Google Earth

In case anyone is curious as to some of the places around where we live, I have put together a few Google Earth placemarks.  It has our house, some sites I work at, shopping places, Petr’s school, some of the churches where I have spoken and more.

I uploaded the kmz file and will try to update the few points that I made approximate since I wasn’t sure exactly where they were.  We do have a GPS though, so all we have to do is visit.  You will need Google Earth to view it. Z Nairobi.kmz

Heart Know

I want to start a series of posts on a topic.  It is summed up by two questions.  The answers I am sure you know, but only in your head.  My pastor in California is fond of saying the phrase, “heart knowledge,” and I think that is the key to this whole issue.  We cannot live the life God has for us if we only know the answers in our heads and do not believe it in our hearts, down to the core of our being.

What is in your heart, at your core?  You can say and do things contrary to what you really are.  The Israelites were fond of saying they would serve God, however He made them wander.

And you shall remember that the LORD your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. Deuteronomy 8:2

Solomon noted:

Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life. Proverbs 4:23

Our mind is important, but it is not the core of our being.  It is only the place where we process what comes in and goes out.  It is only a stopping point along the way down to the base of your being, your heart.  You can know things, and not believe them.  You can think things inconsistent with your beliefs.  You can even pretend to be something you are not.  None of that changes who you really are, and what you really believe.  Honestly, this is at the root of the whole problem with most of Christianity today, but the majority of that is beyond the scope of this series.

I was honored to give the Easter message at a local church here just outside of Nairobi.  I chose John 10:7-18.  Jesus states of His life, “No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again.”  There were quite a few people raised from the dead in the Bible.  However, there was only One who had the power to take it again.  Praise Him!  He is risen!

Why did He die?  I hope you have an answer to that question.  But I believe it goes beyond the answer you probably have.  Jesus says in that same passage:

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

He did not die just that we might live again in the hereafter.  He died and rose so that we could live life abundantly.  Are you living the abundant life?  Are you more than a conqueror? Or has life got you down and you are just hanging on to the hope that eventually He will come back and save you from your life?  He saved us from sin for life, not to save us from life.  We should be living that way.

The key is that we need to live like we “heart know” the answers to these two questions.

The two simple questions are:
Is God able?
Does God love me?

I will follow up with some posts on those two questions.  Please think about them.  I bet you know the answer.  But do you “heart know” them.  Live like it…

Edit: The next in the series is “Je Mungu anaweza?

Arrr! Pirates

Back in another post I mentioned pirates were keeping us from getting good internet.  You may have laughed, but now that pirates are big news I thought I would let you know  I was not joking.  I read some good news today, foriegn navies are going to help us get internet! No joke.

I am working on some other posts, but I have been too busy to finish them.  Watch this space…

A New Responsibility

Walking in Shadow

Walking in Shadow

One of my new responsibilities is to be the manager over On Field Media (OFM). It is a great group of people working to declare God’s glory being manifest in Africa through media.  They are a great model of what I would like to do with the other departments with which I have been charged.  They travel around capturing and telling stories about God’s work here in Africa.

I had the pleasure of sharing one of their videos with a lot of the people we met with in South Africa.  I have linked it.  I hope you are as moved as I am every time I watch it.

Quick update

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I returned from a great time in South Africa. I met with a lot of great people and worked on quite a few computers. Somewhere along the way I picked up what I think was some kind of amoeba or similar type organism in my stomach. It made for quite a few uncomfortable days but I think I am over the worst of it. I had a friend asked if it was my new pet. It kind of was, only like that puppy that poops and pees all over and chews on the furniture, inside my gut!

Cammy’s parents left soon after I returned.  She will post on that later.   Then we had no water or power for quite a few days. We are very blessed to live where we do, and sometimes I forget we live in Africa. Sometimes we get gentle reminders. No power meant that the water pumps stop working so we ran out of water.

God is good, of course, it is nice when we notice. The power came back on last night, of course after I ran all over getting the things in place to hook the water pump up to the generator (thank you Olsons). Now at least we have access to all the water in our tanks, and we are better prepared for the next time a transformer blows up and they have no spares.