Thursday, January 19, 2012

The verb...Behold 
365 days to gaze upon the Son
Each hour looking for Him in the people I meet,
the Truths I read, the creation He holds together.
Like John, the paver, a year to
Behold the Lamb of God.   John 1:35 

Saturday, January 14, 2012

                                                                                                                             Sun Flare Photography
Each year I bundle all of my goals for the new year into one word.
I've struggled with that this year.
I wrestle with both noun and verb.
Maybe a year can't be squeezed into one set of letters.
The noun....legacy.
Life seems a little shorter these days, the need to record and preserve more urgent.
So, God willing, my days will be guided with the desire to write my story for my family.
My focus will be photos and prayers and past chapters,
But legacy should not be confined to only family.
I sense God laying the foundation for a greater story, the one told for the voiceless.
27 million enslaved.
God whispers, "Tell their story."
Micah 6:8 reminds me what is required of me: to do justice.
Tell the story of injustice.
To be continued...

Sunday, January 8, 2012

I could not have said this any better!

Human trafficking is the one issue of our day that all of us contribute to in some form or fashion. Yes, I said all of us. Anyone who has access to read this blog, who lives and functions in this modern world participates by commission or omission in what is happening around the world.
Perhaps you do not believe that you contribute to the problem. Quick test: without looking, where was your shirt made? Would it bother you to know that a worker was exploited to make the price point demanded for that garment? Do you know where the coffee you drank with breakfast was harvested and if the folks that touched the beans were paid a livable wage or not exploited? Have you eaten chocolate this week? Would it bother you to know that most of the chocolate produced in the world comes from exploited children forced to harvest the cocoa pods. It is very likely these children will never taste chocolate in their lifetime. Our foods, our tangible products, our demand for goods and services - at the lowest possible price - all are a part of the complicated equation called labor trafficking.
It is estimated that there are 27 million slaves in the world today. About half of them are exploited in labor industries. The likelihood is very great that you have something you have purchased that has included the fingerprints of someone who has been enslaved in the process of production. If you would like to investigate your contributions’ footprints – go to
What about the other half of the victims? These are predominantly women and children who are enslaved in the sex industry. Yes – millions of women, boys, and girls! They are forced to provide sex for sale by methods of force, fraud, or coercion in global sex tourism. The demand for sexual services in the world is a part of a phenomenon of sexual perversity, pederasty, pedophilia, pornography, and prostitution. The proliferation of this demand is fueled by silence about sexual abuse and cultural normalization of engagement of children in sexual behaviors. Children are hyper-sexualized media, music, clothing, and pornography. The greatest demand in the porn industry is for children in pornography.
At this point, you may be convinced you do not contribute to sex trafficking. Perhaps you have checked of in your mind how you do not contribute:
- I don’t buy sex abroad
- I don’t abuse or buy children
- I don’t buy porn
Well that may all be true about the overt commission of sex trafficking consumption but what about what you consume through the music, movies, clothing choices/sexualized fashion, tolerance of pornography on the web or in other venues where commodification of sex for “sale” is tolerated or you are complicit.
It is not just enough to say I do not buy but that I speak up against that as a steady diet in our culture. If you think it is not affecting you, I dare you to consider how many sexualized images are bombarding you everyday from the news to the television you watch.
Consider your personal contribution and next we will consider your responsibility to address human trafficking.  Posted by TLGrover on Fri, Dec 23 2011 18:03:00

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

I love corporate worship; I love contemporary worship!  The notes and lyrics evoke a lot of emotion in me, but I wonder if I often get caught up in the concert atmosphere and forget to listen to God's heart. For the past few days I've been watching the live stream of Passion 2012.  Each talk has been so powerful and convicting that I've found myself broken over my disobedience, my indifference. At the end of each message, I've observed that many of the students immediately move into a time of raucous praise. Nothing wrong with hands held high, excited students singing to God at the top of their lungs, but I personally found myself silenced.  Tears spilled, not melody. Oh, I'm sure the Holy Spirit's presence there led most to cry out in gratitude, but I think I might have needed some time face down on that dome floor, time to process the magnitude of Jesus' cleansing blood, time to grieve 27 million enslaved. I wonder what might really happen if we placed the music on pause and just let the Spirit play.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Consider Jesus.
Know Jesus.
Learn what kind of Person it is you say you trust and love and worship.
Soak in the shadow of Jesus. Saturate your soul with the ways of Jesus.
Watch Him.
Listen to Him.
Stand in awe of Him.
Let Him overwhelm you with the way He is.
John Piper