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Alice: Missing

On the seventh day the child died… David said to his servants, “Is the child dead?” They said, “He is dead.” Then David arose from the earth and washed and anointed himself and changed his clothes. And he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped. He then went to his own house. And when he asked, they set food before him, and he ate. 2 Sam. 12:19b-20

The record of King David losing his infant son was never too far from my mind during Alice’s final weeks. The passionate prayers and sorrows before death, followed by a seemingly immediate return to “normal” life sort of laid out a simple pattern for me that I hoped to follow.

The night Alice died, after I’d lifted her lifeless, already stiffening body off our bed, carried her through the kitchen, out the front door, and set her in the back of that shiny black minivan, laid her on a cot that was far too big for her little body, kissed her cool forehead one last time, pulled up the zipper of that adult size bag – after all, this ride wasn’t designed for kids – I walked back into the house where my Dad was seated at the table, and with reference to David that I knew he’d understand, I said to him, “Time to take a shower and eat something.” Continue reading “Alice: Missing”

A Special Event for Pastors and Elders

A Special Event for Pastors and Elders (and all aspiring pastors and elders)

With Dr. Don Whitney, Professor of Biblical Spirituality at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Monday, July 9, 9 am-3 pm

The Landing Church, Duluth, 214 2nd St. Proctor, MN, (218)729-2950

Schedule:

Session 1: The Almost Inevitable Ruin of Every Minister and How to Avoid It

Q&A

Lunch

Session 2: The Preparation of the Preacher

Q&A

Suggested Contribution/person: $25

RSVP suggested: email office@TheLanding.church

Don Whitney has been Professor of Biblical Spirituality and Associate Dean at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, since 2005. Before that, he held a similar position (the first such position in the six Southern Baptist seminaries) at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO, for 10 years. He is the founder and president of The Center for Biblical Spirituality. Don is a frequent speaker in churches, retreats, and conferences in the U.S. and abroad.

Don’s books include:

Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian life

Spiritual Disciplines for the church (with James M. Boice)

How can I be Sure I’m a Christian (with John MacArthur)

Praying the Bible

Family Worship

 

Sunday Evening Worship

The Common Slaves Fellowship would like to invite you to our Bi-monthly Sunday Evening Worship.

This Sunday Evening (June 24) @ 4:30, Lifespring Church in Crosby will be hosting a a time of Singing, Preaching and fellowship (with good food!)

Pastor Ken Carlton from Providence Church, Cross Lake,  will be preaching.

We hope you can take this opportunity to gather with the Saints from other local, like-minded churches.

Lifespring Church

http://www.visitlifespring.com

30 Hallett Ave

Crosby MN 56441

Alice in the Palace

My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.
Psalm 139:15-16

Consider… the happy condition of a Christian! He has his best things last, and therefore in this world he receives his worst things first. But even his worst things are “later” good things, hard plowings yielding joyful harvests. – Spurgeon, ed. by Alistair Begg

Continue reading “Alice in the Palace”

Alice: Dishonor

“I didn’t think I could love her more,
but now that her eyes are crossing and she can barely move…
I love her more.” – Michele

We rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings,
knowing that suffering produces endurance,
and endurance produces character,
and character produces hope,
and hope does not put us to shame… Romans 5:2b-5a
Continue reading “Alice: Dishonor”

Combined Sunday Evening Worship

The Common Slaves Fellowship would like to invite you to our Bi-monthly Sunday Evening Worship.

On Sunday Evening (April 29) @ 4:30, Bethany Bible Church in Big Lake will be hosting a Worship gathering of Singing, Preaching and fellowship (with good food!)

Pastor Ivan Fiske will be preaching from I John 2.

We hope you can take this opportunity to gather with the Saints from other local, like-minded churches.

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Eric Anderson

 

Alice: Radiation, Week 4

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. – 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Twenty down. To date, we’ve covered about 2,700 miles going back and forth, held Alice twenty times as she takes that big deep breath that means she just fell asleep, picked her up and handed her over to the radiation therapy guys, kissed her face as she wakes up, peeled off the three EKG stickers she hates so much, and eaten who knows how many bowls of Cheerios and a couple bottles of honey. We’ve made it through SpongeBob season 3, and are well into season 4.

Seven trips to go. Almost there. Continue reading “Alice: Radiation, Week 4”

Alice: Radiation, Week 3

Three weeks of radiation down. Two and change to go.

Every day felt like Friday. It’s funny how every day has a certain “feel” to it. All the days felt like Friday. Not the good kind of Friday feeling – where your work is about done and you get to start having fun. This was more like what Bilbo Baggins was talking about: “I feel all thin, sort of stretched…like butter that has been scraped over too much bread.” Continue reading “Alice: Radiation, Week 3”

We are delighted to be able to share the audio from our Conference “Small Church, Big Problems.” Our speakers and their sessions were, in my incredibly humble and slightly biased opinion, second to none. LifeSpring Church in Crosby extended the greatest hospitality to us, and we are so thankful. I’d hold up our conference attended by 50 dear folks to any I’ve ever been to attended by thousands. It really was that good.

Thanks to all who joined us!

Check out the Conference Audio page to hear or download the sessions and see a brief intro to our speakers, or take a shortcut here

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