I do) then He can even make sure you hear the right songs on "shuffle mode" on your ipod, songs that you need right at that moment.
Keep your focus on Christ at all times. He can work through firewood and ipods.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
A quick summary of the trip. We started at the Adk Loj at about 6:00 AM, and hiked to Marcy Dam. Then we went off the trail, following the river a short distance along a path. Then we crossed the river, and started up the mountain through the brush. The pine trees were a little sticky, but not too bad. When we got tired, we would stop to rest. MudRat was following a deer path, which was evident from time-to-time by the deer tracks and deer droppings. We eventually made our way to a stream that would be our main way up the mountain for a while. We climbed up and over rocks, in and out of the water, around waterfalls, under fallen logs, over fallen logs... it was cool. My wife & kids would have loved this part of the hike.
Anyway, at the summit we ate lunch, then decided to try to find the debris from a WWII plane that crashed on the peak in 1962. After the war, the plane was flown out of Plattsburgh Air Force Base for training missions. Three people had been killed in the crash, and we found some of the debris. My kids and my wife would have loved to see that too.
Kevin had promised us "360 degree panoramic views of the High Peaks" in his email to us inviting us on the hike. Well, that is, those views exist unless the storm clouds begin rolling in. And did they roll in. Quickly. We were still looking at the debris when it started raining. Hard. We scampered back up to the summit, grabbed our backpacks, and put on our rain gear. I had made a crucial decision before I left the house to NOT bring my raincoat, but I had thrown in a trashbag to make an emergency poncho. Well, I needed it. I poked holes for my head and my arms and put on my backpack, then pulled the Glad trashbag over me. That led to a lot of jokes (mostly at my expense), but that was OK. It was pretty funny. And it was keeping my core dry.
We descended down the "people trail," the regular trail for Wright Peak. Lightning flashed and thunder cracked right beside us. MudRat wasn't sure it was a good idea to be above the tree line, so close to lightning that could electricute us. Kevin joked, "It would be bad for tomorrow's headlines to read: 'Three people struck by lightning at the summit of Wright Peak, and one of them was the Baptist minister!'" We knew God would protect us, and we knew He wanted us to descend as quickly as possible. We saw a lot of people coming up the mountain, who kept asking us, "How much farther to the peak?" and "Is it going to rain all day?" [They also kept laughing at my trash bag.] The descent was 3 hours, and it poured the entire hike down. Every time the rain let up a little, a couple of minutes later it was pouring. We were soaked from head to toe. Except for my core, which was covered by a trashbag. MudRat sloshed through every mud puddle he could find (hence his nickname), and we finally made it back to his car. What a great day.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
THU, FRI, SAT: We served in other ways too. We had a North Country Ministries booth in the Expo area, where we gave away free sno cones, face painting and balloon animals. Also, we had our Prayer Station set up to pray with people who came by requesting prayer, and to remind them that we would be praying for them on race day.
SUN: Race Day. On race day, it rained, no -- it poured -- all day long. Some communities reported 3-5 inches of rain on that day. Every time it let up a bit, a few minutes later it was a downpour. But, the race goes on, no matter the weather. So, the volunteers are needed too. Our folks served in three different areas. Some of our folks served at the aid station we led on the bike course. The volunteers for this job have to be in very good shape, to sync up with the bikers as they ride by, handing them water or gatorade or food. A few of our folks were road marshalls, helping to keep the roads clear of pedestrians & automobiles so the athletes would be safe. The rest of our group members were at the aid station we led on the run course. There, our guys served the athletes, encouraged the athletes, and prayed for the athletes all day long. Giving them water, gatorade, GU, food and other nutrients, as well as cheering them on and praying for them, our NCM volunteers learned what it was like to serve the way Jesus served. A special thanks also to Rich at http://www.316athleticwear.com/ for providing great Christian music all day and night for the athletes and for our volunteers. Most of the volunteers spent 6+ hours in the pouring rain, wet and cold, but persevering so that others could finish their race. Talk about lessons for life!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
The first video is the short version (about 2 minutes) and the second video is the long version (about 4 minutes).
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Thursday, January 31, 2008
In addition to ministry at the event, the team from Oswego worked with us at a coffee house for international students at Lake Placid Baptist Church (LPBC), part of the NCM ministry Hospitality to Internationals. And, they helped to lead the worship service at Lake Champlain Bible Fellowship on Sunday morning, Jan 20. They also joined in with the LPBC college/career group to watch the NFC Championship game, watching the NY Giants defeat the Green Bay Packers.The team from Dunnellon sang during the Sunday morning worship service at LPBC, then hung out with the LPBC teens for the football game that night. We ate some pizza, watched some football, and had a great time of Christian fellowship.