Monday morning meanderings. Vol.15

October 8, 2007 at 8:30 am 3 comments

Woke up this morning to cooler weather but with the sun shining brightly.  I am really thankful for the sunshine each day as it makes everything in life that much better.  The wind blows but even that can’t steal the sun.  I really miss the NW family and friends but I don’t miss the weather.

Here are some things you might find interesting to meander through on your Monday.

Item one.  If you like sports you can’t beat this time of year.  Football-college and professional, I don’t care one way or the other about the professional side but I really like the college game.  Big day around here Saturday with the Red River Rivalry-Oklahoma vs. Texas game on tap.  It was a good game with the home boys winning.  It was fun to see little Stanford rise up and beat the big boys-USC and Notre Dame finally won one. Then there are the baseball playoffs.  I picked the Rockies and the Indians to make the World Series. So far my prediction is still on track, though Cleveland stumbled last night and could be in trouble.

Item two. Ever had someone from your family in another country and wanted to call them but you didn’t know what time it was there?  Since we are living in a time zone two hours ahead of the one we lived in for 18+ years, the whole time zone thing has been on my mind.  So Google can help us out with this dilemma.  Go to Google and in the search line, type “time London, England” hit enter and it will tell you the time in London.  No more wondering if someone is awake or what day it is wherever your friends or family are.  So, enter “time Sayre, OK” before you call us and then you will know if you are going to wake us up or not!

Item three. One of the commitments this Family here in Oklahoma has made is to equipping Family members to do the work of the ministry. Lots of churches talk about it but few, I know of, give it the energy they do here. That we are all called and responsible to fulfill the destiny that calling represents is always right up front around here.  One thing that keeps us from equipping and being equipped is we Americans are choking on the Good Word.  We sow good seed into good soil over and over again and instead of bearing fruit it just clogs up the soil.  Good soil was never intended to take in the amount of good seeds we have coming at us, without a harvest at some point. We are so blessed in things spiritual, but as a people we remain largely unchanged.  When was the last time you left a service more convinced of your calling and confident of being equipped to fulfill that destiny during the week? Mostly Americans leave evaluating the content and or delivery of the message and the quality of the worship. We leave trying to find a place to put more good seeds into our rapidly depleting soil.

Item four.  Good article on a similar subject at Out of Ur.  Gordon McDonald asks the question “Why are we so good at leading people to faith but so bad at prodding them to maturity?” Check it out here.  Love to have some feedback from ya’all on this one.  Any thoughts?

Item five.  A few folks who saw the little stick figure cartoon, (you can see it here if you want) from last Mondays meanderings didn’t quite get it and that was probably because you are not a follower of the “who is the most recent heretic” debate which often raises up, both in the blog world and recently fueled by the hip pastor feller, Mark Driscoll from Seattle. I guess he called some people out for not having their essential list in order, so the cartoon was a statement that I just don’t have energy any more for the debate over essentials and who has the right ones and who misses it in essential #9 or # 16 or # whatever.  My list of “essentials that cannot be compromised for fear of undermining the whole of the Christian faith” used to be quite long but as I have gotten older the list seems to be getting smaller.  I have had conversations with other growing older Jesus people and their lists are shrinking too. I have never met one older person whose essentials list has gotten longer over the years, not one.  So that was the point of the whole “I like toast”cartoon.  I am sure it is really important, the essentials and all that…Zzzzzz. 

Item six.  Here is the prayer for the week, especially for you, Doug.  Almighty and everlasting Father, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon your church the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen (more like this here)

Have an exceptionally fine week and thanks for reading.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ruthie  |  October 8, 2007 at 8:32 pm

    Greg,
    Hello again, friend from long ago. I happened upon your blog recently and am excited for you regarding the changes in your life. You, Linda, Traci and Brad have been through an incredible amount, true spiritual revelation and emotional overhaul, in the last 15 years. So, you picked up and have transplanted your life. Good for you. You aren’t wrapped as tight as you used to be…freedom has come at a price.
    The feelings that Linda wrote about in regards to her church family abandoning her (and you) were the exact feelings I experienced after our family was bounced out of First Baptist all of those years ago. I now question the “church in a box” ideology that our Christian culture clings to and have similar musings about dropping good seeds in the same holes, over and over. I appreciate your thoughts, Greg, and am glad that you are writing. Good therapy.
    Blessings to you and Linda from an old friend,
    Ruthie (Livingston) Andrews

  • 2. eyesandwings  |  October 8, 2007 at 4:06 pm

    on item #4 –
    we were talking about the same thing yesterday at church and one of the major things we found was that we don’t even maturity because we refuse to suffer and to learn from suffering. all through the Bible it talks about the purposes and the benefits of suffering (like believers in china do). i’m not a glutton for punishment, but i know that in truth, there is no other way. that’s God’s plan for the church at “the end”. so if it is His plan for “the end”, surely it is benefically to let suffering work in us godliness now.

    psalm 119:67 ESV – before i was afflicted, i went astray…but now (after the affliction) i keep your word.

  • 3. Ace  |  October 8, 2007 at 8:48 am

    I too am an Okie fan… Yea….Sooners! Thanks for the time info… that is very helpful and I love the prayer… I prayed it with you today….Have a blessed day!

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