Posts by AndrewH

Try, Fail, Succeed

Posted by on Aug 2, 2017 in Stories

Try, Fail, Succeed

Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them. (Acts...

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As We are Able

Posted by on May 17, 2017 in Stories

As We are Able

For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. (Romans 12:4-6a NIV) Last month I had the privilege of working with our Middle School and High School students to prepare Creekside’s Good Friday Service. We gave the kids the basic framework that we were going to walk through a Seder (Passover) meal as the centerpiece of the service, but what that looked like was left completely...

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Yeah, It’s Gonna Hurt

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in Stories

Yeah, It’s Gonna Hurt

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:26-28 NIV) The other night I was reading The Velveteen Rabbit to the kids before bed, and I was struck by a scene early in the book where the rabbit is...

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Foundation of Love

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016 in Stories

Foundation of Love

“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.” (Luke...

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Not By Sight

Posted by on May 25, 2016 in Stories

Not By Sight

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. (Hebrews 11:1-3 NIV) The last thing we do when we put the kids to bed at night is say nighttime prayers with them. Our oldest son, Sawyer (age 3.5), has just gotten to the point where he is starting to ask questions. One of the things he likes to ask is, “Is God here?” It’s an interesting thing trying to explain to a three-year-old the...

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“Why,” Not “What”

Posted by on Feb 24, 2016 in Stories

“Why,” Not “What”

“Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.” (Ephesians 4:15 NIV) There are mornings I meet friends before work where we discuss the Bible or other related books we are reading. That means that when I go to work I have these books lying on the front seat of my car. I sometimes pause for a second as I’m getting out of my car and wonder what people think if they see them sitting on the seat. When that happens I ask myself the question, “Am I ashamed?” The more I reflect on...

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Connecting the Old and the New

Posted by on Oct 29, 2015 in Stories

Connecting the Old and the New

“God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.'” (Exodus 3:14) “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” (John 8:58) This past week I was talking to a friend who’s participating in the Bible Read Through and he asked, “How do you reconcile the God of the Old Testament with the God of the New Testament?” It’s a great question and one I believe we need to think about. There is a lot of hard material in the Old Testament that is...

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Opportunity Not Inconvenience

Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in Stories

Opportunity Not Inconvenience

“But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” (Acts 20:24) There are certain verses I know I had read many times before, but there is a first time I remember reading the verse. For me, Acts 20:24 is one such verse. The first time I remember reading it was the summer of 2007 while I was in the second of a three week mission trip to Taiwan. It was my third summer teaching English summer camps with a Taiwanese church...

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