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Technology Bound?

Right now I am working from my home.  Unusual for me, especially on a Monday.  I did go into the office today for a couple of hours, but left.  The IT guy for ANM, Stan, is installing a new network server.  This is quite a job in itself, but when you have to link 65 individual computers together, and have them interface properly with the network, it is a monumental chore.  Kudos to Stan for all his hard work.  Anyway, what this means for me is that my computer was not quite up to par today.  I couldn’t access many files that I need, since they are stored on the network.  So work just got more and more frustrating.  So I came home, figuring I could get more work done here.

While driving home, the current situation at the office made me think of how dependent we have become on technology.  And what can happen without it.  Think about it.  Networks go down.  You lose internet access.  The power goes out.  Result?  Work stops.  We are largely technology bound in America today. Continue reading

Of Ladybugs and Things…

I first wrote this many years back while I was on staff at a church in Pennsylvania.  Yet, though it is somewhat dated, I thought you might enjoy it anyway.

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Today I have ladybugs on my mind. I guess it’s because we are somewhat overcome with a flood of them lately. They are everywhere. My house has bunches, especially in the bathroom. They are even at church! (We have very devout insects in PA!)

This past Sunday morning I rushed from my Sunday School class, made a hurried stop at my office, and hastened to the sanctuary, where the worship was already in progress. Sue and I always sit on the front row, so I went as quickly and unobtrusively as I could down the side aisle to my seat. The music filled the sanctuary, and everyone was dutifully engaged in reverent praise. Immediately upon reaching my seat, I began to sing, and then… in just a moment’s time I felt that delicious and yet frightening sense of God’s awesome and glorious presence. I lifted my hands in devout and delighted worship, raised my eyes heavenward in adoration, and there… there before my joyful, tear-filled eyes was a wondrous sight. Angels? Sunbeams of divine luminescence? The Shekinah Glory of God? Saintly beatific visions? Continue reading

One Door, One Shepherd

In John 10 we hear powerful and encouraging words from the Lord Jesus Himself: “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:7-10 NKJV). Continue reading

Kingdom of Me Parables

As longtime readers of this blog know, sometimes I just feel the need to rant a little.  Today is one of those days.  I want to rant about Christians and the church, or more precisely… the commitment of Christians to the church.  This is the gist of my rant.  But this time, my rant will be in the form of parables.  So here are three parables about the Kingdom of Me. Continue reading

One Body, One Faith

One thing I have learned through the years—you can’t box God in. You can’t put HIM in a little, narrow confined space and say, “This is who God is and this is what He will do. And He CAN’T do anything else.” I can promise you, every time you try this, He will prove you wrong. Continue reading