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Are you hearing and feeling any rumbling coming from underneath the ground in your area?

 
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05/21/2009 10:12 AM
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Re: Are you hearing and feeling any rumbling coming from underneath the ground in your area?
If reports about rumblings are real (it looks like this
because of many reports) and if we consider the
different places in a big part of usa

then the only *known* common underground power who can rumble all these areas is the New Madrid fault.

You need maping and timing of the rumblings,
then conclusions will be easier.....
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01/29/2013 10:16 PM
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Ready for a little leiartry theory? Let's see if I can make this coherent. God's not just the author, but the main character. And we're not just the characters, we're the readers. Oh, and we're seriously mistaken if we think that we're reading just one book here, or that we're all reading the same book. Those are the starting caveats. (Well, maybe it's one book, from God's perspective, but it can't be from ours. It's too much.)Yes, when we hand out book awards, we honor the authors. But the authors will tell you that they want you to pay attention to the characters too. They wouldn't have written them if they didn't want you to enjoy them. It's not honoring to God if we don't take the time and attention to appreciate each other. we're not the main characters in one sense. But we rob ourselves if we don't acknowledge that it is our story too. God wants us to live our lives to his glory, but we're not robots. They are our lives to live, and one of the glorious things about his creation is that it is a living, dynamic thing and that we get the honor or interacting with it.And it gets particularly tricky when you start talking about these issues in the context of ministry. Because it's true in some ways that there are different answers to the same questions depending on context. In some areas (sports, business, writing, etc.) sheer hard work and God-given talent will get you a long way and *I* can accomplish a lot just by using those. And in those areas, God calls us to use our gifts in such a way as gives him glory, of daily sacrificing our pride and remembering that our lives are all about us.In ministry, however hard we work, *we're* not going to accomplish anything. I reference here Andrew Purves' excellent book "The Crucifixion of Ministry" in which he makes the point that our work is not redemptive. Only Jesus's work is redemptive. In ministry what we hope to do is facilitate God's work. We can plow, weed, water, pray. We speak truth truth and do our best to be in each other's lives in such a way that we encourage each other in accepting in our lives the work that God wants to do in us. But at the end of the day, it is not *our* work that changes the lives of those that we minister to or even our own lives. It is the work of the Holy Spirit in us.So what does that mean that our place in the story is? Well a tense one. That is, there are a number of things that have to be in tension with each other in order for us to stay centered and well balanced. Yes, it's God. No, that doesn't mean that we're allowed to kick back and not do anything. Yes, we're secondary. No, we're not unimportant. Yes, we're characters. We're also readers. We say that the best authors are transparent. That we read their work and simply fall into their world and forget about author. And the author doesn't want us to kick back with their new book adn study the prose, but to enjoy the stories. Yet the best of those are the very books that I go back to reread just to appreciated the clean way that the sentences and paragraphs are put together. To appreciate the turn of phrase, the apt description, the one liner. This response hasn't turned out to be the well-crafted nugget I envisioned . . . maybe another week and another draft or three. But what do the rest of you think?

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