Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Adventures with God

Publisher William Feather was quoted recently on my son Dan's Facebook* page:
One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.
Life certainly has been an adventure for us in the Dassel-Cokato area. Last night at the Morris Excavating garage men's Bible study the guys were talking about the riches God has given us (Ephesians 1:19) and what keeps us from spending those riches in loving outreach & service. I broke into the conversation saying that, as an outsider, it seems to me that these guys are spending that inheritance wisely and energetically already. Not only are they strengthened in caring for each other and in learning God's Word, but that Word has borne fruit in so many ways, the new food shelf, the victory garden, the annual February men's retreat up at Camp Shamineau (Motley, MN), and, of course, MN Disaster Relief.

Also last evening the "social ministry" team met here at church under the capable leadership of Carol Semke. Because of their work I've signed up as a volunteer with Faith in Action of Wright County, an organization serving "the elderly and those living with disabilities in Wright County" and "dedicated to helping people maintain their independence by providing assistance with their everyday activities." I hope they accept my application - I can only help for a half-hour at a time, such as to run an errand... or perhaps for an hour if it's set up well in advance... If you think you might like to help, you can call or email me, get a volunteer application (pdf) by clicking here or learn more at A lot more is going on with social ministry because of our church's social ministry team.

Other adventures include what's been going on among youth under the "DC United" banner and beyond (for example, at "The Underground" music venue). Then, as of April, a group of women have been meeting to pray together about reaching out and meeting people wherever they are. If you wonder how "adventurous" these groups can be, talk with my son Jon, our youth director Nate Bendorf or our prayer ministry leader Becky Sorenson.

Now, you may not think of these as adventurous, but if Jesus' love burns in your heart, you will yearn to see God's will being done as the poor are lifted up, the lost found and the suffering multitudes given hope. Being a pastor in the Dassel-Cokato area, I see miracles every day, and I am so thankful for these adventures with God.

As our high school seniors graduate soon it's a good time for all of us to consider how each one of us is being called, in this season of our lives, to adventures with God! (Baccalaureate tonight at the DC high school Performing Arts Center, 7:30 p.m.--OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - please come and pray for our seniors!)

*Some are already aware that this blog is also on my Facebook page. If you use Facebook feel free to friend me and you can read these posts there. If you are reading this on Facebook, you can go to this blog directly at

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