Archive for December 2009

Letting Christmas Speak

Sitting in Church this Sunday brought a wave of emotion.  Singing the song, “In Christ Alone,” began to speak to me.  As I sang the last verse I couldn’t hold in the emotion that was overcoming me.  Sandi and I have recently experienced great joy and sorrow.  We welcomed the birth of our son, Elam in to the world.  During the same week, just a few days later we received the phone call that one of Sandi’s aunt’s that she is named after passed away.  The final verse speaks, “from life’s first cry to final breath.”  I couldn’t help but think about how God came down and experienced both of those events.  He knows the joy of new life.  He also knows the pain and sorrow of death.

This Christmas has given me time to think, reflect and pause for a moment.  I have been letting Christmas speak to me.  More realistically I have been letting God speak to me through his word and worship at my local church during this advent season.  So what have I been learning? Read more

Facebook strengthens faith

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Students often tell me that Facebook is a distraction to their studies and their faith.  I agree.  It is easy to get sucked into a world of clicking through profiles, photo’s, groups, interesting fan pages.  The hours spent on facebook certainly can be detrimental to ones study habits, not to mention real live socializing.  Some students have even decided to stop using facebook for a week.  One student decided to close his account.  Kudos to them!

In my work, facebook is nearly a requirement. There are some students that I can’t get in touch with unless I facebook them.  Then as if by magic I receive a response within minutes.  I recently posted the announcement of our son’s birth on facebook.  Over the next few hours and days I had hundreds of messages to sort through of congratulations!  It was  a lot of fun.  It demonstrated the power of facebook.

All of this got me thinking.  Read more

Using your break for the kingdom

Finals are nearly over.  I remember how relieved I used to feel when the semester finally ended.  I could go home and relax.  It was easy to just shut down everything, including my spiritual discplines.  To this day when I reach the end of a milestone event and I am exhausted,  I shut down.  All I want to do is sit around the house and watch tv or surf the internet.  For some reason I think that I will feel rejuvenated.  To my dismay I often find the opposite is true.  I lose all discipline.

What does the Bible say? Read more

Elam Shelton Asker arrives early! (December 7, 2009)

We jolted out of bed at 6:30am thinking that Sandi’s water had broken. It didn’t continue to leak, but we started monitoring regular contractions. 12 minutes in between each. So we called labor and delivery. Dropped off Calista at the Sommers and headed for the hospital. By 11am they told us that it was likely we would have a C-section. At about 11:40 it was for sure and happening at noon. It didn’t quite happen at noon, but at 12:42pm Elam Shelton Asker was born!

Announcement Site: http://www.asker.net/elam/