The Orchard Blog

Greetings from the land of pasties! by orchardblog
June 29, 2005, 12:15 pm
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Greetings from Upper Peninsula, Michigan! I’m sitting in The Silverleaf Internet Cafe in Ironwood, MI. I’m away on a “mini” writing and study retreat for a few days. It’s been a good time and the weather has been so refreshing!

This weekend we will have a very special guest @ The Orchard. You won’t want to miss it. Oh yeah…and make sure you bring your sweet tooth! Enough said. And don’t forget to bring a friend!

Signing out from the land of small towns, big trees and pasties. See you Sunday!

PS – And just in case you don’t know what a pasty is click here.


Missions Trip 2005 by orchardblog
June 28, 2005, 3:20 pm
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There are 10 kids (ages 14 – 17) and 3 adults in Joplin, Mo this week. They are working in an underprivelaged area with 200 other kids with a group called Christ in Youth. The kids from the Orchard will be working in the home of a woman named Gladys. They will be in this awful heat painting, repairing and building a wheelchair ramp. I am so excited for the opportunity they have to serve God!
I am reminded of how important it is, as christians, to not only love God, but to love others as well.
I have recently challenged myself to find ways to show my love to people in my daily walk. It can be very frustrating when the guy behind you is blaring his horn, or the woman cuts in front of you at the supermarket, but it’s so important as a mature Christian to show your love to everyone, all the time.
My mom always used to tell me, “you catch more bees with honey”.
I find that as I get older, it’s so much easier to be sweet.
I thought it was my age…but I now realize it’s my
Growing Relationship with Jesus Christ.

Blockbuster Summer! by orchardblog
June 22, 2005, 6:37 pm
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We’re heading into a Blockbuster Summer beginning this Sunday, June 26th! Our first movie of the series is going to be……………………………………….


We’ve got some fun and creative elements up our sleeves, so you won’t want to miss this series!

And don’t forget – make some phone calls, shoot some emails and invite someone with you THIS Sunday!

Stay cool and I’ll see you Sunday!

Was it “JUST” God? by orchardblog
June 22, 2005, 10:14 am
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I’ve been thinking about the statement that we make sometimes, “I had nothing to do with that happening, it was JUST God?” I believe we have a misunderstanding in our contemporary world of how God works in human history.

It seems to me, that if something bad happens in life, it was obviously you or me, not God. But, on the flip side of the coin, if something good happens, it’s obviously not your or me, but God. It sounds something like this: “It wasn’t me, it was the Lord.”

Frankly, I’ ve heard some terrible singing that the singer explained wasn’t him or her, but the Lord. Of course, if you are like me, you might think to yourself, Does God really sing that bad? However, I have experienced some awesome kindness. Even when WELL INTENDED, to say, “It wasn’t me, only the Lord,” demeans the marvelous work of God in the life of an individual.

I believe God has something for all of us to do — not to sit back and WATCH Him do or passively wait for Him to do, but a calling that God waits for you to embrace, pursue, and fulfill. Now, get this, God chooses to entrust His most sacred work to people just like you and me.

Can you imagine when God commanded his people to take the land! Can you imagine if Joshua set up camp along the Jordan and just enjoyed a season of fishing and basking in the sun. I think Joshua would have been thrilled if God said, “There are giants in the land. I need a little time to get Canaan ready for you. Just wait and be patient, enjoy your stay, and when everything is prepared I’ll send for you.”

Wouldn’t that have been nice for Joshua? Actually, I would submit to you, that it would be TERRIBLY BORING! God expected way more from Joshua and His people. God would give them the land, BUT they would have to take it! God would go with them, but he would not go FOR them. A big difference!

God always chose people to lead the way! Let us remind ourselves that we are God’s vessel to be used by Him. Let us NOT demean the marvelous work of God in the life of an individual — celebrate it!

A Mother’s prayer by orchardblog
June 16, 2005, 9:20 pm
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My kids are leaving for camp next week. Hmmmm…I don’t really like too much when they are gone, but it gives me a great opportunity to think about them and pray for them.
I think back to Mothers Day when Loudene made the statement, “Pray for your children – all the time”. I always prayed for them when there was a specific need, now I pray for them all the time. I pray that God will lead them on the right path, that He will care for them in good times and bad, and I thank Him for staying by their side. I pray for their future education, their future spouses and even my future grandchildren!
Whether or not you have children, no matter how old they are, remember to always keep them in your prayers.

Champion Dads by orchardblog
June 16, 2005, 8:45 pm
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Here are some pointers for champion dads from the National Health Information Center. Print this out and post it on your bathroom mirror or in your car.

1. Respect your children’s mother.
2. Spend time with your children.
3. Talk with, don’t lecture, your child.
4. Make clear rules; reinforce them with love.
5. Be a positive role model.
6. Be a teacher.
7. Eat together as a family.
8. Read to your children.
9. Show affection.
10. Realize that a father’s job is never done.

New Look by orchardblog
June 16, 2005, 6:40 pm
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The blog has a new look. The black was getting a bit old and we needed something a bit more refreshing and summer’ish.

What do you think?