6
Jul

The Grace of Marriage

   Posted by: Doug   in Family, Family Pictures

There are few things of supreme value to me in this world – one of the greatest of these is my dear daughter, Sarah Grace Hayes.

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Many people have asked me, as her matrimonial day approached, how I am doing and whether I will be overcome with emotion at the wedding (sometimes with only a thinly veiled glee at the thought of me breaking down completely 😥 ). While I have felt serious minded this week, I have to say that it has been part of my mission for the last twenty-one years to prepare for this day: sending her forth on mission to be a great lady of faith, virtue, service and usefulness to the Lord, her husband and children, and the world around her.

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I am, by faith, prepared for this day. I am ready for her to discard the name of her birth, and to take on a new identity, destiny and household. By God’s grace, I rejoice for her to become an Evans. For it is clear that, in His providential love, God has brought brought forth Josiah to give her his name, his love and life. I have no doubts, concerns or cares. Only grateful confidence that God is doing all things well!

Here is my toast at the celebration today:

May the One bind you together as one in Him, united in purpose and holy zeal for His Kingdom;

May the eternal love of the Three inspire you to faithful devotion, sacrificial service to one another and a continuous and joyful celebration of life;

May the Father’s care guide you as stewards of the children given to you, to raise might men and women of valor in His Name;

May the Son, your Savior and King, forever shower upon you His best blessings;

and May the Spirit breathe upon you so that the fires of love will burn deeply between you forever.

To Grace and Josiah!

I hope today is everything you ever dreamed it would be, Sweet Pea!

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24
May

Adam’s Senior Poeisis Presentation

   Posted by: Doug   in Family, Family Pictures, Video

My youngest son, Adam, will be graduating from High School tomorrow from Veritas School in Newberg, Oregon. For five years Adam diligently applied himself to not only the academic rigors of one of the finest schools in Oregon (he has been a straight “A” student all 5 years, and on “High Honors” throughout), but also to the self-conscious development of his Christian character. He has come to exemplify the best of Classical Education, and is becoming a fine Christian man. It has been especially gratifying to hear from his teachers, the staff and other students how much he is respected and appreciated – It makes a father proud!

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In their Senior year, Veritas students work all year on their Poiesis project, which can be thought of as a research or performance project. At the end of the process they make a presentation of what they have applied themselves to. This is the video of Adam’s presentation.

Adam has been accept to George Fox University, and was awarded the Presidential Scholarship for Academic Excellence. He plans to study Accounting and be a CPA.

 

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“Spiritual Power to Witness” [Audio]

Acts 1:1-14

Doug Hayes, May 12, 2013

Let’s take a moment to the think a little bit about the disciples of Jesus. They were just plain folk, like you and I. Nothing special about them really. Men from various backgrounds and abilities. For reasons known only to God, Jesus called them to follow Him (just like He’s called each of us by His grace). They receive the privilege of hearing Him announce that the kingdom of heaven was at hand, and seeing Him do great miraculous works as He began to plunder Satan’s kingdom. In fact, in Luke 10 we learn that Jesus sent out the disciples and seventy others also to go as an advance team to the various places he would be going because it was time to send out laborers into the great harvest. Even though they would be like lambs among wolves, Jesus told them to heal the sick and proclaim that ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ When these ambassadors of Christ returned they were total overjoyed, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name.” And Jesus, rejoicing with them, said, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.” These guys not only saw great things, but they got to do really cool things as well. They were given power, in Jesus’ name, to do mighty works.

But that wasn’t enough. Over time, they would get push back and experience opposition. This they were less prepared for, and less able to deal with. In Jesus’ last hours – every one of them fled and betrayed him in some way. And Jesus knew this would be their experience. So He prepared them in advance so that they would know what they needed to when the time came. John 16: 5-15:

5 “But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. 8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. 12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.

