Dievs, Jēzus, Svētais Gars un vistas Man Randy Bohlender

Atpakaļ sešdesmitie, tur bija radio drāma mānīšanās attēloti nozieguma cīnītājs vistas uzvalks. Jā, tas šķiet muļķīgi tagad ... labi, godīgi, tas bija muļķīgi, tad arī.

Paraksts skaņa iezīmēja beigas katru epizodi: Balss būtu sludināt "vistas .... Maaaaaaan!, and a manic crowd in the background would emphatically shout “He’s everywhere, he’s everywhere!”

If you’re completely lost, listen to the original episode here.

So I was in the shower this morning – really, this is where these thoughts come to me – and I began to think about how God’s omnipresence was explained to us in Bible college.

Our professors handed us the mantra “There is no place where God is not,”, which, though technically true, sounds about as compelling as the Chicken Man’s signature shriek. Combine the two for fun.

There is no place where God is not.

He’s everywhere, He’s everywhere!

I can’t help but think the omnipresence of God means something far more immediate than the ubiquitous whereabouts of Chicken Man.

Interestingly, I can handle thinking about an all powerful, all knowing God being in Chicago, Calcutta, and Catan, because in thinking about Him in those places, I don’t think much about Him beinghere.

With me.

Glancing at what I’m writing.

Taking a sip of tea from my cup as we talk about me taking a sip from His.

I desperately want to live with a greater awareness of the immediate presence of God. Jā, He is everywhere, but He is also near. He sees everything, but He also sees me. I want my decision making, my ethics, how I treat my children and how I treat a stranger to reflect what I know about the presence of God – specifically, that I am in it, as I sit at my table or walk the aisle of a big box store.

We’ve mystified the presence of God to refer to those times when we feel His presence in a tangible way. Whether it’s a powerful sermon or (more likely) that great key change on the song you like, there are times when you feel Him near, but they’re rarely the times when you need to be aware of Him the most. You need Him most when you feel Him least – in a hundred different decisions made daily.

Jā, He’s everywhere, He’s everywhere.

But He’s also right hear. Listening. Speaking. Wanting.

In your pursuit of the God of the Universe, don’t ignore the God in the room.

Kas ir vārds? Randy Bohlender

Vēsture nestāsta mums, ja Rokas Shackleton bija īpaši reliģiozs cilvēks, bet, protams, viņš pravietoja, kad viņš nokristīja viņa kuģi izturības. Pat ja viņš saprot milzīgo izaicinājumu, viņš saskaras, cenšoties pirmo gājienu pāri Antartica, tik daudz noticis, ka viņš nebija iespējams, gaidīts.

Kā viņš ir zināms ...

  • Ka ledus būtu agri rudenī 1914, atstājot tos Ieslodzījuma ledus, tālu no to vārtos janvāra 1915?
  • Ka pavasara kausējumā 1915 tas neatbrīvo viņu kuģi, bet tas paliek ātri līdz oktobrim?
  • Ka tad, kad ledus bija sāk novirzīt, nevis laužot bezmaksas, viņa kuģis varētu sasmalcināt, atstājot savus vīrus pamest kuģi, tikai nostāties uz ledus skatās uz leju caur atveri, kur kuģis, ko izmanto, lai būtu?

Kā viņš ir zināms ...

  • Ka viņš un viņa vīri varētu pavadīt 497 dienas vai nu uz kuģa vai uz ledus gabals, pirms tie, kas kāju uz zemes vēlreiz?
  • Ka tad, kad viņi atrada savu ceļu uz zemi, tas būtu Elefanta, viens no visvairāk neviesmīlīgs vietām uz zemes.
  • Ka viņš būtu spiests sadalīt pusi, un daļa no viņiem būs atkal veikt to atvērtās laivām uz piecpadsmit dienu bura caur vētras, kas nogrimis 500 ton tvaikonis?
  • Ka viņa daļa partijas ietver Maknišs, galdnieks, ka viņš draudējis šaut nedisciplinētība, taču atzina, ka viņam būtu nepieciešams savas prasmes vēlāk.

Kā viņš ir zināms ...

  • Ka savu otro nosēšanās, viņi nokāpj uz salas, kas bijusi apdzīvota, bet atrast sev pretējā pusē vaļu nometnes, atdalītas ar ledāja nekad šķērso cilvēks?
  • Ka pēc kāpšanas ledāja ar nelielu vai nekādu kāpšanas iekārtas, viņiem būtu nepieciešams, lai slīdētu pa otru pusi caur biezu miglu, sēž lāpstām uz kamanās? Kad viņa vīri iebilda, Shackleton tiek kreditēts ar sakot: "Nu, mēs ļoti labi nevar iet atpakaļ ... ".

Jo galu galā, Shackleton strādāja, lai savāktu katru no viņa vīriem un atgriezās Anglijā, kam nav zaudēja dzīvību ceļā. Kā viņš varētu, iespējams, ir zināms, ka tad, kad viņš nosauca viņa kuģis Endurance?

Kā līderi, mēs nospraustu kursu mūsu iniciatīvām agrīnā ar simts ierobežotos lēmumiem, kas strādā kopā, lai izveidotu kultūru mūsu kalpošanu.

  • Vai jūs atcelt ietekmīgu jo līst lietus? Jūs atcelt to citu iemeslu dēļ.
  • Vai jūs droši pieeju svešiniekiem vai pakārt atpakaļ, gaida viņiem veikt pirmo soli? Jūs pakārt atpakaļ visu jūsu dzīvi.
  • Vai jums jārāda piemērs, zinot, tas būs grūtāk - un izdevīgāk - nekā gaidīts?

