Hello again! Thanks for returning to my blog.

Church Update
Not much change in our status at this post. However, assuming we get a couple of dry days, we intend to get a coat of rust protection on the metal roof, our final prep before spraying the rubber membrane.

Personal Update
This has been a week of anticipation. We are going to help my parents with moving into their new house this weekend. Next Tuesday (9/5) will be the one-year anniversary sale at my dad’s public auto auction, at which we are hoping to run over 100 vehicles for sale. Next Monday also begins a new two-week, two-hour per morning class which I teach 7-10 times per year at Hope Rescue Mission in South Bend.

Scriptural Thought of the Week
This week I want to tie this in with the “Quote of the Week” section below.

I am occassionally asked, “Why are you working toward a Master’s degree? Won’t that cause you to be less practical in your teaching and preaching? Won’t it make you less ‘in-touch’ with the normal church attendee?”

(Let me say that I have found that to be more of a insult toward “the normal church attendee” than against my actively studying the Bible, as if “normal church attendees” don’t study or can’t understand the Bible. But I digress.)

My typical response goes something like this: “My real goal is not so much the degree – though I do indeed want it – but rather this: I desire to be able to teach just about any Bible concept or principle to just about any person on just about any level at just about any time. So I am studying the Bible on a progressively advanced level in order to be able to understand it myself well enough to be able to do that.”

However, this week my attention was drawn to a verse which sums it up much more concisely and gives us a great description of how a genuine Christ-imitator should approach God’s Word (which is, of course, a main theme of my blog):

“Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the LORD, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.” Ezra 7:10 (ESV) 

Quote of the Week
That verse was pointed out to me in the following quote about the importance of the intentional, intellectual growth of our minds:

The Old Testament scribe Ezra believed in the growth of the mind. “And Ezra set himself to study the law of the Lord, to do it, and to teach its statutes in all of Israel.” The order of this description of personal growth in a man’s private world is worth noting: he studied; he did what he learned; he shared what was worthwhile. Ezra was a professional student of sorts, putting in far more time than any of us will ever do. But he set a great precedent. And because his mind and spirit were full, God tapped Ezra for the gigantic task of leading a large task force of men across the wilderness to rebuild Jerusalem.

Quoted from: Gordon MacDonald, Ordering Your Private World (Nashville: Oliver-Nelson, 1985), p. 112.

 

What could God do with you and me if we deliberately set ours mind to start or continue to study, do, and share His Word? I’m looking forward to finding out; I hope you are, too!

Until next time,

Dan’l

Welcome back!

This second post will layout the structure that I hope to keep for a while. I hope you benefit from these weekly thoughts and that God uses them to help you move forward in your personal spiritual discipleship.

Church Update
We are making progress in working on the look of the building from the outside. Many people have pitched in to help remove trees, bushes, and weeds. We had our metal roof prepped this week so we can seal it with a rubber membrane that is supposed to turn white when it dries. This will not only stop the leaks (hopefully), it will also make it look better (see the red/white roof in last week’s pictures) and maybe even deflect some of the summer heat.

We have not yet heard from the airport. Please keep praying.

Personal Update
Our three boys are now all in school (3rd, 2nd, and pre-K). Our daughter is two and colors while the boys are schooling. Saralynn homeschools them in the mornings, and works in the afternoons. I have 14 credits completed toward my Th.M. (Master in Theology) from Tyndale Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas and am working on my next class.

Scriptural Thought of the Week
(These may come from recent messages I’ve taught or heard, or my personal reading or studying.)

Some of our favorite verses guaranteeing our salvation in the end come from the first verses of Ephesians 1:

  • chose us in Him before the foundation of the world” (vs. 4)
  • predestined us to adoption as sons” (vs. 5)
  • we have obtained an inheritance” (vs. 11)
  • you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise” (vs. 13)

While all of these are true and wonderful promises, let us never forget that salvation is really all about God, not us:

  • “predestined us…to the praise of the glory of His grace” (vs. 5-6)
  • “obtained an inheritance…to the praise of His glory” (vs. 11-12)
  • “sealed in Him…to the praise of His glory” (vs. 13-14)

Quote of the Week
I want to use this section to pass along something I read this week that struck a chord with me. I will give a detailed reference for you who may want to look it up yourselves. It will also give you an idea of what I’m reading right now.

…spiritual growth is a process. Maturity is measured by demonstrative growth in our love for God and for others. It is not a completed program or the acquisition of a skill, but a continual expression of love in our vertical relationship with God and our horizontal relationship with one another.

At North Point, we have divided “loving our neighbor” into two categories: those in the faith and those outside the faith. So we have defined spiritual maturity as continual progress in three vital relationships: a person’s relationship with God, with other believers, and with unbelievers.

Quoted from: Andy Stanley and Bill Willits, Creating Community: 5 Keys to Building a Small Group Culture (Sisters, OR: Multnomah Publishers, 2004), pp. 64-65

 

Talk to you next week,

Dan’l

Hello all,

Welcome to my new blog!

I have several goals that I hope to accomplish with this. There are so many of you that want to be updated with our church’s airport situation, that this is a great way to do that. I also want to be able to share what else God is doing in our family and church, and pass along nuggets from Scripture.

The title of my blog is 2 Timothy 2:2, which I have taken as a personal life mission. Paul told Timothy to not only make disciples, but to make disciple-makers. As a pastor, I feel that this is my calling, too – to help grow up people in the faith to where they can also be growing up others. That is how the church is supposed to function.

For this first post, I thought I would share some pictures of our situation with the airport. I took many of these from the roof so you can see just how close this road is coming. I tried to keep the light pole on our property line in each picture to help you see proximity. Enjoy!