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I have been woefully absent from blogging for a long time. In the midst of life adjustments I forgot about blogging, but I think I’m back. And I have also moved.

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“You cannot find a man anywhere, however uncivilised or wild, who is without some idea of religion. This is because we have all been created to know the majesty of our Creator and, in knowing it, to think more highly of it than anything else. We are to honour it with all awe, love and reverence.

Unbelievers seek only to wipe out all memory of this sense of God which is planted in their hearts. Leaving them aside, we who claim to have a personal religion must call to mind that this present life will not last and will soon be over. We should spend it thinking about immortalitity.”

Now, eternal and immortal life can be found nowhere except in God. It follows, then, that the main care and concern of our life should be to seek God. We should long for him with all affection of our hearts, and not find rest and peace anywhere except in him alone.” (Chapter One, pg 1-2)

John Calvin – Truth for All Time

Today is my little girl’s birthday and she turns four! Happy Birthday Madelyn!

January 4th 2006

January 4th 2007

January 4th 2008

January 4th 2009

Our Four Year Old

For the past week or so I have been planning for the summer. We are quickly approaching the time to be in full-time deputation and with that will come some more traveling. We are praying to be in Sweden by November 1st 2010 and because of that we need to be in Atlanta for some additional training before the move. So we are preparing for a two-month journey back to the east. Because of this journey we’ve decided to start a blog/journal of pictures for the next 365 days (starting Jan. 1 2010) that will give you a glimpse into what our year will look like, but more for a reminder of what God will do through our lives.

Most pictures will probably be taken with my cellphone, as this will be easier to carry. We will try to bring our camera along as much as possible.

A few rules:

We will only post one photo a day. Sometimes it won’t happen every day, but will post a week’s worth at a time, hopefully not backing up things along the way.

We will hopefully give a little description of what the photo is or what it means, but not always.

My wife will post pictures some days, but most will come from me. And as a added bonus Madelyn (our four year old) has a camera and we’ll post some pictures from her point of view.

Go over to our photo blog: www.tcf365daysofphotos.wordpress.com to follow our photos.

Please feel free to comment on any picture, as we would love to hear from you.

We are looking forward to this journey ahead this next year and pray that we will become more Christlike in the process.

You need to spend 10 minutes to watch this story.

Over at Justin Taylor’s blog he posts a great quote from Mortimer Adler, How to Read a Book (p. 140):

“Teachability is often confused with subservience. A person is wrongly thought to be teachable if he is passive and pliable. On the contrary, teachability is an extremely active virtue. No one is really teachable who does not freely exercise his power of independent judgment. He can be trained, perhaps, but not taught. The most teachable reader is, therefore, the most critical. He is the reader who finally responds to a book by the greatest effort to make up his own mind on the matters the author has discussed.”

HT: Mark Talbot & Justin Taylor

Take a gander at this little video.

HT: Kevin DeYoung

“Sin is what you do when your heart is not satisfied with God. No one sins out of duty. We sin because it holds out some promise of happiness. That promise enslaves us until we believe God is more to be desired than life itself.” – John Piper, Future Grace

Yesterday was my birthday and I am getting old. I have never felt very old, maybe because of my childish good looks.

But today I realized… I old. I am 32 and feel all of 42. I now keep my hair pretty short, because I can hide the gray hairs easier. I first noticed this last birthday and it has only gotten worse during the year. Luckily I still have a full head of hair, unlike my brother two years older. 🙂 1226061254

I am also being a little more forgetful as of late. Yesterday I was busy getting some information packets together to send out to Pastors and also keeping an eye on our 3 yr old while we potty train her. I was so consumed with getting things done and getting lunch ready that I served her an hour early. I put her down for her nap a whole hour early. When my wife called to see how the morning was going, I told her Madelyn was down for a nap and she asks “why so early”? I realized I am either losing my mind.

We then decided to take a little trip into Tacoma to drop some things off at the post office. After riding the bus into town, we walked down one block (downhill) and when we reached the bottom I was a little winded. I couldn’t believe it!

It’s official – I’m old! But don’t feel bad for me… just think how my parents feel.

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