Monday morning meanderings. Vol.45

May 19, 2008 at 8:27 am 2 comments

Sayre, Oklahoma.

Every where we keep tabs, the weather is great.  Northwest, Utah, Arizona and here in Oklahoma there is a heat wave going on.  It is suppose to be 99 here today.  The downside?  It gets real dry here, very fast and so without some rain it can burn up really quick.  Where we pray for the rain to stop in Washington, we pray for it to start here.

Item one.  After this week I promise to not mention American Idol but one last prediction.  I have said all along that David A. will be tough to beat but David C. has really earned his spot in the big finale. I just don’t think there are enough people that appreciate how well rounded musically, David Cook is, to offset the young girls who can’t get enough of David A. singing with his eyes closed.  Cute is nice, but I predict David C. goes further than David A. in the real world.  What’s your pick?

Item two.  Many of us here at Trinity are watching (now and again) and talking about (regularly) the Todd Bentley,  Florida Healing Outpouring going into its 8th week, (I think) in Florida.  We know some who have gone and what we see on GodTV makes us both sceptical and hungry at the same time.  I am not sure what I think, but Kingdom Grace has a good post on the subject that resonates with me.  Check it out here.  You might want to look at this excellent message video too, if you want another point of view.  HERE. Any thoughts on this one?  (for firsthand view of events in Florida see the comment by Sumi to this post)

Item three.  One of the nice things about blogging is the opportunity it provides to keep family, who live away from you, updated on your life.  It is easy to post pictures and write short articles that people any where in the world can access.  I have told you about our kids blogs (here and here and here-they don’t post as much as I would like, especially pictures, Traci does have a new one) and mentioned two or three others that are of this type.  One of the best “family” blogs, I have found, is written by our friend Kaylee Wagner, a transplanted Northwestern girl, now living in the desert of Arizona.  Check it out, it might encourage you to do one for your family.  Find it here.

Item four. Keeping up with my friend SumiShe and her family are learning to live without their little girl Jenna.  She writes so well about what it is to go through such an excruciating loss.  There are no words to describe the loss of a child but she does an admirable job helping us to understand.  Read it here.

Item five. After 5 posts on the Holy Spirit I thought the words of Henri Nouwen’s devo from yesterday was appropriate:

When we speak about the Holy Spirit, we speak about the breath of God, breathing in us. The Greek word for “spirit” is pneuma, which means “breath.” We are seldom aware of our breathing. It is so essential for life that we only think about it when something is wrong with it.

The Spirit of God is like our breath. God’s spirit is more intimate to us than we are to ourselves. We might not often be aware of it, but without it we cannot live a “spiritual life.” It is the Holy Spirit of God who prays in us, who offers us the gifts of love, forgiveness, kindness, goodness, gentleness, peace, and joy. It is the Holy Spirit who offers us the life that death cannot destroy. Let us always pray: “Come, Holy Spirit, come.”

I do not have enough details to even write about it here, but my pastor friends, mentors, missionaries and dear servants, Dennis and Diane Teagueare returning today, from the Philippines to be at the bedside of their very ill daughter, Lydia.  Even if you do not know them, please pray for them today.  A miracle is needed.

Stories like Sumi’s, the Myanmar and China tragedies and what the Teague family is facing, even as I write this, should be enough for us to choose to live each day knowing it is a gift from the Father, to be enjoyed as we serve His interests in this world. 

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  • 1. sumijoti  |  May 19, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    Thanks again for supporting us with your prayers, Greg and Linda. I appreciate your kind words more than I can say. 🙂

    We went this past weekend to check out the Lakeland Outpouring first hand. My pastor wanted to test the spirit there to see what sort it is.

    It seems that there are real, documented, proven healings taking place there. We enjoyed the worship time. The worship leader has a true anointing to bring the presence of God despite the fact that there seems to be many people there who are really not focussed on giving God the glory, but having a goose-bump experience instead.

    There were definite signs of excess and people going overboard. Personally I don’t witness with many of the goofy things that I saw happening the night we were there. Certainly we can’t put God in a box but I am simply going by an inner witness of whether I can sense God in something or not.

    I do think God is there, and many who are hungry to find Him are being touched. I also think there is A LOT of ‘flesh’ there. One has to be able to eat the chicken and spit out the bones in this kind of meeting.

    My pastor asked us to share at church yesterday on what we thought about the Lakeland Outpouring. I told him that what I really missed was good, solid teaching. You need that balance between Spirit and Word. If there is too much word and no Spirit people tend to get legalistic and rule-bound. If there is too much Spirit and no Word, the door is open for people to get flaky and spooky.

    I still think that the real world-changing revival will be the type of ministry that Jesus had – quiet, unassuming people who are so empty of themselves and so full of Him, that they do only what they see the Father do, nothing more and nothing less… People who are able both to teach the word and to minister in all the gifts of the Spirit. Imagine if all of us stepped into that kind of minstry. It will be something unlike the world has ever seen before.

  • 2. kaylee  |  May 19, 2008 at 9:03 am

    Thanks for the plug. 😉
    And thanks for your last comment, too.

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