Tuesday, January 02, 2007

And now for something completely different!

This photo is for those who think I'm too serious--I am most of the time, but I can relax--see?

We had a great time New Year's Eve with friends--eating, talking, sharing, crying, praying--we completely ignored the midnight hour celebration! Can't think of a better way to start my new year.

Earlier today I found this at the Jolly Blogger. It reminded me of the sweet time of fellowship we enjoyed New Year's Eve--and all year with dear Xian brothers and sisters.

I'm looking forward to getting back in the swing of things soon, but we're having company in and out for the next few weeks. I'll see how the blogging goes in the midst of fellowshipping, hosting, cleaning, etc.


Clarissa said...

I love it! I KNOW I am a sinner...thank God He loves me anyway. Confessing one to another is the hard part. I think many things hold us back and pride is probably at the top of the list. It should not be so. It is so true that "he who is alone in his sin is truly alone". It always seems "bigger" if it is a "secret" too, I've found.

Loved your comment about Craig's book. I love to listen to Craig preach. That is the church Byn goes to and I have learned much from that pastor.

Connie said...

Clarissa: C.J. Mahaney's book on humility states that pride is at the root of all our sin--if you haven't read the book, I highly recommend it.

FYI, I did NOT comment on or recommend Craig's book--have never read it and don't know anything about him--other than what I just looked up on the internet! My comment was ABOVE my name--the comment section at Jolly Blogger is designed a little oddly.

For the record, I'm VERY concerned about the current trend of "multi-location" (video/live-feed) churches. How does a pastor "shepherd" sheep that he has never meet and doesn't know personally? I welcome further dialogue on this!!

Clarissa said...

Oh, I read your comment too, I'm sure. Just got it confused with the other one.

While I really enjoy Craig's messages, I don't think that a mega/satellite church would work for me, personally. I'm sure that most of these churches have "systems" in place to minister to the individual (i.e. small group study) and I know that there are probably trained counselors (I've also heard Craig talk about counseling people himself, so I'm sure he does that as much as he can) However, I'm with you in that I don't see how a relationship develops. Much could be said on this subject....I'm interested in hearing your thoughts too.