Pursuing Answers to Questions of Faith & Life

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Olympic Gold--Texas Longhorns

Aaaah, it's Football season--I truly enjoy this time of year, even though I don't get to actually watch much of it.

I did enjoy hearing that my Longhorns won their game last night. I was glad to see that Western Illinois gave Arkansas a scare. I snickered at seeing poor Texas A&M losing to Arkansas State at home after paying the school $750,000 to come and give their team a warm-up game.

In the course of that, I found a rather amazing listing of Gold Medal rankings after the Olympics.

Not too shabby. We beat Japan!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Last Weekend before School!

Canoe Trip on Spring Lake

Evening Fishing & Moonrise, unfortunately, we didn't catch anything as all the worms we bought were DOA!

Reed Family Update

This is Gabriel getting ready for school which starts on Monday. He'll be going into the third grade.

Please be praying for me and my family as we are trying to sell our house and we need a buyer.

Be praying as I am currently looking for a new place of ministry as I have resigned from my church position in Macomb. We are looking all over the country, waiting for God's opportunity and leadership.

Right now, I am working in an assembly position in a factory making stuff for John Deere tractors. It's heavy work and after about a month, I'm just now getting physically used to it. I have good opportunities to be around people that I normally wouldn't and even there, I'm able to minister. They know I'm a pastor and some good conversations have resulted.

It's a reminder to me what the church is asking people to do. You work your 8-10 hours a day, and then come and give even more of yourself to the church. It's not that easy, but it does take commitment.

Thank you all for your prayers.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

God Shaped Hole and more

I heard again on Sunday the now familiar phrase, something like, “You have a God-Shaped hole in your heart that only He can fill and satisfy.”

I don’t really have a problem with this statement, besides its potential overuse. This life is not satisfying, we are missing something, that connection to our Creator and nothing else can take His place.

But the statement got me to thinking… as much as God designed a special place for Himself to reside in our existence, He designed a special place for us in His existence, in His kingdom: a place that you or I are uniquely created and gifted for, a role, a task, a responsibility, a position that God designed within the plan of the universe for you fill.

As much as there is a God-shaped hole in your heart, there is a “you-shaped cog in the in the Kingdom of God.”

Some have said that God is an Artist. Others have compared Him to an Architect. In any event, He is a Designer of unparalleled precision. He designs everything down to the very last cell. The smallest jot or tittle (dotted “I” or crossed “t”) is accounted for. And your place and mine is not an accident, but integral for the whole house to function as it is designed. We need each other to take up our place in His Kingdom.

God often describes us as, and a part of a building project.

1 Corinthians 6:19—“ Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price.”

Ephesians 2:21-22—“ 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.”

There is a special place and reserved for you in His Presence, in His Temple.

Revelation 3:12—“Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God.”

There is a part of the Temple which God has designed for you to be—are you going to miss out on it?

As much as you have a God shaped hole... it's amazing to think that God has a you-shaped hole of His own.