My background as I think and write is a newer friend’s recent blog post… Rich Mullens “Hold Me Jesus”. Chris’s life has seen much of the love of Jesus Christ, I encourage you to click the link and go there for a bit.
As I enter a welcome weekend there seems alot to process. I’m sorta glad for the quietness at home. Just me and my #2 son Mark. I wish you knew Mark; you would be blessed. Haha.. he, right or wrong, was crowned as our ‘what were you thinking?!’ son. He’s the best! He has always had a smile about him… he is gentle but leads well, athletic but not an athlete, thoughtful without abstraction, a valiant protector of the underdog. I’m often wondering, what have I missed in this young man? His unassuming way and his place in the line of our family makes him the prime candidate to overlook… but I don’t. I love this boy of mine; his warmth and humor can pull me out of my introspection with haste. He loves… and appreciates being loved. He reminds me of Jesus. That’s my Mark.
But, I had a target as I began this blog. I’ve been listening to a sermon titled ‘Uncommon Zeal’. It brings much out from the Word of God… from the Gospel according to Mark and from Numbers! yes… from Numbers 25. What can come from Numbers about zeal?! Well… I would give you strong encouragement to go and listen. I will do my part in making it as accessible as possible, but you must do the ‘seeking’.
Here’s a question I’m asking myself as I consider how I might stir you up to engage with God’s word through His servants… “do I make a big noise…commotion…stir… in order to get their attention or do I simply make it accessible and trust the Spirit of God to do His work in us? I guess you see my point. I don’t believe in making fusses. I believe in proclaiming… lighting the lamp on a hill… calling out… but I do leave it to the Holy Spirit of God to do what I never could and never would do… to give Life.
Here is a link. While I wish I could set it up to simply click and listen… I can’t, but going to this site will accomplish the same thing… Go! listen. http://www.westshorefree.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=843&Itemid=1398 look for the sermon by Nate Winters by the name of ‘Uncommon Zeal’ , dated May 15, 2010
Go.. listen to the Word of God proclaimed.