Mysteries abound when kids are secretaries.

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Yet when I am among mature believers, I do speak with words of wisdom, but not the kind of wisdom that belongs to this world or to the rulers of this world, who are soon forgotten. 7No, the wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God—his plan that was previously hidden, even though he made it for our ultimate glory before the world began. 8But the rulers of this world have not understood it; if they had, they would not have crucified our glorious Lord. 9That is what the Scriptures mean when they say,

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined

what God has prepared for those who love him.”

10But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. 11No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit. 12And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.  1 Corinthians 2:6-12
Have you ever had the following experience upon arriving home?

One of the kids says, “Somebody called for you.”

Parent: Who called?

Kid: I’m not sure.

Parent: What’d they say?

Kid: I think, that you should call them back.

Parent: What’s the number?

Kid: I don’t remember.

Parent: Did you write it down?

Kid: No.

Parent: When did they want me to call back?

Kid: I don’t know.

Well maybe you don’t have kids. It could have been a roommate! Before the advent of caller ID and everybody having a personal phone attached to them this was a dead-end conversation. Dead-end conversations — that’s sometimes how people see the journey of getting to know God. But that’s not how the Apostle Paul sees it. He believes the messaging of the Gospel specifically dispels the fog regarding God and His intentions. God hasn’t called on you with the Gospel in order to create confusion. No, God has called on you with the Gospel of Jesus in order to dispel some mysteries and to transform your loves.

The Gospel message is much clearer than our secretarial kids.

Who called? God.

What’d He say? The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus is His plan for including people in a relationship of love and and in His long-term plan to redeem Creation.
What do I need to do next? Receive Jesus by faith; He gives His Holy Spirit to help you know the wonderful things He has freely given us.

When? Now.

The Gospel has a very specific view of the work of God. The cross of Jesus stood upon terraferma in a specific period of history in order to reveal and make a way for people into the King’s mission. The Gospel is the message and Jesus’ people are now the agents of His message: God is doing something good on your behalf; he is preparing something good for you who love Him. The journey now with the Holy Spirit is to live from and into the good He is giving us.

Ah, Dear world, here’s the challenge for me and even for the church: sometimes I still feel like a kid trying to convey the message. I may not be clear. My lack of skills and the imperfections of my life may create confusion. I’m just a kid secretary, still growing up! And sometimes I struggle to find the words to describe the love, joy, peace, change and hope I have found in Him. But I’m trying. So I go back to the Gospel message. And I know its not all up to me. Its a good thing God is giving His Holy Spirit to help you… and to help me! Of this I’m sure: ’till Jesus Christ returns, God is going to keep calling on people through His Gospel and His Spirit!

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communication wins canada hockey gold!

I hope you enjoyed the Olympic closing day and the Canada Hockey Gold!  Wow wow wow so exciting.  I don’t know if you followed the backstory to Sidney Crosby’s winning goal.  It has to do with communication.  Winning teams communicate.  They make sure they are heard and understood.  They work on communicating.  They talk about communicating.  They keep working to make the channels open and passable.  Whatever you are giving your life to in relationships, work, and play, communication will make a difference.  We enjoyed the victory and the goal, but the winning as a team wasn’t just about men, sticks, ice, and a puck.  Winning required communicating.  Here’s the backstory to Sidney’s goal–thanks to the Vancouver Sun.
“Iggy!”
It was a scream Jarome Iginla had many times in his career heard. But never this loudly. Or with so much urgency.
Like a blind man, the scream told Iginla where Sidney Crosby was on the ice. It told him where to pass the puck. And it told him how little time he had before the play went sour.
“There’s different pitches of yelling,” said Iginla. “He was yelling.
He was yelling pretty urgently. I knew he had a step [on defenceman Brian Rafalski]. So I was hoping I hadn’t delayed in getting it to him.”
“I just tried to let him know where I was,” Crosby said of Iginla. “He outmuscled the guy. That’s basically what it came down to; a one-on- one battle and he won it and we were able to capitalize on it.”
“We were talking all tournament to keep communicating,” added Iginla.  “We were saying all the time to let me know if he was open and stuff.  He let me know there. He was screaming.”

See the whole article here.