In case you haven't heard yet us crazy Heerebouts have launched our new website (thanks to Advanced Ministry!). You can find us over at www.luvisaverb.com . Please update you RSS readers as this site is going dark for the sake of that one. Thanks for coming along on this part of the journey....I hope you'll join us for the next chapter!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
For many reasons. Right now...because you're generous! My wife sent an email out last week calling for anyone who could help with a few dollars to fix someone's washing machine. And do you know what happened? We've got enough to buy a whole new washing machine! Awesome! Praise the Lord - the glory is His!
Friday, April 3, 2009
I read this verse in Proverbs this morning: "many a man proclaims his own steadfast love, but a faithful man who can find?" I kind of feel God saying to me "Tim - don't talk about how much you love me; be faithful to love me".
Acting in love is way harder than saying I love something. I mean don't words just roll off our tongues so easily? But ask someone to act on what they say and the ante has just gone way up. People fold at that point. The stakes are too high and they're not willing to go the distance.
Those of us who claim to love and follow Christ need to set a radically high bar for faithfulness. I want to be faithful and I hope you do too. Let's put up, ok?
Thursday, April 2, 2009
In God's economy less is often more. How many warnings are given to rich people? A lot. Those of us who have much are in danger of being tricked into a life of comfort that might seem like blessing but is actually inhibiting us from trusting God for everything.
Over the past few weeks we've purged some 40 boxes of "stuff" from our old house and moved into a basement suite for a time. I suppose that might look like a step backwards...back to a time like when we first got married and had nothing. In my mind...it's a giant leap forward. We're letting go of "stuff" and holding on to Jesus. Our lives are being changed... the less we have the more we see Jesus providing and taking care of us. I'm really grateful for this change in our lives and for what it represents. I pray God will continue to show us more as we live with less.
Monday, March 30, 2009
This post is directed specifically towards guys. I've been reading one Proverb every morning along with my other bible readings. I figured I would start to take seriously the command to "get wisdom" (Prov 4:5) and since Solomon is called the wisest man who ever lived and Proverbs is his instructions on wisdom it made sense to add this as part of my daily routine.
This morning I was reading in chapter 17 and in verse 27 is says "...and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding". I write this to men because I'm pretty sure having a cool spirit is one of those things men struggle with more than ladies. We tend to get mad quickly, don't we? Is it just me? Are you also one of the people who allow yourself to let the smallest things annoy you? Someone does something you don't like and all of a sudden you're in a rage? Or perhaps someone cuts you off on the road - what's your reaction? What's your wife's reaction? Let's not enter into the arena of sports... one only needs to reference church hockey and the argument would be over.
Men, if we're going to be wise, if we are going to get wisdom and understanding, we need to be of cooler heads. We need the Holy Spirit to work in us to control our tempers and make us into the kinds of leaders in our houses, communities, and churches that he means for us to be. I'll be praying for you as I pray for myself.
Keep your stick on the ice.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
I've been reading through Proverbs lately. This morning I read chapter 15. There was a big, resounding message in there for me, hold your tongue and listen to people wiser than you. It likely doesn't surprise many people this is difficult for me. It however has been a reoccurring message for me this past 6 months. Slowly I'm getting it. Slowly.