Just wanted to post a quick bullet and apologize for anyone who has had trouble reaching the site in recent weeks. Without getting into the gory computer details (I know we have a few readers that are interested, but I suspect them to be the minority) several things went wrong at once, any one of which would not have interrupted our service, but when combined they caused the site to appear to be up and down repeatedly over a period of several days.
I believe I have the problem resolved now, and thanks to the miraculous advance of technology, have been able to eliminate several layers of complexity in the way the system functions. Thus reducing the potential for future problems.
Anyhow, sorry for the trouble. Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!
It’s 10PM here, we’re about half way through the last Christmas Eve service (the first one began at 3PM) and I’m starting to feel a little bit loopy, but I wanted to take a minute and wish everyone a Merry Christmas.
Ahhh! The Holidays are upon us. Brandy wrapped up school on Tuesday, the kids on Friday and tonight is my final night for a few weeks. Sunday was the final Advent service of the season at church, meaning I’m off the hook for complicated animations for a week or two. (Yeah!)
Over the next couple of days my brother Doug and his family will be rolling into town, and on Christmas day my other brother Tim will fly in to be reunited with his family, and to spend some time with the rest of us as well.
In Cox land, Christmas will mean many large family gathers, repeated playings of Robert Goulet’s This Christmas I Spend with You, and a lot of really fattening goodies.
For Christmas this year, I promised Brandy a new floor in the bathroom, which has morphed into a minor remodeling project, but we’re hoping to get it wrapped in the next day or two.
All in all, there is a peace and contentment at this moment, standing on the verge of Christ’s birth. For months I’ve been restless — as have many of you I suspect — with all the hustle and hubbub of the season, but now as the todo list is getting shorter and shorter, I have a moment to revel in the meaning behind our celebration. Two thousand years ago the mighty God of the universe wrapped himself in flesh and was born as a tiny baby — no doubt complete with ear infections and teething, learning to walk and talk, all the trappings of babyhood — so that you and I could be set free from sin. The most amazing thing is that was the easy part. 🙂
I hope that where ever you are this Christmas you get a moment or two of peace to reflect on what an awesome thing it is we’re celebrating.
God Bless and Merry Christmas!
Recently, the Economist (subscription required) posted an article on the sudden increasing importance of values in German society. (Hat tip: Wizbang) Specifically they talk about politicians beginning to speak about values, and a new importance being assigned to patriotism, morality and religion. If this article is correct, it means that the people of Germany are searching. It also means that now may be the perfect moment for European missions.
Todays Europeans tend to be cynical particularly with regard to Christianity. Many are agnostic, or opting for a sort of religious cafeteria plan. After 2000 years there is a perception that Christianity is something old and tired, something that didn’t work. But in this time of spiritual emptiness, the people seem to be searching, trying to find the meaning in life that Christianity offers.
At this moment, the German Chancellor and other political figures are trying to put on their Sunday best, if you will. It is critical that the truth of Jesus Christ be represented by real believers and not merely by the ambitious. The difference between a flash in the pan, and genuine religious revival may hinge on how the people of Europe experience Christians during this time. Now is an historic opportunity to bring positive change to the culture in Europe. Will we? Or will we sit back while it is used cheaply as a political tool?
As Brandy and I have been raising our support, the most common issue we have faced is that people don’t see Europe as a mission field. This is covered in our FAQ on the left, and if you find yourself in that group I encourage you to read it. Europe is a society adrift. At this moment, Europeans are taking a backward glance at Christianity. That’s why our mission is so important. With the help of the faithful here, we can begin to show Europe the truth of Christianity. Not a political tool, or a fad, but the miraculous, life changing power of Jesus Christ.
If you are already supporting our mission, thanks, and God Bless you. If you are not, please consider taking a moment to click the “join our support team” link on the left and make a faith promise. Europe continues to be one of the most influential spots on the earth — refugees from all over the world flood into this economic and political powerhouse — and also one of the least evangelized.
We made it! God is good. In fact, God is very good. The storm that was sweeping eastward across Colorado, Kansas and Missouri, passed over while we were sleeping in our hotel, and we awoke to largely clear dry roads for the rest of our trip. So far no one else has gotten sick, and Brandy was even able to get to her class tonight. Praise God! And thanks for all your prayers.