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!