Showing posts from September, 2010

Seasons Change, God is Constant!

I love fall. Crisp air, blowing brightly colored leaves in swirls of vivid and vibrant hues! God was so kind to provide us with a variety of seasons.

Some people, who call Wyoming home, doubt that distinct seasons are ever really noticeable!

Summer bows quickly to winter winds and snow. Fall is skipped over, like the last kid to be selected for dodge ball!

Yet it is fall now, it is fall today, and I am smiling!

As Seasons change, moving from one expression to another, it reminds me that time is never stagnant. Time flows like a river, and events, faces, laughter, tears from the life we are given March from our memory banks into conscience thought , for us to ponder, to enjoy…for a season.

Memory is such a wonderful gift of God. Memories allows us to have Roses in the winter….to bring back past joy, former experiences are recalled and we all can smile.

Painful memories of course are filed away. They often try to press their way into current thought, they push, they pry, they wa…

Iron Sharpens Iron!

As a Pastor there are many demands and expectations, on my life.  Days slip by and there is always more to do. A  typical week...haven't had one yet:)

 When I look back at the more than 20 years of serving as a Pastor I have so much to be thankful for.  There is nothing like being a part of a viable movement of God in a community of believers!  People being Saved, people growing closer to the is truly a " Wonderful Life".

I feel the need to write about a particular ministry that I am watching grow, develop, transition and effect many lives right now. 

The men's ministry at HillTop Baptist Church in a word is ..."Thriving"!

We have met weekly for the past year, did not break for summer, endured a Wyoming winter...frequently are eating exceedingly spicy cheese ca so.... experienced the ebb and flow of fellow men, leading their families, growing in the Lord, and being impacted by the Lord, in so many distinct areas of our lives. 

These guys …

How are things at home?

A year ago today, hearts were breaking, tears were flowing and pain left us nearly breathless.  A year ago we said a teary temporary(Thank God) farewell (Christians, never say goodbye, for the final time) to Michelle Robin Hensley, my sister, my dear friend. 

The 12 months that we have walked and sometimes stumbled through, have been difficult.The Lord has, asHe promised, bore our burdens, comforted  hearts....and dried tears.

Oh they still come, often, I think they always will.  There is so much we miss, about you, so much we want to share with youI know that in some way you know what we are doing....maybe in more detail than we can imagine.

I still have a lump in my throat from time to time....and missing you is a pale way to describe the ache....butI know you are with the Lord....and I am comforted.

There are no words to describe how much we miss you. Your laughter, your wit...your timing always spot on! I picture you now in the HR departmentin heavenassigned to new arrivals!

I can…

Hope in Jesus!

        I suppose I should have locked the door. My mom certainly thought so,after she heard what happened to me last Sunday afternoon. I was in my office, when I heard the front door open. I said hello, and some voice I had never heard replied “ Hello” I listened as steps brought the voice and the person closer to me.

Then there he was! Young, tall, with a large bed roll on his back. A tattoo of a machine gun on one forearm. Knee high laced up boots, and a distinct aroma completed the ensemble!

 I learned that he was a traveler….riding as he put it “The roads and the rails”.

He was from back east. He had to shave the dreads locks he had worn…in an attempt to get rid of lice that were now causing considerable itching! He asked about a place to wash clothes, he asked about a shower. I told him about Jesus, and asked if he was hungry. I took him to the kitchen, and gifted him some can goods, crackers….and one big cinnamon roll!

Going outside to my car to find some coins for the laundry…

Can God's Existence be Proven?

British physicist and mathematician Stephen Hawking says no, arguing in his new book that there need not be a God behind the creation of the universe.

"Because there is a law such as gravity, the Universe can and will create itself from nothing," the excerpt says.

"Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the Universe exists, why we exist. It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going."

What is the Christian response to such a statement?

I would ask Dr. Hawking, Who created the law of gravity?

Atheists often deride believers with questions of God’s existence…they say you can’t prove God in a laboratory!

You can if you get in the right Laboratory!

Jesus said in John 7:17:

If anyone's will is to do God's will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority.

To know God, you have to be willing to be open to His existence. There is muc…