Ministrija - tik daudz, cik Shackleton Odyssey - nepieciešams retāk izturību. Tas pats attiecas uz tiem no jums, par adopcijas brauciena. Iet, jūs zināt, tur ir daudz uz to.

Jūs nevarat iepriekš iedomāties, katru cīņu, kas būs piepildījušās. Beigās brauciena, jūs iekšēji zinu, tas bija tā vērts viss, pat tad, ja tas nepieciešams, gluži jūsu izturību.

Jūs varētu arī pierast pie domas, un sauc to, kas tas ir.

Let 's Make Deal Randy Bohlender

Let's Make A DealViens no maniem agrīnās bērnības atmiņām ir no TV spēli rāda, "Let 's Make Deal,"Rīkoja Monty Hall. Galvenā doma bija, ka cilvēki, ietērps ārzemniecisks kostīmi, would try and attract attention to be chosen to play some sort of game that involved trading things and making a blind choice of what was between door number one, door number two, or door number three.

In other words, make yourself look goofy, roll the dice and take your chances on the outcome.

Psalm 45 offers another deal…one that seems costly but pays out at a crazy rate. Verse 10 says “Hear, oh daughter, and consider, and incline your year, forget your people and your fathers’ house, and the king will desire your beauty.”

In a patriarchal society like the Old Testament, the cost of this is clear. Forget your people. Forget your father’s house. Walk away from all that spells security to you. Take a chance on the unknown when the known is where you draw your sustenance…where you glean your identity. An unmarried woman may grow old and lonely, but she’d always be taken care of…at least as long as her father was alive.

father and son on a beachIn our world, where fatherlessness is rampant, many people walk away from their father’s house prematurely. Those with a healthy father/child relationship to point to are far and few in between, and even in those cases, the child does not look to the father for security and identity once they reach adulthood. In many ways, our own culture has taken place of the patriarchal leader. We are not told what to do or believe or manage our lives by an earthly father – we learn those things from a television, a movie screen, or the latest music group. We take our value cues from actors and musicians. They preach a fatherly message of self worth and self inflation that is the support structure of all sorts of our social mores, including the second house, the third car, and the fourth wife. We believe in these things more than we believe in ourselves, and we’ll pay any price to get them. We’re made to believe that these things make us who we are.

To walk away from your fathers house in 2010 certainly means to walk away from all that makes us comfortable and feels normal – to live abnormally, even uncomfortably. I’m wrestling this one out myself right now. What do I do, how do I spend my money, where does my time go based on what the culture tells me is important, is a must-have gadget or a must-see tv show.

If we can learn to escape that house, there is a promise – a better deal. It’s called an audience with the King – but that’s not all.

Verse 16 promises us “In place of your fathers shall be your sons; you will make them princes in all the earth.” In other words, it may cost us our comfort, but the payoff comes in the form of sons. One translation of the word used there for ’sons’ is ‘children of unrighteous men’.

Which of course, leads me to adoption. Adoption in not cheap, not easy, and not without risks (although we’re working on all three of those…). However, even at it’s most expensive, it’s most difficult, it’s most risky moments, if we step beyond the ‘take care of ourselves, feed the machine mentality’, we get an amazing payback.

In adopting, we collect the sons of unrighteous men and place them in the house of prayer. We make princes in the kingdom of God out of paupers. Beyond changing destiny, we change their current reality. Everything becomes different for them – and everything becomes different for us.

The Blind SideMy favorite line from the recent movie, “The Blind Side” came during one of the lunch scenes. The adoptive mother is having lunch with her friends, who remark “You’re changing that boys’ life!” Quietly, Sandra Bullock responds “No. He’s changing mine.”

It’s true. And all it costs is everything.

Let’s make a deal.

Challenge:

What expense, gadget or indulgence do you have in your life that you could do without. Maybe it’s a purchase you were about to make or a Christmas gift you were going to return for exchange. As a first step, pray about doing without it – for a while, or maybe forever. Is it really a must-have, or did you just buy what you were sold by your father’s house?

If you can find it within yourself, do without it and seed it adoption by giving to an adoptive family or setting it aside as the beginning of your own adoption fund – then retweet a link to this or post it on your own blog. It gets easier to leave your fathers’ house when there are others going with you.


Randy BohlenderWho is Randy Bohlender?

I’m a Christian. I know the vogue phrase is Christ-follower and Christian has a lot of baggage, but so do I. I’m doing the best I can (most days) to reflect Jesus to the world. Some days I get close. Some days, He’s unrecognizable by my reflection, but I’m trying.

I’m a husband. July 2009, Kelsey and I will mark our 20th anniversary. She is an amazing friend who challenges me to new heights every day. I married up. Most men do. In 20 more years, she and I will still be laughing. Maybe at you. Definitely at ourselves and our expanding tribe.

I’m a dad. We have three sons and three daughters with a baby on the way. Jā, I know. We look too young. It’s the internet – it takes ten years off of everyone (ask anyone who met someone through eHarmony). Having a family of this size gives a blogger a lot of material. If you read here long, you’ll learn a lot about my kids. Perhaps more than you’d ask. I make no apologies. I’m learning a ton about life and love from them.

I’m an Early Adopter. And I mean this on several levels…words, gadgets, and children. Kelsey and I launched The Zoe Foundation for reasons cited here. You cannot know much about me without understanding my heart for this.

I’m an intercessory missionary. I work with the International House of Prayer and TheCall, laboring in a 24/7 prayer room as well as organizing day long solemn assemblies across the nation.