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A Beginning Place

Not much to talk about now other than the memories, but this little house was just the place for a family to start. In a recent trip with my dad to the area where he grew up we were lucky to find the house where his ‘Uncle George” lived. This simple three room house is what Uncle George built at the time he was married over 85 years ago. It is not much by today’s standards but 85 years ago it was something. I enjoyed hearing my dad tell the stories of how he played in the adjoining fields and around the barn. I am glad he pointed out to me this house along with where his boyhood home once stood and where the family cemetery plot still stands among the pecan trees. I don’t know if I will get to visit this area much more, nor do I know if these buildings will stand much longer, but I am glad I got to see them and hear the stories which I will always cherish.

Thankful for a Rich Christian Family Heritage

 Again I have been reminded of
what a blessing I have received by the fact that my family tree runs deep with
believers and followers of Christ. Last weekend I traveled with my parents to a
family reunion in eastern North
Carolina.  As a
part of the trip I got to drive around the area as my dad called out directions
and gave a verbal history of where he lived, went to school and church. (I was
thankful that my son was also in the car. Someday we will sit and reminisce
about the day when…)  One of the sites
that my dad brought to my attention was this little white countrDSCN0396y church.  The scene was perfect, a white country
church, surrounded by farmland.  What was
even better than the scene was the story my dad told of how my great
grandfather and my grandmother attended church in this building. And even
better was my dad sharing how he remembers going to a revival service with that
same great grandfather (his grandfather) at this church…and even better to me
was him remembering that they traveled to the service by horse drawn
buggy.  The mode of transportation in
those days was so different; you had to be more intentional in the trips you
made, you had to want to go or need to go. 
I am so thankful that my dad has that memory, that we both have that
heritage of family rooted in the things of Christ and I am so thankful that these
stories of family, church and Christ have been passed on to me and my son.

Time to start over…

…and I am looking forward to it.
This year as a part of my quiet time I decided to read the Bible through, Genesis to Revelation, except I started in Acts. (Those from my ClearView family know why I started in Acts.) I read from the New Living Translation that was published with additional devotional thoughts on the worship themes. On Monday I finished the last chapter of John and on Tuesday I started again, this time in Genesis…I am looking forward to it. I am going to read from a Bible that is arranged in chronological order. No matter what order…it is God’s Word and I learn more about Him the more I listen for His voice as I read.

New Building Tours…Sunday, October 5

I have heard it said often about
ClearView that she was placed on this stretch of road in Franklin for this time. And that God has a
plan for her, far beyond what we could dream. Not only have I heard this said
but I have said it, because I believe it. 


As we come near to the end of
this next phase of construction, I am even more fully convinced that God’s plan
for ClearView is far greater than we could ever imagine.


The projected completion date
of the next phase is around December 1, 2008. Almost daily I get the opportunity to walk
through the construction site and throughout the
process I wished it had been possible to take the people of ClearView with me.  Well, the building is now at a point that we
can take you through to see the progress.


On Sunday, October 5 from 2:00 – 4:30 PM you are invited to come to
ClearView and take a guided tour through the construction site. 

Tours will be about 30 minutes in length and will run continuously, every 10-15
minutes throughout the 2 ½ hour period. 
Anyone middle school age and older is invited to attend.  For safety reasons we cannot give tours to
anyone below grade 6.  All children must
be accompanied by a parent or other adult.


I am glad we get to do this…I
think you will be surprised at what God is giving us to be stewards of.

Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by A Relentless God

Over the last two days I have
finished reading a book by Francis Chan titled Crazy Love. In this short
book Chan challenges his readers to live a crazy life for Christ.  But what is crazy is that he is really
calling believers back to the simplicity of the gospel. When asked how what he
presents as content in this book is different from other calls for change to
the church, Chan responds with this statement: “I’m going back to scripture and
seeing what the church was in its simplest form and trying to recreate that in
my own church. I’m not coming up with anything new. I’m calling people to go
back to the way it was.”


Another time Chan was asked: Do
you think God calls you (all Christ followers) to live a radical, crazy life?
His response:  “It’s not that this
lifestyle should be crazy to us. It should be the only thing that makes sense….
The crazy ones are the ones who live life like there is no God. To me that is


The book is really a challenge
to the perceived and sought after “American Dream,” and it is even more
challenging to us who live in such an affluent county.  The same can be said of the area of the
country where Chan leads a congregation…southern California. I was challenged by the book and
am trying to listen closely to how God wants me to respond to what I read. 


God must be trying to tell me
something…only a few days ago I listened to a podcast that the pastor of the
Church at Brookhills in Birmingham,
Alabama delivered titled:  What
the Gospel Demands
.  In this message
there was also a call to be radical for Christ that goes against our
comfortable American lifestyle.


Having a crazy love for God and
the things of God does call us to live radically different lives from what is
the norm.  Chan says this of the church
he leads and of how they are trying to live: 
“It’s exhilarating to be part of a group of believers who are willing to
think biblically rather than conventionally, to be part of a body where radical
living is becoming the norm.”


Shouldn’t we as Christ followers
be radically different from the world we live in?

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