Thursday, December 24, 2009

Jasper Speaks:

Christmas Eve is upon us. We pray that you are blessed by family friends abd the promise of new life Jesus gave to us.


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Jasper Speaks:

It has been a bit of a slow week at work. Today two of our college kids came by to see me. It was good to see them. They are still trying to figure out their spiritual lives. Who among us isn't? One has come a long way from where he was last year. He took a spiritual nosedive last fall and I must admit that there are times I wondered where the path would lead him. Now he is steadily crawling back to Christ. I am praying his journey will continue and will be steady and strong.

The end of the year brings reflection. I want my students to grow. I want them to take root in their faith. I am trying to desperately seek the Lord in how to make this happen. We do all the "youth group" stuff; mid-week services, small groups, weekend retreats, camp, mission trip. Still I am not sure that students are taking root. As I anticipate the New Year, I pray that God will help me discover new ways to really instill a vital faith in our students.

I am weary of the programs without results. I know we have some amazing kids who are really in love with Christ. I know we are doing some things right. I pray that we will do even more.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Jasper Speaks:

We found out today that one of my wife's cousins was killed when struck by an automobile this weekend. They were not close but many in our family are grieving at this time. Please remember them in prayer.

Tonight I am reflective and thankful. I am a blessed man with a beautiful wife and an extraordinarily cute son. God's grace is absolutely amazing. I love them so much. Tonight, in the shadow of loss, I am perhaps even a bit more grateful for them than I was when I woke this morning.