Halloween 2020

Dad, why are you in the trunk?
All quiet on the CN through Vicksburg. Signals indicate nothing remarkable.

After a customary cruise in the car with Lexi to to see if there are any trains, I took Zac and his pal out for the tricking and treating. Surely this year was different, with less than half the porch lights lit, but others compensated with full size candy bars and copious praise upon recognizing Zac’s costume.

I posted a pic on Facebook and saw the same guesses as we heard on the streets. “Shower?” (Yes, but… there’s more to it). “PSYCHO?” (No, but to be fair, the curtain is turning red, so I get it).

“Daniel-San?”

Yes, sensei.

“We’re in middle school, Dad. Social distance times 10, please.”
That cold be Jonny Lawrence under that mask… but it’s not.

Happy Halloween. Parent tax 10% flat rate, 35% on Reese’s Cups. Take it or get audited.

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[RadCast] Sloooowly Seeing (Spiritually)

In Mark 8:22-26, Jesus performs a two-step healing. Did He goof it up the first time, or was this meant to point to a deeper reality, where Jesus is slooowly healing our spiritual vision to see the world as He does?

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[RadCast] Emu-Petting & Ice Cream :::

Does sin stop God from answering our prayer? It can and does… especially if we cherish the sin. God loves us, but He’s no fool. Clean hands, pure heart, here ya go.

Psalm 66:17-20

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[RadCast] Seasonal vs. Eternal Satisfaction :::

The Psalmist says “satisfy us with… your *unfailing* love…”. Does this mean that we may find a certain level of satisfaction in situations or contexts that are AWESOME(!) yet may change? I think so. How does *unfailing* love play into that? Psalm 90:14-17.

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[RadCast] Unfailing Love :::

How better to start our week together than in focusing on the unfailing love of God? There’s no better way to start the day than Psalm 91:14. Happy Monday!

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[RadCast] Self-Discipline:::

Paul says “run in such a way as to get the prize.” This is one of those passages that keeps me going when life is hard and days are long. The prize = the coming Kingdom of God, where everything is made right. Amen!

(1 Corinthians 9:24-27)

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[RadCast] Campaign Ads and God’s Wisdom :::

[RadCast] $7Billion and God’s Wisdom :::We are long on information and short on wisdom. Proverbs 2 reminds us to seek God’s wisdom for the treasure that it is — a treasure ultimately embodied in the resurrected Christ.

Proverbs 2:1-11, 1 Corinthians 1:25

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[RadCast] The Saw & the Mask

I heard myself complaining about something yesterday. It made me realize how easily my inconveniences get classified as suffering and end up becoming a distracting. Following Jesus costs a lot more than I’ve ever had to give in this life.

(Hebrews 11:36-12:2)

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[RadCast] Breathing Life/Christ :::

I’ve spent all week trying this out as a way to somehow remember that “to live is Christ.” My hunch is that we’ll spend the rest of eternity understanding what that actually means (Philippians 1:21).

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[RadCast] To Live (for others) is Christ:::

As it turns out, since life=Christ, life = serving others… even existing for others, just like Jesus. The old saying is true: it’s not about me.

Philippians 1:21-24

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