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Sky Links, 2-15-18

All this will flow from the kind and compassionate mercy of our God.
A new day is dawning: the Sunrise from the heavens will break through in our darkness,
And those who huddle in night, those who sit in the shadow of death,
Will be able to rise and walk in the light, guided in the pathway of peace.
-Luke 1:78-79 (VOICE)

Only God Can Make America Great Again
-James Robison

Those words were in the first sentences out of my mouth when I sat facing then-candidate Donald J. Trump. We were in his office in Trump Tower, with his son Eric sitting to my left. I spoke the words forcefully while expressing unconditional love for our country and for Mr. Trump’s family.

I repeated, “If America becomes great again, it will be because God and ‘we the people’ do it. But we need a leader with a father’s heart to inspire our too often fatherless families as George Washington did. It was the strength of his leadership and inspiration that earned the title of our nation’s father.”

Can a Woman Be a Pastor? …

About me, update, nice to meet you

You have saved the best wine for last.
-John 2:10

I have been a Christian my whole life. I learned the faith as a child and cultivated an intimate relationship with God.  I did have a prodigal period that was partially rebellion and partially confusion.  I foolishly rejected making Jesus my Lord, which took me down the wrong path.  Years later, I came back to that wrong turn, and surrendered my whole life.

My first job, outside our home, was taking care of horse stables.  In high school, I was very involved in theater arts, drama, and singing.  I added being a technical worker, designer, and director to my resume as well.  I managed and lobbied for my light crew to get paid.  I also worked in student government and learned how to lay out and print a magazine/program.  I was also active in our war game club.

When I graduated high school, I told people that my dream was to go to work for MTV, making music videos.  I did make my own film in high school film class, based on a song by Tot…

Ruth- The Book for 2018

But Ruth replied:

Don’t plead with me to abandon you or to return and not follow you.
For wherever you go, I will go, and wherever you live, I will live; your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.
-Ruth 1:16
Is Ruth the book of the Bible for 2018?  Let's see.  What is the book of Ruth about?  What's the message?

Ruth is about salvation history. 

We have the book of Judges, that is a wild west, tumultuous time.  In the midst of that time, Ruth traces the family line of king David.

It is the backstory to the story of david.  We see in Ruth, God working among people to save them, individually and collectively.  God works in lives for lives.  Our stories of salvation are connected, in and by God.

Mother, grandmother, widow, field, gate, harvest, inheritance, covenant, promotion, and new beginnings; are some of the topics in Ruth.
The key lesson of Ruth is that God blesses faithfulness. 

Ruth means friendship, comfort, and refreshment.

Kindness, honor, safekeeping, …

Disillusionment: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Now that same day two of them were on their way to a village called Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem. Together they were discussing everything that had taken place. And while they were discussing and arguing, Jesus himself came near and began to walk along with them. But they were prevented from recognizing him.Then he asked them, “What is this dispute that you’re having with each other as you are walking?” And they stopped walking and looked discouraged. -Luke 24:13-17

My favorite movie, growing up, was The Wizard of Oz.  And I was also a big fan of Elton John.

Elton John's song, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, is about disillusionment.  That's what The Wizard of Oz is about too.

We think that we need to go on a fantastic journey to find something.  But we find out that we we already have it, right at home.  We go on a journey, and get over our illusions.

In The Wizard of Oz, the key phrase is, "There's no place like home."  Dorothy had a dream abo…

Leaving & Saying Goodbye

“And there was much weeping on the part of all; they embraced Paul and kissed him being sorrowful most of all because of the word he had spoken, that they would not see his face again. And they accompanied him to the ship.” -Acts 20:37-38 (ESV)

At Michael Jackson's memorial service, Stevie Wonder tearfully sang Michael's song, "Never Cared To Say Goodbye".  Saying goodbye is hard and missed a lot of the time.  
When my dad died, we were an hour late, and missed saying goodbye.  When I left the church I loved and placed my key in the secretary's desk and was walking out for the last time, I came across a lady who worked in one of my favorite ministries there, in the pastoral care area, and said goodbye, so that I could say it to someone.
The last time I was at another church I had been attending, I was lucky to have a moment alone with the senior pastor, a moment of peace in the midst of a crazy meeting that would be the last time I set foot there.  Years later, …

Notes For 2018

Here are my notes on what is going to happen in 2018.  Four points.  Not comprehensive.  
Do you know the story of when Jesus left his family at about age 30?  This year might be like that.  Do you know about the time when boys become men, when they leave their mom and join the men?  This year might be like that.
Do you remember when you left home to go to college?  Do you remember when you stopped being single and got married?  Do you remember when you became a parent?  Do you remember when you were called up to go somewhere, if you have ever served in the military?  Do you remember when you were tapped for or fell into a leadership role?  Do you remember when you lost your job and had to find another one: things changed but you survived and made it?  This year is going to be like that.
Do you remember meeting your spouse?  Do you remember your first day on campus?  Do you remember the day your marriage ended or someone died?  Do you remember the birth of your child?  And do you rem…