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Defining the Glory of Jesus Christ

25 September 2012 Leave a comment

What is man’s greatest need? It is to come to know the Lord Jesus Christ, in order to then dwell in His holy presence, now and forever! This is illustrated quite well in the story of Martha & Mary (Luke 10:38-42), when Mary chooses to sit at the feet of Jesus and listen to His teaching while Martha was busy about the house completing chores she determined to have greater significance. Why is it so customary for us as human beings to think we must work hard to become acceptable to God, to earn His grace? Jesus indicates that Mary made the better choice. We have that same choice to make for ourselves! “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works…” (Ephesians 2:8,9). God created us to enjoy Him! And that will come if, and when, we finally decide to trust Him who is more trutworthy than we are, even to ourselves! “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). Have you reached out to receive this gift from God to you, yet? If not, why not? In doing so, you just may catch a sense of His glory! MORE

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The NFL Made the Wrong Call with Replacement Refs

24 September 2012 Leave a comment

Replacement Referees: They’ve gotta go!

The NFL is making a really bad blunder allowing their “replacement referees” to continue to make monumental mistakes each and every week. These temporary referees are making substantially worse decisions, with each passing week, not improving but finding new ways to make gross injustices in the way they call a game.

The Monday Night “Game of The Week” that every football fan AND every football player watches was poorly-officiated throughout, but the “Hail Mary” Pass by Seattle’s rookie QB Wilson that was intercepted but called as both an INT and as a TD by different referees that did not confer as to which call was correct before going to replay and then compounding the problem by stating “The ruling on the field stands” was a travesty of justice! Maybe O.J. Simpson was innocent… Just sayin’

The “F-A-C-T” that Green Bay intercepted the ball AFTER Golden Tate was guilty of Offensive Pass Interference, and it was obvious to all sane people watching the events unfold, doesn’t allow for the player with less control of the football be awarded possession: a player (Golden Tate of Seattle) who was only touching the football with an outstretched hand underneath the actual player (from Green Bay) who had 2 hands clutching the ball to his chest!

Un-believ-able!

When does the NBA season start? Let’s go, Lakers! The NFL is just too stupid to pay attention to any longer…

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Missionaries

24 September 2012 Leave a comment

Have you ever considered becoming a missionary, serving God somewhere unexpected, unknown, remote, completely different from your comfortable surroundings? I’ve met some great missionaries right here in my hometown, Lancaster CA! So, you don’t have to go somewhere abroad, somewhere scary, somewhere without cellphone coverage… But that’s where I had thought I would go, many years ago. But life happens! I’m married, with 2 adorable adopted girls and, it appears, God has called me to a different purpose than I had begun to pursue many moons ago. Instead, we have supported some missionaries, financially, and we pray for many others.

How is God using you? How has He prepared you for service? I am so honored to know so may young people today that are serving Christ! Mary’s college roommate has a daughter (Akasha) in Africa right now. My best friend’s, Blaise & Sue Cordero, also have a daughter (Hannah) in Africa right now, on an unrelated missionary trip. Her sister Gracie just came back from that region, which they have both been to previously. “Youth With A Mission” (Y.W.A.M.) has been great in preparing them for service, not far from their home in the NorthEast corner of Washington, right out of high school! Others from our church have also gone to a Y.W.A.M. school in Hawaii, suffering for the Lord in the majestic Pacific islands: first Sarah, a few years ago, and now her sister Hannah!

Some couples from our church have been sent out by the church to places around the world, but I am so impressed by how God is working in the lives of young, single people right now! To God be the glory for all that He is doing in people’s lives all around the world, as the sings of these times suggest that the end may be near. Perhaps yes, perhaps not – but God seems to be doing things differently these days than even 30 years ago (imho). What’s He doing in your life? The chapter of my life known as “Ron’s FAA Years’” will be coming to a close shortly, due to mandatory retirement. I have “feelers” out, wondering what is next: I’m not anxious or worried about it, though. Because I know that’s God’s purposes work out for good, to those who love Him and are called according to His purposes (Romans 8:28). I’m looking forward to the next chapter of my life, whatever that may be! Grace & peace to you, Ron

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Space Shuttle Endeavour

21 September 2012 Leave a comment

It was fun, yesterday, to be able to go outside of our facility, and snap photos of Space Shuttle Endeavour circling around the Edwards Aerodrome, then watching the buzz of airplane enthusiasts and TV helicopters develop this morning over the Antelope Valley as we worked it out of the area after flyby’s of local airports and elementary schools. The last ferry flight of Endeavour, to soon be displayed at Los Angeles’ ScienCenter.

