Archive for May, 2007

crying @ 5:55 AM

Silas Cole

so silas woke me up early this morning…he’s such a stinker sometimes. after getting him back to sleep I decided to just stay up and had this amazing thought that I could actually spend some “quiet time” and seek the Lord. I’m always trying to get up early for some “quiet time” but it never seems to become reality, at least in the morning.

I ended up in a coffee shop for about an hour and had a great time reading scripture. I love how God used my son to get me out of bed and into His word. Even if I don’t like the term “quiet time” and “devotions”, it was awesome to actually have some face time in scripture just for the sake of meeting with God.

I was reflecting recently that these come easy to me: worship, prayer, writing about my faith, relationship, reading books about faith & art, thinking about my spirit, meeting with friends and discussing spiritual things.

But being in the word does not come easily. I’m thankful that God speaks through his Spirit, but I do need to rely more on His word.

So here’s a bit of what I gathered out of scripture this morning, mostly from Acts 15 & 16…

Silas was an amazing missionary – who accepted his call from God to travel to new people to help clarify the true gospel.

Silas was a missionary with Paul. He linked up with Paul, when he was sent from Jerusalem to help clarify that the Gentiles did not need to follow the strict Moses law to be true believers. Later on he spent some time with Paul in jail, and it came out that Silas was also a Roman citizen (AFTER he was flogged). I can not even imagine being flogged. That’s just crazy.

He was flogged, spent time in jail but later he helped write Thessalonians. He also formed a true brotherly bond with his friend Paul and also Timothy.

This is the question I’m thinking about today:

What if Silas had rejected his call to go with Paul?

What if he said, “no it makes more sense for me to stay in Jerusalem – I’m really being used in the church here and it’s important for me to stay”. I bet that would have made a lot of sense to his family and even to his spiritual friends – but it wasn’t what he was called out to.

Will I let God wreck everything in my life, for his sake? Uh…no. Not yet at least. I continue to pray for clarity, I know it will come.

Acts 15:25-28 (TNIV)

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22 Then the apostles and elders, with the whole church, decided to choose some of their own men and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They chose Judas (called Barsabbas) and Silas, who were leaders among the believers.

25 So we all agreed to choose some men and send them to you with our dear friends Barnabas and Paul— 26 men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 27 Therefore we are sending Judas and Silas to confirm by word of mouth what we are writing. 28 It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements:

Acts 16:22-23 (TNIV)

22 The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. 23 After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully.

 

2 Corinthians 1:18-20 (TNIV)

18 But as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not “Yes” and “No.” 19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me and Silas and Timothy—was not “Yes” and “No,” but in him it has always been “Yes.” 20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.

1 Peter 5:11-13 (TNIV)

12 With the help of Silas, whom I regard as a faithful brother, I have written to you briefly, encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it.

suffering to me is…

poison ivy

the kids in Germany

eli gets Germany, Africa and Canada all mixed up. We tell him his cousins live in Canada, his mommy grew up in Germany, and some kids in Africa don’t have enough food – so he should finish his dinner (every parent resorts to this tactic at some point)…

so he informs me that he can’t finish his dinner because some of the kids in Germany don’t have enough food, and he needs to save some for them

kids are always seeing the reality in dumb statements, statements like “finish your dinner, ’cause there are kids in Africa that are starving”…

with suffering

i have realized lately that there’s not a lot of suffering in my life. i say i want to be compassionate, but i’m lacking an element of suffering. com (with) passion (suffering). just the whole idea of saying i’m passionate about God, and yet lack any type of real suffering in my life makes me wonder if i’m in quite the right spot. i’m open right now to entering into some real un-safe situation, and even taking on some elements of suffering. i’m not sure if this is a good thing or not. Libby would certainly say that this is not a good thing…right???

Philippians 3:8-11 (TNIV)

What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.

Philippians 3:7-11 (The Message)

7-9The very credentials these people are waving around as something special, I’m tearing up and throwing out with the trash—along with everything else I used to take credit for. And why? Because of Christ. Yes, all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant—dog dung. I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ and be embraced by him. I didn’t want some petty, inferior brand of righteousness that comes from keeping a list of rules when I could get the robust kind that comes from trusting Christ—God’s righteousness.

10-11I gave up all that inferior stuff so I could know Christ personally, experience his resurrection power, be a partner in his suffering, and go all the way with him to death itself. If there was any way to get in on the resurrection from the dead, I wanted to do it.

the tragic glorifying life

is the less tragic life less glorifying? (that question is doomed, but it is making a point for me)

i’ve seen a couple of friends go through some deep dark times recently, and it’s at those times that God has certainly been most glorified in their lives – and in a very public positive way. death and tragedy certainly thrust faithful people into this deep realm of the spirit. i’m not envious of the tragedy, but i am a little spellbound on what it’s like to be that deep in the spirit.

so now i’m wondering if the less tragic life is less glorifying? i will say that when things are going well it can be easy to gloss over the spiritual side of life – and miss God altogether on some days. i’ve recently been trying really hard (hopefully in the Spirit) to glorify God in the less tragic life. my tragedy is right around the corner, and maybe when that day comes i’ll have more of a public voice of faith for God. but i’m trying really hard (hopefully in the Spirit) not to miss glorifying God in the every day.

Praying for Silas this past Sunday @ the alter was such a rich time for me, I prayed that I would not hold back my love from him, and that I would not hold him back from God. It was one of those times when I felt the deep weight of being a parent, but realized how little is in my control. I pray for my kids every day, praying that tragedy will not come our way. But if it does I know it will be to Christ’s glory. Life is too short for some, like Elizabeth and maybe Charity – but God can do so much through what little time we have here. So I need to be more about God’s kingdom with the time I do have.

I love you Silas, Eden, Elias & Libby

f e a r

what has fear kept you from doing that God is calling you to do?

Silas Cole

Silas Cole Foester

Silas is finally here! We waited, but it was worth it. He’s really cute, and his big bro and big sis are already making up nick names for him.

Silas Cole was born April 29, 2007 @ 1:37 AM. He came so quick that his mama almost didn’t have time to get her epidural – but all is good now.

He weighted 7 lbs even, and was a lengthy 22 inches. He likes to chill and sleep.


author – Terry Foester

I'm a family man at heart. I admit my world revolves around my wife Libby and our 3 hooligans...Eli, Eden and Silas. They are easy to love. I'm trying to learn to love the rest of you. I also like to ask questions.

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