Sunday Sermon

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Do you ever slip into “here and now” mode and forget what the Bible teaches about heaven? Heaven exists. It’s real. Someday we’ll spend eternity there. What does that mean for you today? How should that change your future plans for the next year? Two years? Ten years?

 

Well first it’s important to remember that heaven’s going to rock. In heaven you’ll enjoy and glorify God. You’ll get to know Him intimately forever, fulfilling the very reason you were created and ...

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A New Kind of Strange

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Living in a new culture and climate is all about adjustment, flexing and bending with the current. There’s the life-changing adjustments that happen every once in a long while, but mostly life is made up of subtle, minuscule changes over time. It’s fun to look back and see what has become normal after 9 months. For instance, to me, this vehicle now appears to have hardly any bamboo on it (because it’s not stacked to twice the height of the vehicle). ...
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learning

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This has been another week of learning for us in the Land of the Unexpected.

Bugs are a normal part of daily life. Suppose you leave something out overnight; ants. Put your fruit in a bowl so it looks pretty and is easy to get; ants. Forget to bring in your laundry before the moona beetles come out; moona beetles in your house. You get the picture. What I didn’t know, is that Fruit Bats are also a normal part of ...

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A Kettle in Singapore

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Just over a week ago we experienced was a flurry of travel, although I wish it had been a real Michigan snow flurry after we encountered the sweat-inducing temperatures of Singapore. Several weeks ago God began our journey toward Singapore. Finn had an infection, a UTI to be precise. It involved lots of tests. Since then I’ve become a pro at collecting urine samples. But I think Singapore wasn’t really about Finn in the end.
Finn dozing in the Botanic Gardens

Finn dozing in the Botanic Gardens

Quick Infection recap: ...

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when drain plugs make you cry

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I have always tried to write about the easy and the hard things about being a missionary, instead of shying away and showing only the Instagram-worthy moments of my life. Without a doubt, the hardest part about being a foreign missionary is leaving loved ones behind. But there is something that I didn’t know would be so hard. This is an open-hearted view at that hard for me thing.

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Nobody told me that getting your first package from home would hurt ...

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Whatsa dasawisma? Part I

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It took me the better part of 4 months to actually hear the word(s) “dasa wisma.” The fact that it is also shortened to “da’wis,” didn’t help. But seeing as how the word had definitley floated around in countless neighbourhood conversations, I can’t believe it never even registered at all (more on this later)! This got me thinking about the actual process of language learning–the way our brains start taking apart the massive endeavour and putting it into manageable pieces. It ...
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Weighing In

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DSC04717_800x533So, I’m not going to write a birth story since I’d rather not revisit the insanity of it all. I’ll just say that it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, and I wish that my water hadn’t broken early. I definitely got a taste of the curse. Only by the grace of God and Payton’s steady presence did we make it through those 30+ hours. And even then, the journey of parenthood had just begun! I will never again ...

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hodgepodge

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Thank you for your outpouring of love after my last post! Those hard days are hard, but wonderful when they come… but they do pass. I feel like I’ve settled here now, that this is home, and I love it.

Here’s my hodgepodge sort of list of an update about what we’ve been up to this week. I felt like I was playing catch up all week, trying to stay on top of things around the house, and get in all ...

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wonderful hard days

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One of the frangipani blossoms from the tree outside our house.

I’ve had this post written and ready to go for almost a week now, and I just haven’t had the guts to share it. It sounds like a list of complaints and weakness to me, but you all have stuck with me through the good and the bad. And the good has far outweighed the bad, so here it is…

I had a day or two last week that were so ...

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erin’s expectations

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This is the week y’all! The week of packing, hugging, cleaning, hugging, tears, hugging, suitcases, hugging, carry-ons, and hugging. We leave for Papua New Guinea this week.

I’ve been encouraged not to pack any expectations in my suitcase; to leave them all on this side of airport security, and not bring any with me. It makes it much easier to transition to life overseas when you have no expectations of what it’s supposed be like.

I know it’s not cool anymore, but ...

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