September 14, 2014. Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great crowd of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:1-3 Our community lost an amazing man this week. Ericlee Gilmore was only 40 years old. He left behind his wife and three precious young daughters. His life was a testimony of God's grace, showing us just what happens when a person completely surrenders everything he has to God. He loved his wife and children, his students, the Haitian people whom he served, and all of the athletes he coached and trained. His fight with cancer was his final trial, and finished his race well.
September 2, 2014. "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." - Jesus
We live in a period of history when everything is changing very quickly. This is not a time to get comfortable, or to put our faith in what we have. I truly believe the world is about to be turned on its ear, and what we believe or don't believe will come to the surface one way or another. It's time to decide what color you wear, because lines are being drawn in the sand, and the wind is picking up.
September 1, 2014. My body aches today, as my daughter and I, with some friends, did some backpacking in the high Sierras the last couple of days. The weather was perfect and the scenes were glorious, and you just have to tell you knees to forget the pain and drink in the beauty. I came home and finished up a commission I started last week.