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Let the Son shine!

We are here to love and share with others into a deepened relationship with God. Go therefore...

OK BB and others... a wedding pic for the record...
Posted:Dec 13, 2008 4:15 pm
Last Updated:Jan 1, 2009 3:04 pm
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I do admit that I miss the many late late nights of setting up blogging and commenting... lol... no I don't!!!

I miss all of the great friends and the fellowship that I have been blessed with from here!!! I DO!!!

Thanks again for all the blessings and I am grateful for all the things I have learned through everyone here!!! Wish I could name you all... some of you are still top bloggers... and some are long removed from BC... even in times of conflict here, I learned and am thankful!!!

May you all be so blessed!!! Thanks a billion!!!

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I'm getting married today... and yes I met her on BC.!.!.!...
Posted:Dec 6, 2008 7:29 am
Last Updated:Dec 15, 2008 1:53 pm
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Just wanted to share with all my friends here on BC...

The sky is clearing and the sun is starting to shine here in blistery Minnesota... 15f and with wind chill at 0... the place is at a chapel on Beebe Lake at 3:33 pm central time...

Beth and I have been dating since last spring with a couple breaks as I had some major walls to breakthrough to be completely prepared for getting married again... and I'm sure I will run in to a few more snags... however, I decided that Beth is the one that I can not live without!!! She is the most wonderful lady and I am so blessed that God has brought us together!!!

Thank you all for being a friend and I will continue to check in here at BC to see what your all up too...

God bless you all!!!
Love you all!!!

Michael

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A retreat... a time to listen!!!
Posted:Oct 30, 2008 10:32 pm
Last Updated:Nov 7, 2008 3:58 pm
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DO you have a special place to retreat to for a time of rest, prayer, and listening???

I'll be taking off in the morning for a few days to NC... to the mountains for a time of being still and listening... I plan on a walk to the top of a mountain somewhere just for the peace and tranquility of God's creation...

DO you pray alot in your life???
Where is it that you pray???

Sometimes I believe that God asks us to take a break and go to a more sanctified area to worship Him!!! As I pray on the go many times a day when in transit... God truely hears me... however... with all the distractions of the world infront of us like oncoming traffic and pedestrians... school buses and emergency vehicles... praying can be tough to focus...

I find that retreating into nature is a place of recharging and direction with God!!! A place to really fill our cups to the brim so we can serve Him better!!!

There's a song on my mind sometime's when I go in to a time of teaching and listening... and it goes like this...

Lord prepare me,
to be a sanctuary,
pure and holy,
tried and true...
with thanksgiving,
I'll be a living,
santuary,
for YOU!!!

I do hope that you all get a chance to identify where God calls you too to be closest to Him!!! And why not try those words to that song before you start a time of meditation???

As we are made for the pleasure of God... I can only believe that spending one on one time with Him pleases Him!!!

May you bring pleasure to our Lord Jesus!!!

"Be still and know that I am God!!!!"
ps46:10
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Broken heart... fighting... crying... blaming... What to do???
Posted:Oct 21, 2008 11:58 am
Last Updated:Oct 29, 2008 11:20 am
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As we grow up, we learn that even the one person that wasn't supposed to ever let you down probably will.

You will have your heart broken probably more than once and it's harder every time.

You'll break hearts too, so remember how it felt when yours was broken.

You'll fight with your best friend.

You'll blame a new love for things an old one did.

You'll cry because time is passing too fast, and you'll eventually lose someone you love.

So take too many pictures, laugh too much, and love like you've never been hurt because every sixty seconds you spend upset is a minute of happiness you'll never get back.

Don't be afraid that your life will end,
be afraid that it will never begin.

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Chocolate chip cookies... these are made of the best ingredients!!!
Posted:Oct 20, 2008 10:22 pm
Last Updated:Oct 22, 2008 1:49 pm
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A few years ago I had scheduled a meeting with my pastor to come out to my house so we could talk about what I was going through... my , Jessica, who was fourteen at the time had made a large plate of homemade chocolate chip cookies after school and left the plate on the table for him and I... like two or three dozen for the two of us... No one told her to do this... she just did it... But why??? Was Jessica trying to make sure that we would love her? Was she trying to make brownie points ( or in this case Chocolate chip cookie points ) with our pastor or me???

No she wasn't!!! I believe she cooked up those cookies just to show us how much she loves us... I know this because of the evidence of our close relationship... She did it because she is Jessica... and she was not trying to earn the right to be Jessica...

That's how it is with our mission into the world... as followers of Jesus!!! We don't do good works so we can win a place in heaven... Rather, our deeds show evidence of our love, salvation, and faith in Christ...

Jesus did all the work of providing salvation... But we still have to work... WHY??? Not to win HIS favor... but to show our love... It's an outpouring of a grateful and loving heart!!!

So... what do you say??? Wanna chocolate chip cookie???

