Me and Oscar at graduation

Oscar is the youth ministry graduate this year.

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Express Divorce

We live in a rapid society. We have instant potatoes, instant rice, fast food, and microwaveable popcorn. We want a quick solution for everything.
This instant gratification has translated into the desire to have many things without working for them. It seems like work ethic has disappeared. And not only in our jobs. We no longer want to work on our families or marriages either.
This picture is a sign for an “express divorce.” It boasts that you will only have to wait 30 days for them to finish everything for your divorce. Seems too easy to me.
Why can’t we work at things? Why all of a sudden have we become so lazy that we will no longer fight (in a good way) for our marriages or families? What has happened?
I’m not sure, but I want to be a person who works hard to protect my family and my relationship with my wife. There are things worth fighting for. Work ethic, both in ministry and family, is something that should set us apart.

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I’ve been playing around with, a site that allows you to easily post pretty much everything and then decide where it goes from there. So far, I like it a lot.

After you set it up, all you do is send an email to, and using different addresses, you tell it where it should post to besides your posterous account. Everything you post goes to your posterous stream, too.

I like it because I can post pictures and video to different places just by attaching them to an email and sending it off. Usually within a minute it is posted to both my posterous account and my flickr account. If I want, I can also post it to my facebook or twitter accounts. I’ve given my posterous account the name: Life and Other Things…Everything I can think about right now, because that is exactly how I use it. It’s a way to share experiences and what I’m thinking.

It’s just simply an easy way to get content out there. I’m excited about the possibilities. I can even post to this blog by sending an email to posterous. How cool is that?

Life is war

Life is war. That's not all it is. But it is always that. Our weakness in prayer is owing largely to our neglect of this truth. Prayer is primarily a wartime walkie-talkie for the mission of the church as it advances against the powers of darkness and unbelief. It is not surprising that prayer malfunctions when we try to make it a domestic intercom to call upstairs for more comforts in the den. God has given us prayer as a wartime walkie-talkie so that we can call headquarters for everythign we need as the kingdom of Christ advances in the world. Prayer gives us the significance of front-line forces, and gives God the glory of a limitless Provider. The one who gives the power gets the glory. Thus prayer safeguards the supremacy of God in missions while linking us with endless grace for every need. – John Piper, Let the Nations be Glad: The Supremacy of God in Missions – p 41

This is an incredible quote about prayer in the life of a Christian. I need to constantly be reminded that I am not given prayer for my comforts. I am given prayer to use as God accomplishes His purposes in His Kingdom.

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Benjamin graduated to a forward facing car seat

And Nathan now uses a booster seat. They’re growing up fast.

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Seminary Choir Concert last night

Besides graduation, every year’s school activities conclude with the choir concert. Last night was this year’s concert. Here’s a quick clip I recorded on my phone.

Youth Ministry graduates in Cuba 2009

I feel like a grandfather, almost. The students we trained in the Cuba project who graduated last June have seen their first generation of students graduate from the Seminary in Havana.

It’s exciting to see how the ministry is multiplying. Here are some pictures from their graduation. Click one to see a larger version and a description.

See the set of photos on Flickr.

Here are some more posts that have to do with the program in Cuba:
Interview with Pancho
Interview with Giancarlos
Memorable Moment (Graduation in Cuba)
The Last Three Years – Part 1
The Last Three Years – Part 2
The Last Three Years – Part 3
Thanks to You