Yosemite Fires Bring Me a Reminder

This AP story shows a what is happening near Yosemite National Park. That park is just a few hours from where we live. In fact, we will actually be there next week on vacation.

We love the beauty of God’s creation. We will be doing some 4-wheeling, reading, watching sunsets, and once again we will visit Lake Eleanor — a hidden and pristine lake treasure.

Many years ago, we had a guest Revival Speaker come to our church. Leonard Ravenhill was a brash, straight-shooting, no-way-out kind of preacher. He scared us a little. But the fear was kind of authentic because of what his core message communicated.

The message was pretty simple. In comparison with the Holiness of God — how are we living out our faith? Is it sincere and active and honoring the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY?

Woah, it sure had us praying for a true move of God to be known in our individual lives.

Now for the fire reminder: Leonard Ravenhill was asked to provide promotional materials so we could get more of the public to respond to his visit. You know, we just wanted to advertise the event.

His response? “YOU NEVER HAVE TO ADVERTISE A FIRE!”

And it’s true, fire attracts attention. The attention goes directly to the source of the flames, to the heat and to the available fuel – in this case, believers willing to “burn” in order to keep God’s evidence in clear view.

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We’re Ba a a a k!

American Airline Flight DelayWow! What a great week we had on vacation.

Today was a travel day … all day. (Tuesday). Our flight left Chicago O’Hare Airport at 8:30 AM, was diverted and landed in Wichata Falls, TX because of bad weather at Dallas. We were on the ground waiting for 4 additional hours just sitting in the plane, almost 8 hours on that plane in total. They did give everyone 1 piece of Dominoes Pizza after three hours of waiting, though. 😉

Then on to Dallas where all of our flights were canceled. So we flew into SFO. That would have been fine, but for our luggage. It is now scheduled (we think) to go to Oakland sometime on Wednesday. Then they will deliver it to us.

We just got back from Target where Ginger got a shiny new curling iron and fresh make-up. She said she needed that to return to the real world on Wednesday. Hmmmm…..

Thanks for all the prayers, we are really rested.Indy 500 Car

Had a great time the past 3 days in Chicago and with our diversion on Sunday to the Indianapolis 500 where we witnessed first-hand … the DANICA MARCH! Can’t wait to see all of our California Family!

Oh, and here’s a quick photo of the Nintendo Wii Fit Car … didn’t leave the race very “fit” at all, eh?

Funny Grandmother and Saturday Review

My Grandma Ruth is hilarious. She’s 91 and aging, that’s for sure… but I could listen to her for a long time. She had Ginger really laughing by saying such random stuff.

Saturday we arrived just fine, drove from Chicago to Rockford. We had lunch with my brother, Steve, and one of his three sons, Michael, who is in 7th grade. Steve was driving through town and we’ll see him again on his return trip on Monday.

Right now is Sunday morning and in a couple of hours Ginger and I will be ministering at my mom’s church. Pray for us (if you read this in time) that the Lord will allow his servants to be instruments of His choosing.

Headed to Chi-Town

chicago-at-nightI grew up about 90 miles from Chicago, Illinois. At about midnight, Friday, May 16, 2008 we fly out of San Francisco on a 10-day trip back home. Some pretty exciting things are coming together that you could sure pray about for our trip there.

1. Ginger and I will be guest speakers at my mom’s church on Sunday morning. I am bringing a powerful message from the “Lost” series we did at Central Assembly last year. Remember it? It had the video of me talking about “The Taste Test” and filling all those cups up and talking about Solomon? Ginger is planning on ministering the song she wrote called, “Let it Rain” as well.

2. I am going to visit a tree I planted at my elementary school — Maple School. When I think of me being a 3rd grader and 8 years-old — well it makes ME FEEL pretty old indeed. But there was a legacy left there for now two generations!

3. We plan on visiting my Grandpa and Grandma Hohm’s grave in Sycamore, Illinois. I remember every Memorial Day we would go there until I was probably 14 or 15 years old. One time this 1-hour trip took like 6 hours because our Toyota Crown Station Wagon’s carborator’s needle-valve kept sticking open and flooding the engine with gas. That gas back then? Probably 45 cents per gallon. NOW I AM REALLY FEELING OLD!

More to come … just bookmark this page or check in to http://chicago.revtim.com at any time for updates!