Turkey Run

Hi from Grants Pass, Oregon.

I had intended to send a message yesterday morning, but ended up behind on my schedule.  I drove down yesterday for meetings this weekend.  I had a great time this morning with some preschool kids.  Tomorrow I will be part of a mission fair, then speak two times on Sunday at different churches and with a woman’s group on Tuesday morning.  Then the rest of Tuesday, about 8 hours driving, will be going back to Richland.

Ok, funny Scott story time.  I have a “history” of hitting animals.  I don’t try to, but have two dear and one elk in my driving record.  Well, yesterday on the way to Grants Pass I was watching carefully to avoid any animals.  All was going great until I was a bit north of Cottage Grove when a turkey ran into the freeway.  I had just passed an 18 wheeler and was moving back to the right lane.  I saw the turkey run into the road so I hit the brakes pretty hard, but the truck was not that far behind me, so I also quickly tried to move to the left lane without loosing control.  But the turkey kept coming and ran, thud, into the side of the car.  I glanced in the rear-view-mirror and saw a small cloud of feathers before the truck hit the turkey and then lots more feathers.  I got off the road to check the car and it was fine, praise the Lord.  But feathers kept floating down the freeway.  As you can see I really do need prayers on my behalf.

Please pray for Hannah as she has finals next week.  Pray for Nathan as he is applying for a computer programming internship this summer.  Lift up Denise as she has two big projects that she is working on due in the near future.

Yea, pray that I don’t run into more animals.  But also pray that I will hear clearly, and share clearly, what the Lord wants during the next four meetings.

Thanks a million for your prayers.

Easter Wood Chip

He is risen!!!  It has been a very good day.

Morning we had a great service, focusing on the Lord and this special day.  Then a nice evening meal.  For the evening service we had a great time listening to an Easter Concert by the choir.

There really isn’t much more to say.  Today represents the most amazing day of the year.  The only perfect man went to the cross for imperfect people incapable of resolving their need for a savior.

Praise God that He sent the Savior.  Does He know you?  Matthew 7:21-23.  What do you think?  2 Corinthians 13:5-6.  It is a great day having confidence that the gift of Easter is truly yours, mine.

“The day after” the cross

Today I have been trying to consider what it might have been like for the disciples and the other believers the day after Jesus went to the cross.  I can only imagine it was terrible and totally depressing.

Here the leader in whom you have put all your hopes is dead.  He had done so many miracles and yet now dead.  I can only imagine all hope was lost.

But was there maybe one or more in the group who remembered what Jesus said about rising again in three days?  As I read the Gospels it doesn’t seem so.  Even Mary when she went to the tomb tomorrow was totally surprised with what she found.  She asked the “gardener” where they had put Jesus instead of searching for her risen Lord.

I am so looking forward to tomorrow.

“Good” Friday

Wow, today is an awful day.  Track with me if I can make sense.

2000 and a few years ago last night, God’s Son was taken prisoner.  His best friends left him, and His Dad disowned Him.  2 Corinthians 5:21 “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”  All of this happened for our sake!

Romans 5:7-8 “Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die.  But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  Jesus went through torture, imprisonment, abandonment, and utter disgrace for me – often a faltering and fumbling adopted child.

We celebrate today, “Good Friday” and yet I am choking on the word good.  The last three days I have read in Matthew, Mark and Luke what Jesus went through up to His death on the cross.  Tomorrow I will read the John account.  How horrible an experience that He did for me, something I do not deserve.

Today I am trying to grasp the concept of Philippians 3:10 “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death”.

Now add Hebrews 12:2 “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

How can I, we, not weep (as I am doing now, I cry easily) at what He went through for us.  Today I will weep, but Sunday is coming!!!

Wood Shavings, a slice of my life.

And I am back.  I feel kind of like back from the dead to some extent.  I was sick most of last month and really am only in the last week or so feeling my strength returning.

I am still doing lots of traveling, but lately only locally.  Recently I have spoken in Idaho and Washington.  Denise keeps doing her constant schoolwork.  The kids are also busy with schoolwork and doing well.  Everyone is healthy again.  Praise the Lord.

Easter is coming, are you preparing?  This Easter is different for me.  The Lord has really been working ON my heart lately leading to this weekend.  Most years Easter is special, but not very.  Looking back I realize I usually went through the motions and felt little other than during the worship service time when I bothered to focus on the magnitude of the celebration.

I challenge you to start today asking the Lord to prepare you for Easter!  More to come later this week.

This leads me to share my current struggles.  I will try to keep it short.  For the last few weeks I have felt spiritually terrible.  After sharing at a church one morning I began to feel awful deep in my heart.  I think the simple answer is that I was so convicted about what I had shared.  The Lord has been leading me to share about the Love of God, yet He hit me hard with the question of what that really means to me.  In what way do I really Love the Lord?  I am so convicted about my mediocrity and lack of genuine passion for my Lord.  So, to end what would be very long otherwise.

Please pray for me as I continue to seek the Lord’s heart.  What a great time to struggle with what Jesus did for us at Easter.

More to come.