We Won a Lamp Stand

Think how far you have fallen! Turn from your sins and do what you did at first. If you don’t turn from your sins, I will come to you and take your lampstand from its place.

(Revelation 2:5) Good News Translation

We (that’s me and the Holy spirit) influence in a way which is deliberately in-your-face and uncompromising. We’re like a drunken sailor fighting a bull in a china shop. The thing is, we also need to build relationships.

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Time Capsule 2019

“And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” Says the LORD of hosts;

(Malachi 3:11) NKJV

The beauty of writing every day is that once you have written everyday for a year you begin to cover your own tracks. Sometimes this really helps to refine and enhance the ideas that we’re developing. Other times it means we see a snap shot of where we were a year ago.

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A Chosen Vessel

But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:

(Acts 9:10-22) KJV

Part 1.

A Chosen Vessel – Part 1

We can be in doubt and wondering about the way forward in God’s will. For some of us it feels like a maze. Our passage is an example of what it’s like when God answers prayer in a decisive way.

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Gamaliel’s Counsel

Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space; And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these men. For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered, and brought to nought. After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the taxing, and drew away much people after him: he also perished; and all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed. And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.

(Acts 5:34-39) KJV

I’m celebrating a lot of things, not just coming to the end of another month of the “Why Did God Create Creation?” epic year-long blog. We only have September and October to go. I am also celebrating the accomplishments to date of the year 2018, which began with me finding myself out of work, courtesy of the kind folk at Wake Forest University.

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Open Door

For a fire is kindled in My anger, And shall burn to the lowest hell; It shall consume the earth with her increase, And set on fire the foundations of the mountains.

(Deuteronomy 32:22) NKJV

In October 2015 we went to Open Door Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with our girlfriend. The last girlfriend as it turned out. Our neighbors liked it there and they had invited us so we went.

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Neo

The team cleaning trainer is Neo, from the movie the Matrix.

He doesn’t know where he is, how he got there, or what he is supposed to do, but everyone keeps telling him that he is going to be awesome.

This is the story of my life. At least, it was. Life has become quite blessed and meaningful since I started attending Open Door Baptist Church. It was October 2015 if I remember right. I heard Mary the Piano player sing beautifully then Pastor Don tore into a hell fire and damnation sermon. I walked out of there that day knowing for sure what I needed to do. This made everything fall into place and I finally got my priorities straight.

Custodial Services Training Manager – Neo

The team cleaning trainer is Neo, from the movie the Matrix.

He doesn’t know where he is, how he got there, or what he is supposed to do, but everyone keeps telling him that he is going to be awesome.

This is the story of my life. At least, it was. Life has become quite blessed and meaningful since I started attending Open Door Baptist Church. It was October 2015 if I remember right. I heard Mary the Piano player sing beautifully then Pastor Don tore into a hell fire and damnation sermon. I walked out of there that day knowing for sure what I needed to do. This made everything fall into place and I finally got my priorities straight.

Director of Custodial Services – Han Solo

Patton’s second in command is the Director of Custodial Services, none other than the swashbuckling space pirate, Captain Han Solo.

Han hasn’t got any custodial experience but he has dodged every trap and escaped from every tight spot that the enemy has ever tried. He is mostly concerned with keeping the desperate band of rebels on day shift together, and he is usually busy avoiding asteroids and evading Imperial Star Destroyers.

Han Solo

Patton’s second in command is the Director of Custodial Services, none other than the swashbuckling space pirate, Captain Han Solo.

Han hasn’t got any custodial experience but he has dodged every trap and escaped from every tight spot that the enemy has ever tried. He is mostly concerned with keeping the desperate band of rebels on day shift together, and he is usually busy avoiding asteroids and evading Imperial Star Destroyers.

Assoc. VP, Chief Cook & Bottlewasher – George S. Patton

The cast of characters begins with the Associate Vice President, Chief Cook and Bottle Washer, General George S. Patton, as portrayed by George C. Scott.

He is an engineering true blood and has staked his reputation on a swift and efficient transition from clumsy inept day time cleaning, to lean, mean effective night shift teams. He considers that this will be a slam-dunk, and couldn’t possibly go wrong.

George S. Patton personified my mentor, idol and friend that had implemented the same program at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This was the team that won the program of the Year Award in 2006. In September 2009 we began implementing at Wake Forest and we ran into problems from the very beginning.