Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Address on John Calvin

Here is the address on John Calvin that Pastor McCurley gave at our annual Psalm Sing/church picnic last month. My favorite part of this video is the end - "What can we learn from the life of John Calvin?"

"Let us not cease to do the utmost, that we may incessantly go forward in the way of the Lord; and let us not despair of the smallness of our accomplishments”

"Seeing that a Pilot steers the ship in which we sail, who will never allow us to perish even in the midst of shipwrecks, there is no reason why our minds should be overwhelmed with fear and overcome with weariness”

“. . . we may patiently pass through this life in afflictions, hunger, cold, contempt, reproaches, and other disagreeable circumstances, contented with this single assurance, that our King will never desert us, but will give what we need, until having finished our warfare, we shall be called to the triumph.” ~ John Calvin

John Calvin Biographical Lecture from Jim Moline on Vimeo.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Some of the special people in my life.....

My sister, Hannah.

My little brother, Elijah.

Two of my favorite guys:-)

A last minute trip!

Last week we found out that my brothers were going to have more time off than we had originally thought, so a last minute trip to visit my sister in TN was planned. And when I say last minute, I mean last minute, I packed my bag less than an hour before we walked out the door! I'm glad that I have gotten very good at quickly packing an overnight bag!
The trip was an adventure......since the main interstate route is closed, due to rock slides, Seth decided to take a short cut, on a terrifying mountain road, one 90 degree curve after another, no guard rail,and a steep drop off with a rushing river at the bottom. As I said, an adventure.....To make it more fun the guys decided to squeeze us all in Seth's truck to save gas put it nicely, well it was very cozy, lol!
We had a very nice visit though, it was great to spend time with family, the guys got tons of outside work done, and we got to enjoy the traditional DiLella New Year's meal of subs, a week early....since we can't be together for New Year's day.

Over the river and through the woods...more like over the mountain, and through the woods...

Did I mention the road was scary?!

We stopped at a lookout along the way.....

Trying to fit ourselves back in....

Arrived at last - Joshua holding Becky's new dog, Kara.

She looks like a stuffed animal, not quite real!


Cephas and Kara.

Relaxing and talking in the evening

Making rolls.....

The dough.......



Coffee break!

We made homemade ice cream....

Cephas, Becky,and I made dinner.

The food!

Hannah always used to make this snowman cheeseball for us.....

Joshua and Bill join us for dinner after a hard day's work.



A lot of outside work was done on this trip, here is Cephas cleaning out the back of the truck after it was used to clean the barn.

Seth cleans out the trailer.

The goats.


Going shopping in Dayton....

We went to an amazing discount grocery store and filled a whole cart with food to bring home!

Packing my bags to go home...

Crowding in the truck, and saying goodbye.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

The Sympathy Of Christ

This is from my reading, last evening, in "The Sympathy Of Christ"by Octavius Winslow.

There is often, too, the silence of Jesus in prayer. You approach the throne of grace,you draw near the mercy seat, but - He answers you not a word! Jesus is silent. Around the spot where you would have thought his voice would the soonest and clearest be hear, lo! the stillness of death seems to reign.You have brought a new sorrow, you have come with a new burden, you have repaired with a new want, and Jesus hides Himself. You weep, you cry, you complain,but He answers you not a word. God's answers to prayer are not always immediate and direct. The "vision" has an appointed time and for that it tarries. But though the Lord is silent in prayer, it does not follow that He does not hear the voice, or is indifferent to the appeal of prayer. Oh no! It would seem an utter impossibility that God should be deaf to the voice, or disregard the prayer of His people."O Thou that hearest prayer, to Thee all flesh shall come." The silence of God in prayer is to be interpreted but as a test of our sincerity, and as a trial of our faith, and as a lesson He would teach us in His own divine Sovereignty. His silence in prayer is not indifference. His delays in answers to prayer are not refusals. Were our faith expert and lively, it would take encouragement from the silence, and hope from the delay. Long and silent was the night of the Patriarch's holy wrestlings with the Angel of the Covenant; but when the day dawned it broke the mysterious silence, and Jacob retired from the conflict a prince, and a conqueror. The language of the prophet is, "I will wait upon the Lord, that hideth His face from the house of Israel, and I will seek for Him." (Isaiah 8:17) Faith waits for a silent God, and seeks for a hiding God; believes that He is a God that cannot lie, and so trusts His word of promise even thought the silence of death seems to entomb it forever. Lift up thy heart, then, child of God! Thy prayers are heard, thy God will answer. The bright vision may tarry, but it will surely come; the blessing may be delayed, but it will certainly be given.Jesus may answer you not a word, but He knows the thoughts and purposes He has towards you, and beneath that stillness and solemnity of that weary painful silence there is revolving in His infinite mind and loving heart, responses to your supplications and prayers the most gracious and full, far above all that you asked or thought.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Verses for today.....

"Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?

Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life.

And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God."

~John 6:67-69

Monday, December 21, 2009

Random pictures from last summer's family conference...

Last August I was able to attend The FCC Family Conference, up in the mountains of Virginia, along with a number of families from my church, and many others from churches around the country. Looking back, the conference was the highlight of my year - it was such a special time of fellowship, learning, growing, singing, and of course talking, laughing, and eating together! Not to mention it was my first experience camping in a tent:-). Anyway I finally got my CD of pictures from that week so thought I would share a few of them here. The ones I chose to share are mainly of my church family, looking at these pictures makes me look forward to next August and going again.......

Geneva - this is such a good picture of her!


We were able to get family pictures of all the family members that were there.....Here is Pastor McCurley and two of his children, Calvin and Genna.

Ike and Daniel.

The Ervins brought me along on the trip with them, during that time I was told that I am now officially an Ervin - so of course I had to be in their picture:-)

Along with the family pictures we got a picture of all those who did not have their families with are Tara, Travis, and I.

Pastor Sean Humby - he preached an excellent sermon on "Secret Prayer".

Pastor McCurley doing a book review- there was a great selection of books to buy, and I was inspired to read at least one book by the reviews:-) Pastor McCurley preached a very good series on Spiritual Declension.

Pastor Beers also doing a book review. He was our guest speaker from Scotland, and preached an amazing sermon series on "Christ On The Cross", which I highly recommend listening to! Click here to go to our website and listen to any, and all of the conference sermons.

Dr. David Murray - I really liked the sermon series he did on The Song Of Solomon. Christ Draws Me, Christ Dwells In Me, and Christ Delights In Me.

Another family picture of some of my friends from church, the Vernons.

The Martens family.

The Ervin family.

Our photographer, Mr. Manring.

Meghan and Daniel.

All the Conference speakers - Pastor McCurley, Pastor Humby, Dr. Murray, Pastor Beers, and Pastor Isbell.

Mrs. Vernon, and Martha.



The group picture of everyone from Greenville Presbyterian Church.

The group picture of everyone who attended the conference.


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"Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."
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