Sunday, February 24, 2008

Quaker Meadow Job Opportunities

Summer is approaching quickly and many of you may want to work at an amazing place: Quaker Meadow. Applications for employment are at the Quaker Meadow web site

The Quaker Meadow Staff is an integral part of the mission of QM- to “win and train youth and adults for Christ”. All applicants should know that we have extremely high standards for moral integrity, for a willingness to humbly serve and for a positive attitude. Hours are long and the work is hard, but the benefits are eternal and a summer on staff can be life changing (and very fun too!).

Applications will be available for the 2008 summer staff after January 15. Application deadline is March 15. We plan to have our staff in place by early April. All Leadership applicants must be able to complete the core 10 weeks of summer without leaving camp (June 14 - August 16). We will consider Support Team applicant arrival and departure times on a case by case basis.

It would be great to see many of you working with me this summer at camp!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Lost Thoughts and Predictions

Thursday I was watching Lost with a bunch of my closest and weirdest friends. It was an amazing episode.

We discover that somehow Kate is pretending to be the mom of Claire's baby, Aaron. What happened to Claire? Is she dead or did she give the baby to Kate to get Aaron off the island? How are the writers going to explain the missing 9 months of pregnancy? And why doesn't Jack want to see his nephew? Does he know?

Another thing about Jack and his family: I think his papa is alive and well. I predict he will be one of the Oceanic 6. I do not know how they will explain a corpse coming back to life.

It appears that it is time for another Dharma food supply drop. The make shift shelves for the survivors os running low, thankfully there is a ship offshore that is coming to save them. I loved the Dharma boxed wine; nothing says class than boxed wine! I wonder where you can buy this stuff.

Why did John Locke kill the chicken if they were out of eggs?

How did Kate end up with such a sweet house? I think Kate steals the 3.2 million dollars that Miles wants from Ben. I don't think it is all settlement money from Oceanic Airlines. Or maybe Hurley gives her some new numbers for the lottery.

Speaking of Miles I think I figured something out. I think he is related to a mysterious character that has been on the island, sort of. His name is Dr. Edgar Halowax. What do you think?

Life is not that bad

Sometimes in our lives we may feel that life is not worth living. As Christians we know that life is precious and that we all have value and worth. Consider that each of us is created in God's image.

Thus the need for this video. Thankfully through the work of a courageous civil servant, the lose of a human life was diverted. Life is not that bad. Watch this video and be inspired...

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Time to Turn Tables

Ok I have been doing a Bible study with a group of adults on Wednesday nights. We have been reading and discussing Galatians. It has been a blast teaching them the way that I would a group of high school or middle school students. One night we colored butterflies. Another night we worked on a resume for the Apostle Paul, what were his credentials? Tonight we are going through chapter 5 and talking about the Fruit of the Spirit. We will be enjoying some fresh fruit tonight!

As I was doing some research for an ice breaker or game for tonight's gathering I came across as interesting web site. I thought, "This has to be a joke!" But it isn't. I have a hard time figuring out why so many people are trying to get rich marketing Jesus. Listen to the product description:

What is it? 1in3Trinity is a faith-inspired, fashion and lifestyle branded energy drink and clothing company. Through innovative designs and faith-inspired art, 1in3Trinity hopes to share the Fruit of the Spirit and energize everyone in the mind and the body.

The 1in3Trinity energy drink is made of a special blend handed down from the flourishing vines and trees of the Holy Land mixed with B-vitamins, Vitamin C, herbs and antioxidants. Not only does this combination make for an abundant taste, but it also serves as a high-powered energy drink to give an extra boost any time of day. With only 10 calories and 3 grams of sugar per can, 1in3Trinity has still managed to pack in mighty flavor into every heavenly sip.

Fruit of the Spirit, the inspiration for much of the 1in3Trinity line, is a biblical term that sums up the nine visible attributes reflective of a Christian’s life. They are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Collectively, the virtues are the “fruits” that all Christians produce in their life through Christ. It is the spontaneous work of the Holy Spirit to produce in you the traits that are found in the nature of Christ. The fruit you bear is your witness to others of God’s love, grace, and mercy in your life.

Come on! Faith inspired art and fashion? And it is good to know that you are drinking fruit from the Holy Land, all other fruit is bad?

I would love to hear your comments!

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Ash Wednesday

Today marks Ash Wednesday on many religious calendars. It is a highly regarded day in the Catholic Church. In the Protestant Church it is often over looked. Many of us forget the day until we see someone with appears to be dirt on their forehead, and with only our best intentions in mind we tell this someone they have something on their face.

The custom of Ash Wednesday has many origins. One tradition was that individuals who sinned a “big” sin could do a time of penitence seeking forgiveness for their transgression. Another tradition was that individuals wanting to become a part of the church would fast and prove their worth leading up to Easter. It appears that Easter was a time of baptisms for many entering or recommitting their lives to the faith.

Today Ash Wednesday is a time of abstinence. The Catholic Church abstains from eating meat starting today and continuing until Easter. For the past couple years now I have looked forward to my personal involvement in this custom. I like meat but it does not control my life. I have considered aspects of my life to discover which of my personal habits has a hold on my life. Some years I have given up drinking sodas. A couple times I have given up coffee. Last year I gave up watching TV.

This year I have two things that I will be abstaining from. After Easter I will share my success and retell the struggles I faced as I try to overcome the that control my life. Consider that God should control my life, not substances.

Matthew 6:1-8 Be careful not to do your `acts of righteousness' before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

"So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

"And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

6:16-21 "When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.