Monthly Archives: June 2005


Dear Haiti

Dear Haiti – (no not the country but all the people that make up the country.) The first time I visited you I came with a team and we spent our time building a church, evangelizing and working on Radio’s so that many of you could hear the gospel. It was an exciting trip – and it broke my heart for Haiti. I wanted to communicate to you all the love that Jesus Christ has for you. But my voice only reached a few and some of you refuse to listen. So I made a second trip and now a third. I thought the third trip might be different, but I loved it again. Some people might complain about the heat, but I don’t mind it. Still your country takes a bit of getting used to since it’s so much different from my own. Your sudden mountains and beautiful people are firmly embedded in my mind’s eye. Once the plane landed I was greeted by my host who ushered me through customs at the airport, took my baggage and taxied me through the streets of Cap-Haitian on the way to Vaudreuil and the OMS compound. (Driving in Haiti is a bit like a game of high-speed “chicken” it’s exhilarating to say […]


Husband To Wife -Part 2

This entry is part 3 of 10 in the series Five Functions of a Faithful Family

This entry is part 3 of 10 in the series Five Functions of a Faithful FamilyNobody would doubt that we live in a world and in a culture which desperately needs to see Jesus. Notice the theme of the songs this morning all revolving around the concept “I want to see Jesus!” I can think about Christians are supposed to reflect the character of God to the world around them, and one of the ways in which the Lord has chosen to reveal himself apart from scripture is through Families  committed to faithfully living out His word. Faithful Families begin with the relationship of the husband to his wife. And we continue that theme today. Gentlemen if we’re going to have faithful families that function in accordance with God’s revealed nature and Character than we’re going to need to apply this particular text because it – more than many others – binds together the concepts of the Character and work of Jesus Christ with that of marriage. Take a look at this text; which you ought to be familiar with in Ephesians 5:25-33. Love Her and sacrifice for her Eph 5:22-ff Last week we ended with this admonition from Ephesians 5:25 “Husbands love your wives as Christ loved the church… […]

Priorities[1]

I’ve been thinking about a brief history of time. No not the Stephen Hawking book, the reality of life accelerating out of our control. There is nothing more disturbing than being a father and realizing all at once that your children are growing up. I’ve recently found much truth in the whisper of life’s incredible speed in Psalm 90. Moses begs the lord:

“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. …O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.”(vv12,15 KJV).

In the span of this one day we’ll encounter Libraries, Summer Camps,and Missions trips, sundry errands, lawn mowing and last minute sprints. My children are running every which way, and this is with only three of them; a fourth is one the way in October and while I’m not overly concerned with diapers at this moment, I am already contemplating college costs.

I’ve suddenly become painfully aware of the fact that my children are growing up faster than I can handle it.
And it’s Biblical.

In the eyes of God our lives are just a vapor. You know what a vapor is right? Take some hot coffee out on the porch on a cool morning and watch the steam rise powerfully from it’s surface. The steam rises from the depths, makes a bit of a fuss, lingers for a moment and then is gone never to be remembered. From God’s perspective, that is our life. Which means that from God’s perspective the brief twenty year period I have to raise each child is less than a vapor – it’s a moment that is gone nearly as soon as it starts.

Of course folks much older than I have discovered this already and they regularly will visit young parents who are struggling with a simple, “Try to enjoy this – they’ll be gone before you know it.” (It’s tough to do that by the way when your toddler is the one screaming in the grocer store.) I’ve discovered they’re not being morose, they’re being Biblical. Their own Life has taught them the truth of its brevity. May it be that we, like Moses seek for God to give us a proper perspective of the time we have left – so that we might live life to it’s fullest for His sake. And more than that, may it be that God visits us with mercy early in life so we can enjoy it.