Before heading off for our Thanksgiving Service this morning, I thought I would just sit at my desk for 30 minutes and quickly record all the mercies I am thankful to God for.
God. Yes, I’m thankful to God for God. I owe everything to Him. Thankful for my gracious Father’s daily care, for my gracious Savior’s salvation, and my gracious Spirit’s preserving and sanctifying. So thankful that God is my best friend.
Family. Words fail. You all know my heart.
Life. Thankful that God spared my life this year when multiple blood clots filled my lungs.
Lessons: Thankful for all the life-transforming lessons that the Lord taught me through my illness. Thankful for a slower and more enjoyable mindset and lifestyle
Preaching. Still the greatest passion of my heart. So thankful for continued opportunities to preach the Gospel, and especially to regularly serve in the local Free Reformed Church. That means SO much to me.
Seminary. Thankful for my Faculty colleagues friends: Joel, Jerry, and Bill. Grateful for your new role, Henk. And indeed very thankful for all the staff. Thankful for a fantastic bunch of students from all over the world. Looking forward to seeing some of you this evening in our home. Thankful for the generous and prayerful support of all our Seminary friends and partners.
HeadHeartHand Media. Thank you, David Faasse, for making this possible and for your encouraging and stimulating friendship. Thanks, Dirk, for putting your creative gifts at the service of Christ’s Church. Thanks to Nathan Bingham and Cameron for transforming our web presence. Thanks to all who have given generous support and encouragement in our first year.
Blog. I can’t believe how much I enjoy blogging. Thanks, Michael DeWalt, for pushing and pushing me. Thankful for all I’ve learned about writing and communicating in this format. And sooooooo thankful for all who stop by to read and interact with my musings.
Church. Very grateful for my faithful pastors at Heritage Reformed Church. Also for the elders, deacons, and everyone who puts so much into our church community. Been especially edified by Pastor Vanderzwaag’s series on Job.
Friends. Thankful for the life-enhancing, soul-enriching friendship of Tim Challies, Steven Lee, Chris Larson, Burk Parsons, David & Ann Faasse, Gary Timmer, Gary Kwekel, Rich Ten Elshof, Nate Engelsma, Don & Liz Deater, and so many more…
Apple: Enjoying reading through Steve Jobs bio just now and being reminded of how God in His providence prepared this gifted man to serve His World and His people. Thankful to God for His genius reflected in Jobs life & work. After years of resistance to AT&T charges, I finally succumbed to the Apple iPhone this year. However, thus far, Siri has been more entertaining than helpful.
Fishing. God is so good in allowing fishing to continue after Genesis 3! It’s been great to pick up the rod again and re-discover the soul-soothing joys of river-fishing for king salmon and steelhead.
Skiing. Well, what else is there to do in Michigan for the next four months?
I could go on, but I have to go to our Thanksgiving service now! Have a happy and holy day.
Counseling Gaining a Balanced Picture on God’s Counsel
It’s worth setting aside ten minutes to read and study Stuart Scott’s important article on the vital balance between Gospel Indicatives, Gospel Imperatives, and Gospel Worship. Stuart’s also provided some excellent graphics which would be a huge help in teaching this to a Sunday School or Bible Study class.
Politics Searching for the perfect candidate
Cal Thomas’s analysis sounds similar to some pastoral search committees criteria!
“The best candidate would clearly be a composite of the eight still standing: Mitt Romney’s business sense and debating skills; Newt Gingrich’s experience in Washington and knowledge of how to tear down the enormous bureaucracy and make government function the way the founders intended; Herman Cain’s political passion and the added bonus of being a conservative African-American; Ron Paul’s fealty to the Constitution and his call for America to rethink its military role in the world; Jon Huntsman’s knowledge of China, which will remain important for decades; Rick Santorum’s and Michele Bachmann’s strong moral voices (along with her singular feminine voice) in an age of societal flux; and Rick Perry’s Southwestern values and evangelical faith.”
Yes, you do. In fact, you can calculate the size of your water footprint here (simpler version here). It’s pretty big and deep!
For example, if you drank apple juice for breakfast, that one glass cost 190 litres of water. It you had toast, you can add another 40 liters. Put cheese on it and you’re sinking in another 50 liters. And if your head is still above the water, don’t reach for the coffee because that will drown you in a further 140 liters of water (check out the stats here.)
Counseling The Enetrepreneur’s guide to good night’s sleep Can’t think why these six tips are limited to entrepreneurs. The more I have pastored and counseled people, the more convinced I’ve become about the non-negotiable necessity of a good night’s sleep for preventing and curing spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical problems.
Preaching Preaching texts you do not understand
On Sunday Carl Truman preached on 1 Timothy 2:15, the verse concerning salvation through childbirth. Here he offers advice on how to avoid being skewered by a random 6-year-old after the service. And here’s a Christian woman’s difficult experience of that difficult text.
Series on Job
My pastor is preaching a marvelous series on Job. Have a listen to last Sunday morning’s sermon to whet your appetite and then go back to the beginning and enjoy the whole series.