What the disciples needed from Jesus was not the power to do great things – but to know and then be used of God to communicate great things! The Helper – The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth would be sent to them to not only teach them and guide them – but to convict the world through them. Read the rest of this entry »

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“Ambassadors for Christ” [Audio]

2 Corinthians 5:17-21;

Douglas Hayes, April 28, 2013

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

I wonder how many of us remember what the significance of the name Benghazi Lybia is? The recent story of begins 2011 with the beginning of the armed conflict known as the Lybian Revolution – which came as part of what became known as the Arab Spring. Muslim countries in various parts of the middle East and northern Africa came to be in tumult as people began to rise up in protest, initially, and then violently against the injustices of their dictatorial leaders. The protests in Lybia began in Benghazi in February 2011, leading to a bloodly civil war in which Muammar Gaddafi made war against his own people to maintain power, and was eventually killed in October 2011. In the following year a new government was formed, which was recognized by the international community. But on September 11, 2012, the American diplomatic mission at Benghazi was attacked, and the American Ambassador and three others were killed, and ten others injured – just 7 months ago.

A society cannot be reformed unless it is first informed of what is truly wrong with it, what is right, and how to get the wrong put right. We in America are not on the verge of some kind of violent revolution – but it is increasingly clear to most everyone that we are a country that is deeply divided about nearly everything. People on every side of almost every issue are frustrated, and the way forward into a future that has resolved our differences is becoming almost unthinkable. Why? Because we, as a society, no longer have a way to be informed truly about what is wrong, what is right, and how to get the wrong put right. From little things to broad, culture wide, issues, we have no sure word from outside of us as a society informing either our individual or societal consciences. Read the rest of this entry »

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This has been one of those wonderful, bitter-sweet, enchanting weekends. My “Favorite” daughter is now engaged to a delightful, charming, godly man, whom I love and consider it an honor to welcome into the Hayes family. Those of you who know me understand that this is no small thing!

It is with great pleasure and anticipation that I await the day I

can give the hand of my “Sweet Pea” to this  fine man!

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“Sweet Pea”

Sweet pea
Apple of my eye
Don’t know when and I don’t know why
You’re the only reason I keep on coming home

Sweet pea
What’s all this about
Don’t get your way all you do is fuss and pout
You’re the only reason I keep on coming home

I like the Rock of Gibraltar
I always seem to falter
And the words just get in the way
Oh I know I’m gonna crumble
I’m trying to stay humble
But I never think before I say

Sweet pea
Keeper of my soul
I know sometimes I’m out of control
You’re the only reason I keep on coming
You’re the only reason I keep on coming yeah
You’re the only reason I keep on coming home

 

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Last evening I watched wonderful film called A Late Quartet and thought it worth passing on some of the thoughts that came to mind while viewing it.

It Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener, and is the story of four extraordinarily gifted people that have been together for 25 years as a successful string quartet, called “The Fugue.” When one of the members learns he has a debilitating disease and must retire from the group, the unity and mutual respect within The Fugue is destroyed by petty selfishness, long held resentments, disappointments and mistrust. The only hope for all of them is to use their gifts in service to The Fugue.

God has given us all gifts – for the sake of the Church (Romans 12:1-16; 1 Corinthians 12:1-30; Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Peter 4:7-11). In one sense, we become the gifts of God to the Body of Christ. So long as we faithfully use our gifts in service to others, we can be a blessing to all. We can manifest the unity and beauty that is Christ to the world – as his Body.

But when we use our gifts as a means of expressing pride and selfishness, we not only tarnish the image of Christ in the world, but we also destroy the loving unity that we could otherwise have. Sometimes when the church must face a crisis, or people have to deal with some significant changes that happen, they react sinfully as selfishly. In the midst of such trials, the Church, the people of God, must cease their strife by re-focusing, re-tuning, their lives back to the unity that comes by offering themselves as living sacrifices to God, and becoming again the gifts God intends them to be in the Church.

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