That’s right, at the early hour of 2:27AM, Lauren Kaylea was born. She was 19 inches long and weighed 7lbs.,13oz. Mom (Meg) did great through everything. I believe her water broke around 1:30. They checked her and she had gone from being dilated 3 to 9. Things happened pretty quickly after that. Meg pushed about 4-5 sets of pushes and we were done. We’re praising God for His grace and kindness to us.
Continue to pray for progress tonight. In case you didn’t hear, we came to the hospital around 6PM because the contractions seemed to be getting more serious. (Meg had been having contractions most of the day in 30 minute intervals, but in the late afternoon they were increasing in frequency and intensity.) Since she’s been here, things have progressed quite nicely. She is having contractions about every 2 minutes and already has been able to get her epidural (thank God for modern medicine).
Now, we wait. So, ask God to give grace to Meg, the baby, and me as we walk through the next few hours. Hopefully, when you awake, God will have worked to give us a baby girl.
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I know it was a slow blogging week for me (with my last post coming nearly a week ago recapping the weekend of 11/7 at Crestview). Last week, my leadership team gave me the privilege of a study leave in STL. I spent a few days there, studying a lot in the Covenant Seminary library. They were a great help to research I was doing on the book of Hebrews, prepping to preach that in 2011. I had many ambitious goals to attain last week and by God’s grace nearly all of them were complete. I had hoped to completely read through a commentary, but didn’t get that done. The big items of extended meditation, prayer and study on the book (Hebrews) as well as the develop of AM & PM preaching plans with appropriate Scripture Memory emphases were completed. So, I am still digging out of being gone, but very grateful for my time away.
With Fall upon us (FINALLY!), we are doing some odd jobs, so I thought I might drop a couple of hints…
After cleaning your ceiling fan, know which way it should run. The simple rule: counter-clockwise in hot weather (summer), clockwise in cold weather (winter).
Also…here’s a coloring sheet from Sojourn Kids. This is a printer friendly pdf or jpg.
If you can’t read it very clearly, it reminds us “Wind these clocks in Spring and Fall, daylight savings time for us all.” That’s right, this Sunday, November 7th, don’t forget to adjust your clock before you go to bed (it FALLs back an hour then). Hope this helps.
This AM, I asked for prayer for Gabe, who was having surgery this AM…
Well, we are back home and everything went well. He is doing well, although a little more fussy than normal. We are grateful to God for the wisdom He’s given doctors, the servant’s heart modeled in the nurses and staff and for God’s sustaining grace in this particular providence. Join us in praising God and continue to pray for Gabe’s recovery. Thanks.
This Lord’s Day, we will be looking at Colossians 4:2-4. Among other things, this passage will encourage us to be a praying church.
Today, would you pray for my family. Gabe has to have surgery on a bump under his eye (1 stitch to remove it, but he does require anesthesia). Pray for him and us…
We anticipate all going well, but would appreciate your prayers. Thanks!
On Wednesday I promised a post on Thursday (which didn’t happen) on what else has been going on in my life. So, here’s that update.
On August 9, I started a 35 day candida cleanse and detox. What this amounted to, diet wise, was about 1200 calories, no dairy, no wheat, no sugar and no processed foods. It was one of the more strict things I’ve pursued physically in my life. In the process of this, I lost about 44 pounds and felt pretty amazing. I’ve developed a love for vegetables, lean proteins and healthy oils.
Since that ended, over the past month I have continued to work hard on disciplining my life and diet. The basic model I’m trying to follow to lose weight is no grains, no sugars, and no bad fats. Of course, there are times when it is very difficult to follow this, but the normal routine of my life is disciplined in this way. I still shoot for about 1200-1500 calories and have continued to lose even more weight in slow, steady ways.
So, this has been pretty wild. I’ve had to learn new ways to eat and not pound so many carbs. All of this has been pursued on my part because I want to glorify God in my physical body. I have been bought with a price and therefore, want to please Him in my physical body (like 1 Corinthians 6:20 instructs). Please continue to pray for me and ask God to reveal when food is becoming an idol or when my heart is longing for what I don’t need. I have seen how much my eating is related to feeding selfish cravings. I want to be holy above all.
