Archive for July, 2007

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turn up the silence

This whole idea of God “turning up the silence” came to me recently.
A friend and I were talking about why God doesn’t seem to talk to us more clearly. Then I was noticing in scripture about how we are to call on him, and it’s his role to listen. He’s already spoken through his creation, word and spirit. But I’m wrestling with the same thing about listening and discerning God’s plan for me.

As for the question about God speaking to us, one of the things I’ve realize in the last 6 months is that scripturally it’s more our role to call to him. We always talk about us listening to God and Him speaking, but more times in scripture it’s the opposite – us crying to him (in worship or prayer or for salvation or for redemption) and him “turning his ear” Psalm 116: 1-2. He speaks through salvation and redemption and the work that is done, not always in words.

He has promised to “turn his ear” to us. I’m so thankful that he has heard my cry, I am confident he has. (Psalm 116:2 – Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live!)

Psalm 116 (TNIV) © Copyright 2001, 2005 by International Bible Society

1 I love the LORD, for he heard my voice;
he heard my cry for mercy.

2 Because he turned his ear to me,
I will call on him as long as I live.

Psalm 88 (TNIV) © Copyright 2001, 2005 by International Bible Society

1 LORD, you are the God who saves me; day and night I cry out to you.

2 May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry.

Psalm 28 (TNIV) © Copyright 2001, 2005 by International Bible Society

Of David.

1 To you, LORD, I call; you are my Rock, do not turn a deaf ear to me.

For if you remain silent, I will be like those who go down to the pit.

2 Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help,
as I lift up my hands toward your Most Holy Place.

6 Praise be to the LORD, for he has heard my cry for mercy.

the buzz conference – Craig Groeschel notes

limited resources + increasing passion = exponential innovation

i love equations (ok – that’s not true) – these notes are from Craig Groeschel’s first talk @ the buzz conference.  These are not exact quotes, but pretty close.  Some good thoughts from Craig.  You can read his blog here.

a lot of times we say we can’t pull something off, because of limited resources. Craig believes that it’s more tied to our passion for something than it is to our resources.  And claiming limited resources is just a lame excuse. True passion for something will overcome resources in an innovative way.

in the church world today, we need to stop whining about what we don’t have, see what we do have and become more passionate.

it’s not about getting more people into our church, but getting our church into the world – all of a sudden we will have exponential innovation.

innovative leaders do the following…

1. they heal the sick

(Math. 9) – not the healthy who need a doctor (increasing passion part)

in order to reach those who no one else is reaching, we’ll have to do things that no one else is doing…i.e. – we can’t just copy what other people are doing

question – when is the last time you had a non-believer in your home?

2. they break rules

we don’t break away from the truth of scripture, but we break away from the way things have been done (what did Jesus do on the sabbath?) he “broke the sabbath rules” and they “turn right” (nascar)

every great movement of God started when someone “turned right” – Martin Luther, John Wesley, Bill Hybels.

Craig stopped doing church conferences for two years – so he could hear more clearly from God

Today’s contemporary is tomorrow’s traditional

question – what is God calling you to try that no one has done before?

3. they offended pharisees

What new thing is God calling you to create today, that God will use tomorrow?

4. they redefine success

John 3:30 – John the Baptist – prepare the way, I must decrease, and he must increase. We must become less impressed with our latest creative idea, and becoming more focused on us becoming less.

The whole idea of a an individual mega-church is ridiculous. Every church is micro compared to the population around it and what God will do with his church.

a turn around, and two “jersey” cantaloupe

how big is the gospel?, how revolutionary is it…in my life?

i have to say – it’s pretty revolutionary

A revolution (from Late Latin revolutio which means “a turn around”) is a significant change that usually occurs in a relatively short period of time.

a turn around is exactly what i’ve experienced in the last 6 months. “Salvation is here, and He lives in me.”

in other news…

I got two “jersey” cantaloupe yesterday, and one is already gone. And Lib doesn’t even like cantaloupe or watermelon, or ANY type of melon, crazy! But Eli and Eden helped me finish one huge “jersey” cantaloupe in one day. That’s pretty impressive, we were like a team. I’m proud of them. It was great, Eden kept calling it pinealoupe – she’s used to having pineapple.

