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Little Sister

by on Jun.27, 2009, under Spiritual

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Anger has a little sister, frustration.  It could be a misplaced set of car keys, a traffic jam, a broken promise, an unmet expectation at work or at home. Every body has frustration. It seems to be more the rule than the exception. I wonder how much of our conversations we have with each other are at the root, based on frustration. At the core, frustration usually has a circumstance attached to it. Something or someone to blame. Something did not go my way, and I am not happy about it! The circumstance ( cause of frustration ) in most cases needs a solution, a resolution or an action of some sort to change it into what we think it should be. Now there are two problems. Frustration, like a spoiled, out of control little sister is now standing directly in front of the real problem obscuring the necessary vision for developing a well crafted solution. The noise generated by “sissy” is deafening, leading to your hands covering your ears and often “the blow up”, creating problem #3 that will will need to be cleaned up. Good decisions don’t come from frustration unless the decision is to chose not to be frustrated and move directly to the solution of the real problem.

For me, it usually has something to do with me wanting someone else to make something happen the way I want it to happen. I want them to line up their goals with my expectations. They have some sort of resource I want control of, some sort of influence and power I desire to be my own or some framework of validation I crave and they just are not getting it done! How dare they ( unveiled sarcasm )!

James 1:19  msg  “Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear. God’s righteousness doesn’t grow from human anger. So throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage. In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life.”

A huge assumption in this verse is that we are wanting “God’s righteousness”. Being right with God, being centered in His will and not our own. Anger won’t get you there, plain and simple but not easy. Choosing to lay down the anger disguised as frustration ( which by the way seems to be tolerated as though it is a trusted friend ) is the only real option that will clear a path to a righteous final outcome.

If our life is a “salvation garden” planted by our Father God, frustration is the devil’s rototiller reeking havoc, destroying fruit, tearing up the roots, tramped and useless.

God is waiting for us to agree with him, reject anger and frustration and bring every circumstance, from the “lost keys” to the “broken relationship” to him in humility.

James 1:16 msg “So, my very dear friends, don’t get thrown off course. Every desirable and beneficial gift comes out of heaven. The gifts are rivers of light cascading down from the Father of Light.”

Frustration is the warning alarm that I am looking in the wrong place for the answers and solutions I seek.  Send little sister back to her room!

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6th Month Update – KALAVAI Lube & Scrub

by on Jun.26, 2009, under INDIA

Its been 6 months since the Kalavai “AGAPE TWO WHEELER SERVICE CENTER AND WASH” got it’s start. Here is an update from Rob & Dan.

 

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KC3 Property Aquisition

by on Jun.24, 2009, under INDIA

Just like MC3 in downtown South Bend, KC3 promises to play a leading role in the transformation of lives in this remote, lowest cast Indian village.

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Back From India

by on Jun.23, 2009, under INDIA

I am back from India.  “Not”!  I am not sure you get back from India. It works it’s way into the cracks of your soul and wraps itself around you in ways that will not allow you to escape. The culture is impossible to describe. Everyone talks about the food, which is weird, hot and sometimes amazing. The traffic which is always terrifying and exhilarating. The temperature, hot, so hot… The trash… oh my gosh.. the trash. The poverty, heartbreaking. Michelle Wegner said it best, the more times you return, you realize you understand it less and less. India is complex.

The people are wonderful. The smiles unmatched. The beauty, extreme. The sadness, beyond words.

I arrived in Chicago Saturday evening around 5:45 Chicago time and was home around 10:00. So physically I am here, in Michigan but in my head I am still 9 thousand miles away. I can still see and feel hundreds of people being baptized in the muddy waters of a lake that supplies Chennai with water. Frankly it’s pretty hard to imagine what they would have to do to clean it enough to make it drinkable. But past the sanitation issues lies the real story. Having accepted God’s generous offer of salvation back in the mid seventies and being baptized myself at that time, I have a perspective that only of few of this days “baptizies” might have. Three decades of life post baptism.  I am continuously reminded of what my life would have been like had I continued on the path I was on at the time I accepted Christ. I watched in awe and complete awareness as hundreds began their journey just as I had. I felt  incredibly privileged to witness the event.  The young and the old. I was captivated by the sense of eternal destinies being changed before my eyes. The world as I know it was shrinking before my eyes and the Kingdom of God growing larger by the moment. I think it’s why Jesus commanded us to “go”. When you “go” you see God. And He is busy, building His Kingdom. One child at a time. and…. there is a lot of us. 

