Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Another Lesson from Kopper Plus Book Signing Update!
I've never been happier in life and ministry than I am right now.
Please don't tell the people on 7734 Bel-Mar Drive or the corner of Lincoln and Main in Belvidere, Illinois because I don't want to lose my prophetic edge as a husband/father/undershepherd.
While every day isn't a hot fudge sundae, shedding anthropomorphic temptations, "He walks with me and He talks with me and He tells me..."
Hanging out more and more and more with Him has more benefits than...
While I'm just scratching the surface of my relationship with Jesus, I am scratching the surface and...
"I wish for you, my friend, this happiness that..."
What a privilege for us who know Him to make Him known to spread gospel.
Of course, there are lots of miserable people in the world and, uh, gulp, church.
I'm not talking about our family of faith at First Presbyterian Church in Belvidere, Illinois.
While we've got our challenges/sadnesses/disappointments/whatevers like most other churches, most of the miserable people who wanted everybody else to be as miserable as them have left and new miserable people who come are converted/healed or leave and we're becoming increasingly known as a pretty heaven happy beacon for Jesus and safe haven for everybody/anybody.
Getting back to miserable people who are always trying to get us back to life without Him/His, I think of the sad sack who said, "I hate that guy! He's always so positive and hopeful and happy. He's always slapping me on the back and saying how great life is with Jesus. But I'll fix him. I'm going to tie a stick of dynamite to my back; so the next time he slaps me on the back, BOOM! His hand will be blown off."
There was a guy in "his" church about 30 years ago who had served in the army of Nazi Germany who came to me after a sermon in which I used Nazis as an indescribably horrid example of evil in our world and Dietrich Bonhoeffer as a pret' near perfect illustration of combating it and said, "I think we can stop talking about Nazis now. That's been over for a long time and we need to forget about that and move on."
Paraphrasing a line, I said people who fail to repent from history's glaringly awful moments often repeat them.
It's like sins.
Anyway, all of that came to mind while walking Kopper the other night.
I'd just come home from a long meeting.
Always suffering from separation anxieties, Kopper greeted me with tail-wagging-body-moving contortions of affection.
Parenthetically, dog shrinks will often say dogs like people best who feed, walk, and play with them.
That's me in our house.
In other words, dogs can still be willful/selfish and ticked off like the higher species when not getting their way.
That's especially obvious with Kopper when he hunts down something, has it in his mouth, and I try to take it away from him.
He will growl, bark, and even bite the hand that feeds him in a battle of wills/ways.
I can growl, bark, and even bite back; but that always makes him angrier and more dangerous.
It brings out the animal in him.
But if I'm patient and speak to him in calm, strong, endearing, and enduring tones, he usually comes back around to whatever kinda true affection is in him pour moi.
I think that's a metaphor for all relationships.
Below and above.
Blessings and Love!
I Just Wanna Ride (FTW)
Inaugural Book Signing
2050 S. Eastwood Drive
March 17, 2012
Part of Woodstock HD's 12th Annual Open House
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
In addition to bringing friends to buy lots of books,
this is a major party with lots of vendors, live music,
food, and big, big, big savings on bikes and HD stuff!
Just don't buy the 2007...
Let me introduce you to my friends at Woodstock HD!
Watch for more signings throughout 2012!
This signing is about loyalty.
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