Tuesday, June 29, 2010

like sand on the seashore

"The angel of the LORD called to Abraham from heaven and said, 'I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me."  (Genesis 22)

As one of those aforementioned offspring, I am feeling very thankful today for Abraham's great faithfulness, and more importantly, God's amazing grace. 

Friday, June 25, 2010

the ocean floor

Gazing out at the Pacific Ocean today brought to mind this song by Audio Adrenaline.

It's called "Ocean Floor"... here are the lyrics.

The mistakes that I've made, that have caused pain, I could have done without,
All my selfish thought, all my pride, the things that I hide, You have forgot about,
They're all behind you, they'll never find you, they're on the ocean floor
Your sins are forgotten, they're on the bottom of the ocean floor,

My misdeeds and all my greed, all the things that haunt me now
They're not a pretty sight to see, But they're wiped away
By a mighty, mighty wave
A mighty, mighty wave

Your sins are erased
And they are no more
They're out on the ocean floor
Take them away, To return no more
Take them away, To the ocean floor

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

pacific beach

this is the beach where i'll be working on my tan this week...

Sunday, June 20, 2010

three generations of lange boys...
happy father's day, dad!

Monday, June 14, 2010

be a barnabas

Last week was the church's commemoration of Saint Barnabas. 
Most people don’t know much about Barnabas, but he’s one of the Unsung Heroes of the New Testament. He's often seen as just a side-kick or an assistant to Paul. But Barnabas was actually a VIP in the NT church, a man who truly followed the example of Jesus Christ. He was a man who loved God and loved other people. In Barnabas, we find a great example of Christian evangelism, generosity, and encouragement.
Barnabas means “Son of Encouragement.” This nickname is a very fitting one, for every time Barnabas is mentioned in the New Testament, he is encouraging someone.

I'm asking God to help me be a Barnabas today. How about you?

Thursday, June 10, 2010

church year (part 2)

(more on the church year from internet monk...)

The period between Pentecost and the beginning of Advent is called ordinary time. By contrast the period through Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, the Great Triduum, and the Easter season ending on Pentecost is called extraordinary time. Extraordinary time is so designated because its chief purpose is to celebrate the specific historic, supernatural acts of God in history that result in the salvation of creatures and creation.

From Advent to Pentecost, we celebrate what God has done to inaugurate the new creation through Christ’s finished work. In the season after Pentecost, we celebrate what God does to empower us to live out the Gospel day to day and week to week in the context of our ordinary lives.

Ordinary time provides a perfect canvas on which to portray how God works through us in daily life—in our families, our work, our relationships with our neighbors, in our communities and in the world, in our care for creation, in our recreation and leisure activities.

Ordinary Time, with its emphasis on daily living in the world, is a great opportunity to teach about and practice evangelism and missions. Vacation Bible Schools, community outreaches, camps, mission trips, and training classes to help believers learn to share their faith all fit well with the themes of this season.

The first part of the Christian Year (extraordinary time) corresponds to the Gospel story. This second part of the year (ordinary time) celebrates the continuing story of Jesus as seen in in Acts, and as we continue to experience it today.

The season after Pentecost, is by no means “ordinary” in the sense of being unremarkable or unimportant. This season celebrates the ongoing work of Jesus in and through his people. With the Gospel, empowered by the Spirit, we walk day by day and week by week in his salvation. The church, through God’s ongoing presence, continues to plant seeds that will bring forth a harvest in the new creation.

Monday, June 7, 2010


Last week, a sinkhole suddenly opened up in Guatemala City, swallowing a three-story building and leaving a 100 foot deep hole in the middle of an urban intersection.

What a vivid picture of sin this is! Sin is like a giant sinkhole, and the results are just as catastrophic. It swallows up everything in its path. Because of sin in this world, lives are ruined, families are wrecked, and people die. "The wages of sin is death" (Rom 6:23).

The good news is that it doesn't have to end there. "The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord". The good news of the Gospel is that God loves us, and has sent His Son Jesus as the Savior from sin and death. God reaches down and saves us as we begin to sink into our sinkholes of sin. That's what salvation really is - bringing from death to life. And that's what God does for us.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life" (Jn 3:16).

Friday, June 4, 2010

church year

In our daily lives we keep track of all of our activities and special events with a calendar.
The church throughout the centuries has also “kept track” of days and seasons and commemorating special occasions with a calendar. The Christian church has continued to follow the example set in the Old Testament of structuring the year around the marvelous acts of salvation that God completed for us in his Son, Jesus Christ. This is called the Church Year - the first half centers on Christ, and the second half centers on the Church.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010