Archive for December, 2010

God Puts Skin and Moves Into the Neighborhood

Here is an excerpt from my Christmas Eve Sermon that I will be preaching at Grace Foothills this Friday night:

“One of the many sides of the Gospel (the Gospel is like a diamond with many facets and sides), is that the God who created the universe and everything in it, actually entered into His creation in a Person. The Creator entered His Creation. When I was working with teens, I would always put it this way, “In Jesus, God put skin on and moved into the neighborhood.” God became a man. God became a twenty-something. God became a teenager. God became an elementary school kid. God became a pre-schooler. God became a toddler. God became an infant. God became an embryo. The God that created the universe became a single cell. This is no ordinary God. He is both majestic and humble at the same time.”

And here is some of the Christmas music I am listening to this week:


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Carolina Panthers Shout Out

Listen to the shout out that the Panthers gave Luke during this past Sunday’s game. Pretty flippin’ cool.

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Coming Home!

After 18 days in the hospital, Luke (and Amy) are coming home tomorrow (Saturday). I can’t tell you how grateful we are for everything that has transpired in the past 3 weeks, even the really crummy stuff. We are especially thankful for all of you who have been following our story. Your calls, emails, texts, visits, gifts, thoughts and especially your prayers have meant so much to us. I will be taking a break from the blog for a brief time, but come back and check on us from time to time. In the meantime, I leave you with this:

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Almost Out of the Woods

This afternoon, the docs did a sonogram on Luke to try to determine the source of Luke’s pain that has prevented him from a full recovery of two surgeries from last week. What they found was sludge in his gall bladder that was caused by the antibiotics that he had been receiving for the past 5 days (if you really want to know what gall bladder sludge is click here). They stopped giving him the antibiotics, so hopefully over the next few days, we should see improvement in Luke’s recovery and he should be able to return home sometime this weekend or early next week.

Of course, based on the previous two weeks, anything can happen, so please continue praying for Luke’s recovery and return home.

I am a believer that all things, even the really hard things, work together for good (see Romans 8:28). Who knows what the Lord is up to through all of this. Perhaps, He will use this in Luke’s life as he matures into a young man. I often think about Luke and what he will be like when he’s 25 years old. What will he look like? Will he have a career? I think about the things he says to folks when they ask, “Dude, what’s the story with all of those scars on your stomach?” My hope is that his answer would be something like, “Dude, when I was 8 years old, I had a crazy 2 weeks. You see, my colon wasn’t working properly and my Mom and Dad decided that they would try to help me. By the way, I really love my Mom and Dad. Anyway, yeah, my recovery was a little bumpy from the first surgery and I had to have an emergency surgery to repair a leak in my colon and then I got really sick and I can go on and on. But, here’s the thing, there wasn’t one second that I didn’t feel God’s presence and God’s purpose in all of the crap I went through. Those two weeks sucked, believe me. But God used those two weeks and all of the other times I suffered with my colon, to make me a stronger man. There are these really cool verses in Romans 5 where Paul talks about suffering and when you suffer, it produces character and hope in the gospel. That was my experience and I would not trade it in for anything. These scars are a reminder to me that God loves me and He was in my suffering and in a weird way, I identified with Jesus in His sufferings for me.”

So, that’s where things are as of tonight. I am reminded of a clip from Apollo 13 that capsulizes where we are right now with Luke. We are not out of the woods yet, but may be close.

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Quick Update

Currently, we are all trying to figure out what is causing two things in Luke: pain and nausea. The docs are running some tests today to see if they can find the source of Luke’s pain. It is possible that it it his gall bladder. Please pray for the Lord to work through these docs and their instruments to bring a resolution to all of this for Luke.

Amy is hanging in there. Jack and I came back to Tryon on Sunday afternoon. My folks arrived in Winston last night to help Amy.

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Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands

“The good news of the kingdom is not freedom from hardship, suffering, and loss. It is the news of a Redeemer who has come to rescue me from myself. His rescue produces change that fundamentally alters my response to these inescapable realities. The Redeemer turns rebels into disciples, fools into humble listeners. He makes cripples walk again. In him we can face life and respond with faith, love, and hope. And as he changes us, he allows us to be a part of what he is doing in the lives of others. As you respond to the Redeemer’s work in your life, you can learn to be an instrument in his hands.

— Paul David Tripp
Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands
(Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R Publishing, 2002), 16

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