Hope Rising

Saturday, November 26, 2011

What is faith?


Faith in God is less apt to proceed from miracles than miracles from faith in God.
Frederick Buechner
Listening to Your Life
November 19 reading

And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. 
Hebrews 11:6
NASB

These two elements [believing that He is, and is a rewarder of those who seek Him] seem most simple, but, alas, how many professing Christians act as if God were not living; and how many others, though seeking after Him, are not expecting from Him as Rewarder!
Newell, commenting on Hebrews 11:6

But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. 
Jeremiah 17:7
 

Thursday, November 24, 2011

My Thanksgiving Prayer.

Thou hast given me so much. Give me one thing more, a grateful heart.  

George Herbert

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A fall party...

In a past life, I was a special events coordinator, and a few times a year,  I get to use that knowledge to plan special events for my church. Last week, we had a fall party with s'mores, hot chocolate, caramel apples, and popcorn for all of our ministry partners.  There was also a bonfire, but somehow I missed getting a picture of it. My brother and sister in law let me borrow their vintage crates and trunks, and I used burlap as a cover on top of the tablecloths...here are some pictures:

Apple Cider accompaniments
Hot chocolate accompaniments



The above picture was taken later in the evening after everyone brought their pies for a pie making contest...it was taken w/ my phone, so the quality wasn't as good, but you get the idea. :)
Napkins, utensils, hand sanitizer, and plates...placed in an upside down box...

We pulled a flat bed truck in for our worship team to lead in a few songs around the bonfire...again, taken with my phone, so not great quality.  

All in all, a fun fall evening!