” ‘Tis the season to go to Bronners! “
We love our small group…
This past Sunday was a great small group meeting. We met and talked about the good news that Jesus gives us the two exact things that we need;
1. Forgiveness – From our sin.
2. Righteousness – So we can stand before God.
We celebrated a birthday, made Tinkerbell fly, flipped some kids in the hammock, played some music on the leather chairs and then launched a crazy game of ceiling fan balloon dodge game (or something like that).
Thank you to our host family and for everyone who came, shared and interacted around the amazing love of our Savior. Look forward to doing it again in April!
You rock, Canton, MI. Here’s why. I’ve been to the megaplex Southfield library, the William Faust Westland library and the very nice Plymouth library and all of them barely have a selection of actual Christian literature. They may each have a “Spiritual” or “Inspirational” section, but even those sections have an anemic selection of actual Christian literature. Now, before you think I’m a self-centered naive Christian who thinks that public institutions should serve my interests, hear me out. I’m not saying that public libraries, funded by tax payer dollars, must have my books. What I am saying is that if tax payers are funding great institutions like libraries, then the literature in them should represent the culture around them. I’m fine with all the new-age spirituality, romance novels and secular humanism packed on the shelves. All I’m saying is give the Christian genre equal shelf space. And Canton does it! There is at least one huge aisle packed with great Christian literature both old and new. You do have to weed through the good, bad and ugly, but there is actual good. Sadly, this is not what I’ve found at the other libraries in our area.
So, thank you Canton Public Library. Keep up the good work and I’ll keep my late fines coming your way. 😉
“I will recount the gracious deeds of the Lord, the praiseworthy acts of the Lord, because of all that the Lord has done for us” Isaiah 63:7 (RSV)
The Lord was good to us in 2012. We were all healthy, I stayed employed, our kids kept up with their studies, one of them jumped into the public school system for the first time. We camped as a family for the first time in the summer. Our oldest daughter let some girl at the mall poke holes in her ears. We welcomed a teenager into our family. We donated our first car and the Lord provided a new one from some missionaries who needed to get rid of theirs so they could get back to the field. We saw some amazing things happen in the lives of friends and families. We watched God “raise” a one year old named Truman, from the dead. Naomi exploded in her piano playing and Anna joined her in taking lessons. I took a trip to Rochester, NY and Atlanta, GA for work and was protected the entire way. My sister’s husband returned safely from Afghanistan. Our Pastor finished an outstanding preaching series on the book of Acts. The company I worked for (Global Crossing) was purchased by a similar company named Level 3 Communications. We started geocaching. Paul got a raging case of poison ivy and had my first experience with oral steroids ( 😦 ). The Pretty Painter launched her online gallery and sold her first painting. Our dryer broke twice and we were able to fix it instead of having to replace it twice! I was able to preach a few times at our church. I also was able to help with “Take your Kids to Work Day” for the first time. We got to see Jen’s extended family at the Shepherd family reunion. Jen got a grain mill and starting making the best food in the world with freshly, home-ground wheat and flour. Jen did a ton of work on our budget and was the most incredibly supportive wife and mother a husband could ever ask for.
I greatly look forward to what God will start, continue and finish in 2013.
“The Lord has done this and it is marvelous in our eyes.” – Psalm 118:23
Aside from the fact that I look 12 years old on my new-hire access badge, peeling back the layers yesterday did make me thankful for 12 years of employment at Global Crossing / Level 3 –
That first badge pic in four words: More Hair, Less Fat. -paul
Back on the week of February 20th, we had the kids each pick one U.S. President to research and write a report on for school. Here are their reports in order from oldest to youngest (children, not presidents) –
Peter’s report on Chester Arthur (yes, an actual President of the U.S.)
Naomi on John Tyler
Josh on George Washington
Anna on Abraham Lincoln