What uncommon things do we want to become common?

Things like:
our children having mutual love and respect for each other.
our teenage children having love, honor, respect and obedience for their parents.
us continually becoming better friends and lovers.
our family totally trusting God in all things and putting our faith in Him to fulfill his promises.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Act of Valor: The LIFE not the movie


By Creg

It all started when Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh of Bandito Brothers Production filmed a video for the Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewmen. Since this was a training video the United States Navy allowed them to use actual active duty SEALs. After spending so much time working closely with the SEALs, McCoy and Waugh came up with the idea for a modern day action movie about Navy SEALs.

As Act of Valor developed (it opened this weekend) they used the SEALs as advisors for the movie. Soon the filmmakers realized that no actors or stuntmen could realistically portray or physically fill the demands of the roles they had written in the script. So McCoy and Waugh asked for and received permission from the Navy to use actual active duty SEALs to star in the film. The SEALs will remain anonymous, and will not be identified in the films credits.

I've read that it's an exciting, riveting movie and when you learn that actual, real Navy SEALs are the stars of this movie, everything about it becomes more realistic. And then when you learn that they had to use actual SEALs because they couldn't find actors capable of the physical and mental demands of the roles, well that makes me think of Jesus.

God sent Jesus on a mission to do for us what we could not do for ourselves. Sometimes we try to be good actors or stuntmen, but we cannot fill the physical and mental demands of the role of the Savior no matter how hard we try to get everything exactly right.

Thank God that the actual active duty Son of God chose to be the star.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Faith = Risk Part 5: Amazing Things



By Creg

In our daily family bible time we are studying the book of Joshua. It's a fascinating look into the heart of God. Twice in the first two chapters God lets us know that He wants us to be an active partner with Him to fulfill His promises. In chapter 1 God tells Joshua that He will give the Israelites every place where they set their feet (vs 3). They had access to the promised land, but they had to be willing to take it before they could possess it. In chapter 3 they are preparing to cross the Jordan River when Joshua says, "...tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things among you."(vs 5) Then God told the priests carrying the ark of the covenant to go first (meaning that God will lead) & then stand in the river. Notice in verse 13 that the waters didn't start receding and stand up in a heap until the priests stepped into the water. Would "amazing things" have happened if the priests wouldn't have had faith to put their feet in the running river like God told them to?

Too many Christians don't see "amazing things" because they don't have the faith to step out of their comfort zone to serve in the Kingdom of God. Or because they don't believe God does those things anymore. Or because they are content with doing "everything right" on Sunday morning from 9:00-11:00.

When we don't have the guts to step out in faith & let God lead us into the running river, then He is robbed of the glory that rightfully belongs to Him.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Freedom


By Creg
Digging post-holes, welding pipe, stretching fence & building gates. Sierra and I just recently finished constructing a new fence around the front & side yard so her Golden Retriever, Skye, could have more room to run and be closer to the house. (I think I was bonding with my 15 year old daughter).

With freedom comes responsibility. Chelsa's flower garden is in Skye's new yard. Dogs like to dig in soft dirt. Potential problem. Sierra needs to let Skye know what is good and what is forbidden.

I was recently listening to a CD by apologist Clay Jones about why God allows evil. He said, "God gave us free will, although He could have made us all Golden Retrievers." (They are known for instinctively wanting to please & obey their masters). I found that comment amusing since watching Sierra expertly train Skye with ease. After all, God put the forbidden fruit in the middle of the garden, allowing mankind the choice to follow Him or not.

Skye has done well in her new environment. I wish I could say the same for mankind.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

West Texas Sunset


By Creg

29.3 acres in southern Jones County: $38,090


6 ft by 11 ft west windows: $500


View of sunset: Priceless.

This is the view we get every evening from our west windows thanks to the creativity of the best & original artist.
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Psalm 19:1

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Kids


By Creg

Yesterday afternoon I was coming in the back door to ask about supper. Chelsa had left with a friend to go on a retreat & I had been cutting crosses in the backyard for several hours so the kids had been alone in the house. As I walked in I was immediately hit with an aroma of delicious fried steak fingers. The kids were like an assembly line of disciplined ants. Steele ground the wheat into flour then breaded the steak fingers. Sterling was stirring gravy. Sierra was frying the steak fingers after putting the potatoes in the oven. Samantha was setting the table. It was delicious. And of course some homemade cookies for dessert.

That night the kids were in the boys bedroom telling stories and I was working on a lesson in our bedroom. I noticed it was almost 9:00 so I instinctively called out "get ready for bed." Absorbed in my work, I didn't think about anything else for about 10 minutes. As I got up to remind the kids of bedtime they were all tucking themselves in bed. A few "good nights" later I was back in my room thinking, "Chelsa & I are working our way out of a job."

The next morning we woke up to 24 degrees! I started the fire in the wood burning stove and the kids went to let the animals out of their stalls & give them their morning feed. I didn't even have to get out of my house shoes. When Chelsa gets back I think I'll remind her what a great mother she is.

Did I mention we had chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast?