Friday, November 04, 2011

Thursday, September 29, 2011

I spend my life surrounded by cool people.

They are just cool.

And only cool people check out my blog.

So I would like Cool-abroad to meet Cool-local.

And you can experience some of the coolness that I too am witness to every Sunrise/Sunset.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

I feel a real spontaneous urge to update The Blog.

Let's see....

The best phrase I have heard in a long time that has wiggled it's way into my heart, mind and theology is this:

POSITIONED BY DESIGN.

right?

amen?

that will for sure make it into, I'm sure, several conversations in the both near and distant future.

it came in the form of B.Bradshaw with Hiebs and myself, "just me and the speck, shooting the breeze" by the Mission river the other night, eating Cobbs' apple strudel, fireside, and sharing the Deep of our summers together.

and it was noted that we are, as Christians, "positioned by design."

Here is a song that although not directly related, represents the New on my music scene and should be on your scene too. Infinite thanks to M.Froese for zipping me an email from Berlin with the head's up on Will Reagan and United Pursuit. See the sidebar.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Here we are! A Saturday night. those are beautiful things. relaxed on a very impressionable couch, half a mind here, half a mind on the Return of the Jedi. Man; '80's "monsters" look like muppets. Brutal. what is the big deal.

Here is an odd thing about the asparagus barn that I just cannot get over:

at the end of the day, the barn "DJ" staff have appointed a song as the "end-of-day" song, meaning, 10 minutes before the end of each work day, this song is played. The closest thing in my experience to the end-of-the day song of the barn is the reaction of swimmers in a wave pool.

West Edmonton Mall. All the little families paddling away in the pool and suddenly!

GOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGGGG!

The bell is tolled, a collective scream arises, and the much-anticipated waves are artificially generated from...somewhere....and....yeah. That is what the barn is like.

"Waving Flag" by K'naan strikes the first chord on the sound system spread throughout the packhouse and that collective scream goes up. Teenage girls high-five each other mid-bunch of asparagus, production goes up, smiles alight, voices cue in on the chorus to sing along and Kat goes into a confused stupor; her production goes down, she is neither smiling nor frowning but rather assumes a slightly glazed and (dazed) look, her bunch of asparagus lies idly and forgotten in her hand, mid-way to the conveyor belt and she is stuck in a surreal moment wondering: am I in a movie right now? seriously. this is staged. this has to be staged. nobody responds like this. what is going on in this moment.

really surreal is the only word to describe my own personal feelings at this moment of 10 minutes to closing time on those days when I happen to be in the barn at that precise moment. Really, perhaps my teammates hit a '3' on the Surreal Spectrum and I am around a '9' and as a result, I am sure that I alone appreciate the truly bizarre nature of this daily event.

We aborted Star Wars and went instead to a Lord of the Rings trilogy. I hope to stay awake until the Lothlorien scene and perhaps re-awake for the theme music of Rohan in the sequel. and the exorcism.

you should listen to the K'naan song. I feel you will understand this post better if you do. see the right-hand column.

Guatemala: 11 days!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Hey HEY!

well, wild, folks, not enough time in the day to do everything. i just wrote a wicked long blog entry for our ministry website. go there. it's a powerful testimony. Praise the Lord I was able to be part of what He was doing that night. The Lord is just doing so much unbelievable, unprecedented, off-the-charts, awesome, Spirit-of-God stuff that I don't even know where to start. but i wrote one testimony out. and put it on the ministry blog. Man. Worship is powerful. don't ever be fooled into thinking you're just working your vocal chords to a pretty song. Noooooo. Way more is going on there, or at least, the potential for way more to go on during worship is definitely available. BELIEVE!

http://www.globalshore.org/2011/06/freedom-in-worship/

Monday, May 30, 2011

What she said:

http://karlamponce.blogspot.com/2011/05/toronto-adventures.html

I would only add that $5 sunglasses stands at Kensington Market are the bomb, as are specialty cheese stores, specialty bread stores, Colin's new faux glasses and the general variety of people and ethnicity that make up the Toronto down-town core.

And seeing as the only sporting event this girl has ever gone to was a BC Lions game, and seeing as I am generally disgusted by the obsession that sports seem to bring on (especially a certain national game that is rather violent), I was delighted, de-lighted, with my first ball game and couldn't have been with a better group for my initiation. GO JAYS!

Thursday, May 05, 2011

It's funny when you actually nab a minute to write a post, it's hard to write about anything that is not currently occupying your mind. Try and summarize two months--impossible!

so, what is currently occupying the mind of Kat....

