Thursday, July 31, 2014

Short Term Missions


I know a lot of people who are not going to "like" this, but it is good sound advice and the truth besides.
http://www.relevantmagazine.com/reject-apathy/things-no-one-tells-you-about-going-short-term-mission-trips#VU29LC25TZkPmtCk.01
#shortermissionvacations

Friday, June 27, 2014

Am I an author or a writer?


http://www.storey-lines.com/2013/04/writer-vs-author-whats-the-difference/

Well, that didn't really help.  I have written for many different reasons, and I have even published along the way.  So, I guess I'm a writer and an author?  Of course most of the time I'm a storyteller, where does that leave me?

Two books are rather continuous works in progress.  The first and most lengthy is an autobiographical historical fiction project.  A collection of stories (originally improvised and spontaneous storytellings) that have emerged throughout my life from early childhood to today.  The title has changed numerous times, and probably will not eventually be any of those, which will instead be chapter titles.  Currently, the title is "Clan to Tribe" and involves a great deal of research and travel tracing Celtic and later Native American heritage.  Much of the earlier work came under the pen name "Anon E. Moose", or simply "anonemoose", and included short stories from an underground (literally) publication called The Monthly Magpie, published at the Magpie Diggins (Camp Kohler) by Richard Mahler.

The second work is in the spiritual formation genre, working title is "PnP On The Road - A Journey of Hope".  This project didn't start until I reached my thirties; married and raising kids.  It continues alongside the other "memoir" as a compatible complement.  Hmm, who knows, maybe they will eventually be blended into one publication?  However, that will remain someone else's (one of my kids?) responsibilities should they choose to do so?

As I always love to say when people ask me if I'm going to "write a book", "It's being written all the time on the pages of my life."

 };-) anonemoose aka da Moose

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Three In One, One In Three, Holy Trinity -


Isn't it interesting how new age & Unitarian types will tolerate, even embrace all other religions and gods, but really disdain Christianity and true followers of Jesus?
The "exclusive" faith that is all inclusive in its invitation is too demanding in its obedience to surrender and Lordship for most. Even those who claim to be Christians will craft their own "God" to satisfy their own wishes and desires, rather than submit themselves to the One True God's Truth and Duscipline.
The "Shema" itself is too demanding in submission and dependence on God for even the Jews.
Deuteronomy 6:4-5 "Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength."
Exodus 20:1-6 "And God spoke all these words: ‘I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. ‘You shall have no other gods before me. ‘You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments."
John 14:6 "Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'"
Hopefully, your own "faith journey" will eventually lead you to the "Journey of Faith" that leads to the One True God and His Kingdom. The Lover and Creator of your soul seeks you, turn your eyes and heart toward Him and find Peace and contentment, your true identity and meaning for this life and the next.
Or, keep wandering in the desert of the "burning man" . . . you do have a choice, choose wisely, not foolishly.
};-) the Moose who wanders no more, but walks in His Father's garden . . .

Friday, May 30, 2014

Persecution

It's been promised by Christ, and it often comes from those within the "church".  The only recourse for those who desire to follow Jesus is to keep our eyes firmly focused on Him alone; immersed in God's Word and listening as best we can to His Spirit.  Always, always seeking to imitate Jesus in humility, love, grace, mercy and compassion . . . while still holding to our faith and speaking the Truth in that same love.  It is not an easy cross to bear, we do it only in His Strength.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.





on being "kicked out" of yet another church for disagreeing with some of their fine print and doctrine . . . yes indeed, Lord have mercy . . .

Saturday, March 29, 2014

PnP - we are not the thing


PnP - we are not the thing, but God often uses us to make the thing happen. };-)
Conduit: a pipe or tube through which something (such as water or wire) passes
: someone or something that is used as a way of sending something (such as information or money) from one place or person to another.
Connector (social): people with wide social circles. They are the "hubs" of the human social network and responsible for the small world phenomenon.
Linchpin: a person or thing that holds something together : the most important (but often unnoticed) part of a complex situation or system.
Hinge or hinge pin (social): person, point or circumstance on which subsequent events depend.
Hmmm, maybe there are spiritual gifts there? ��������
(Patti being more the latter two, Pat the first two?)

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Free in Christ, and free to others too . . .

We are not famous. We have not published any best sellers, (our stories are written on the pages of our lives together, and that of our family.). And no, we are not in big demand on the Christian or motivational speakers circuit.
That said, we can by God's grace offer the wisdom He has grown in us. And we try do so with love and laughter, speaking to hearts as He guides.
Our desire is simply to share the gift He's given us, motivated by love and gratitude. Best of all, it's all free because we don't believe we should make a profit from His gift freely given. We do this mostly with individuals as "anam cara", but we will speak to groups now and then as well. If this interests you, contact us.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Joy of not living the joy of faith? Absurdity or Grace?



“Therese of Lisieux underwent profound changes in her experience of faith during the Easter of 1896: Before that time she thought that atheism was a haunted position, a sham. ’I could not believe that there really were godless people who had no faith at all, it was only by being false to their own inner convictions that someone could deny the existence of heaven.'
Finally, her eyes were opened to realize that unbelievers really exist. She experiences the sense of the darkness, such impenetrable darkness, a darkness which cannot recognize the King of Light. ‘But here I am Lord, to whom Your divine light has made itself known.'  She finds herself in a situation which seems absurdly contradictory. She does not cease to participate in the light of the faith and at the same time she participates in the darkness in which unbelievers live. She is immersed in suffering never experienced previously and in joy greater than she ever felt before. She thinks that if Jesus has made her see the reality of unbelief and has made her participate in the night of unbelief, it is only so that she may turn the tables, so that she may live this state of darkness for the sake of unbelievers themselves. And, consequently, for her it is a new joy that she had never experienced until then.  A joy of not living the joy of faith so that precisely these 'others', these unbelievers who do not know this joy, might finally attain to it: 'What does it matter, that I should catch no glimpse of heaven's beauties, here on earth, if that will help poor sinners to see them in heaven.'”
Jean Francois Six (abridged)

In my own time, I often have similar feelings for those who either claim to be atheists outright, or those who simply live as if there is no God.  Where I used to view people through the lenses of society and media, in my old age I’ve tried more and more to surrender to God and trust He will give me His “eyes” to see others as He does, with lenses of LOVE.  Instead of reacting with shallow shock and disgust (the old me) at the myriad of young, screwed, glued, tattooed, crazy shorn and colored I see daily, or the old and cranky too, I see only those His Son called the “lost” who He came to save, to redeem for His Father’s Kingdom.  I encounter lesbian friends who I would’ve thought would desire anonymity in our culture, yet, they draw attention to themselves with outrageous looks and dress?!  Yes, I now “see” only people who are hurting and in search of true love and contentment.  I don’t know the “answer” to the entire world’s searching specifically, but I do believe it lay at the foot of a cross, and in the plans of a loving Creator.  I’m not a brilliant theologian or pastor, nor even a saintly old monk for that matter, but I sense my own feeble, humble presence has meaning in His grand scheme, His “divine conspiracy” as Dallas Willard would call it?  I do all the things a Christian is supposed to do, including attend church, etc., but I believe the real mark of a disciple of Jesus is simple presence in the world and to others on a daily basis, in love, grace and humility with a heart that desires only to impart the HOPE I’ve already come to know deeply.  A HOPE that gives me contentment beyond any the world or another person ever could.  That is why I live; as a father and husband, as a grandfather, and as a sinner saved by Grace who desires only to be a friend along the way to others.  While I’m still alive it is a divine calling.  Should I die today, I gain that “new heaven and earth” He has promised . . . I can’t lose!