Where in the world are you?

My son and I traveled from Green Bay to Minneapolis last night.

It was uneventful except for the side trip we took.

Near Wausau, there is a rare spot to visit.

45°- 90°

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Once you see the sign “Geographical Marker”, you turn off the highway.

Then drive another 3 miles and turn left. And then right.

You park in the little turn around spot.

Now, we had to get out and walk a quarter mile to the actual display area. There were signs explaining the significance of the location.

I took another picture.

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We were standing half way between the equator and north pole and half way between the prime meridian and the international dateline. Wow!

My son, who is 14, thought that it was “interesting because it is in Wisconsin.”

I thought it was great. The first time I was there (in 1999), all they had was a silver plate about 4 inches in diameter and one informational sign. No parking lot. No long walk. No billboards to explain what it was all about.

This visit was really cool for me.

And then it hit me.

God can get to me wherever I am.

I Peter starts by giving some geographical locations.

“Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To God’s elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father…”  I Peter 1:1-2 NIV

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The green areas contain the locations mentioned in the text. Greece is the red part. Israel being the teal color.

The point is: these areas were out of the way. People living there were not at home.

But God saw fit to make sure that they were included.

God always includes people. In fact, he calls them “elect”. They were specific to God.

You and I are also specific to God.

Don’t let distance keep you from God. That distance could be geographical, mental, emotional, or spiritual.

God will find you and He won’t let go. He loves you too much to ignore you.


On the other hand, maybe you have a message, like Peter.

God may be using you to close the gap. You might be the one to get the message out to people who are not at home.

Either way you look at it, the story of God will get out.

What part will you play?

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Lent, pt. 40

40 days already? That went fast.

I enjoyed the routine of blogging every night.

Now, I find myself asking what the next step is with this blog.

Do I continue daily? Weekly? Topical or impromptu?

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In a larger sense, my relationship with God is like this blog site.

I can make little effort to contribute. Or, maximum work can be poured in.

Either way, I will get out of it what I put into it.

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I AM NOT saying that I can somehow earn a better position or standing with God by doing more stuff. That is not biblical.

I AM saying that I can grow and mature more if I work harder. That is biblical.

See the difference?

And that is what am taking away from this Lent blogging season.

I can put forth more effort to know God better. His Word is available and I can pray anytime, day or night. He is ready for me to find Him.

He loves me in obnoxious and ridiculous ways, that won’t change.

How I understand and receive that love can change.


Good night and find God in a new way this Easter season.

 

Lent, pt. 39

If you remember yesterday’s post, I had gone to a men’s conference at church.

Today was the second half. It was really good.

There were so many morsels of truth that I will be mulling over the next week or so.

I want to give you one such morsel today:

There is power in proximity.

When you have spent time with Jesus, others are affected.

The opposite is true.

When you are with someone who has been with Jesus, you can sense the power.

So whether or not you are the one with Jesus, great things can happen.


Let me challenge you.

Spend time with Jesus. Let his love fill you. Change your life to fit into God’s desires.

Not only will you be different but the world around you will be changed as well.

 

Have a great night and see you tomorrow for Lent, pt. 40!

Lent, pt. 38

Today was pretty cool. There was a men’s conference at our church tonight.

I would guess about 75 men were there tonight. At least 30 of those were from other churches.

It was really cool to hear a bunch of guys singing out praise and worship.

And then we ate BBQ.

So overall, a great night.


Some people have told me that they can worship God by themselves. That they don’t need to go to church to be a Christian.

I don’t believe them.

Once you get a taste of corporate worship, it adds such a flavor to your relationship with God.

It is just plain fun.


Easter is just around the corner. Lots of people will attend church. Lent brings people back to church.

But when Lent is over, how many people don’t see the inside of a church until Christmas?

Don’t be a C&E (Christmas and Easter) Christian. Be an AYL (All Year Long) Christian.

Lent, pt. 37

Tests, Exams, Quizzes…it seems that every students hates them.

Today, I gave a quiz to my Chemistry students and a test to my General Science class.

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I was bombarded with the usual excuses about not enough time, some students gone, etc.

But I was strong and confidently handed out the papers. It was fun. =-)

Part of Lent involves being tested. Many places in scripture reference tests, trials, or temptations.

I think that Lent can be a good place to go through these tough times.

We know God is gracious and faithful.

If we do fail, there is the safety net of grace to catch us.

I don’t think Lent is about making perfect people. It’s about making trusting people.


As we near Easter, remember that God does not require perfection of us.

He desires our trust.

Do you trust God? Do I?

Let your actions answer that one.

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