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Ability vs. Availability

16 September 2012 Leave a comment

For those who have gone to college, who have some technical expertise, who may be “subject matter” experts, I can see how ABILITY might be seen by you with your perspective as a significant element of why somebody might choose to hire you to do a specific job: I agree with you, in a secular way, for the normal course of how employees might be selected and considered in a favorable light.

But I have often heard from the pulpit that in God’s economy the way He chooses to use people has more to do with AVAILABILITY than it does ABILITY: God chooses to use the humble, not the proud; He uses the weak, not the strong; or, as I heard today – God is more concerned with your availability than your ability. I see that from the perspective of a former job as a Boys Athletic Director as saying: You can pass the class by merely having great attendance! That just doesn’t make sense, does it? Well, 25 years ago it didn’t make sense; I hear that “the bell curve” has been scrapped for something more self-esteem appropriate. Anyway…

What I agree with, moreso, is: People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.

Am I trying to justify my own efforts, my own effectiveness? Not at all. “So then each of us is accountable for himself to God” (Romans 14:12). Instead, I am working through such things as “honor among thieves” as seems to be a workplace reality these days – righteousness, the sensible consideration and follow through to do right things, of value, for others, with a servant’s heart seemingly absent from the minds of most co-workers… I am curious about men’s leadership at our church that seemed to suggest that we needed to be “self-nominating” for church staff to know that we had an interest to serve, but today I am hearing from the pulpit that we aren’t to be self-promoting but humble before God, willing to serve, available to do whatever needs to be done in the body because…

If you are truly a Christian then you will serve the body of Christ, the body of believers that needs you and me functioning in the way God designed us to be utilized with the spiritual gifts He has given us, to the glory of God!

I am available? Yes. I am able? I used to be. Does it matter what I think of myself? Or is it just a matter of loving God supremely in order to love people sacrificially? I wish I was actually able to do that in the workplace, but there is simply zero interest on the part of most co-workers for me to be a “mother hen,” to concern myself with their best interests, for me to make an effort to promote my morals, ethics, beliefs upon them. Have I missed it? Should I just do the best I can among my neighbors and co-workers and, instead, focus on the needs of the local church? Is that what God is speaking to my heart?

So, now what? How do I approach my daily routine, my work schedule, my family life, with a consideration for how I can be more “available” to God to serve Him in our local assembly as He might choose to direct my path? Do I just put my name in a hat? “Here I am, send me” ??? Maybe so. I’ll keep you posted. To God be the glory for all that He is accomplishing through the lives of those committed to Him! May I be counted among that remnant, the committed few.

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Priorities out of whack?

14 September 2012 Leave a comment

I can’t, obviously, speak for you; but it’s my desire to have as my 1st priority, ever before my eyes, to not only be known as a follower of Christ, a Christian, but to actually follow Him each moment of everyday!

I often fail in this effort, as the fallen sinner that I am just doesn’t have any ability to do anything to prop up my own righteousness, which is rarely evidenced by others anyway… So, why try? I mean, really, if “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” is only evident when I am actually living in a disciplined, undistracted, devoted to the Lord time in a day MORE

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What’s Your Memory of 9/11 ?

11 September 2012 Leave a comment

 

This was a picture I re-posted as others did on Facebook that I thought I should place here on this “blog” as well. Furthermore, I felt it necessary to add: I thought we weren’t going to allow terrorism to change our way of life, yet motivation by fear seems to be a regular staple of the American diet these days: What happened? Does every day really need to be filled with “late breaking news”? I pray that our country survives these days and focuses once again on God and what man can do to serve Him instead of concentrating so much time and attention on avoiding another catastrophe we have done nothing to prevent even though we’ve spent billions pretending to put up walls of protection to our own financial harm. May God’s grace and mercy prevail upon us to make better, more wise choices, with the future of our country at stake.

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