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Thursday, November 5, 2009

I am sitting at Dunn Brothers in Elk River at 8:30 am. There have been at least a dozen households here with parents bringing their kids to the coffee shop before school. They are playing mancala, talking, reading the paper together. There's a deck of cards out. Lots of laughter. One girl -- maybe seven -- is demonstrating her ipod to her mom. Another girl is teaching her little brother to spell "r-e-s-p-o-n-s-i-b-i-l-i-t-y". It all gives me hope for the future.

We have entered the calm before the vote -- or at least it feels that way. A stray email comes through now and then telling me how irresponsible and manipulative I am, but since it's anonymous I don't take it too seriously. Some people just need to vent; I don't need to agonize over what they say if they're not willing to have a conversation.

It is hard to be fearful on a beautiful morning like this. These crisp November mornings just ring with the psalm, "The earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof ..."

And as if to verify that, a woman whom I have never met just came up to me and said that the Holy Spirit just moved her to pray for me. I asked if she knew what was going on at Central, and she said, "Is that your church?" So I explained just a little bit about this Sunday's vote and she said she'd pray for me.

Thanks, God.


  1. Wow. That just blows me away. Thanks for the reminder that God is omniscient and omnipresent and just so, so loving.

  2. You're awesome and such an amazing gift to us! We thank the Lord for each of you, for sharing His ways with us. Thanks Pastor Jeff!

    There is no doubt in my mind how things are going to pan out. I feel confident that hearts have been opened.

  3. Hey PJeff that is funny because my daughter is in second grade and one of her two "challenge" words for today's spelling test was r-e-s-p-o-n-s-i-b-i-l-i-t-y. I've been testing her on that word all week. (she got 100% on her test, have to brag on my little einstein.)

    You and the whole staff at Central are in my prayers daily. Remember 2 Tim 1:7, For God does not give us a spirit of fear or timidity, but of power, love, and sound mind/self-discipline. (last word changes depending on the translation).

    Thanks for all you do to lead the Body at Central!!!