Wednesday Night Thoughts

This might as well been video day. Here is video number three — my thoughts on tonight’s Mosaic along with footage taken by my daughter Rebecca — home from college and willing to help. We had a good night (I think some of the students still weren’t back in the swing of things) with 15 students and 8 staff for a total of 23 — not 25 like on the video 🙂

One of my favorite Bible passages is Isaiah 40:28-31. We sing the Brenton Brown’s Everlasting God on the video, which is a paraphrase of the passage below.

Have you never heard?
Have you never understood?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of all the earth.
He never grows weak or weary.
No one can measure the depths of his understanding.
He gives power to the weak
and strength to the powerless.
Even youths will become weak and tired,
and young men will fall in exhaustion.
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.

Carp Deim!

Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!

‘Tis the season for Christmas specials and one of my favorite was on TV tonight. During this season, I’m going to highlight a few of my favorite things (to quote from a movie traditionally played at Christmas.) Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown is probably one of my favorite animated specials — then there are all those great Rankin/Bass specials.
Perhaps the highlight of this special is Linus reciting the Christmas story from Luke. I love movies where redemption is the theme. The picture is from the final scene where Charlie Brown’s friends realize that maybe they’ve been a bit too hard on the poor boy and help fix up the tiny little tree he picked out. Then they join in a round of Hark! the Herald Angels Sing.
When it comes to Christmas, it really is all about redemption. Christ came to earth as a baby to live and die a human so that fallen man could be redeemed. That is still a mystery to me. Sometimes God’s grace is still amazing. I want to have some fun with this blog during this Advent season and I hope you join me for the journey

Worship Wednesday

While I was in South Carolina for FLAME, one of the students shared this with the staff and we used it as part of our chapel on Friday morning. I know that this has been around for quite a few weeks. It is a powerful representation of who we are — from created in God’s image — to sinful people draw away from our Creator — and then Christ came to earth and gave His life for us so that we can have a relationship with Him again. He cares about us and loves us. I put together a lesson from this video for our teens, which I share in a different post. Enjoy