Home

•September 1, 2010 • Leave a Comment

We live in interesting times. I grew up with a grandfather who lived through the depression.  I always knew that experience made a profound mark on him.  One way I knew was that he saved everything and had a very elaborate means of doing so.  I now wish I had spoken with him more about those times.  I have more recently gained a new appreciation for him and his ways.  This is the problem with wisdom you rarely realize you don’t have it or should have gotten more of it until it is needed.  Fortunately we do have a means of gaining wisdom which far exceeds anything I could have aquirred from any amount of conversation with my grandfather. True wisdom is not easily aquirred or flippant.  This is the problem with we who call ourselves Christians.  We take great truths and narrow them down to sound bites and commercials.

One way that have I have seen this tendency flesh itself out in these difficult times is peoples response to loosing or the potential of loosing their homes.  I have heard many Christians, in conversation about this difficult topic, directly quote or imply in a comment the truth that as a believer, “this world is not our home.”

I read an article recently by Josh Patterson, a Pastor at The Village Church in Texas on his home.  It was a wonderful description of his home, growing up and the difficulty he faced in having to help his Dad move from this place he had lived in most of his life and meant so much to him.   (if you would like to read it here is the link, I would highly recommend it: http://fm.thevillagechurch.net/blog/pastors/?p=712)  It was in reading this article that it hit me.  I wave of understanding of the complexity of this topic came over me.  I realized that unless one has an understanding of the value and significance of a Home the statement, “this world is not our home” has very little, if any, true meaning.  You see it is having a home and family that gives a context and understanding of the concept that what we are waiting for is far greater than the home we have here.

The author of Hebrews states that things in this life are mere shadows of the reality.  This does not mean that the shadows have no value, it is the shadows that help us who currently, “see things dimly” to understand the reality of home, our True Home.  Home was given and established by God.  It would be wrong for us to fail to acknowledge that having a home, a good home, and growing up with the blessings that follow is a tremendous privilege.  It is also a tremendous blessing for our children.  For this reason failing at a career or job can be difficult, but failing at home can be tragic because it has eternal consequences.  We need to work hard to establish a good home for the sake of our families and their understanding of the value of our true home.

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The Beginning

•August 25, 2007 • 4 Comments

I guess this is the beginning.  First off I want to say, sorry to Justin for jacking his theme.  I just thought it looked cool.  I hope the fact that I did not use a ship picture on mine makes up for it.  That’s just too piratey (not sure if that is a word).