Jesus said... "Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples." John 13:35

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Prayer needed... please and thanks!!!
Posted:Oct 16, 2008 9:59 am
Last Updated:Oct 20, 2008 10:06 pm
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Over the next few days I will be on a men's Walk to Emmaus retreat which is a 72 hour experience to help others... There are some 25 pilgrims that I and 100's of others will be serving in some capacity to see that their walk is the best it can be...

I am asking for prayer for the men that are taking this walk for the first time... their families in which they will be without for a few days... the sponsors that are helping with the families... the background and conference room servants... and all those that are serving by coming and impacting things like the opening and closing ceremony's... and Saturday nights candlelight... and the women's walk that take's place next weekend... and all of the other emmaus communities that are all around our world!!!

I will be giving one of the 15 talks on Sunday morning at 930am... please pray that God will use me to teach others of His will about changing our world, not mine!!!

I will praise and honor God!!!

I thank you all in advance for your support and prayers!!!
God bless you all!!!

"We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps." Prov 16:9

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:)...Why am I so happy?... let me share with you my secret...
Posted:Oct 8, 2008 1:50 pm
Last Updated:Oct 14, 2008 7:03 am
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A friend in CHRIST is a friend indeed!!!

Happy??? I am... I have found the ultimate relationship in Jesus!!! I mean I have figured out, with the help of many others... that God loves me in a bigger way than I can even wrap my mind around... more than afather or mother... more than a wife... more than our ... more than I can even imagine... and then after that I felt so unworthy... and I was a mess and was not the outstanding citizen of our community... and when I looked at those who went to church... all I seen was hypocrites... I worked side by side with many of those men and women... I thought, Hump!!! a real work those christians are... I believed in Jesus and the trinity and that HE is the creator and most powerful in all of creation... but those christians weren't good enough to be going and sitting in church acting like they were all high and mighty... and very few of them were happy... or loving... and they seemed gruff and clichish with their friends... I wasn't in those circles of close friends...

So now I know how people look at me... and it's ok... whatever they call me is expected... Jesus told me so... Jesus said my new family would be greater... and some of my old family would not like me... HE was right... for once and for all in my life I found the truth... A book I was reading showed me exactely what my heart was thinking and the more I read... the more I understood me and why I felt and thought like I did... and most of all... I found out that I was normal... I found out I was a normal of the Most High King!!! my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!!!

It's now time to put my needs aside to better serve my LORD!!! That means helping others out however I can constantly as His humble servant where ever I am...

The best smile's are when they are real... real as in when your heart is patient and your words are kind and gentle... real as in when you have a self control not to partake in things that will hurt yourself or others or break the law... meaning that real is being a helper to all people where ever your journey is passing through... we only have a moment with some... and others are with us for a season... and some will be in our lives for many years and if so blessed... a lifetime!!! And it's in my relationship with Jesus that makes me want to help others and in return He gives me a peace and love and joy that comes only from Him!!!



So smile!!! Jesus loves you too!!!



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>>>---You know???---<<<
Posted:Oct 7, 2008 10:20 pm
Last Updated:Oct 10, 2008 3:29 pm
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Two... is better than one!!!

Especially when enjoying Gods creation together!!!

Someday!!!

Hopefully sooner than later...

All in Gods time!!!

You know???

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Serene and tranquil...
Posted:Oct 6, 2008 8:39 pm
Last Updated:Oct 7, 2008 7:14 pm
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Sitting on the shore...
listening to the waves...
the Creator we adore...
thanking Him for these days...

hope and future is our dream...
praying for His will...
the colors are serene...
the peace... so tranquil...

Some of you live on a beach or near an ocean... and it's been a while since I've made it out to those sands... however just a mile down the road... is the largest body of water in Indiana, since lake Michigan only borders our far northwest state lines...
It's a place of peace for me... to go sit near the water and watch the surroundings... even at forty years old, I am still in awe of everthing from the birds to the tree tops and the ground and the water... and it seems I been there (or a simular setting) a million times... though each time is different...

Seek peace...

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???Prefer a rose or chocolate???
Posted:Oct 6, 2008 2:04 pm
Last Updated:Oct 9, 2008 10:35 pm
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I have to confess that I prefer roses... though I would give according to another's desires, if so revealed...

I have been feeling kinda down lately... and I have reminisced today about things and service's and gifts that people give freely of and from their selves... and are overlooked completely by those whom receive... and in that I am reminded that planting good seed... know matter how you are led to bless someone else... is totally Christlike!!!

What would Jesus prefer???

I think HE prefers what is good to our taste buds!!!

*** my taste buds are in my nose and eyes... ****
Awww... the beauty of a rose!!!

By doing what is right and helping others... a good seed is planted... though we may never know if it was right... we must trust that God is in control and will water the seed accordingly...

When we give freely in His spirit, He returns a hundred fold!!!

Hope you all enjoy your rose and candy!!!

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