This past weekend (Jan 12-14) was the TFB College 2007 Winter Resurgence. Before we left, I prayed that God would grab us by the cheeks and turn our faces to gaze upon his face. Looking back, I think I would change the word "grab" to "hold", for resurgence was much more subtle than expected. I'll post more after hearing the students' tell their stories at the Tuesday Gathering.

For now, I thank God for the beautiful scenery, the cooperation-encouraging weather (shoveling snow, etc), and the willingness of the participants to try things that were new.


Here's a glimpse into our weekend:

Our schedule:

Our prayer:

...that we would know the story of God for what it is—God's glorious work through all of time, bringing everything into conformity to his will—and would be honest about the story of ourselves—that we are messy people learning to follow Jesus.

...that we would be the people of God—members of Christ's body and members with all Christ-followers (even those who do not seem to be as spiritual as we are). We commit ourselves to connection with the believers at TFB, actively participating in the life of our local congregation.

...that we would expand the kingdom, not only by telling others about Jesus, but also by taking a hard look at our lifestyle choices, by being broken by our own worldly conformity, and by deciding to live lives that point to Jesus.
Our mission: Matthew 28:16-20
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
...and a visual glimpse...

First, a bit of my own special lunacy. This is my bed for the weekend. Yes, it is outside. Yes, it was 10 degrees. No, I was not cold. Frankly, it was awesome. On Saturday morning, I awoke to quietly chatty birds (followed by rather loud and obnoxious--though beautiful--blue jays. Amazing.

Icicles at Jensen's Mini-mart in Cedar Glen.

The front patio. Compare summer.
I tromped through the snow to get my bed from the far corner. Too fun.

View driving in on Friday. This does not even come close to the full effect. The sun was setting, all orange and pink, washing the mountains in color. The deciduous trees were covered with a layer of ice, making them look like crystal trees. Sometimes the scenery was so beautiful, I nearly had to weep.

Unpacking it all will take time.


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