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This week: my 2 dogs Loki & Gargoyle, best-friends & family members  of 14 years, had to be put to sleep, my aging Dad Gary is  ill without a known cause and without a relationship with the Creator, I’m bored, bullied, baffled and betrayed

… but nothing will knock Your praise from my mouth.

This week: Still happily married to Paige, my beautiful bride of 14 years, Veronica & Shadrach our 2 Chihuahua puppies always make everything better, I’m blessed and beloved

… and nothing will keep Your praise  from my mouth.

Loki & Gargoyle

DosWeirdos: Loki & Gar

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Thanks musician and singer Kristene Mueller for helping put it all in perspective.

Lyrics Below.



Praise The Lord

Praise the Lord, oh my soul,
And let all that’s within me praise His name.

For I will not die, I will live,
And I will tell of the Works of the Lord
And sing of His wonders.

I will not die, I will live,
‘Cause He’s a great God.
He’s a great God.

And I get to love You through whatever comes.
What a privilege
That I get to love You through whatever comes.
Oh, how sweet it is,

And nothing’s gonna take Your praise out of my mouth
As long as I shall live,

And I will not die, I will live,
I will not die, I will live.
For I will not die, I will live,
And I will tell of the Works of the Lord,

And nothing’s gonna take Your praise out of my mouth
As long as I shall live,

‘Cause He’s a great God.
He’s a great God.
You’re a great God.
You’re a great God.

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unicorn I have always been a big movie guy, if you know me well you know this. Over the past few months I have started to hear things about having expectations versus the real outcome. We expect things to go a certain way and when they don’t … disappointment. Jesus’ followers expected He was going to overthrow the Romans and rule but He got executed and they were shocked. So they quit the ministry and went back to fishin’. It’s not what they expected.

What the heck does this have to do with movies, being ripped off or freakin’ unicorns? It does. As many of my mind changes involve the author Donald Miller (see previous posts if you don’t know what I’m talking about). We went and saw him last week and learned some stuff. Films are all about Story. You need to have a likable  or at least interesting character, you need to have conflict and then you need resolution. So the rip-off comes when we watch the film and Meg Ryan kisses Tom Hanks on the Empire State Building and they live happily ever after. Rocky Balboa calls out for Adrian, who runs down to the ring. As the ring announcer declares the fight for Apollo Creed by virtue of a split decision, Adrian and Rocky embrace while they profess their love to one another, not caring about the results of the fight and everyone lives happily ever after. The thing is nobody lives happily ever after. Don Miller said he thought that if he had a bestselling book and fat stacks of cash then he thought he wouldn’t have any problems and would even be able to talk to animals. Sounds silly but I bet you think there is something out there if you had it you would be happy. There isn’t and you won’t. Our story will resolve someday, and we’ll be dead when it happens.

I heard that we spend 67 billion dollars on foreign aid, helping people who don’t have enough food and water, get food and water. Sounds like a lot of money huh? Well somebody spends something like 280 billion on advertising. Trying to get you to think you need things you don’t. If you brush with this toothpaste people will like you, if you drink this beer you’ll get laid, if you don’t feed your baby this you are a bad parent. But if you do buy all of these thing you will live happily ever after and be able to talk to animals.

So what should we do? I’m going to still watch movies and TV but I’m going to try and not be looking for this fulfillment that I’m not going to find. If you want your life to be a great story that has a great resolution at your death then make a great story. You are really in control of your story. Love others, help people, serve , give, sacrifice, and be a blessing!

Live Loved! m

So You Don't Want To Go To Church Anymore

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Much of these ideas came from the book “So You Don’t Want To Go To Church Anymore”. You can download it and read it for free. Here:

So You Don’t Want To Go To Church Anymore

Here are some of the things I am chewing on this week:

Does Trusting God to do what I think is best really trusting Him?

Trusting God is to allow Him to do whatever He desires. If I focus that trust on a specific outcome am I just trying to manipulate Him.

