Faith In The OC

Friday, June 18, 2004

Hey! Last day at work! Bitter Sweet. Feels good though. I feel like from it's all Base Jumping!




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Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Wow - My last week of working here at Stream. Bitter Sweet! I hate to leave the people but I am happy to leave the job and move on. Change in this case is a REAL good thing.

There is not much to update at this point. Here is where we stand at the moment:

Two weeks from today (June 30th) we will be leaving for California. We are going to be renting a 17 foot truck with a trailer for the CR-V. I think we should be able to get all of our stuff in the truck and anything like guitars, studio stuff, computers and home audio/video can go in the CR-V. There will be lots of room in there especially since we won't have to be driving it!

My parents have committed to coming and picking Leif and Ezra up and taking them home with them for about a week. This REALLY helps and so if you guys are reading this you can't possibly imagine what a HUGE blessing this is for Colleen and I. The boys are going to have a blast and it frees us up to find work and get other arrangements squared away without having to worry about them too. To give everyone else some perspective of what they are doing: They are going to drive here from the Northern Coast of California (12 hour drive) and then turn right back around and go the other direction with our boys (another 12 hour drive). Now if you haven't taken a long road trip with two small boys let me just say that I can think of some much more enjoyable things like - eating cow eye balls, being sick with the flu, swimming in Alaska, etc. Then they will make the trek down to us in SoCal which is about a 9 or 10 hour drive from where they live. So you can see how much my parents love us!!

So the short of it:
A. We are moving in exactly 2 weeks
B. We don't have all the money for the moving truck yet.
C. We don't have anywhere to store our stuff in California yet.
D. We don't have a place to live yet.
E. We don't have a job yet.
F. GOD IS FAITHFUL AND IS EVEN NOW WORKING IN WAYS THAT WE CAN NOT SEE. HE ALONE WILL HAVE ALL THE GLORY FOR THIS.

Some Food For Thought:
You know the thing about our "American Christian Religion" is that we don't allow God to work miracles. I don't think He is done doing the impossible. I know for the longest time I have read the bible and believed that the stories of men getting up and walking after a long life of being paralyzed, the dead being raised and the terminally ill restored to perfect health was that of the past. WHY NOT NOW!? Is God not worthy of that kind of Glory? The reason for the why not now: It's too scary to jump. Those people believed that just even touching His robe was enough to heal them and their faith was enough to complete that. Our lives have too much order to disrupt it with God's ultimate will. His will always seems crazy. To our human mind it doesn't make sense. Even as I am sitting here now what He is asking our family to do seems crazy. He asked me to follow and I did but it's getting pretty nuts right about now. I won't lie and say I don't have any fear. But it's become so much easier to fall back into familiar arms and say OK God I'm with you. You called and I know your going to take care of me. I don't mean all of this to say that God is calling everyone to a life like what we are jumping into now but let go enough that it is uncomfortable. See what He can do. Listen and find where He is taking you and let Him take you. It's something to think about. You really want to know what His glory is about? Ask this one question: "God give me more faith". I guarantee He will answer. Ask this next question of yourself: "What really matters?" If God is not on the top of the list maybe he could be. He wants to be. God calls us to do the impossible so here we are and I challenge you to find what "God sized" thing God is calling you to. Check out these stories straight from the Word. I've written them down here but I also challenge you to read for yourself. These are only a short list from a much larger list. These are just the ones that stood out to me.

Exodus 14:5-31
5 When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds about them and said, "What have we done? We have let the Israelites go and have lost their services!" 6 So he had his chariot made ready and took his army with him. 7 He took six hundred of the best chariots, along with all the other chariots of Egypt, with officers over all of them. 8 The LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, so that he pursued the Israelites, who were marching out boldly. 9 The Egyptians-all Pharaoh's horses and chariots, horsemen [1] and troops-pursued the Israelites and overtook them as they camped by the sea near Pi Hahiroth, opposite Baal Zephon.
10 As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the LORD . 11 They said to Moses, "Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Didn't we say to you in Egypt, 'Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians'? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!"
13 Moses answered the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still."
15 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. 16 Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground. 17 I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them. And I will gain glory through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen. 18 The Egyptians will know that I am the LORD when I gain glory through Pharaoh, his chariots and his horsemen."
19 Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel's army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, 20 coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long.
21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the LORD drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, 22 and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.
23 The Egyptians pursued them, and all Pharaoh's horses and chariots and horsemen followed them into the sea. 24 During the last watch of the night the LORD looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud at the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion. 25 He made the wheels of their chariots come off [2] so that they had difficulty driving. And the Egyptians said, "Let's get away from the Israelites! The LORD is fighting for them against Egypt."
26 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may flow back over the Egyptians and their chariots and horsemen." 27 Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at daybreak the sea went back to its place. The Egyptians were fleeing toward [3] it, and the LORD swept them into the sea. 28 The water flowed back and covered the chariots and horsemen-the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not one of them survived.
29 But the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left. 30 That day the LORD saved Israel from the hands of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the shore. 31 And when the Israelites saw the great power the LORD displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the LORD and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.