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Chandra

by on Jun.18, 2009, under Uncategorized

This is a quick post.. heading back to CSI school for girls. They are going to dance for us.  I would like to introduce Chandra. Mary and I have decided to sponsor her through Compassion International. She will be going to school with her sister, Sangetha, who the Wegner’s sponsor.   A lot more later…

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Chandra and her Mother

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Baptism – INDIAN STYLE

by on Jun.14, 2009, under INDIA

Yesterday we went to a baptismal service, Indian Style. Nearly 400 people were baptized. It was 105 degrees. The people came from 18 different churches through out the district that are pastored by GCC trained church planters. Rob has the details on his blog..  http://entermission.typepad.com/

For a good portion of the baptism I stood on a raft that looked like it was salvaged from “the ark”.  Around the edges, the lake was pretty swampy.  Honestly the muck was pretty gross… to borrow a term from when I was a kid. Realizing I was pretty far from “the action”  I got out of the boat!  My pants have 6 pockets… I successfully emptied 5 of them before wading out.  The little India Nokai phone was a casualty.  It was great to get close. Baptism’s always get to me. This day was no exception. I watched as a very old man was carried out to Raj & Rob. He appeared crippled. The years had taken a toll on him. I could only imagine the joy he will experience when his body is fully restored in the soon coming Kingdom of God. The children were every where. They love cameras. Some things are the same where ever you go.

I have a short video that will give you a taste.

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St. Thomas Mount

by on Jun.11, 2009, under INDIA

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I don’t think this is what it looked like 2,000 years ago when Thomas was here in India planting churches. It was most likely a hill with a dirt path leading to the top. Still, when I was standing, walking and looking around, knowing that Thomas, stood, walked and looked around the very same place, it gave me pause. As Rob points out in his blog, Thomas was here as a church planter, In Tamil Nadu. So are we. If that does not stop you in your tracks then you need to take your pulse.

It really did not matter to me that there were pictures, icons and religious “stuff” around, it was knowing he had been there and died there that impacted me. What a true shock it must have been for him when he truly realized who Jesus is and his now famous quote.

my-lordAt some point in the visit, I wanted to do what Thomas might have done so I left the building walked a short ways to an area where no one was at the time and that had an over look that was for the most part without buildings and wires and things man has built. Something closer to what Thomas may have seen when he was here.

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I was praying there for a little while when this man started to talk to me.

manI don’t know his name. His english was not great but in a short time I was able to understand a few things. He said I need help, my wife is insane and my children are sick and I need to pay my rent. I don’t know if his story is true or not. At that moment that was not what was on my mind.

I asked God to let me feel this man’s pain and He did.

I asked God to let me see what Thomas saw, and He did.

 

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Chennia

by on Jun.09, 2009, under Uncategorized

We are on the ground. Great seats on the plane. We were upgraded !  Praise God !

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Westminster Abbey

by on Jun.09, 2009, under London

London is all about history. Everywhere you look it’s a collision of the very old and very new. We toured the Abbey.  Many famous people entombed there. I am not really sure why they thought that was a good use for a church… but that decision was made “while I was away on holiday”. Here are a couple illegal iPhone shots.. Please don’t turn me in to the authorities  🙂 Those British dungeons are heck.. 

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The British Museum

by on Jun.08, 2009, under London

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Wow.. What a visit back in time. I was struck by the idea that much of history and art of mankind is marked by attempts at immortality outside of God. We were meant to live forever. The bible says eternity is written on our hearts. 

lost-cityHow do you loose a city ? An entire culture?  These ruins were discovered. Looks a bit Roman.. but they had their own language that is completely untranslatable. When God wants you forgotten.. your forgotten..

BTW.. Rob could be a museum guide on the side..

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