Don’t just think of the ways I can fix something, in hindsight it is rarely my idea that He uses.

Day to Day, I can do whatever He puts before me. Savor it without striving and trying to make something happen. Enjoy the process. I can trust His plan. I’m not really in control anyway but I can trust Him.

God meets your needs day by day.

In the moment celebrate what is before you.

Don’t defend yourself.

singing is not Worship, attendance is not Fellowship and rule keeping is not Relationship

Jesus didn’t leave us with a system but a Spirit.

We don’t want ONE to become a less controlled replication of the same institution. Don’t try and get from each other what should come from God.

Lets not try and figure out the best formula to “do” church. Just do life, talk about what is happening and get to know Him more.

Our participation in the Body should be much more than just here.

We will do whatever He gives us to do whith whoever He gives us to do it with.

Equip people to know Him first.

Intentionally walk together as an expression of community, Listening to God together. Sharing lives and resources. Encouraging and Caring for each other and doing whatever else God might ask us to do.

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paradigmshift

It's really been less than 5.

My mind keeps having to change and it is becoming more open. I really believe that as a follower of Jesus there should be a bunch of paradigm shifts (A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality) I think I’ve spoken of this before but heck I’m 43 now and my memory isn’t the best so I’ll go over it again. Once again we should have serious mind changes. You see we don’t have it all figured out and if we are becoming better then we have to change our mind. I’m different than I was 5 years ago and I’m different than was 5 weeks ago. So here are some things I have heard in the last few weeks that changed my mind …

I’ve been chewing on this one for a while. Churches I have been a part of have often really been down on people with obvious sin in their lives. I don’t think God really quantifies sin like we do. We have real problems with specific “sins”. Sexual sins always cause the most anger. So if you have an obvious sin in your life we are likely to think less of you. So the less obvious sin in your life the more the church exalts you and you can serve and move into leadership. So does this mean you don’t have sin. No! You sin and if God doesn’t quantify sin then should we? No. So imagine that society has told you all your life that it is ok to live together before marriage. What am I going to say to you that will change your mind? Nothing. What might happen if I beat you over the head with my beliefs? I will be less likely to be able to introduce you to the real God. Not the one we have made up. So imagine you are Homosexual. Society has, once again, said for your whole life that Homosexuality is acceptable. What could I possible say that could make you no longer gay? Nothing. Could I beat you over the head with my beliefs and lose the opportunity to show you what Jesus was really like? Yes. Which is more important? Proving you wrong or representing God correctly. We should introduce people to God and then trust Him to change the things he wants changed. He is working on plenty of things in me and I don’t have time to fix you. I can’t anyway. This doesn’t mean I don’t care or that we shouldn’t try and assist each other but it does mean that you had better really love someone before you try and correct them.

Walking toward God is walking away from sin.

We Don’t want to try and teach people how to “Act” christian we want to introduce and foster a relationship with the real living God.

I’m not talking about moral relativism. Truth is truth, if it is true for me it is true for you but I am talking about allowing people to discover truth at a different pace and in different time frames.

You cannot squeeze a caterpillar into a butterfly mold and make it fly. That kind of transformation happens from the inside.