Oh – if you happen to be reading this blog, and you’re not me…(then that’s cool), but these below dates and words are not really meant to make much sense to anyone but me. OAO

August 28 – i handed someone a really nice Alvarez guitar, with some beautiful tone woods that were dark and satin

July 26 – August 4 – in Winnipeg – it’s OK not to be safe

July 26 – there’s more to come

July 25 – a year of reflection

July 19 through July 24 – praying for the combination of courage, wisdom and love

July 18 – nada, i stayed in bed while praying – guess i’m not that good at learning from my mistakes, there’s always tomorrow (God willing)

July 17 – time, or it’s time

July 16 – nada, i stayed in bed while praying – that was a mistake. i need to learn from my mistakes

July 15 – blessing & honor, worship, prepare for worship

July 14 – stay (i wasn’t real happy with this word, i’m not exactly sure how to take it)

July 13 – no word/idea

July 12 – idle

July 11 – rest

July 10 – towel (later revealed as “don’t throw in the”)

July earlier – “Turn up the Silence”

some side on the sauce

everything was going terrible today, until lunch – then everything came together…

i met lib (and the 3 snicker doodles) for lunch at grotto’s…a fine delaware pizzeria. whenever i meet the family for lunch i know things will always turn for the better. today was no different. it came time to order, so when ordering i said to our waitress…

can i have some honey mustard side on the sauce

the waitress didn’t even hesitate and began writing on her little notepad. i had no clue as to what was going to happen next, or what had just happened (as usual). Libby looked at me and said…

did you just say, some side on the sauce???

her tone was very clear, what she was really saying was “you’re such a dork!”

at this point i just play it cool, because after all – i am cool, so it’s never a problem to play it cool. i can’t remember what happened next, because when i go into “play it cool” mode i can only focus on the cool. but i think i came out on top.

later, it got even better. our waitress was standing near us, and said…

have a good day

so i said

thanks, we will

i thought it was a little strange that she said this in the middle of the meal, but i thought she was just recognizing how cool we were…but what i didn’t realize is that the people next to us were getting up to leave, and she was talking to them. but to make me feel better, she did say…

you have a good day too

and i did feel better. and i think she felt better too, because she started to laugh.

in fact i was feeling really great at this point – my day had finally turned to the north. but then libby pointed out the obvious. she said our waitress was cute. or maybe i pointed it out – i can’t remember. my memory is a little selective. she claimed i was flustered around the waitress because of her cuteness, hence the above blunders. i think she’s way off, way way off.

later eden dropped her hot dog, and i stepped up to the plate and asked for a replacement hot dog – i said it in a very cool way, so all was good. and all is good now.

in other news, i am feeling pretty darn good about myself because i actually drug myself out of bed the last 2 mornings between 4 and 5 am to pray for my peeps. i should not use that word peeps, but it’s easier to keep going now, than it is to go back. so i told lib about how great i am feeling for praying at this ridiculous hour. once again she put me in my place and told me she’s been getting up 2 or 3 times a night to feed our son, silas – for the last 2 months! touché. once again i’m back to my dork status, but i’m cool with that because no one can take away the cool

eden’s fear @ 2:25 am – calling out for her father – squeaking through on a technicality

eden’s fear @ 2:25 am – calling out for her father

yesterday (7/8/2007), God spoke to me.

at least he got my attention.

he told me to pray for my friend…at 5 am – every day for the next few months.

it seemed like such a good idea at the time, like something i could pull off. but i failed – on the first day – sort of. i’m having this argument with myself as to whether i squeaked through on a technicality

so this is how it went down…eden woke up at 2:25 AM – i hear her call “daddy! daddy!” – when i went to her bed, she wasn’t crying, but said she was scarred. i prayed for her and reminded her that God is protecting her right now.

[fear is such a big thing with kids, it’s something they’re trying to understand even as they experience it. and something i guess we all hold onto in our own special way. it’s really interesting to watch your kids experience fear, there are so many parallels to the way i experience fear as an adult. like how ridiculous it can be at times, and how healthy it can be at others. eden loves to hold her blankie to her mouth – it brings her great comfort – it’s a form of protection and guards against her worst fears]

eden sleeps

eden sleeps

so after i prayed for eden, i prayed for jon.  at this point i’m feeling like “the man” again because i prayed in the middle of the night and even remembered my friend, but i didn’t do it exactly like God told me to.

i went back to sleep, 5 AM came and it passed, with no great occurrence.

this small experience with God has again reminded me of my fear. the fear that i’m not quite able to fully follow him. i know that God will continue to work in my life, and everyday is a new experience with him. he’s becoming my obsession. but i’m still holding onto way too much fear. still not willing to put the big things completely in his hands.

i fear for my friend Jon, of what he could lose, or what his family could lose. i fear what might be, or what might become.

there’s bright hope for tomorrow (morning) – for a chance to lift hands, to bow and to pray for him again.

i’ve still got one month to be patient to wait to listen to not do something with haste.

greylias worship header picture

libby took the above header photo of my alvarez md90c


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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