Friday, November 28, 2008

Thankful for thankful children...

For thanksgiving, the Broome family sat down for a time of sharing. Lindsey, Joshua, Anna Bell and I read through I Thess. 5:16-18 together, sang some songs, and then shared what we were thankful for. These are the lists from the kiddos (in no particular order):
Joshua was thankful for:
- toys
- the color yellow
- the guitar
- Anna Bell
- Joshua (himself - he's a big fan of his)
- Daddy & Mommy
- the whole family
- Thomas and Friends

Anna Bell was thankful for:
- Sarah Hawkins (her friend from church)
- Cortney Jones (a friend of ours)
- bear (her favorite bear that smells like drool because she constantly chews his nose)
- Mommy & Daddy
- Joshua
- Baby Brother

Kids say the craziest things! I was so glad to sit down with them and discuss our thankfulness to God for all He has done in our little family. I am so thankful to have an amazing wife and two wonderful children. God truly has been gracious to me.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Evidence of the Fall...

I don't know about you, but my lawn is absolutely covered in fallen leaves. If you look closely, you may be able to see a blade of grass or two. Yesterday, I began blowing these leaves into a huge pile, and a thought occurred to me.
I wondered if leaves fell off trees before the fall. I would assume that before the fall, there was no sin, no death, no effects of fallenness. My conclusion, then, would be that leaves did not fall before the fall.
In fact, one of the consequences of sin was that Adam would labor on the earth. So yesterday as I raked, I thought about Adam, which led me to think about the Fall of man. Happy raking!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Surprised about the election?

Hello everyone -
Most people are weighing in today on the election - the presidential election, that is. I would like to remind you about the truth of the recent events.
While many of us were surprised, shocked, in horror and agony, there is One who was not so caught off guard. Imagine the scene in the news coverage revealed that Obama has been declared President...God saying to the angels, "Man, I never saw that coming!" Of course, this is not how things went down.
Today, I cling to hope that I serve a God who never sleeps or turns away. I serve a God who is intimately all-knowing and who wasn't caught off guard in the slightest. My friends (sorry for the McCain reference), we need only to look to Scripture for our guidance.
Can you remember when the Hebrews became slaves in Egypt? Why did that happen? Because there came a new king in Egypt who did not know about Joseph and what he had done (read Exodus 1). He enslaved the people of God. BUT - what did God do? He was behind the scenes orchestrating the Exodus - the freeing of His people and their deliverance from slavery. This was a foreshadowing of the great deliverance that was to come in the Messiah. Now, talk about God being in control!
Can you just imagine the reaction of the Hebrews when the news came that a new king arrived who didn't remember Joseph? Man, they must have been in terror.
Now, I am certainly not comparing Obama to Pharoah. Please do not misinterpret me here. What I am saying is that God is in control of our world. Look at Hebrews 1 - "He upholds the world...".
So today, my brothers and sisters, God is at work. He is in control. I slept well last night because I know that God is sovereign and that He will receive the glory in the midst of this development.