>Adios to the Zoo

> Jacob was a bit disappointed that we didn’t get to ride the carousel thing. But as we were leaving he decided to say adios to a representative of one of his favorite animals.

He was pooped…we walked/jogged/ran for five plus hours.

It was truly a blessing for this Dad to spend the day with him. I am so grateful for the blessings Abba drops down on us…

As we got to KC there was a bit of construction, so I asked Jacob to pray we’d not get stuck in a jam; we did not. We prayed we’d have a good time. We didn’t. We had a FANTASTIC time.

As we left the zoo I decided to take him to see “How to Train a Dragon.” We had no idea what the start time was, so we prayed we’d get there and not have to wait long to see the film. We arrived, parked the car, walked up to the window, and discovered it would start in five minutes! We got the obligatory snack, sat down, and watched the previews and the very delightful film.

Seize the moments to model prayer! “Cast ALL your cares on Him…”

God is wise; God is good, God is sovereign.

And I am abundantly blessed with the most wonderful wife and kids!

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>Dad! Do I Have To?

> I will be out of town on Jacob’s 8th birthday (April 10), so after I got back from Washington late Monday night, Jacob and I spent the day Tuesday exploring the Kansas City zoo.

Alas for him, I took along a digital camera; only took a couple hundred pics; and on a couple occasions I “asked” him to pose for a shot.

This was one of them.

Jacob was a good sport!

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>Earwax, Anyone?

> A personal highlight of the trip Jacob and I took to the Kansas City zoo…in one of the aviaries this fellow perched on my shoulder and, ah, snacked on whatever may have been in my ear and/or hair. He stayed there for several minutes before flying away, and causing some other visitors to think I was staff.

With my wounded eye maybe this is confirmation that I should wear a patch, sail a ship, and join the world of pirates? Nah.

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>An Atheist "preaches" the Gospel!

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This is truly remarkable!
Christopher Hitchens (noted atheist and author of God is Not Great: Why Religion Poisons Everything) was interviewed in Portland, Or by Unitarian “minister” Marilyn Sewell.
Near the beginning of the interview Sewell remarks, “The religion you cite in your book is generally the fundamentalist faith of various kinds. I’m a liberal Christian, and I don’t take the stories form the Scripture literally. I don’t believe in the doctrine of atonement (that Jesus died for our sins, for example). Do you make any distinction between fundamentalist faith and liberal religion?”
 
How do you think Hitchens will reply? I’ve not read his book yet; but I think I shall to see what his train of thought is. I shall also pray that Spirit of God will draw him to the cross, because he “gets” the gospel. Here is his reply:
“I would say that if you don’t believe that Jesus of Nazareth was the Christ and Messiah, and that He rose again from the dead and by His sacrifice our sins are forgiven, 
you’re really not in any meaningful sense a Christian.”

 

>Relate to Custer?

>Yup, “we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses,” but as we attach ourselves to Jesus we are also surrounded by the world, the flesh, and the devil. We must guard ourselves. It is my experience, confirmed by so many others, that the most dangerous times in our spiritual lives are the few days after the Lord has done some work within and/or through us. So laugh with the cartoon, but laugh with understanding…
Wizard of Id

>Can You Handle Success?

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The Beatles broke up when they stopped having fun. They were no less talented. They were even more experienced. But they started picking at each other, even provoking each other. John brought Yoko into the recording sessions because he knew it would hack the other guys off.
When they were nothing, they were friends. Then they succeeded. And we do not steward success well. We don’t even know how to have fun with it.
“Where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder.” James 3:16
HT: Todd MacDonald

>Hilarious wedding/Bible quizzing/Purity Mix

>You may have seen this before, but since a merry heart does good like medicine, get healthy:

I had seen a snip of this, but only this weekend did I learn that the bride was a former Bible quizzers who participated in the Teens For Christ North West league.

And it gets better. The Lord used that hilarity to open doors to local and national television interviews for the couple. The following video should be viewed by every teen, as well as their parents (and, by the way, Mom and Dad, you pay the cost to be the boss!)

>Jesus: "Good Shepherd" or "Consulant"?

>”Jack, how do I know God’s will?” is at least in the top-three in the “questions-I’ve-been-asked-the-most-often contest. The will of God is easy to preach/teach about; a tad more difficult to discern.

SCOTTY SMITH writes and shares insightful, comforting, yet challenging thoughts in this “prayer about God’s will”

In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps. Proverbs 16:9

     Dear heavenly Father, the peace, humility and joy this promise brings to my heart is simply immeasurable. You are the God who is vitally engaged in determining and directing my very steps in life. You are the God who is working all things together after the counsel of your will. You are the God who works in all things for your glory and for our good. You are the God who opens doors no man can shut and who shuts doors no man can open. Indeed, you are no mere life coach, loving Father, you are the Lord of all things, including me.

     For way too many years I labored under the arrogance and anxiety of assuming that if I prayed hard enough and long enough… that if I was really filled with and “tuned” into the Holy Spirit, I could know the specifics of your will for my life well in advance of any decision that needed to be made. Of course, my assumption was that if I was in your will, life would be enjoyable, pleasant and hassle-free.

     If I bought the right car, it would never break down. If I bought the right house, the roof would never leak. If I married the right person, we would never disagree. If I went to the right college I’d get the rightall-right. If I sent my kids to the right school, they would never act out and would end up on the mission field. What a self-centered and wrong way to do life… kind of reminds me of idolatry… job and life would be

     Father, I will continue to seek to make good plans in my heart, according to the revelation of your Word, for I can be confident that you will never lead me contrary to the Scriptures. I will continue to seek out and heed the wise and prayerful counsel of godly friends, who care about your glory and kingdom.

     But I live with even more peace, humility and joy… confidant that Jesus is the Good Shepherd and not just a consulting partner… a very present Lord, not an absentee landlord… the reigning King, not in impotent bystander. Because of Jesus, I am confident that your will WILL be done on earth as it is in heaven. So very Amen, I pray, in his sovereign and to-be-savored name.

>More from Russia

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Russia Reflections From the Hange Family
With God’s deep love for Russia  

Another Update on the Tragedy in Moscow

 

For those who have read the first email, you have the context for this prayer request.  I had hoped that we would finish the day without any bad news, but apparently the father of our computer technician at Hinkson Christian Academy (where Karen works) was caught in the blast.  He is in surgery right now and folks, we NEED your prayer.  His name is Slava (means praise). The young man’s name is Yaroslav.
 
I want to also let you know, for those who are concerned, that my wife and children do NOT need to ride the metro as a rule. They take the local buses and trams to school, and these are much safer. 
 
On a lighter note we did find the hairbrush (this makes sense if you’ve seen the last email).  One of my friends asked for a picture of the brush, so I set it on the floor for a shot.  Guess who showed up…
cat 2
 
The kids say: Hi! Thanks for Praying, and we appreciate you!
The Kiddos
 

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