1. The One True God who is the creator and sustainer of everyone and everything
2. My faithful Savior Jesus Christ
3. My amazing, creative, and wonderful wife Rachel
4. My son Parker and all his focus and passion
5. My daughter Stella and all her hugs
6. Our huge extended family which is always growing
7. Friends too numerous to name who make life great
8. Our Redeemer Church family who’s great desire is to glorify God
There are so many more things which I am sure throughout the day will be shared. Happy Thanksgiving
After dinner we watched last weeks Bible Story from Parkers class. Then we played the Family Scavenger Hunt. We adjusted again by showing the kids the objects then hiding. They loved it.
Lastly, we asked them what they were thankful for. Parker was thankful for cars and Stella was thankful for Dada.
Last night at 2 of our Redeemer Church campuses we held Trunk or Treat events. If you are unfamiliar with this event it’s basically a community tailgate party with costumes and candy. And it’s completely free. As I thought about last nights events there are a few reasons why we will do this again.
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Excerpt From: Chan, Francis. “Forgotten God.” David C Cook, 2011-12-19. iBooks.
The comedic veteran of Saturday Night Live will be performing a benefit performance at Redeemer Church in Utica New York on October 11 at 7pm. All proceeds from the event will go to build a state-of-the-art facility at Redeemer Church to help kids and families with Autism and other special needs.
More info redeemer.tv/comedy
I’ve been talking about the addition of the New City Catechism to my spiritual life and started to talk about the benefits I’ve found. The 2nd benefit I discovered was that it has informed and fueled my personal prayer and worship. Have you ever been at a loss at how to express what you are experiencing? In memorizing these questions, answers, and verses I’ve found new language for giving praise to God and at times words for the prayers I want to pray. For example, Question 2:
Q: What is God?
A: God is the creator and sustainer of everyone and everything. He is eternal, infinite, and unchangeable in his power and perfection, goodness and glory, wisdom, justice, and truth. Nothing happens expect through him and by his will.
V: There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours. All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name. For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God…You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. - Psalm 86:8-10 and 15
There have been times just thinking about the words eternal, infinite, and unchangeable in terms of God’s goodness and glory or power and perfection that I’ve been a bit lost and moved to a place of worship.
Or in praying for my kids I often use the language from Question 6.
Q: How can we glorify God?
A: We glorify God by enjoying him, loving Him, trusting him, and by obeying this will, commands, and law.
Who would not want for their kids to enjoy, love, trust, and obey God. Honestly, before this I don’t think I’ve prayed that my kids would enjoy God and this will be a regular prayer I pray for my kids that they would enjoy God.
In spending time with the catechism I’ve discovered a new way to fuel my worship and prayer. I am looking forward to seeing just how my times of prayer and worship are changed as I spend more time with this wonderful discipline.
In my last post I shared how I am near the half way point of the New City Catechism. There are 52 questions and this week I’ve been working on number 21.
Q. What sort of Redeemer is needed to bring us back to God?
A. One who is truly Human and also truly God.
V. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. - Isaiah 9:6
Over the past 6 months one thing i’ve discovered in adding the New City Catechism to my spiritual disciplines is how well it flows with the demands of family, ministry, and life in general. In focusing on 1 new question each week and continuing my memorization from prior weeks i’m creating in the words of Tim Keller “constant commerce” with God, my need for Him, and all that He has for me. I found a new way to feed my spirit while waiting for one of my kids to fall asleep or go back to sleep, doing dishes, feeding the kids, changing diapers, or cleaning up after a great weekend in Uptown. Along these lines the delivery method is great. I can access this via the internet or by the iPad app (which I use most). If you are looking for a way a new way or another way to connect with God that flows well with life’s demands why not try adding this wonderful tool.
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At the end of 2012 twelve I was challenged to put down some personal and work related goals for 2013. One of those personal goals was to memorize the New City Catechism and its corresponding scripture verses. As I am approaching June I’ve found myself nearing the half way point and thought it appropriate to reflect.
This is the first time I have ever used the practice of catechesis as part of my spiritual discipline and I’ve found this tool a wonderful addition that has enriched my relationship with God. Some may wonder what the heck is a catechism or have some misconceptions about the use of catechism and since this is a micro blog I may not explain things as well as Pastor Tim Keller check out the introduction to the New City Catechism.
So how has this helped me? Here are 3 thoughts that I hope to expound upon over the next few days.