Supposing We Really Found Him – It is always shocking to meet life where we thought we were alone. ‘Look out!’ we cry, ‘it’s alive’. And therefore this is the very point at which so many draw back – I would have done so myself if I could – and proceed no further with Christianity. An ‘impersonal God’ – well and good. A subjective God of beauty, truth and goodness, inside our own heads – better still. A formless life-force surging through us, a vast power which we can tap – best of all. But God Himself, alive, pulling at the other end of the cord, perhaps approaching at an infinite speed, the hunter, king, husband – that is quite another matter. There comes a moment when the children who have been playing at burglars hush suddenly: was that a real footstep in the hall? There comes a moment when people who have been dabbling in religion (‘Man’s search for God!’) suddenly draw back. Supposing we really found Him? We never meant it to come to that! Worse still, supposing He had found us? – C.S. Lewis from Miracles
Supposing We Really Found Him – It is always shocking to meet life where we thought we were alone. ‘Look out!’ we cry, ‘it’s alive’. And therefore this is the very point at which so many draw back – I would have done so myself if I could – and proceed no further with Christianity. An ‘impersonal God’ – well and good. A subjective God of beauty, truth and goodness, inside our own heads – better still. A formless life-force surging through us, a vast power which we can tap – best of all. But God Himself, alive, pulling at the other end of the cord, perhaps approaching at an infinite speed, the hunter, king, husband – that is quite another matter. There comes a moment when the children who have been playing at burglars hush suddenly: was that a real footstep in the hall? There comes a moment when people who have been dabbling in religion (‘Man’s search for God!’) suddenly draw back. Supposing we really found Him? We never meant it to come to that! Worse still, supposing He had found us? – C.S. Lewis from Miracles
More soon …

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Trust pt 3

Posted: February 20, 2009 in Chihuahua, Chihuahuas, God, Music, trust
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Wow, Almost Everthing Changes pt 1 ended pretty droopy, things are going so much better than that. It was a tough in_god_we_trusttime. We lost a lot then and losing Meshach was really rough. He was really sick but we were praying and had taken him to the Vet and really thought he was going to get better. When he died it hit us really hard. As I said before it is some much easier to trust when you understand. God taught me that I sure don’t understand everything but I have spent enough time with Him to trust Him. It can be hard and sometimes I falter. It’s so much easier looking back, I can see His hand in all of it, teaching, training and loving us through it. It helped us realised even more that God is really there and tuned in to us (and you). We had been going for some time to a Saturday church service at Reynolda Presbyterian called Verge748 (click text to go to it’s website) when Meshach died we didn’t think we were going to go, but we know that it really is the best place for us when everything goes wrong. The enemy (and no he’s not red with horns and a tail, but real nonetheless.) will do whatever he can to keep you from getting the help you need. If he finds out a headache will keep you from church, you should expect a lot of them, especially right before church. So we decided to go, the music is always especially good. Gene the worship leader sang a song that I don’t remember hearing before but we knew that it was God talking to us directly. I know why the devil didn’t want us to go. Here is the song:

Centuries

by Aaron Strumpel

You will turn your ear to me
You will hear my cry for mercy
You will loosen things unseen
What can  man do to me?

I’ll sing for joy in Your place of rest
I’ll sleep in peace resting on Your chest
And Your voice will sound like a thousand waters
Your song will rush for ten thousand centuries

You will be my help in trouble
You will be my place of refuge
You will cut these bindings free
What can  man do to me?

Now most of this song really speaks to our situation, from hearing our cries to other parts I’m not going to cover here today, but when he got to:

I’ll sing for joy in Your place of rest
I’ll sleep in peace resting on Your chest

we both broke down. Now if you don’t have a relationship with God, this is going to sound very strange, I believe God does speak to me, but not in an audible voice. He’ll use people, books, tv, songs and even other things. I heard a Pastor named Bill Hybels talk about whispers. God speaks in whispers and when you are in relationship with Him you learn to hear these whispers. Through that song that we almost didn’t hear God told us that He knows about us, He feels the things we feel, and He loves us, you see Meshach had died on Paige’s chest while she cuddled him. We knew he had a plan even if we didn’t get it. He also gave us a peace about the whole thing. Now if this whole whisper thing sounds weird to you, it is.  God isn’t exactly like us, there is much more to Him than to us. He is not natural. He is supernatural. I can’t explain it better than that, If I were you I’d ask Him. He is there. He cares and He’ll listen and He may even whisper it to ya.

Dr. Vievil

Dr. Vi-evil

As I said looking back it’s easier to understand. ViVi is such a blessing to us. She’s not a replacement for Meshach but she’s pretty special. She is such a girly girl but tough as nails and best of all she’s a Papa’s girl. I still miss Meshach but I know where he is. He’s in good hands. love ya’ll. mike





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