The heart of a father

“My son, don’t forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commands;” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:1‬


Our Dwelling Moment

Sharing a report I wrote about a wonderful breakfast we had some weeks ago with eight man from totally different backgrounds…



Our Dwelling Moment

See how good and how pleasant it is… 

Just now, sitting behind my desk, I needed to recap the beauty of the moment.

Eight man; friends, family even and also brothers in Christ gathering around the table and having a breakfast.
The environment: A beautiful old Barn in the middle of the Woods. A barn that is IN THE PROCESS of being rebuild into a CAFE, a Christian environment for people to spend some time “outside the city”! Continue reading


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Captivating my thoughts…

There is so much going on in my mind this morning, fuelled by the terrible mix of soul and spirit, the battle of reality and truth. I just have to process it and willingly, even vulnerable allow you reader to be part of that. Thoughts, fears, hope, insights, all intense impressions that try to proof themselves legal and worth listening to! I am sure you will have the same experiences, there is nothing strange in that, but one day it can be more intense than the other. One day you can be more vulnerable to it than the other.

But… the Word is the most trustable source to go to and as this morning my never-met-but-every-morning-present friend Glenn H. Jackson wrote on his dairy:

Satan is in serious, serious trouble – and it does not get any better for him!”
“And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever”…. Revelation 20:10 NASB

A good perspective to start your day with! The beauty of our life where we were able to read the last page, through the Revelation of God. That is the only true word we use as our compass, the only right direction we are aiming for while in the meantime going through life, beautiful, scary, high and low!

I try to imagine the guys, the beast and the false prophet, as they still had their hope that at least he, the devil, was still around and most surely would free them from that “lake of fire and brimstone”! Sitting there with this last spark (funny metaphor) as their master was thrown in… I have to be a bit creative in describing it to make you at least aware that it all will not last forever!

Yesterday we physically experienced early Spring as we visited Laura’s farm. New life meeting new life. Presenting a new generation the beauty of Life and with it, speaking/living/imparting Hope for a New day.

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Thank you for being part of this out-load thinking and the correcting of my thoughts by making them captive under the obedience to Christ!

 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5 


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The Re-Words…

They intrigue me, the re-words, the words that begin with the “re” they carry a sound of hope of worth of effort with love! At least most of them as you probably can come up with a funny-proof-wrong-example!

Recycle Defined

As the dictionary describes the one usage I really like and want to emphasize in this post:

re– |riː, ri, rɛ| (prefix)

1 once more; afresh; anew: reaccustom | reactivate.• with return to a previous state: revert.

ORIGIN from Latin re-, red- ‘again, back’.

usage: In modern English the tendency is for words formed with prefixes such as re- to be unhyphenated: restore,remain, reacquaint. One general exception to this is when the word to which re- attaches begins with e: in this case a hyphen is often inserted for clarity: re-examine, re-enter, re-enact. A hyphen is sometimes also used where the word formed with the prefix would be identical to an already existing word: re-cover (meaning ‘cover again’, as in we decided to re-cover the dining-room chairs) not recover (meaning ‘get better in health’).

 

Christianity has the tendency to move on from where we are, forgetting where we come from. It is the “legacy” of forgetting what is behind and moving forward  as I am convinced that this result was never what Jesus had in mind when He stated those words!

As the world is erasing the past, the history, by re-writing(!) it with different motives, we see a generation that has no clue about direction, loosing the total meaning of life. And, to be honest, this is not different in the church culture! There is no teaching, no transferring of the beautiful values, the foundations of old and with it, a generation has lost track! The result is that they start living by the re-defined life, “written” by ungodly agendas, fueled by the media.

So, here comes the significance of the re- word! As the “world” is using it as the strategy to totally distract a generation, there is a urgent hunger in the heart of this generation to even re- christianity, faith, God, church, relationships, society, culture and so on!

What a great, divine opportunity for us, to get in place and start fulfilling this hunger by evaluating our lives, our faith and even our God, as the “image” we created somehow does not fulfill the hearts. As a (grand)father, they ask me and mostly I have to think and rethink as most things in our age came “because they were”! No questions, just facts and now-a-days, that does not work anymore because they are disconnected from the process. They question and we need to provide answers. WE need to reconnect them to the process called LIVE!

It is a spiritual hunger that makes the re-!

Re-new, re-cover, re-define, re-build!

My statement in raising my children has mostly been: In order to give them a future, I have to connect them with their past (legacy)!

Don’t get offended when they ask. Just re-view and re-connect!


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Who said?

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I loved the statement as my daughter was reading the passage from a book see just bought!

WHO SAID?

Allow me to quote the strong and impressing words that are the introduction to this special book!

When Jackie and I(Terry) met and began talking marriage, she said to me, ” If we are going to get married, there is something about me you should know.”

“I CAN’T HAVE CHILDREN!” she said.

What a devastating statement! Women around the globe have made the same declaration. My question to them is the same question I posed to Jackie over two decades ago. ” Oh really? Who said? Who said you can’t have children?” It makes a major difference in every area of your life, who said. I am always asking people that same question, “Who said?”

Jackie answered me, “The doctors said.”

“Oh, I see. Well, God said you can have babies,” I told her. “Even though I thank God for doctors and hospitals, and medical science is always advancing, they are not our source, our final authority; God is, and God said you can have children.”

“He did?”

“Sure. The Bible is full of scriptures about children. He said He makes the barren woman to keep house and be a joyful mother of children. He said your children will be as olive plants and your wife as a fruitful vine. The Bible says there will be neither male nor female barren among God’s people. We will have all the children we want.”

And we did. We have four children — two boys and two girl. And we have taken them around the world with us giving Living Bread to dying men, sharing gospel with the world that cost the blood of Jesus.

The passage is from the book: Supernatural Childbirth by Jackie Mize.