Posts Tagged ‘jesus’

some economic perspective.

We think our economy is bad but…

This morning as I was reading I came across a story about famine in Israel.

2 Kings 6:26-29
As the king of Israel was passing by on the wall, a woman cried to him, “Help me, my lord the king!” The king replied, “If the LORD does not help you, where can I get help for you
From the threshing floor? From the winepress?” Then he asked her, “What’s the matter?” She answered, “This woman said to me, ‘Give up your son so we may eat him today, and
tomorrow we’ll eat my son.’ So we cooked my son and ate him. The next day I said to her, ‘Give up your son so we may eat him,’ but she had hidden him.”

I don’t know about you, but I don’t know anyone who has resorted to eating their son. We are just choosing to sacrifice eating out or maybe, if it’s really bad for you, you’ve lost your job and your home. But you haven’t eaten your son or your neighbor’s son.

Luke 12:22-34

Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

“Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Hopefully this helps us gain some real perspective and know the hope of God’s promises.

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18 Months.

For the last 18 months my dad has been out of work. He owned his own construction company for years called Don Foster Construction. He specialized in building church buildings up and down the west coast. I don’t know the exact amount, but I think he’s built somewhere about 65 church buildings of all denominations (I’m guessing). But when the economy tanked, churches stopped building and remodeling. He closed his business and joined a larger construction firm in the Vancouver, Wa area. After a few months they downsized and he got the axe. He’s applied for hundreds, maybe thousands of jobs in the last 18 months.

In November his unemployment was going to stop. In November, my parents would be able to make their last house payment. And in December…the collectors were gearing up to come knocking. But in God’s grace and in His perfect timing I got a call saying that my dad was hired. He was hired in the industry he knows, helping a construction company grow their business AND it is for the salary that my parents need to be able to pay their bills.

Through the last 18 months I’ve seen him:

  • Ask for prayer
  • Wait on God
  • Actively seeking employment (of ANY kind)
  • Volunteer his time (like crazy) at his church
  • Consistently say, “I know God will take care of it”
  • And more.

So things are looking up for my parents. And my dad will finally get to work.

If you’re struggling. If you’re jobless. If you are running out of time…trust in Jesus. He will pull you through. Be productive. Volunteer. Give away even when it’s your last crumb. He will pull you through.

Look Alike

I few months ago I produced for a memorial service for a man named Peter Van Arden (Nov 26, 1959-Feb 18, 2010). It is always interesting producing for memorial services for people I’ve never met. It is fascinating to hear the stories, the good times, the humor, the sadness and observe the grief of the family and friends. One thing, however, struck me. I can’t remember the relation this man had with Peter, but he got up and shared some thoughts. The one thing I remember him saying was, he couldn’t be here but “I look just like my dad. So basically when you se me, you see him.”

This simple phrase struck me as profound.

John 14:6-8
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really knew me, you
would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” 8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”

Amy Sings “Fix You”

Thanks to so many for posting your memories, pictures and videos of Amy. This video is an audio recording of Amy singing Fix You by Coldplay at New Vintage Church. “Lights will guide you home.”

“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden…Let your light shine before men, that they  may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:14, 16

How He Loves // Encouraging Video

David Crowder Band recently put out a new single called “How He Loves.” It’s a cover from John Mark McMillan. Other worship leaders who have recorded a version include Eddie Kirkland and Kim Walker. This song has been sweeping over the world for the past couple of years and David Crowder has made it come to radio and is bringing it to the masses. 

Recently Amy told me that she likes the Kim Walker version because of her passion. So, I wanted to share it with you and I hope it brings you some encouragement today.

“I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” – Psalm 18:1-2

Hillsong is Back

Hillsong is Back. It’s not United. It’s Hillsong and it’s back. Can’t wait to get this album.

Production Team Wins // July 26, 2009

July2609nvcThis weekend went pretty smooth in terms of production. We kicked off a 3-week series called “Shattered Dreams: God’s Unexpected Pathway to Joy.” Here’s the service order from the weekend: Shattered Dreams Week 1

The Team:
Sat – Norma Andersen (ProPresenter), Riley Green (Lights),  Micah Foster (Producer)
Sun –  Greg Loraditch (ProPresenter), Duane Piercy (Set Up/Tear Down), Jeff Wandel (Set Up/Tear Down), Dave Moylan (Set Up/Tear Down), Jimmy Moylan (Lights),  West Blackford (Stage Manager), and Micah Foster (Producer)

The Wins & Stuff:

  • It was Norma’s first time doing propresenter on Sat night. She shadowed Greg Cornelius two weeks ago. It was awesome to see someone new in that post!
  • It was Jimmy’s first time doing the lights on Sun morning. He did a great job with pumping that stage full of haze and keeping us engaged with the lighting cues.
  • “Next” Orientation was right after the services and Andy was able to speak to many new faces about the church, the vision, and what might be some next steps for them. If you are interested in knowing about a next step, I’d suggest getting into small group this fall. You can sign up here.
  • I personally connected with the message this weekend. “Rejoice in the Lord always: I will say it again, Rejoice!” was the main theme for the day and Andy emphasized “IN” the Lord. Not in stuff, or situation or other relationships, but IN Christ Jesus. Listen to it here (should be online by Tuesday).
  • He challenged us to read Philippians during this series. You can read it here online.
  • Amy Ferrante was scheduled to lead worship this weekend but got sick last week. Jen Galovich had to step in last minute and did a great job leading us in worship. She sang a new song called “Lift High” by Fee. The words go really well with this series: “broken people call his name / helpless children praise the king / nothing brings him greater fame / when broken people call his name / lift high / your chains undone / all rise / exalt the son / Jesus Christ / the holy one / we lift our eyes to you” – this song means a lot to me because these lyrics helped me stay focused and get through a really difficult situation. I hope it blessed you too.
  • What are the wins your experiencing?
     
    Here’s a video of the worship band I used to work with when we first started working on “Lift High.”