Randy's Ramblings

Monday, August 22, 2005

I just read some interesting stuff on the website www.dyingchurch.com it talks about our need, both as individuals and churches, to die to ourselves, to deny ourselves, take up our crosses and follow Jesus - NO MATTER what it costs or where He leads.

It felt like an affirmation that Becky and I are doing the right thing by trusting God and following Him, even though we're not sure where we're going. I'm not sure that we've figured out what it means to die to ourselves yet, but I think we're on the right track.

Tonight, during our prayers. I asked that God would help us to die to ourselves and follow Him - no matter what. I found myself almost scared to pray that prayer - the
"no matter what" part scares me the most, I think.

I feel pretty good about stepping out in faith and leaving my full-time ministry position. The transition has not been difficult so far. We've got money to pay the bills, I am doing something that I've dreamed about for some time, and we haven't had to uproot our family and move.

Will I still feel good about it when the money runs out, or the business dries up, or if God calls us to pack up and leave town?

I suppose I'll be like Abraham - NOT the polished up Abraham that Sunday School teachers talk about, but the messy Abraham that lied and told people that Sarah was his sister to save his own skin. Like the Abraham that didn't trust God's promise to give him and Sarah a son, so he took Hagar, his wife's servant, and tried to help God out a bit...

I'm afraid that's how I will respond. I'll follow God's leading, but along the way I'll get nervous and try to take matters into my own hands. Of course, God will still love me, and lead me, but there I'll be, saying, "I'm not so sure God can pull this one off, maybe I should step in and help out a bit." I hope I see the arrogance of that statement before it even becomes a thought....
too late...

Friday, August 05, 2005

What is it about music?
Have you ever wondered why music is so powerful? Maybe you've just never bothered to give it a thought. Think about it for a minute... music is powerful stuff. At one point in my education I memorized the 50 states in the U.S of A. I'd have to write them down and maybe look at a map to get all 50 now. My wife can rattle them right off. Why? Because she learned them to music - some teacher taught her class a song to remember the names of the 50 states and it's still with her. Music is powerful!

...it has the power to make my daughter dance around the living room in her favorite dress

...it has the power to make me sing while I wash the dishes

...it has the power to make people laugh or cry

...it has the power to give you the goosebumps

...it has the power to divide churches

...it has the power to bring best friends to blows over 'who's the best rock band ever?'

...it has the power to make me tap my foot without realizing I'm doing it

...it has the power to make me spend crazy amounts of money to see U2 in concert

The greatest part of it all? Everyone has access to music. We can all listen to the radio, or sing, to hear the music at church, or to hear the band at halftime of the football game. Music is all-accessible across generations, socio-economic barriers, national borders, language barriers and ethnic differences. Music is powerful stuff...

Monday, August 01, 2005

Do you SKYPE?
Here's another technology that comes along and the terminology sounds so strange - I wonder if this word will be as commonplace as AIM, Messenger or Blog in the coming months or years. Only time will tell...

In the meantime, I'll jump on the bandwagon and see what all the hype is about. Why not? After all, it's free (to a certain extent). For free, you can call other Skype members. For a small fee (currently about 2.3 cents per minute) you can use SkypeOut to make calls to a number of locations around the globe - not bad.

What is Skype, you ask? Skype uses your existing internet connection to provide a voice connection with another computer or, using the SkypeOut paid feature, to phones around the world. Use the internet to save yourself money on long distance!

Click HERE to find out more and to download the latest version of Skype. And while your at it, Skype Me and let me know you're on the bandwagon!

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

I Had a Dream!

The other night, I had this crazy dream. I think I know what it means, but I'll throw it out here to see what y'all think.... FIRE AWAY!

I dreamt that I was in jail. I don't know why - that wasn't part of the dream. The dream started when we (all the inmates) were re-entering the cell block after some sort of recreation time. Strangely, I entered a holding area outside my cell, but the door to my cell was locked so I could not enter.

As two other inmates entered the holding area, I knew I had been set up by the guards. The two inmates were upset with me and planned to work me over good. They said to me, "Someone's been fixing all the broken chairs in the student center and making then look all nice." (Apparently this someone was me.)

They continued, "We'd been using those chairs as motorcycles and we don't like anyone messing with 'em?" (I did say this dream was crazy, right?)

As the two inmates stepped towards me, I woke up and the dream was over.

I'm interested to hear what you think of my crazy dream... any dream interpreters out there?

Friday, July 22, 2005

"I don't know why corn is corn; it's just corn!"
-Rebecca Bennett

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Cool New Technology!
I am definitely installing this on my TabletPC! This is one of the coolest software add-ons that I've seen.

This software allows you to 'fold' windows out of the way to drag and drop files between folders! Check it out HERE!!

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Just another confirmation...
Tonight was just another confirmation of the fact that ministry is not about big programs and huge numbers, but about doing life together. We got together for a Picture Party tonight - those of us who traveled to Monterrey, Mexico for a mission trip last month.

We had a great time of eating together, sharing photos and tubing on the lake. There was no agenda except to share pictures and hang out together. It was awesome!

I have to admit that I feel a little stupid - maybe slow is a better word - for taking so long to figure this out. I've been in conversations about this concept so many times over the past few years, but it just never made it from the gray matter into practice...