From the monthly archives: May 2014

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Serve 6.8 Needs You to Help Fill 30,000 Sandbags

 

Flooding concerns are back in the news again. Last week’s storm system, coupled with snow runoff, brought flooding to parts of Loveland, and now the Poudre is starting to spill over its banks.

Since last September’s flooding, the Northern Colorado community has been waiting to see what would happen when the weather warmed and the snowpack melted. Well, we’re here. The snowpack is still full. Plus, there’s a good chance of more rain this weekend. And our friends at Serve 6.8 aren’t waiting to see what happens before action is taken.

Today, Serve 6.8, along with the Red Cross and Larimer County, launched “Operation Sandbag.” Their goal is to fill 30,000 sandbags for families and business in the flood plain of the Big Thompson and Poudre rivers.

And they need your help.

They have two shifts: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 2 – 7 p.m. today, Friday and Sunday; and one shift from 2 – 7 p.m. on Saturday. Click here to go to their Doodle and sign up for the time that works for you.

So, if you’re looking for a way to “seek the welfare of the city” (Jeremiah 29:7), clear a few hours from your calendar, grab some friends, family members or folks from your small group, and click that Doodle link.

Steadfast Summer: Finding Joy in Life's Various Trials

 

The other day, as the sun was roasting my neck and the clouds of mosquitoes were clogging my lungs while I was out for a run, I thought back to summers past. It was a bit of an Olaf moment, but in reverse. Even though I’m not in college anymore, I still think in semesters, and this time of year feels like spring has ended and summer is upon us.

Ahhh, summer. Early mornings. Night runs. Half-priced Sonic shakes. Lots of Frisbee. Barbeques. Camping. Trials.

I was specifically thinking about the summer of 2004, my first summer in Fort Collins. Already 10 years ago. I had been offered an internship in the Midwest at a pharmaceutical company but had turned it down to stay in Fort Collins for what the Rock was calling an “Infusion.” God met my financial needs by giving me a job as a painter for Jeremy Pourbaix and his brother Dan. 

Now, some of these trials were self-induced. After reading Matthew 4, where Jesus says, “Man does not live on bread alone,” my friend Eddie Smith and I decided that for the first week of work we would literally try to live on just bread and water. Terrible decision. Not only is that verse true spiritually, but also biologically. Let’s just say we were not ourselves by the end of the week, and thus found the verse very true and wise.

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The Vital Church: Getting in Shape to Run the Race

 

Sometimes it is a short walk between inspiration and naiveté.  

I remember watching someone take that walk once. I was at the start of the Fort Collins Thanksgiving Day run. Two thousand racers stood at the line ready to run. In the front row were dozens of elite runners from across the world. The winner would run an average pace of 4 minutes and 44 seconds per mile. 

Prior to the start, a young man, who once had been our next-door neighbor, found me in the crowd. He was running the race that day and was asking me what I thought he might need to run to win. 

“To win?” I asked.

“Yeah, I think I might have a shot,” he answered in his basketball shorts and ratty concert T-shirt.

He had run a 4:44 pace before … for 400 meters. What’s another 3.75 miles? He figured he had a solid chance. He did not. The last I ever saw of the young man was his near-collapse at the half-mile mark. He didn’t win. I’m pretty sure he didn’t finish.

Does your life ever feel like his race? Sometimes mine does. 

Stephen King once said that talent is cheaper than table salt. I wonder if vision might be as well. Getting an idea to win a race is much easier than winning one. I get ideas all the time but I do not always have the “fitness” required to see them through.

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Watch Kevin Durant's MVP Speech and 1) Try Not to Cry and 2) Try Not to Think about the Church

 

Yesterday, Kevin Durant was crowned MVP of the NBA's regular season. And seriously, his acceptance speech could be taken as a metaphor for the importance of the church as family and all the life that flows out of it. Get out the tissues!

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