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Monday, February 18, 2013

Jostie Concert


We had the privilege of hosting another Jostie Concert at the Life House on Friday Feb 15. It was a wonderful time of inspiring music and fellowship. The Jost family are always such an encouragement to our family. I really enjoyed hearing their new song: "You are not alone."

You can follow the Jost family on twitter: https://twitter.com/josties
Or check out their website: http://www.josties.com/
Watch their original, family friendly flicks here: http://www.jostieflicks.com/


Here are their upcoming concerts in Kansas and Colorado.
DateCityVenueCountry
02/20/13Chanute, KansasWestview Southern BaptistUnited States
Time: 6:30pm. Admission: Free. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 1415 S. Plummer. Venue phone: Pastor Randy Dirriim 620-431-4854.
02/22/13Smith Center, KansasCentral Community ChurchUnited States
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: Free. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 211 West Court St. Venue phone: Pastor Todd Bradrick 785 488-8336.
02/24/13Kittredge, ColoradoKITTREDGE COMMUNITY BIBLE CHURCHUnited States
Time: 10:30am. Admission: Free. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 26349 Hwy. 74. Venue phone: Pastor Mike Ulrich 303-674-4060.


2pm Friday afternoon. Getting ready for the concert. Brownies and Rice Crispie Treats for the concert. Check. :) 

      Before the concert...




  There were some beautiful clouds that evening.

Right before the concert.




Front row seats




Some magic tricks with cards.

           "I ain't gonna mope around..." with special guest Stan Engle.





 After the concert



  A train going by. Seen out the stairwell window.



Judah and Hannah-Grace 



Lydia and Hannah-Grace 
This would make a great photography studio! :) 

Hannah-Grace 

 Playing volleyball on the 5th floor at the Life House.


   Anna and Amy-Joy

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Be Still


Yesterday was my birthday. Another 365 days have gone by, all too quickly. I took this picture at about 8:30 in the morning. The frost was on the ground, and the air was brisk. I pray that my year ahead will be spent growing closer to the Lord and getting to know Him better. I want to be more Christ-like, but some days I forget. I am always learning. How gracious and forgiving our God is! May we all delve into the Word each day and learn more fully how to obey and please the Lord Jesus Christ.



My Utmost for His Highest
Friday, February 8, 2013
The Cost of Sanctification
May the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely . . . —1 Thessalonians 5:23
When we pray, asking God to sanctify us, are we prepared to measure up to what that really means? We take the word sanctification much too lightly. Are we prepared to pay the cost of sanctification? The cost will be a deep restriction of all our earthly concerns, and an extensive cultivation of all our godly concerns. Sanctification means to be intensely focused on God’s point of view. It means to secure and to keep all the strength of our body, soul, and spirit for God’s purpose alone. Are we really prepared for God to perform in us everything for which He separated us? And after He has done His work, are we then prepared to separate ourselves to God just as Jesus did? “For their sakes I sanctify Myself . . .” (John 17:19). The reason some of us have not entered into the experience of sanctification is that we have not realized the meaning of sanctification from God’s perspective. Sanctification means being made one with Jesus so that the nature that controlled Him will control us. Are we really prepared for what that will cost? It will cost absolutely everything in us which is not of God.
Are we prepared to be caught up into the full meaning of Paul’s prayer in this verse? Are we prepared to say, “Lord, make me, a sinner saved by grace, as holy as You can”? Jesus prayed that we might be one with Him, just as He is one with the Father (see John 17:21-23). The resounding evidence of the Holy Spirit in a person’s life is the unmistakable family likeness to Jesus Christ, and the freedom from everything which is not like Him. Are we prepared to set ourselves apart for the Holy Spirit’s work in us? — Oswald Chambers

Monday, February 4, 2013

Dietrich Bonhoeffer




Today is Dietrich Bonhoeffer's birthday. How much do you know about this remarkable man? He was a courageous Christian pastor in Germany during the 1930s and 40s who resisted the Nazi attempt to take-over and apostasize the Church. Bonhoeffer was deeply committed to resisting evil, standing for the Truth, teaching the Word of God, preaching the Gospel, rescuing Jews. What's more, he secretly discipled young pastors in Germany to do the same. In April 1945, he was hanged for participating in a plot to assassinate Hitler. 

I'm currently reading Eric Metaxas' riveting book, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, and highly recommend it.
If you can go hear Eric speak during his 10-city "Bonhoeffer Tour," I'd encourage you to do it. The tour begins this Friday.

-from Joel Rosenberg's Blog 

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Individual Hearts




"The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; 
He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect.
The counsel of the Lord stands forever, 
The plans of His heart to all generations.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,

The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.
The Lord looks from heaven; 
He sees all the sons of men.

From the place of His dwelling He looks 
On all the inhabitants of the earth;
He fashions their hearts individually; 
He considers all their works."

~Psalm 33:10-15


I read this passage in Psalms and a few words really affected me. First of all, we don't have to be afraid of "the plans of the peoples" ie. world events going on and ungodly world leaders. We can trust in the Lord to protect and guide us each day. The Lord is in control and His counsel stands forever. He cares for all generations of people, not just people living 2,000 years ago or people in the 1940s or even in the 1990s, He cares for new generations of people born in the 2000s! That shows me His loving heart for ALL people. Verse 12 says: "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord", reminds me to continue praying for the peace of Israel. They are His inheritance. 


Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I hope in Him!”



-Lamentations 3:22-24 

But one verse really stood out to me, the words shimmering with love, proclaiming a beautiful reality that struck home to my heart. 

"He fashions their hearts individually; He considers all their works." (verse 15)

We are not made with a cookie cutter, God fashions and designs our hearts individually. He cares about all the little details, my funny quirks, annoying habits and the confusing way my illogical brain works. :)  He considers all our works. These are not works to earn our way to Heaven, but are gifts we have the privilege of giving back to the Lord. Out of our love towards Him. After all, everything we have, has been given to us by God! I have been thinking about consecration recently, as Christians we need to devote ourself to God every day. I used to think it was a one time thing, but it has to be a daily dying to self and obeying the Lord and following the Lord Jesus Christ as our model. 


Here is an excerpt from Oswald Chamber's devotional, "My Utmost for His Highest"  Jan. 26, 2013 

“Consider the lilies of the field . . .” (Matthew 6:28). They grow where they are planted. Many of us refuse to grow where God plants us. Therefore, we don’t take root anywhere. Jesus said if we would obey the life of God within us, He would look after all other things. Did Jesus Christ lie to us? Are we experiencing the “much more” He promised? If we are not, it is because we are not obeying the life God has given us and have cluttered our minds with confusing thoughts and worries. How much time have we wasted asking God senseless questions while we should be absolutely free to concentrate on our service to Him? Consecration is the act of continually separating myself from everything except that which God has appointed me to do. It is not a one-time experience but an ongoing process. Am I continually separating myself and looking to God every day of my life?