Well, the reason I have a second to write anything at all is because I am exporting some iMovie videos that I've put together, and that means sitting here twiddling my thumbs for a few minutes. They are five short 1-2 minute movies of some of our students from Guatemala and the transformations that they've undergone in the last number of years. Pretty impacting. I called my boss up to review the content and made him tear up during the very first one! In this case, that was a good thing. If you are from BC and reading this, and furthermore from Northview and will be at the Global Connections weekend the church is soon to host, stop by the "Global Shore" booth manned by my lovely family and check out some of these said videos which will be looping around on a laptop.

Do you know what is a fact and not fiction? The time it takes to disciple people. That is a looooooong process. It's a long process in my own life and has been a long process in some lives that I've had the opportunity to walk alongside. It doesn't happen overnight. It doesn't even happen over a year. It just plain takes a really long time.

It is all very worth it though when one does understand a truth and their life begins to change to reflect that. Sometimes I catch myself reacting in a certain way to a situation or a person, reacting in the "old way," losing patience or getting frustrated, but more often than not it feels a little out-dated even to my own skin. Like I almost have to conjure up that old reaction because it's not quite in me anymore to just default to it, the "former self" reaction and yet I'm not quite fully swinging the other direction either where there is an automatic, full embrace of this new and better response. It's like I've outgrown something, not because it's too small, or even that it was excessively immature, but because I'm just not the same anymore and I see that as a mild and subtle form of something fantastic and it's the molding of character as only Jesus can do.

and those are my random thoughts this day of May 5 at 4:51 in the afternoon.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

This past week, a house in Houghton Centre was demolished. That's pretty big news when there are only 8 houses total.

Rumor has it the house was around 100 years old, however, far from being a prized historic site by the local municipality it was...condemned. As I passed it en route to work, there were all kinds of dump trucks around and I wondered what they were up to. When 12pm hit, and I drove home for lunch, the house was gone! Just a pile of rubble.

Warmer weather hit us this week and the many drifts of snow began to melt. I hadn't realized the birds had stopped singing for a few weeks until all of a sudden their voices were back, riding the morning rays.

It was a glorious week of birds, sun, diminishing snow, and slop.

Speaking of birds, I have this theory that the little sparrows in these parts, during the winter time, get a wee bit frozen in their wings and joints, slowing their take-off when in flight from on-coming vehicles. Several times a week, I exclaim in horror as I almost, again, take a little life that was slow to take off and too close to my windshield.

One day, a number of weeks ago, one little birdie didn't make it. It was heart-breaking.

I hope the arrival of the sun will help to thaw their little wings a bit better.

"And those are the latest headlines from BBC world News."

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Here is my opinion on Christian books:

There is a lot of stuff filling Christian bookstores that is a waste of time to read and contains bad theology, likely because it is based on personal bias/opinion that the author brings to Scripture and is not a result of revelation from the Spirit. This is obviously problematic. The broad spectrum of people claiming to be Christian is likewise represented in a broad variety of published works which are just as broad in content, theology and doctrine as the people who write them. One must be cautious in what they "eat."

Now, there are also many fantastic books that are excellent, worth reading, and point us to Jesus and an accurate understanding of Him and His word.

How to know the difference?

Perhaps a bit tougher to know. Certainly discernment is needed, but that is an easy phrase to throw out yet harder in reality to practice.

My feelings are as follows: truly, time is short, and when it takes hours to read a book, those hours are better put to use reading the true stuff and not the stuff that will ultimately lead to confusion and foster religion.

Jesus himself can teach us through his word. The scripture attests to the Spirit being a teacher and this I have found to be true. I will never forget one particular year when the Lord taught me through his Word, connected passages to me and brought revelation through the text. I would then find that as I picked up a book, an author would explain and cover concepts that I already knew because the Spirit himself had taught me. Amazing!

That was the best way to learn. (granted, we should still bring our learnings to the table with stable, true and trusted Christ-followers, so we do not run the risk ourselves of contorting a truth with own human bias.)

So, what should we spend our time reading?

1. The Bible.

2. Testimonies. The life of Jesus at work in other people's lives is incredibly faith-stirring and I have come to value the regular dosage of such testimonies in my life. It leads one to worship, to marvel and to exalt the name of Jesus. Hallelujah! Wow, Jesus does some pretty remarkable things in people's lives and has some incredibly powerful witnesses in His Kingdom. They are worth reading. (granted, there are likely many testimonies that are also contorted that although true, may not be attesting to the power of a Holy Spirit, but a very different spirit all together. How to know the difference? By it's FRUIT. Gage a testimony against the accuracy of Christ's teachings himself and if they line up, that life is a testimony to the Holy Spirit. Hallelujah.)