Judges 7:1-21
1 Early in the morning, Jerub-Baal (that is, Gideon) and all his men camped at the spring of Harod. The camp of Midian was north of them in the valley near the hill of Moreh. 2 The LORD said to Gideon, "You have too many men for me to deliver Midian into their hands. In order that Israel may not boast against me that her own strength has saved her, 3 announce now to the people, 'Anyone who trembles with fear may turn back and leave Mount Gilead.' " So twenty-two thousand men left, while ten thousand remained.
4 But the LORD said to Gideon, "There are still too many men. Take them down to the water, and I will sift them for you there. If I say, 'This one shall go with you,' he shall go; but if I say, 'This one shall not go with you,' he shall not go."
5 So Gideon took the men down to the water. There the LORD told him, "Separate those who lap the water with their tongues like a dog from those who kneel down to drink." 6 Three hundred men lapped with their hands to their mouths. All the rest got down on their knees to drink.
7 The LORD said to Gideon, "With the three hundred men that lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hands. Let all the other men go, each to his own place." 8 So Gideon sent the rest of the Israelites to their tents but kept the three hundred, who took over the provisions and trumpets of the others.
Now the camp of Midian lay below him in the valley. 9 During that night the LORD said to Gideon, "Get up, go down against the camp, because I am going to give it into your hands. 10 If you are afraid to attack, go down to the camp with your servant Purah 11 and listen to what they are saying. Afterward, you will be encouraged to attack the camp." So he and Purah his servant went down to the outposts of the camp. 12 The Midianites, the Amalekites and all the other eastern peoples had settled in the valley, thick as locusts. Their camels could no more be counted than the sand on the seashore.
13 Gideon arrived just as a man was telling a friend his dream. "I had a dream," he was saying. "A round loaf of barley bread came tumbling into the Midianite camp. It struck the tent with such force that the tent overturned and collapsed."
14 His friend responded, "This can be nothing other than the sword of Gideon son of Joash, the Israelite. God has given the Midianites and the whole camp into his hands."
15 When Gideon heard the dream and its interpretation, he worshiped God. He returned to the camp of Israel and called out, "Get up! The LORD has given the Midianite camp into your hands." 16 Dividing the three hundred men into three companies, he placed trumpets and empty jars in the hands of all of them, with torches inside.
17 "Watch me," he told them. "Follow my lead. When I get to the edge of the camp, do exactly as I do. 18 When I and all who are with me blow our trumpets, then from all around the camp blow yours and shout, 'For the LORD and for Gideon.' "
19 Gideon and the hundred men with him reached the edge of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, just after they had changed the guard. They blew their trumpets and broke the jars that were in their hands. 20 The three companies blew the trumpets and smashed the jars. Grasping the torches in their left hands and holding in their right hands the trumpets they were to blow, they shouted, "A sword for the LORD and for Gideon!" 21 While each man held his position around the camp, all the Midianites ran, crying out as they fled.
22 When the three hundred trumpets sounded, the LORD caused the men throughout the camp to turn on each other with their swords. The army fled to Beth Shittah toward Zererah as far as the border of Abel Meholah near Tabbath.


Matthew 14:28-36
28"Lord, if it's you," Peter replied, "tell me to come to you on the water."
29"Come," he said.
30Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, "Lord, save me!"
31Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. "You of little faith," he said, "why did you doubt?"
32And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God."
34When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret. 35And when the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought all their sick to him 36and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched him were healed.

Sunday, June 13, 2004

Sunday afternoon here. I just wanted to give everyone some more updates. Things are starting to move really quick now. We are planning on heading out of town June 30th. I am not sure where the money for the moving truck and gas is going to come from yet but God has been faithful so far and this is a small thing. Although my flesh would say it's a really big thing!!

So this is my last week of work at Stream. Friday the 18th is D Day. Not much work to do. Just kinda sitting around and waiting for resource calls and talking with friends so it's not all bad just a little boring.

Colleen's parents threw a going away party/Baby Shower for us yesterday (Thanks Mom and Dad!!). It was a lot of fun to see everyone. We also had a neat time of prayer at the end that was very special. Good Byes are never easy but it was nice to at least have fun doing it!

Prayer List:
--> We did the math on time left here: 2 1/2 weeks. We have a lot to do so pray for strength.
--> We also still have some financial needs: moving expenses. Please pray for a miracle there too.

God's Glory will be made known through all of this. We're excited to see how He decides to do that!