As for what I’ve been up to lately…I’ll post more tomorrow on another personal side, but I’ve been prepping for preaching through the book of Hebrews in my spare time. The usual rhythm of a pastor who preaches through books of the Bible is lots of studying. Prepping to preach through difficult passages in Colossians has been fun. Currently, we are making our way through the end of chapter 3. The end of this book is in view (only 3 sermons after Sunday). After a Thanksgiving sermon and a brief series on Advent (Love, Joy, Peace, Hope), I plan to preach a series on the Lord’s Prayer in the month of January. To prep for that I’ve re-read Paul Miller’s The Praying Life in recent days and was freshly edified and convicted.
But, having said all this, a bulk of my time is spent on researching the book of Hebrews. Here are some things I’ve taken/am taking in:
The Book of Hebrews itself. I type it on onto single spaced pages and read the text over and over again (in the ESV of course). On the study leave I’ve been granted (keep reading), I hope to work hard in the Greek text.
Thomas Mann’s Oxford Guide To Library Research. I’m reading this to be a good steward of a study leave the elders of Crestview are giving me for a week in November.
George Guthrie’s Structure of Hebrews has been really helpful, but at a whopping $206 on Amazon, I got it through Interlibrary Loan at at my public library.
Four Views on the Warning Passages of Hebrews was helpful to show the different interpretive schemes among calvinistic and arminian Bible interpreters. The charitable tone of the scholarly debate printed in this book was also encouraging.
I downloaded Edwards’ Notes from the Blank Bible on Hebrews.
I have a used copy of Charles Simeon’s Horae Homileticae coming in the mail (on Hebrews).
Some commentaries I had, of which I have read the introductions are:
Kent Hughes 2 Volumes on Hebrews
F.F. Bruce’s contribution to the NICNT on Hebrews
O’Brien’s recent release in the Pillar Series on Hebrews
Allen’s latest NAC release on Hebrews
John Owen’s abridged commentary on Hebrews in the Crossway Classics Series
Guthrie’s NIVAC on Hebrews
Other books that have proven helpful:
McCheyne’s sermons on Hebrews
Philip Hacking’s Day One book Opening Up Hebrews
David Dickson’s Short Exposition of Hebrews
Driscoll’s section on Hebrews in A Book You’ll Actually Read on the NT
Fee & Stuart’s intro to Hebrews in How To Read the Bible Book by Book
Roger Ellsworth’s section on Hebrews in Guide: The Bible Book by Book
Carson, Moo & Morris’ chapter on Hebrews in Intro To The NT
Notes from Alan Tomlinson‘s class on General Epistles from Seminary
I taught through Hebrews to High School Students in the Fall of 2001, so I am reviewing those notes.
George Guthrie’s intro to Hebrews in Commentary on the NT Use of the OT is helpful.
And I also read George Ladd’s chapter on Hebrews in Theology of the NT
Lig Duncan also has his teaching through Hebrews manuscripted online
On top of all of this reading, I’m listening to the following, which were free downloads:
Steven Lawson’s sermons on Hebrews at GBC’s 2006 Bible Conference
D.A. Carson’s 3 sessions at the J.B. Gray Lectures at Southern Seminary on the NT use of the OT, specifically related to Hebrews
Dick Lucas’ Instruction on Hebrews as part of the Proclamation Trust
Richard Gaffin’s Theology of Hebrews on Westminster Seminary’s ITunes U
Matt Chandler’s Series on Hebrews
John Piper’s Sermons Through Hebrews
Mark Dever’s Overview of Hebrews
I very much identify with Ecclesiastes 12:12: “Of making many books there is no end, and much study is weariness to the flesh.” I want to steward my time in this book and especially on the gift of study time from the Elders well, so I am working hard to hit the ground running.