Some recommendations from the past year:

a) "Tramp for the Lord." Corrie Ten Boom's autobiography. Who knew she was a world evangelist? Unbelievable testimony.

b) "The Heavenly Man." Brother Yun. Likely to be supplementary reading for the student team this summer, this book will shame you as you read of the suffering church in China and their great efforts in evangelism. What a read. Incredible. Wow.

c) "The Red Scorpian." Rami Kavisoli. Gangster turned Christ-follower, I am halfway through this right now. Clearest example of a possessed-man liberated by the power of Christ. Hallelujah. Almost unbelievable, but, it's real. Crazy.

d) Jason Westerfield. I'm not really sure where this is available, I was sent a document from a friend. It was only a part of his greater testimony. I'm sure if you googled him, you'd find it.

e) "Visions beyond the Veil." H.A. Baker. This is really what kick-started a lot of things, and is somewhat of a curriculum for our staff in Guatemala. The common ground: Children. H. A. Baker was a missionary in China, working with orphans. It sites an out-pouring of the Holy Spirit that took place back in the '50's.

f) "Akiane." An artist in the States who was supernaturally gifted in the arts as a toddler. You should see what she paints. Her origins are clearly Christ and her testimony in her publication "Akiane" attests strongly to this. Although currently in her teenage years she seems to have swayed more new-age, her origins are true and we'll just claim her coming back round full circle. A-men!

g) Heidi Baker. I have not read an actual autobiography by her, although it wouldn't surprise me if it exists. Having read various accounts of her testimony and seen some interviews with her, she is a fireball taking the nation of Mozambique with her husband Rolland Baker who is, you guessed it, related to the above H.A. Baker. Rolland is his grandson.

Well, that is a good start. I am anticipating the arrival of Afshin Javid's recently published autobiography, which although not yet available for purchase through Amazon, is available at this site: http://www.afshinjavid.com/ It is the testimony of one radical Muslim surrendered to the Lord. Hallelujah. What a declaration of Jesus. Hurry up and read it Mom, and send it to me! I had the privilege of receiving two enormous hugs from this man and I'm sure, if you visited his church in North Vancouver, you would receive the same.

Happy reading.

Right, now that you have lost yourself in these recommendations, let us review what, in my mind, is worth reading:

#1: the Bible
#2: testimonies
#3: Israel. New to my understanding of Christianity has been a look at Israel's place in history, her current place, and her place in the future. For most of my life, Israel and the Jews have been a mere historic point referenced frequently in the Bible. I really had no understanding in connecting the historic land/people of the Bible with the current nation and people. They say a third of the bible is prophecy and yet I know little of the Lord's second coming. I am enjoying catching up on my years of ignorance. I have no recommendations here, as I am still navigating this new terrain which again has many eager enthusiasts in opinion, but definitely not all are to be trusted.

Peace and discernment to you as you wade your way in search of truth. A-men.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

I discovered the most remarkable thing just now in my studying.

Book of John. Jesus encounters Nathanael, gives him the word of knowledge of, “I saw you under the fig tree” (Jn 1: 48) which stuns Nathanael and elicits the response, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” (:49) to which Jesus responds, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these…Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

Now we are all very familiar with this passage, but when the study notes from my “Excellencies of Christ” course made the statement that Jesus depicts himself as a ladder in this passage, my response was, “what? Where? I don’t see the word 'ladder' anywhere.”

But then of course, we are drawn back to the reference of the story of Jacob in the Old Testament (Gen 28:10+). Jacob sees angels ascending and descending upon a ladder and the Lord in this dream declares his faithful presence with Jacob and that through his offspring, all the families of the earth would be blessed.

This must have been quite a comfort for Jacob to hear considering he was hiding away from his murderous brother Esau.

Fast-forward again to Jesus, his use of the same language, and you see that he truly IS calling himself a ladder: “you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” (emphasis mine.) This open heaven that Jesus speaks of is the same open heaven that Jacob dreamed of: The direct line of heaven touching earth, only with the arrival of Jesus, He himself became the direct line through which this open passage of the Kingdom of Heaven coming down to the earth was/is made possible.

He is the Mediator of the Kingdom.

He, the Divine Son of Man, is the ladder.

He is the one bringing the divine activity of God down to overthrow the kingdom of darkness with the very finger of God.

Amen, Hallelujah.

Post accompanied by, "What does it Sound Like." Bethel Live (see "Toons" list on the right)